Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

Muswellbrook Inn



Alexander Johnston was innkeeper at the Muswellbrook Inn in 1846 - 1848 

In 1850 Alexander Johnston advertised that he was moving from 'The Family Hotel' in Muswellbrook to the Woolpack Inn (late Golden Fleece) in St. Aubin's Scone. The 'Family Hotel' was to be conducted as formerly by his son Gilbert Johnston.

Edward Richardson who was formerly publican at the Tradesman's Arms was granted a license for the Muswellbrook Inn in September 1854......At the quarterly meeting of magistrates to take into consideration applications of publican's general licenses there were two applications for general licenses; Mr. Hugh McAuley for the Family Hotel and Edward Richardson for the Muswellbrook Inn; both applications being opposed by Mr. Fox chief Constable, on the following grounds - that there were already too many public houses in Muswellbrook ; that the applicants resided only two roods distant from each other, and that there was now a licensed house within a few yards of the applicant's residences, and five others in the township; that so many licensed houses were not necessary on the contrary, when situated so close together as these houses were, if licensed, they would become nuisance to respectable travellers, and to the sober inhabitants of th town. The majority of the Bench refused McAuley's license and granted Richardson's. (2)





(1) State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/76-77]; Reel: 5059.. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licenses, 1830-1849, 1853-1860

(2) Sydney Morning Herald 15 September 1854





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