John Kerrigan was publican at the Crown and Anchor in the years 1843 - 1846.
ticket of Leave holder
William Low who arrived on the
Strathfieldsaye in 1836, was indicted for having,
on 28th April 1844 stolen a quantity of silver money a fowling
piece belonging to Kerrigan, publican, at Drayton, seven miles
from Singleton. From the evidence of Mr. Kerrigan and his wife,
between eight and nine o'clock in the evening when they had
retired to rest, a knock was heard at the door, and Mr. Kerrigan
procuring a light from the servant girl, who was still up,
opened the door. William Low presented a carbine at him,
compelling him to give up his trousers, the pockets of which he
emptied and then proceeded to the bedroom ordering Mr. K to go
outside by the back door where there was another man with a
musket as sentry. The prisoner then ransacked the house and Mr.
K did not return inside till he and the other man went away.
They had taken silver, a fowling piece, a day book, coat,
spirits, ale and porter . Mr. Kerrigan did not see prisoner
again until May 1845 when he had a booth as a publican at
Patrick Plains races; he then saw the prisoner in front of this
booth and recognized him. William Low was sentenced to 15
years transportation. He was sent to Cockatoo Island in
September 1845. (1)
In 1847 Kerrigan left the Crown
and Anchor :
John Kerrigan late of the Crown
and Anchor inn, New Freugh near Singleton most respectfully
returns his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and the
public for the very liberal support which he received during the
last four years while in business in the above house; and begs
to inform his old customers and the inhabitants of Maitland that
he has removed to the
Bucks Head Inn
(2) . In 1849 John Kerrigan took out the license for the
in West Maitland.
William Ramsey was granted a license
for the Crown and Anchor in 1847 and
remained until 1851.