Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Golden Fleece Inn/New Golden Fleece Inn

St. Aubin's, Scone


Thomas Dangar who was a brother of Henry, William and Richard Dangar was the first proprietor /owner of the Golden Fleece Inn.

In the early days it was a coaching stop and later after the gold rush was probably well place to benefit from thousands heading north to the diggings. In 1844 the Royal Mail left Singleton and called at Thomas Dangar's Golden Fleece Inn, St. Aubyn's every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning at 4am before moving on to Richard Ward's Inn at Muswellbrook where passengers could partake of breakfast. From Singleton to Scone the fare was 16/-  3

In 1845 Thomas Glanfield was running the Golden Fleece. He promised to provide the 'good English fare proverbially known on the Eastern and Western roads of Great Britain'. He provided wines and spirits of the finest vintage and both British and foreign champagne, London porter and a well supplied larder. Glanfield was later innkeeper at the Scone Inn

In 1847 the Golden Fleece, still owned by Thomas Dangar, was available for lease by contacting Henry Richards at 'Neotsfield' (Henry Dangar's Estate). Said to be in full trade and capable of doing a large amount of business, the Golden Fleece was advertised as a first rate business 45

In December 1850, Thomas Dangar moved the license of the Golden Fleece Inn to a 'commodious house erected in Liverpool Street, Scone - the first Licensed House on arriving at Scone from Murrurundi' - to be named 'The New Golden Fleece Inn'

No expense had been spared in the construction of the 'New Golden Fleece Inn'. A 12- stall stable, coach house and extensive stockyard was provided and horse and bullock paddocks were supplied with grass and water.

Adjoining the new Inn in Kelly Street, Dangar had reopened his Tradesman's Store.

Frederick Moloney was granted a publican's license in April 1860. In 1862 it was reported that he was leaving the Golden Fleece - It is with regret that we notice we are about to lose a townsman who has been amongst us for only two or three years, but who has during that short time wound himself round the hearts of many, who in his absence will miss a sterling friend and bountiful donor. Mr. Frederick Moloney was the first to head any list that had for its object the alleviation of distress, at the same time was most prominent to aid and encourage different sports for the amusement of the public, and we shall at all events  feel his loss if only in these respects; but as a publican all speak highly of the management of the Golden Fleece - the ready welcome and courteous attention paid by mine host. We hope the new occupier will win for himself and family the same kindly and affectionate regard that Mr. & Mrs. Moloney carry with them in leaving Scone.

The license was transferred to Mr. Green previously from Sydney.

Robert Nicholls was proprietor in 1869 and Robert Ferguson in the 1880s

The premises of the old Golden Fleece were re-named the Woolpack Inn





(3)  Maitland Mercury 13 January 1844

(45) Maitland Mercury 10 March 1847




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