Previously George Furber had held a publican's license for the
at Patterson's Plains from November 1832 and from June 1835 for
the Golden Fleece
Inn situated near the Court House in East Maitland.
George Furber married Mary Ann Muir on 29 February 1832 (4).
Mary Ann was a daughter of George and Elizabeth Muir of the
Family Hotel. When
Mary Ann died in April 1837 aged 26, George Furber married
Hanorah Curtain. Later he moved to the Mary River district in
Queensland to erect a store and it was at the Mary River in 1855
that he was attacked by natives and died after receiving blows
to the head with an axe and a waddy. His son-in-law Joseph
Welmshurst was also murdered.
The premises of the George
& Dragon were offered for sale in April 1841. At that time they
were leased to John Henderson at £ 140 per annum and were
described as a brick built, nine room establishment. There was a
cellar, 60 ft. stable, gig house and large shed.
William Benjamin Johnston Green was publican at the 'George
& Dragon Inn in 1843 (1) and was undergoing insolvency
proceedings that year. He remained publican until at least 1848.
In 1847 *Charles Wilson who had been employed as a cook
by Green for six months began to behave insolently towards the
Greens. He refused to milk a goat and when asked why he had not
provided toast for the Greens at breakfast became violent and
Green was 'obliged to turn him out of the room'. William Green
charged Wilson with insolence and disobedience of orders and at
a hearing before the Magistrates, Wilson was fined 10/- and
costs. (2) *(Possibly the Charles Wilson who later took out the
license for the Prince Albert Inn)
One week later
William Green was in Court again. Green was brother in law of
another publican in the district, James Cox. The Cox family were
dining with William Green and his family together with good
family friend and local druggist
William Henry Mutlow, late in February, when the George &
Dragon was visited by the local constables. They attempted to
make a case that Mr. Green was selling liquor on a Sunday
however Mr. Cox and Mr. Mutlow were witnesses in the court case
that followed and testified that definitely no alcohol had been
paid for on that Sunday and the charges were dropped (3)