Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Australian Inn

West Maitland


James Brackenreg held the publican's license for the Currency Lad in Philip Street Sydney in 1832. (1)

James Brackenreg was granted a publican's license for the Australian Inn in High Street, West Maitland from June 1840 and remained there for many years.

The Australian Inn was one of three Hotels in Maitland that placed a flag in their window to celebrate the anniversary of the Colony in January 1844, however perhaps due to the financial situation in the colony, little other celebration was made in the town that year. Henry Early was the only one to illuminate his house in the evening to mark the occasion.

No doubt the Brackenregs were as inconvenienced as other High Street businesses when the street turned to dust following late heavy rains earlier in 1847.......

From 8am until sundown, there was dust flying about from the continual wagons, drays, carts, horses and cattle passing by. The dust lay from an inch to an inch and a half deep, deepening in the 'drifts' to two or three inches and covered goods, furniture and cottages with coats of dust whenever vehicles or stock passed by.

James Brackenreg was granted a license for the Australian Arms Inn in April 1859.

This was situated near the corner of High and Devonshire Streets Maitland and opposite Allotment No. 4.


(1). Certificates for publicansí licenses, 1853-1861. NRS 14403, reels 5063-5066, 1236-1242. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.




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