Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

The Wellington Inn


Charles Douglas Haylock was the son of John Haylock of West Wratting, Cambridgeshire. It was probably he and his wife who arrived in Sydney from London via Hobart on the Wave in April 1832. He leased land in George-street, Sydney in November 1833. [1]

He held a publican's licence for the Paterson River Hotel in Sussex street Sydney in July 1837. [2]

In February 1837 he purchased a town allotment in Paterson.

Wratting Hall

In May 1840 he was granted the licence for an Inn in the township of Paterson under the sign of Wratting Hall. He may have built this Inn but there is no information as to location.

Publican's licence C.D. Haylock Wratting Hall Paterson[3]

A publican's licence was granted to Robert Murray for Wratting Hall in June 1841. [4] He had previously (in 1840) held the licence for the Hinton Hotel.

Wellington Inn

According to an article in the Dungog Chronicle in 1949, the Wellington Inn was a one-storey brick building situated in King Street, Paterson, on the site where the Union shed next to the Commercial Bank would later sit. There were eleven rooms, front and back verandah, laundry, bakehouse, store and cellars. In front of the inn was a large flower garden, and at the rear a large yard, six stalled stables, coach house and loose box, hay and corn loft. Along the side was a carriageway [5].

In the Dungog Shire Heritage Study, 1986, the Union Shed is mentioned:
"Below St. Anne's, Andrew and John Keppie's saw mill stood adjacent to the public wharf, and the store houses and offices of the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company, including the union or market shed, were built nearby, on the site of the earlier Wellington Arms. Market day in Paterson was traditionally Tuesday and the town would be crowded with farmers selling their produce and buying up goods and stores. Wilson and Keppie ran the market shed for many years until it closed in the 1950s" [6]

John Rawlins Burgis was granted a publican's licence for the Wellington Inn in 1842. [7]

Charles Haylock was the proprietor of the Wellington between the years 1843 and 1848 and then 1853 and 1854.

He was perhaps a builder by trade as many years later he was the contractor for building a bridge across Tocal Creek on the road leading from Paterson to Maitland. His plans had been on show at his Inn for two years prior to the completion of the bridge. [8]

He advertised his intention to close the Inn because of ill health on several occasion in the 1840's. In 1846 he put the Wellington Inn up for sale:

The Wellington was described as being situated in the centre of the township of Paterson and commanding the most respectable business in the district. Mr. Haylock invited those desirous of purchasing the Inn to visit the premises as he was confident that personal inspection would be the best recommendation. Immediate possession would be given and the furniture and fixtures could be taken at a valuation. He was also offering to sell a cottage with garden and outbuilding situated on the banks of the Hunter river at Raymond Terrace. [9]

The Inn must not have been sold at this time as in September 1849 Edward Haylock 'late of the Wellington Inn' thanked patrons for their support over the previous 12 months he had been at the Wellington and announced that he had taken over the Farmers Glory at Hinton.

Charles Haylock continued to reside at Paterson. He was severely injured when he was thrown from a gig in 1861, fracturing several ribs and a shoulder. He was said to be upwards of 70 years of age at this time. He died at Exeter Cottage, Waverley in March 1876. His wife Ann Brewer Haylock died in April 1876. They were buried at Balmain Pioneers cemetery

Notes and Links

1). Reminiscences of the Paterson District - Maitland Daily Mercury 10 September 1898


[1] State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood, NSW, Australia; Archive Reel: 1585; Series: 12992; Description: Registers of Memorials for Land 1825-1842

[2] Sydney Herald 29 June 1837

[3] State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/72-73]; Reel: 5056 Description licence Year: 1840 New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' licences

[4] State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [7/1501]; Reel: 1236 licence Year: 1841 Source Information New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' licences

[5] Dungog Chronicle 17 August 1949

[6] .Karskens, Grace, Dungog Shire Heritage Study, March, 1986, p. 69

[7] State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [7/1501]; Reel: 1236 licence Year: 1841 Source Information New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' licences

[8] Maitland Mercury 1 August 1849.

[9] Maitland Mercury 28 March 1846