Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Northumberland Hotel

West Maitland


George Yeomans was one of several sons of John Yeomans who arrived on the Britannia in 1791. John Yeomans resided in Wilberforce and in 1818 - 1819 and held a spirit license there.

George became a settler at Patrick's Plains and received a town allotment in Newcastle. In 1826 he leased the Angel Inn from Molly Morgan at Wallis Plains and in 1827 married  fifteen year old Elizabeth Singleton. In 1832 he owned a station Yarramanbah, on the Liverpool Plains in partnership with Otto Baldwin, William Osborn, John Upton and his brother Richard Yeomans

The Woolpack Inn was opened by George Yeomans in 1828 and the license transferred to Richard Yeomans in 1831. Richard died in 1833 and was buried in the Glebe Cemetery.

George Yeomans held the license for the Sportsmans' Inn in West Maitland in 1834, 1835 and 1836.

In 1840 George became a Provisional Director of the Maitland Steam Navigation Co and in 1843 was granted a publican's license for the 'Northumberland Hotel' which had been built by Hamilton C. Semphill in 1840.

Despite financial difficulties in the 1840's, the Northumberland was often the scene of Balls, suppers, dinners and meetings. In October of 1843 George Yeomans hosted a Bachelors' Ball at the Northumberland Hotel. A number of bachelors of Maitland had invited their friends to the occasion. There were about 100 people present for the select ball and supper and dancing continued until six o'clock on Friday morning. The rooms had been elegantly arranged with evergreens and flowers and a sumptuous supper was laid out by Mr. Cohen of the Rose Inn.  In 1847 the Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy on his visit to the Hunter stayed at the Northumberland Hotel on arrival in Maitland. His planned journey to Paterson was cancelled due to the flooded river so luncheon was provided for him at the Northumberland the following day also.

In 1847 a meeting was held in the Northumberland of those interested in forming 'an association of vine growers, for the purpose of communication and mutual advantage' The Association was established and a code of laws framed by the ten gentlemen attending the meeting. Among those present at this meeting were William Kelman, James King, A. Windeyer, Andrew Lang, Edwin Hickey, William Dun, J. Phillips, Mr. Carmichael, and Mr. Burnett.

In 1844 /1845 William Broad was employed as a waiter, William Wroth as a servant and Henry Chivers as tap keeper. Henry Blanchard, Richard Meikle and William Paget were also employed at the Northumberland Hotel

Rowland Yeomans was granted the publican's license in April 1854.

James Fullford held the license in 1859. James Fullford's wife was a daughter of Mrs. Anne Gordon formerly of the Parramatta Female Factory


 .....Rambles and observations in New South Wales ... By Joseph Phipps Townsend





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