Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Old Black Swan

West Maitland


John Ewbank Simpson held the license for the Black Swan in 1833 and 1834. (1)

In April 1835 the Sydney Gazette carried an advertisement for the newly build Black Swan Inn at Maitland which was without a tenant at this time.

In 1836 the license for the Black Swan was granted to John Nicholas who had previously been at the Wheatsheaf Inn at Hexham.

By 1837 Charles Bowman had taken over as innkeeper. He ran a four horse coach to and from the Green Hills on the days of arrival and departure of the Steam boats, carrying eight passengers inside and four out; and calling at Mr. Benjamin Cox's Albion Inn and all the respectable public houses in Maitland.. He also fitted up a hearse and commenced a business as undertaker. Select here to read the advertisement he placed in the Sydney Herald in July 1837.

By September the property was offered for sale...........All that substantial and recently erected House and Offices together with seven acres one rood and nineteen perches of land (lately known and well accustomed as the Black Swan Inn), containing eleven airy and well arranged rooms with a barn and other but offices, situated on Campbell's Hill about a quarter of a mile from West Maitland and contiguous to the long bridge at the entrance of the town. The property which cost the Proprietor but four years since, when building materials were not more than half the price they are now £1000- in the erection; has attached to it nearly seven acres and a half of land, stands on the high road and joins the intended site of the new Toll Bar, is bounded by the properties of Captain Roxburgh and the late F.A. Hely Esq., of whom a portion of the land was purchased at the rate of £150 per acre, offering to capitalists and speculators a most undoubted and profitable investment not only from the fact of its forming a portion of the township, but also from its pleasant and commanding situation, and being abundantly supplied with excellent water, in the driest seasons, from a lagoon which comprises part of the property. It is at present under a lease as a private residence, but which expires in June 1838.....Sydney Gazette 9 September 1837.

In March 1842 the Black Swan was offered for lease -

For any term that may be agreed upon - The well known late Black Swan Inn, situated on Campbell's Hill; well adapted for the public line, wholesale spirit Stores, General warehouse etc. on account of its excellent situation and conveniences. Apply to Mr. Peter Green, West Maitland for particulars.''

In March 1843 Jacob Hinchcliff, a General dealer recently moved to Maitland advertised the opening of those large and commodious premises formerly known as the Old Black Swan Inn at Campbell's Hill as a General Store where he would supply wines, spirits, porter, ale, flour, tea, sugar, tobacco, American furniture, ovens etc. He would accept all kinds of colonial produce in exchange, requiring no money.

Select here to read about a battle amongst natives tribes near the Old Black Swan in 1843

Jacob Hinchcliffe was granted a publican's license for the White Swan Inn in October 1843        


(1)Certificates for publicansí licences, 1853-1861. NRS 14403, reels 5063-5066, 1236-1242. State Records Authority of New South Wales. (Ancestry)



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