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The White Hart Inn - Muswellbrook

Richard Ward arrived as a convict on the Morley in 1818 aged 17 and was assigned to Archibald Bell at Richmond.

He was granted a Ticket of Leave for the Newcastle district in 1826. [2] By 1828 he was employed as an overseer by Thomas Parnell at Inpass Creek, Patrick Plains.

A son, Richard was born to Richard and Ann Ward in 1829 followed by Euphemia in 1831, Isabella in 1832, Ann in 1836, Edward in 1846 and Elizabeth in 1848 [3]

Richard Ward held the license for the White Hart Inn in the 1840's.[1] The Royal Mail made a regular stop for breakfast at the Inn.

Richard Ward was granted a publican's license for the White Hart Inn from 1841 to 1857, however in 1843 he apparently held the license for the Stag's Head Inn at Muswellbrook where he hosted a dinner for the friends of Richard Windeyer.

Richard Ward junior held the publicans' license for the White Hart Inn in 1853. William Eaton was granted the license in 1857.


[1] State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/76-77]; Reel: 5059.. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860

[2] Sydney Gazette 1 February 1826

[3] New South Wales Births Deaths and Marriages