Alexander Johnston was granted a publicans' license for the Victoria Inn in June 1841. He was granted a license for the Queen Victoria Inn in June 1844 and 1845.
In 1846 he moved to the Family Hotel
was granted a publican's license for the Queen Victoria Inn in 1848. He had previously been landlord of the Robin Hood Inn
at Jerry's Plains and the Prince Albert Inn
and Windmill Inn at Mt. Thorley.
The Camberwell Annual Races were held at the rear of the Queen Victoria Inn in April 1848. Morris Magney purchased furniture from the Forbes Hotel
in Singleton in 1848 and in August that year he was cautioning the public not to purchase the furniture from the Forbes as it was his 'bona fide property', purchased at public auction in June under distraint for rent.
In 1851, Morris Magney took out the license for the California Hotel in Watt Street Newcastle
 Maitland Mercury 26 April 1848
 Maitland Mercury 12 April 1848
 Maitland Mercury 16 August 1848