Cottage of Content
who had arrived as a convict on the Lord Eldon in 1817,
was the licensee of the Cottage of Content
Street, East Maitland in the early 1840's. He was first granted
a publican's license in June 1840.
announced in 1844 that he had built a new public house to which
he hoped to move on 1st July (1). The sign of the
Content was moved to this new building. The old
of Content was advertised for lease by
Thomas Dee, the guardian to the children of the late Peter
Riley at this time and the old Cottage of Content became the
Blue Bell Inn.
The Cottage of Content
was the venue for a ball and supper
Captain Robert Lorn Pattison who
had been captain of the
steamer but was shortly departing for the Californian gold
fields with his wife Jane (nee Hill).
The ball was very well
attended with more than one hundred people attending including
the 'youth and beauty' of Maitland. A good band had been engaged
for the evening and dancing was kept up without intermission
from 9pm until sunrise the following morning. The long room of
the Inn had been tastefully decorated and the front balcony was
enclosed by flags forming a promenade from which guests could
view the gay scenes and enjoyment within the adjoining long room
to great advantage. A separate refreshment room held a profusion
of tastefully arranged food and drinks and a toast to Captain
Pattison was held here at midnight (2)
Pattison's wife Jane (nee Hill) died in San Francisco and
Captain Pattison returned to Australia.
He married Jane
Bailey the daughter of Samuel Bailey in 1853
Bailey still held the license for the Cottage of Content in April 1854.
Notes & Links:
married Sarah Morris in 1836 - See
Sarah Morris - from mother to convict to publican
- By descendant
(1) Maitland Mercury 4 May 1844
(2) Maitland Mercury 10 November 1849