Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Crown Inn

Paterson Plains


Thomas Stubbs was an early innkeeper at Patterson's Plains. He was granted a license under the sign of The Hunter in June 1830.

The Hunter was ten miles from Yeomans Inn at Maitland and situated on the left bank of the Paterson River. (1)

George Furber was granted a publican's license for the Crown Inn in November 1832 and 1833. He was residing at Patterson Plains in that year when convict William Bates was assigned to him. In 1832 he was also supplying food for the gaol and prisoners in and out of barracks at Newcastle.

A farm of fifty acres on the Paterson river was advertised for sale in July 1834. It was said to be most delightfully situated two miles below the head of navigation and on the road from Maitland to Williams River. It was bounded on the south by John Tucker's land and on the North by land belonging to Mr. Reynolds. A substantial House containing 7 rooms, licensed and known as the Crown Inn of Patterson's Plains was situated on the property along with a stable, tobacco shed, tobacco press and a stock yard. Well fenced and divided into the paddocks, the soil was suitable for a variety of farm produce. It was the only location that steam vessels could approach in the area although none were trading to the district at that time.

George Furber was granted a publican's license for the Golden Fleece at Maitland in June 1835.

Charles Olive was granted a publican's license for the Crown Inn in June 1834 and 1837.  

Digital Collections Maps - Map of the Hunter River, showing the location of the Crown Inn.....      


(1) New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860   



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