Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Fitzroy Hotel

East Maitland

Henry Reeves arrived on the convict ship Hercules in 1825. He was assigned to the Invermein district and was issued with a ticket of leave for that district in 1833.

He was at one time the owner of a livery stable in West Maitland and also began a coaching service in the town. He was licensee for the Albion Inn in 1842. In 1847 he moved to  larger premises - The Fitzroy Hotel. In 1847 the Stores of Isaac Beckett were situated opposite the hotel.

A ball and supper to celebrate his moving to the Fitzroy were held 'on a first rate scale' on a Wednesday evening in July of that year. Over one hundred guests attended. The ball room was tastefully decorated with festoons of boughs, flowers, and fruit. The supper table was spread in a style that had seldom been  equalled in the district . A good band was in attendance and dancing was kept up with unabated spirit till nearly seven o'clock on Thursday morning; the greatest harmony and good feeling  was said to have prevailed the whole night (1)

In 1849, Mr. Quinn the Australian Tight Rope Dancer kept Fitzroy Hotel patrons amused when he performed in the yard of the Fitzroy  while awaiting the procurement of suitable tackle to perform the feat of crossing the Hunter River.

In November 1849, Henry Reeves announced he was retiring from business and advertised to sell his stock, carriages and furniture. Also at this time he advertised to sell a parcel of land that was part of an original grant to Mary Hunt (Molly Morgan) situated near the Racecourse, West Maitland.

The License for the Fitzroy Hotel was transferred from Henry Reeves to Isaac Gorrick (2). In May 1851 Gorrick joined with Morris Magney from the Caledonia Hotel in Newcastle to run a daily coach between Maitland and Newcastle. (3)


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Portrait of Henry Reeves


(1)   Maitland Mercury 24 July 1847

(2) Maitland Mercury 5 December 1849

(3) Maitland Mercury 28 June 1851