Documents pertain to a case filed by estate agent (Stellin) and widow (Neilson) against Stipendiary Magistrate (Barton), land agent (Graves), warehouseman (Dixon), farmer (Hawken), builder (Pacey) and farmer (Murdoch) regarding the licence for the Railway Hotel in Waitotara. The Railway Hotel was owned by Stellin and the licence was held by Neilson. The defendants were members of the committee of the Patea Licensing District, Barton being the Chairman. Neilson was refused a renewal of the licence after many hearings due to the perceived failure by the previous owner, P. A. Zohrab, to conduct repairs on the building.
Includes affidavits from George John Bayley, Ernest Mansfield Beechey, John Alfred Duffill, Edward William Good, Isabella Neilson, Robert Gordon Talboys, Percy Alfred Zohrab, James Stellin, Patrick O'Dea, John Saxon Barton, Albert James Ching, Edwin Dixon, Herbert Philip Henry Graves, C.J. Hawken, John Bryson Murdoch, James Henry, Eric James Kirk, Norman Campbell Innes, N. R. Baines and Claude Horace Weston.
Judgement was ruled to quash a certificate of the Patea Licensing Committee refusing to grant a renewal of the licence of the Railway Hotel and a mandamus to the Committee to hear and determine an application for the renewal of that license.
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