At the licensing meeting held at the
Court of petty sessions in January 1844, Edward Richardson
applied to have the license of the Buck's Head Inn
Charles Miller Clarke who held it at the time. The
application was refused by the Bench.
William Tinson was a cooper in partnership in a brewery with
Alexander Berrie in 1842. He was granted a publican's license
for the Buck's Head Inn in April 1844. His children were attending school
in Maitland at this time where they received prizes for their
work. By June 1844 Tinson had resumed trade as a cooper at the
rear of the Bucks Head.
In April 1845 a wine
and beer license for the Buck's Head Inn was granted by
the Magistrates of the district and in October 1846 Tinson was
fined 80/- for selling liquor after hours and allowing cards to
In March 1847 he announced he was selling his
household furniture and goods by auction prior to retiring from
the trade. The license for the Buck's Head Inn was
transferred to John Kerrigan at this time.
Tinson went into ownership of the Burton Brewery with
Mr. Clifford in 1847, and about this time appeared in
Court after being charged with not having his name painted on
his brewers' dray. After considerable discussion by the bench it
was decided not to proceed with the case and the charge was
dismissed. His partnership with Mr. Clifford was dissolved by
mutual consent in May 1848 and an application for a new wine and
beer license for the Burton Inn, West Maitland was refused by the Bench
in December 1848. By January 1849 Tinson had decided to
leave Maitland for Singleton and he offered for sale by auction
his household furniture and articles from the brewery.
John Kerrigan had previously held the license for the
Crown & Anchor
at New Freugh near Singleton. The first few months at the
Buck's Head were not easy. In May John Kerrigan appeared
before the Bench after his wife supplied an aboriginal native
with a shilling's worth of rum. Two constables passing by
noticed the transaction and laid information. John Kerrigan
admitted the charge but pleaded in extenuation that he was not
present at the time himself or it should not have occurred. The
Bench told him that he was answerable under licensing Act for
the acts of his wife and that he must be aware of the penalty
attending the giving or selling liquor to aboriginals. He was
fined £5 pounds and costs.
Also in May, Mrs. Kerrigan
had charged a young woman Sarah Johnson with stealing clothing.
The case was later dismissed when the Bench found that Mrs.
Kerrigan had purchased blankets from the woman. Soon after a
lodger at the Inn was robbed of £4 and then a patron Mr. Trinder
was robbed in July. In December the family had a narrow escape
when one of the children, while going to bed moved the candle
causing some clothing to catch fire, the flames rapidly extended
to the bed curtains and clothing. One of the children gave an
alarm and neighbours put out the fire, although not before the
bed and all the clothing were destroyed. Mr. Kerrigan was absent
at the time and had it not been for the prompt assistance of the
neighbours the consequences may have been more serious.
Six months later Kerrigan announced that he was leaving the
district. Household furniture; cane seated chairs, American
Chairs , Cedar chairs, dining and other tables, hair cloth
covered sofa couches chiffonier, chest drawers, pictures looking
glasses, clock, fender and fire irons, bedsteads, wash hand
stands, mattresses together with a varied assortment of kitchen
utensils, Beer engine, kegs, horses and land in High Street were
all to be auctioned on the 26th June. Also advertised for sale
was a first rate Billiard table.
The Kerrigans moved to
the White Conduit
House at Larnach's Flat soon after however not before
John Kerrrigan was involved in an unusual case in which he was
accused of false imprisonment by Constable Boyle of the
Maitland Police force and later ordered from Court by
Edward Denny Day when he put
forward his case. The Kerrigans remained at the White
Conduit ffor only a short time before moving on.
William Price Wall was the next to apply for a publican's
license for the Bucks Head Inn. He had arrived on the
Ocean in 1823
and in 1835 his ticket of leave was cancelled for gross
prevarication before the Maitland Bench. Seven years later he
was working as a tailor in Charles Street, Maitland. He chaired
an emancipist's meeting at the
in West Maitland in 1843 and later that year he was advertising
to sell his business prior to leaving the area.
he was back in Maitland and applied for the publican's license
in May of that year. This application was however refused by the
Bench. (W.P. Wall was granted a Conditional Pardon in October
1849 and in November of that year he advertised two brick
cottages in Charles Street for sale as he was leaving for the
California gold fields. His infant son William aged 2 years 9
months died of cholera in San Francisco)