Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Horse & Jockey Inn / Rose Inn



John Lumley was a pound keeper at Patrick Plains in 183519  By 1839 he was proprietor of the Horse & Jockey Inn. In 1842 he moved to new premises and placed the following add in the Hunter River Gazette:

'In returning thanks to his numerous friends and the public, for the very liberal support he has received from them for the last three years, John Lumley begs to inform them that on the 1st July next he will remove to his new and commodious premises in George Street, being the principal thoroughfare through the town and contiguous to the new court house which he furnished with every convenience for the accommodation of travellers. He will open with a new and superior stock of wines, spirits ales and trusts by strict attention to merit a continuance of their favours.

In September 1847 a public ball was held in Lumley's 'new and commodious rooms', and another ball to celebrate 60th anniversary of colony to was held in the Long room in January 1848  A Ball was held on Easter Monday in the 'spacious assembly rooms' . Tickets were 5/- each and excellent music was promised for the occasion.

In July 1848 he announced he was renaming the 'Horse & Jockey Inn as the 'Rose Inn' -

'John Lumley in announcing the change in the sign of his establishment avails himself of the occasion to return his sincere thanks to his friends and patrons for the very liberal support they have awarded him during the nine years he has been in business; and has much pleasure in informing them and the public generally that he has lately made very extensive additions and improvements to his premises, which renders it the most complete establishment in the district; combining the comfort and privacy so desirable to respectable families in travelling, with all the convenience requisite in an inn. J.L. begs further to inform those who may honor him with their support, that he will always have on hand a choice stock of spirits wines cordials and malt liquors selected personally from the best importations;. Secure stockyards gratis for the convenience of parties travelling with stock. Also good stabling and an honest ostler.

John Lumley's wife Catherine (daughter of William Cooke of 40th regt.) died on New Years Day 1850 aged 29  - 'her benevolence of heart and kindness of disposition throughout life gained her the respect and esteem of all who knew her. She has left an aged father, an affectionate husband and six young children to mourn their loss'

John Lumley re-married in 1852 to Sarah Nowland, second daughter of Henry Nowland







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