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The New Inn - Black Creek


Thomas Coulson arrived with his family as Quarter Master of the 3rd regiment on the Brampton in 1823.

He was granted land some of which he took up at Black Creek. The land became known as Coulson's Farm'.  He held a publican's license for the New Inn at Black Creek in the years 1831 - 1833.


John Leeds held the license for the New Inn in the years 1833 - 1838 and


Ralph George Martin held the license between 1838 - 1839.


Thomas Balden Cox held the license in the years 1839 - 1840.  After 1840 the New Inn was re-named The Red House. The 640 acre property was advertised for sale in January 1841. The substantially built brick house was rented out for 60 per annum by the proprietor and sub let for 100 to the innkeeper. There were extensive out houses and a stable and fenced paddock with permanent fresh water.

Thomas Cox moved from the New Inn to the Barley Mow at Singleton in 1841 and to The Forbes Hotel in Singleton in 1843 which place he refurbished soon after.[1]  He was granted a publican's license for the Queen Victoria Inn in Day Street, East Maitland in 1847[2].

Thomas B. Cox returned to Black Creek by 1848 where he was granted a publican's license for the Bush Tavern in 1848[3].   He died at the Bush Tavern in 1854 aged 62.


1). In 1846 Ralph Martin was an Innkeeper at Armidale

2). Three of the sons of Thomas Coulson had died by 1840 all from the effects of intemperance. - The Australian 9 May 1840


[1] Maitland Mercury 11 February 1843

[2] Maitland Mercury 24 April 1847

[3] Maitland Mercury 19 April 1848