Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

The Lamb Inn

Dunmore (Largs)

The Lamb Inn was situated at Dunmore on the road to Paterson

James Stace

James Stace arrived free with his family on the immigrant ship Woodbridge in 1838.

His application for a publican's licence for the Lamb Inn was refused in April 1848 however by 1849 he had been granted the licence.[1]

In December 1849 Bridget Croad was fined 20/- for assaulting Stace. From Stace's evidence in court: - 'Mrs. Croad was in his public house drinking and became abusive in her language and so disorderly that he was obliged to turn her out; she resisted, and not only tore his shirt, but seizing his thumb between her teeth gave him a regular cannibal bite, leaving marks that were still visible days later ' [2]

Five months later as Divine Service was being held by Rev. Purves at the Inn a shocking accident took place nearby at Stace's son's residence. Stace's young employee 14 year old John William Field was fatally wounded by a gunshot to the head during a scuffle with Stace's son Henry. Henry Stace attempted to conceal the circumstances of the accident and death and was later severely reprimanded at the coroner's inquest for his conduct.[3]

James Stace held the licence for the Lamb Inn at Dunmore until 1853.

Henry Stonehill

Henry Stonehill was granted the licence in April 1854 - 1856. [4]

Samuel Wade

Samuel Wade was granted the licence in 1856. [5]

Henry Stonehill

Henry Stonehill took over again soon aftwards however in 1857 the licence was transferred to Richard B. Turner. [6]

Henry Stonehill became licencee of the Volunteer Arms in West Maitland in 1863 when he was granted a bagatelle licence.

Michael Barry

The Wade family had a long association with the Inn. By 1878 the premises were referred to as "The Old Lamb Inn". When Charles Wade passed away in 1889 the licence for the Lamb Inn was transferred from his wife Ann Wade to Michael Barry in August. [7]

Notes and Links

James Stace was granted a publican's licence for the Lamb's Inn at Wingham in 1856 - 1860


[1] Maitland Mercury 19 April 1848

[2] Maitland Mercury 22 December 1849

[3] Maitland Mercury 15 May 1850 .

[4] State Archives NSW; Series: 14403; Item: [4/87-88]; Reel: 5065 Description licence Year: 1854 Source Information New South Wales, Australia.

[5] State Archives NSW; Series: 14403; Item: [7/1505-1506]; Reel: 1238 Description licence Year: 1856 Source Information New South Wales, Australia

[6] Sydney Morning Herald 6 December 1857

[7] Maitland Mercury 20 August 1889