The George & Dragon
was built by George Furber
who was a son of Mary (Furber) Smith.
Mary's second husband was Gentleman John Smith
of Newcastle and Maitland and owner of the Newcastle Hotel,
one of the earliest Inns at Newcastle.
George Furber married Mary Ann Muir on 29 February 1832. Mary Ann was a daughter of George and Elizabeth Muir
of the Family Hotel
George Furber had held a publican's license for the Crown Inn
at Patterson's Plains from November 1832. From June 1835 he held the license for the Golden Fleece Inn
situated near the Court House in East Maitland.
George and Mary Ann Furber's young son George William died in October 1836 aged 2 months and Mary Ann Furber died in April 1837 aged 26. George Furber took out a licence for his newly built Inn the George and Dragon in July 1837. He married Hanorah Curtain in 1837. He held the licence until 1839
Later George and Hanorah Furber moved to the Mary River district in Queensland to erect a store. Hanorah died there in 1850 and in 1855 George 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.
Coachbuilder William Benjamin Johnston Green
was publican at the 'George & Dragon Inn in 1842. Although he was in financial difficulty in 1843, he remained publican until at least 1848.
William Burgess was issued a license in the years 1854 to 1857
John Bellamy was issued a license in 1857
James Woodham held the license in 1858
Michael Rohan was publican at the George & Dragon in the 1890's.
NOTES AND LINKS
In February 1890 Edmund Barton the future Prime Minister of Australia dined at the George & Dragon while on a tour of Maitland. 
 Maitland Mercury 28 October 1843
 Maitland Mercury 3 March 1847
 Maitland Mercury 10 March 1847
 Sydney Herald 19 March 1832
 Newcastle Morning Herald 17 February 1890