Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Maitland Inn

West Maitland


The Maitland Inn was built by George Stone in 1830. He held the publican's license until the mid thirties. He was probably proprietor when the Governor visited Maitland in 1833.......

On Tuesday, the 16th, His Excellency (Sir Richard Bourke) arrived at the Green Hills, near Maitland, in the Sophia Jane Steamer, after, sunset, but before it was quite dark. On Sunday he was received by Mr. Close, and the Magistrates, and, by the principal inhabitants' of Maitland and its vicinity.

The Governor and his party proceeded in their carriages to Maitland, attended by the gentlemen just mentioned. On his entering Maitland, the inhabitants, almost to a man, were in waiting, and loudly cheered His Excellency as he passed them; he returned the compliment by bowing ; but the darkness took off some of the pleasantness of this hearty reception. By the time the Governor had reached the Government cottage, and before he could well seat himself in the parlour, he was attracted by the sudden lighting up of all the houses and cottages in the village; and as brilliancy in an illumination of this sort does not depend at all upon the length of a street, but upon the number of candles fixed in the windows, this public illumination at Maitland must, in justice, be pronounced brilliant in the highest degree.

The natives, both black and white, having never before witnessed anything of the sort, seemed amazed at this conversion of night into day, and transformation of a dull hamlet, into a temporary Ranelagh or Vauxhall. In short, the fact of its being the first time since the creation that such a spectacle was exhibited in this part of the colony, the reflections it gave rise to were singular. For when poor Darling, in his "one horse shay" visited Maitland, few seemed to know he was there, and still fewer seemed to care ! Guns, pistols, and crackers, were let off in all directions, so that gunpowder rose to a prodigious price before the night was over. Torches and flambeaux were also plentiful, to give vivacity the scene. In short, the people did not seem to know how to express their gratification too ingeniously, or at too much cost, considering their humble, means as inhabitants' of a country village.

The next morning, the magistrates and principal inhabitants waited upon His, Excellency with an address, which was most kindly received, and thanks returned in a suitable written reply. In the afternoon His Excellency rode out in his carriage, and inspected the bridge now erecting, and also examined the line of way by which it is proposed to cut a canal from the river, at the Green Hills, to Maitland. The plan seemed to give His Excellency great gratification.

At night, the Rose Inn, Muir's Inn, the Union Inn, and the Maitland Hotel, with other houses which had not had sufficient time to prepare the night before, were all brilliantly lit up. Mr. William Simpson's house and stores exhibited between three and four hundred candles, and attracted by its splendid blaze a great crowd. It was thought that at one time there were a thousand persons (adults and children) standing before Mr. S.'s premises, viewing the lights, and firing off guns, pistols, crackers, &c. . Sydney Gazette 27 April 1833

William Eckford was granted the publican's license in 1837 after George Stone.

William Nicholson held the license in the years 1842 to 1847. He advertised that travellers could be comfortably and economically accommodated at his Maitland Inn where the best of wines and spirits were always kept on hand.

In 1847 the license for the Maitland Inn was transferred from William Nicholson to Thomas Boyd Rosseter. The license was for the house almost opposite which had been occupied by Mr. Ledsam and was to be known as the Maitland Hotel.

Thomas Boyd Rosseter had previously been refused a license for the Cricketer's Arms

In October 1849 the splendid four story House and Premises known as the Maitland Hotel in High Street, was advertised for sale. Also for sale at the same time was an adjoining 4 story house occupied at the time by John Turner, solicitor. The buildings were said to be eminently adapted for mercantile pursuits and in a high degree, ornamental to the town of West Maitland.

In 1850 the Maitland Inn, formerly occupied by William Nicholson was one of ten lots offered for sale. It contained 12 rooms on the ground floor, with suitable conveniences - as passage etc. very extensive yard and garden, with laundry, servants' house, coach house, and stabling for four horses, well of water etc. It had a frontage to the High Street of 81 feet 2 inches, including the gateway by a depth of about 228 feet, adjoining Captain Roxburgh's property.       



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