Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

Aberdeen / Segenhoe Inn



Segenhoe/Aberdeen Inn was built in 1837 on the estate of Thomas Potter Macqueen

Ralph George Martin was the first licensed innkeeper at the Aberdeen Inn. He had previously held the license for the New Inn at Black Creek; for the Traveller's Rest in Murrurundi, and later held the license for an inn at Armidale.

The Aberdeen was advertised to be leased out in 1839  - To Innkeepers and others - To be let for a term of seven years, from 1st July 1839, that splendid Inn at Aberdeen, Hunters River, on the main road from Maitland to Liverpool plains, New England, and all the out stations. The Township of Aberdeen is just commencing and in a few years it promises to be the first town in that district. The above Inn is now in full trade, and the license will be transferred immediately therefore it being the best time of the year for the trade; harvest and sheep shearing just commencing the tenant will have the benefit of it. The Aberdeen Inn being so well known it requires no puffing, but any respectable party that might rent the inn with attention will realise a fortune in three years. An Eight horse flour mill was also advertised separately. (2)

James Kay Hannaford was granted a license in June 1840. (1)

The next publican was Philip Wright who also took over the flour mill. By 1841 the Inn and flour mill were to be offered for sale under orders of the Under Sheriff.

Maria Pearce was granted a license in 1843 and 1844.

John Cundy held the license from October 1844 to June 1845. Scone folk were in a state of great excitement in November 1844 when it was thought that Governor Gipps would being visiting on his journey up the valley. He was expected to stay at the Aberdeen Inn and then proceed to meet the gentry of the district. On reaching Aberdeen however he was taken suddenly ill and compelled to go to bed. Dr. Docker and Dr. Haig attended him in his illness. This was a great disappointment to Scone people as many had invited the Governor to partake of their hospitality. John Bingle's mansion at Puen Buen was put to inconvenience to make ready in case the Governor should visit. A correspondent to the Maitland Mercury observed that His Excellency preferred stopping at inns rather than private estate because of the abuse he had received from the grazing and squatting community for promulgating the new squatting regulations.(3). Some of the Governor's suite and a select few gentlemen were entertained at Puen Buen in his absence.

William Irvine Gardner was innkeeper between 1855 and 1857

In April 1859 the application of William Walker for a license was opposed by the Police Magistrate on the grounds of his intemperate habits. The application of Thomas Pierce Hopkins was objected to by the police Magistrate and the further hearing of the case was postponed. He was later granted the license however in October closed the Segenhoe and moved his lemonade and cordial business to Muswellbrook.

In 1863 W. Irving Gardiner gave notice that he was opening a wholesale and retail store in the house formerly known as the Segenhoe Hotel at Aberdeen.

In 1891 Tenders were invited for the lease of the newly completed substantially built stone premises at Aberdeen, admirably suited for a hotel or boarding house and standing on the site of the old well known Segenhoe Hotel.


(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 Herald October 1839

(3) Maitland Mercury 2 November 1844



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