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.  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 
Richard Ward held the license for the White Hart Inn in the 1840's. 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.
 State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/76-77]; Reel: 5059.. Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860
 Sydney Gazette 1 February 1826
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