Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The New Inn

Black Creek


Thomas Coulson held the license for the New Inn at Black Creek in the years 1831 - 1833;

John Leeds in the years 1833 - 1838;

Ralph George Martin between 1838 - 1839.

By 1846 Ralph Martin was an Innkeeper at Armidale where he was tried and found not guilty of assaulting John Mann with firearms.

Thomas Balden Cox held the license in the years 1839 - 1840. Thomas Cox moved from the New Inn to the The Forbes in Singleton in 1842 which he refurbished soon after. (1) He was granted a publican's license for the Queen Victoria Inn in Day Street, East Maitland in 1847(2). He had returned to Black Creek by 1848 where he was granted a publican's license for the Bush Tavern in 1848(3). He died at the Bush Tavern in 1854 aged 62.

The New Inn was renamed The Red House after 1840. The 640 acre property, a grant from the Crown known as 'Coulson's Farm', was advertised for sale in January 1841. The substantially built brick house was rented out for 60 per annum by the proprietor and sub let for 100 to the innkeeper. There were extensive out houses and a stable and fenced paddock with permanent fresh water.



(1) Maitland Mercury 11 February 1843

(2) Maitland Mercury 24 April 1847

(3) Maitland Mercury 19 April 1848   



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