The Union Inn was a cottage
style building situated on the corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets,
John Butler Hewson who arrived on the
Mangles in 1820 was granted a license for the Union Inn in 1835.(1) He advertised good stabling and a selection of wine and spirits.
Robert Tighe who had
been a soldier of the 28th regiment was
employed as chief constable at Newcastle in 1839. He took over
the license of the Union Inn in
John Butler Hewson
took over the license for the Rose and Crown in Sydney in June 1841 and
in 1846 moved to the
on the corner of Hunter and Bolton streets Newcastle
Tighe was involved in the Friendly Society and The Union Inn was the venue for the
establishment of the first Friendly Society in the
area in May 1842. He died in
March 1844 leaving a large family (5) At his funeral members of
the Odd Fellow's Society intended to follow the
procession to the cemetery. It was thought that as
Tighe was held in very high respect by all classes in the town that the
attendance at his funeral would be unusually large
In 1845 the license for the Inn was
transferred by Robert's widow Sarah to
By 1846 William
Latham was in financial difficulty.
moved the license for the
Ship Inn to the
Union Inn on the corner of Hunter and Bolton in December 1846
In May 1847 the premises of the Union Inn as well as
the Crown Inn at Anvill Creek were advertised for sale along with several
In 1856 the
the Union Inn was transferred by John Butler Hewson to a new Inn
in Blane (Hunter) Street Newcastle
(1). This was built
on land purchased in 1853 from the
Australian Agricultural Company
which became known as Honeysuckle point.
A public meeting was held at Mr. Hewson's Inn at
Honeysuckle Point in February 1856 to elect a representative for the
Northumberland and Hunter districts.
Later Mackie's furniture store was built on the site.
John Butler Hewson was granted a publican's license until at least 1857.
The old building
of the original Union Inn on the corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets was
and a new two
story building was erected and named the The Prince of Wales.
Lewis Jones was the innkeeper of the Prince of Wales from the mid 1850s
until 1870. (1) Some years later the building was occupied by the Bank of
New Zealand the then passed into the hands of the Commercial Banking
company of Sydney.
Sarah Tighe, wife of
Robert formerly of the Union Inn, died
15 January 1858 and was buried in Christ Church
Burial ground, Newcastle
(1) Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia,
Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860
(2) The Empire 27 February 1856
(Maitland Mercury 12 December 1846)
Mercury 29 May 1847)
(5) Maitland Mercury 2 March 1844
28 June 1845
(7) Maitland Mercury 9 March 1844