Richard Power Cummins held the license for the
Sportsmans' Arms in West Maitland between 1842 and 1845.
When he died in 1845 aged 33 leaving his wife
Sophia to raise their four children, Sophia took over the
running of the Inn. Not an easy task, although perhaps she was
aided by faithful servants such as
Richard Palmer. Richard gave evidence for Mrs. Cummins in a
court case in 1845 when a customer of the Hotel,
Margaret Fowler was charged with assaulting Sophia.
Margaret who was well known in the town for her intemperate
habits and violent behaviour had 'seized Mrs. Cummins by the
hair of the head and used violent and threatening language
towards her' Margaret must have been allowed to return to the
Sportsmans' Arms again as in March 1846 she was once
more accused of assault. This time George Edmonstone who was a
waiter at the Inn was the victim. In Court Margaret promised she
would give the magistrate no further trouble in the future and
would leave Maitland if she was forgiven on this occasion. The
Magistrates, considered this a great inducement and dismissed
the case. (Margaret apparently did leave Maitland - for
Singleton. Eighteen months later she was in trouble for smashing
a window at the house of Mrs. Stretch while residing at
Sophia Cummins transferred the
license for the Sportsmans' Arms to
Samuel Thompson in 1847 and in April 1848 she married
Charles Edward Walthall who had come from Richmond Virginia,
USA and was owner of Walthall's Tobacco Manufactory.
November 1849, Samuel Thompson was advertising to sell by
auction a 'splendid lot of fancy glass boxes and baskets with
designs exquisitely painted in oil; fire screens; card racks and
ottoman' prior to leaving the colony. Also for sale soon after
was his race horse 'Eclipse'.
Samuel Thompson was
granted a license for a 'new' house under the name of the
Sportsmans' Arms in May 1849. The license was transferred
to John Kerrigan in December of that year.
had previously held the license for the
Crown & Anchor
at New Freugh
William Kerrigan was granted the license
for the Sportsmans' Arms in April 1854 - 59