was advertised to be leased out in 1839 - To Innkeepers
and others - To be let for a term of seven years, from 1st July
1839, that splendid Inn at Aberdeen, Hunters River, on the main
road from Maitland to Liverpool plains, New England, and all the
out stations. The Township of Aberdeen is just commencing and in
a few years it promises to be the first town in that district.
The above Inn is now in full trade, and the license will be
transferred immediately therefore it being the best time of the
year for the trade; harvest and sheep shearing just commencing
the tenant will have the benefit of it. The Aberdeen Inn being
so well known it requires no puffing, but any respectable party
that might rent the inn with attention will realise a fortune in
three years. An Eight horse flour mill was also advertised
The next publican was
Philip Wright who also took over the flour mill. By 1841 the
Inn and flour mill were to be offered for sale under orders of
the Under Sheriff.
Maria Pearce was granted a license in
1843 and 1844.
John Cundy held the license from October 1844 to June 1845.
Scone folk were in a state of great excitement in November 1844
when it was thought that Governor Gipps would being visiting on
his journey up the valley. He was expected to stay at the
Aberdeen Inn and then proceed to meet the gentry of the
district. On reaching Aberdeen however he was taken suddenly ill
and compelled to go to bed. Dr.
Docker and Dr. Haig attended
him in his illness. This was a great disappointment to Scone
people as many had invited the Governor to partake of their
hospitality. John Bingle's mansion
at Puen Buen was put to inconvenience to make ready in case the
Governor should visit. A correspondent to the Maitland Mercury
observed that His Excellency preferred stopping at inns rather
than private estate because of the abuse he had received from
the grazing and squatting community for promulgating the new
squatting regulations.(3). Some of the Governor's suite and a
select few gentlemen were entertained at Puen Buen in his
William Irvine Gardner was innkeeper between
1855 and 1857
In April 1859 the application of William Walker for a
license was opposed by the Police Magistrate on the grounds of
his intemperate habits. The application of Thomas Pierce Hopkins
was objected to by the police Magistrate and the further hearing
of the case was postponed. He was later granted the license
however in October closed the Segenhoe and moved his lemonade
and cordial business to Muswellbrook.
In 1863 W. Irving
Gardiner gave notice that he was opening a wholesale and retail
store in the house formerly known as the Segenhoe Hotel at
In 1891 Tenders were invited for the lease of
the newly completed substantially built stone premises at
Aberdeen, admirably suited for a hotel or boarding house and
standing on the site of the old well known Segenhoe Hotel.
(1) State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/76-77];
Reel: 5059.. Ancestry.com. New South
Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences,