George Yeomans was
one of several sons of John Yeomans who arrived on
the Britannia in 1791. John Yeomans resided in Wilberforce
and in 1818 - 1819 and held a spirit license there.
George became a
settler at Patrick's Plains and received a town
allotment in Newcastle. In 1826 he leased the
Angel Inn from
Molly Morgan at Wallis Plains and in 1827
married fifteen year old Elizabeth Singleton.
In 1832 he owned a station Yarramanbah, on the Liverpool Plains in
William Osborn, John Upton and his brother
was opened by George Yeomans in 1828
and the license transferred to Richard Yeomans in
1831. Richard died in 1833 and was
buried in the Glebe Cemetery.
Yeomans held the license for the
in West Maitland in 1834, 1835 and 1836.
In 1840 George
became a Provisional Director of the Maitland Steam
Navigation Co and in
granted a publican's license for the 'Northumberland
Hotel' which had been built by
Hamilton C. Semphill
difficulties in the 1840's, the Northumberland was
often the scene of Balls, suppers, dinners and
meetings. In October of 1843 George Yeomans hosted a
Bachelors' Ball at the Northumberland Hotel. A
number of bachelors of Maitland had invited their
friends to the occasion. There were about 100 people
present for the select ball and supper and dancing
continued until six o'clock on Friday morning. The
rooms had been elegantly arranged with evergreens
and flowers and a sumptuous supper was laid out by
Mr. Cohen of the Rose Inn. In 1847 the
Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy on his visit to the
Hunter stayed at the Northumberland Hotel on
arrival in Maitland. His planned journey to Paterson was
cancelled due to the flooded river so luncheon was
provided for him at the Northumberland the following day also.
1847 a meeting was held in the Northumberland of
those interested in forming 'an association of vine
growers, for the purpose of communication and mutual
advantage' The Association was established and a
code of laws framed by the ten gentlemen attending
the meeting. Among those present at this meeting
William Kelman, James King, A. Windeyer,
William Dun, J. Phillips,
Mr. Carmichael, and
In 1844 /1845
William Broad was employed as a waiter, William
Wroth as a servant and Henry Chivers as tap keeper.
Henry Blanchard, Richard Meikle and William Paget were also employed
at the Northumberland Hotel
Rowland Yeomans was granted the publican's license in April 1854.
James Fullford held the license in 1859. James Fullford's
wife was a daughter of Mrs. Anne Gordon formerly of the
and observations in New South Wales ... By Joseph