Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Ship Inn

Newcastle 

 


James and Nancy McClymont arrived on the Andromeda in 1823.

James McClymont applied for and was granted an allotment of land in Newcastle in November 1824.  This was allotment 136 in Hunter street near Perkins Street.(4) This is very close to the site of William Rouse's hotel which became known as the Newcastle Inn in the 1840's.

As well as allotment 136, James McClymont was also granted land on the Hunter River. Select here to find the location of his estate.

James and Nancy McClymont became innkeepers at the Ship Inn at Newcastle. In the 1828 census they had three children residing with them at Newcastle - John age 4, Sarah age 1 and William age 2 months. The Ship Inn was situated on the site of the future Great Northern Hotel.

Ann Vane and James Harkins, Patrick Burns were assigned as servants in 1828/29. Charlotte Smith who arrived free was employed as a servant. Select here to find other Innkeepers at Newcastle around this time.

When James McClymont died in 1829, John Hillier took over as innkeeper. (12)  Sir Edward Parry, on a visit to Newcastle to examine Australian Agricultural Company holdings, stabled his horses at John Hillier's Ship Inn in 1830; he described it as a small clean Inn situated near the wharf. There were 3 parlours; 5 bedrooms; 1 kitchen; 1 store room; 4 stall stable and a coach house.  John Hillier later moved to Morpeth where he became a store keeper.

In the 1832 Directory it is stated that James Pawsey kept the inn known as The Ship Inn, although in 1831 and 1832 he was issued for a publican's license for the Australian Inn at Hunter River. James Pawsey had previously been employed as Landing Waiter at Newcastle

James Hannell had taken over the licence for the Ship Inn by 1841. In 1842 the publican's license was issued for the (old) Ship Inn in Perkins Street. (10)

In 1844 the license was issued to James Hannell for the Ship Inn situated in Bolton Street. (1)

In 1844 the Ship Inn was the venue chosen when some of the town's folk decided to hold a public meeting to decide on the proper means to express gratitude to Rev. Dr. Lang for his services to the colony and to devise measures to assist in retaining him in the Legislative Council. Those at the meeting included Martin Richardson, William Rouse, J. Way, W. Watson, James McGreavy, George Tully, Job Hudson, and James Hannell.(1)

In December 1846 the Maitland Mercury reported that the license of the Ship Inn had been transferred to the site of the Union Inn, the house and premises being more commodious.........we are glad to find Mr. Hannell has removed to a more extensive establishment, as we feel assured that his general urbanity, and his constant attention to the comforts of his customers, will always secure him an ample share of public patronage.  (6)

James Hannell was issued with a publican's license for the Ship Inn on the corner of Hunter and Bolton in 1856 (9)

Many years later James Hannell and the Ship Inn were still remembered......Under James Hannell's regime the "Ship Inn" became ' the leading hostelry in the town—it was here that the principal social and political events were held; the Oddfellows' Lodge had their Lodge room here; and all local sporting events were arranged and finalised in the Long Room. Many of the older residents of Newcastle will remember the old Inn—it had a frontage of 58 feet to Hunter street, and about 90 feet to Bolton street. It was a substantially-built brick building of two stories, and in its later years contained 23 rooms, together with a billiard room and a brick building at the rear. (3)

 

Corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets. Site of the second Ship Inn and later a bank .....

M4852 Two views of Hunter Street, Newcastle East, 1920's & 1922.

(1) Maitland Mercury 13 January 1844

(2) Sydney Gazette 16 August1836

(3) The Voice of the North 10 August 1931 (W.J. Gould, The Pioneers)

(4)Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 Series: (NRS 898) Special bundles, 1794-1825 Item: 9/2652 Page: 75

(5)Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825. Copies of letters sent within the Colony, 1814-1825 Item: 4/3509 Page: 273

(6) Maitland Mercury 12 December 1846

(7)Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825. Petitions to the Governor from convicts for mitigations of sentences Item: 4/1863 Page: 54

(8) Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825. (NRS 899) Memorials to the Governor, 1810-1825 Item: 4/1835B Number: 300 Page: 821-4

(9) Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860

(10) State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/74]; Reel: 5057. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849

(11) State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/61-62]; Reel: 5049. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860

(12) Sydney Gazette 29 December 1829

 

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