George Muir arrived on the
Jupiter in 1823 accompanied by his wife
Elizabeth nee Cantwell and four young daughters - Elizabeth 13,
Mary Ann 16, Francis 9 and Pricilla 7. Another two
children were born in the colony - James Richard
Already forty years of age, George
Chief Constable at
Newcastle in 1825.
While in Newcastle George Muir rented 300 acres
of land belonging to
John Laurio Platt a few miles out of town. He, or
perhaps his wife, also ran a store during this time.
He held the license for the
Union Inn at
East Maitland in the years 1829 - 32. This Inn was owned
by Alexander McLeod and later sold to Henry and
Dumaresq. Elizabeth Muir ran the Inn until 1830 when
George Muir resigned from the position of chief
constable at Newcastle.
George Muir was granted
640 acres in July 1831 which can be
seen in the lower right of the map
He was appointed
postmaster at Maitland in 1833 and died on Christmas Day
1833 after a severe illness leaving his wife with six
children to raise.
Elizabeth Muir took out the
license for the
Family Hotel in East Maitland in 1834.
last year she held the license for the Family Hotel was
1846 when it was transferred to Henry Eckford who
changed the name to the
George and Elizabeth Muir's daughter
Henry Turner Harrington an ex-convict and medical
Daughter Elizabeth married William
Eckford, son of harbour pilot
and Mary Ann married
Select here to
find some of the convicts assigned
to George Muir and some of the Court
Cases he was involved in in his
capacity as Chief Constable.