Hannan House was built on a 40 acre veteran's allotment by John Hannan
By the end of 1843 Hannan House had become a temporary hospital for the district when the Benevolent Asylum situated in Caroline Chisholm's barracks became inadequate for the needs of the community. The house was used in this capacity until the new Maitland Hospital was opened in 1849. The first ten patients were received from Hannan House into the new hospital on 8th November 1849.
In August 1844 John's eldest daughter Louisa Jane married John Waugh Drysdale.
In 1846 part of the original grant to John Hannan was advertised to be sold by public auction. It was described as adjoining the road to the Falls of Bolwarra; bounded on the north by land in the occupation of Charles Prentice, by a line of 158ft; on the east by the said road leading to the Falls, by a line of 38 ft; on the north by No 9 allotment, by a line of 148ft; and on the north west by an allotment, by a line of 43 ft; The property was said to be perfectly free and unencumbered. Mechanics of Maitland and others were advised that a favourable opportunity presented itself to purchase on moderate terms, an eligibly situated building allotment in the acquisition of which would justify the erection of a comfortable and suitable homestead.
In July 1848 John Hannan's 40 acres (Veteran's Allotment No 6) was advertised to be sold at auction by order of the Sheriff's Office unless 'execution is previously satisfied' and in August 1848 George Burgoyne Owen was advertising for sale a portion of land conveyed to him by John Hannan 'near the temporary hospital', however the family retained some of the land as when Mary Ann Hannan died in 1876 her address was Hannan Street, West Maitland.
John Hannan died in 1860
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