The Waterloo Inn was situated opposite the Stores of
David Cohen in High Street West Maitland.
John Wilkinson was the
proprietor in the 1840's. Wilkinson was an old Waterloo Veteran of the 1st
regiment of the King's Life Guards.
Throughout the 40's, he kept
the Inn going although he must have been almost blind as by 1849 he
was rendered completely blind from cataracts. His sight was restored to
him by the surgical skill of Mr. Cartwright in 1849 and Wilkinson in
thanking Mr. Cartwright commented that he could read and write again and
'admire the beauties of nature in his garden'. He would have been
able to admire the large carpet (diamond) snake that was found coiled in a
branch of a willow tree in his garden in 1852. It was 7'9" long.
Despite many years of
conducting the Inn, he came very close to losing the license in 1852 when
he was convicted and fined for assaulting Constable McCabe after an
altercation about McCabe's right to enter a private dwelling. The issue of
his license was delayed a week and then eventually restored to him.
However he was 62 years of age by this time and a few months later the
license for the Waterloo was taken out by his friend, storekeeper
Henry Collier. Henry and Norah Collier's wedding reception had taken place
at the Waterloo in 1846.
Alexander Wilkinson took out
the license in April 1853 - 1854
Richard Jones was granted the license in