Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

Governor Burke Inn (Fitzroy Inn)



John Browne held the license for the Governor Burke Inn in the years 1833 - 1836.

In reminiscences in the Singleton Argus in 1906 the writer recalled that in 1837 the houses in Singleton could be counted on the fingers of his hands.

Macquarie Place, the property of John Browne at that time was the most important building. It was an hotel kept by Thomas Cullen. The sittings of the Court of Petty Sessions were also held in that building and religious services were conducted in a portion of the same premises.(Singleton Argus 1 May 1906)

Thomas Cullen held the license until 1846. Governor Gipps stayed at the Inn on his trip to the Hunter in 1844 before moving on to Jerry's Plains to stay at Richard Alcorn's Queen Victoria Inn.

In 1846 Thomas Cullen advertised the Inn for lease. It was in full trade and possession could be given immediately. Applications were to be made to the proprietor on the premises. (1)

Alexander Munro took over the Inn in 1847 he renamed it The Governor Fitzroy in honor of the Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy who visited the township and the Inn in 1847. (2)

Alexander Munro was granted a publican's license for the Fitzroy Hotel in George Street Singleton in 1848. (3)

In December 1849 Munro transferred the license from the Fitzroy Hotel to the Caledonian Hotel which was previously under the sign of the the Sir Thomas Mitchell Inn.

Samuel Caldwell formerly of the Albert Hotel in Aberdeen announced that he was re opening the Fitzroy Hotel in 1849 (4)     


(1). Maitland Mercury 10 October 1846.

(2). Maitland Mercury 10 February 1847

(3). Maitland Mercury 26 April 1848

(4). Maitland Mercury 12 December 1849     


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