Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

Royal Hotel




The Royal Hotel was situated in Bridge Street, Muswellbrook and in the 1840's was owned by Henry Nowland

Henry and brothers Edward and William were pioneers of the Hunter region. They were sons of convicts Michael Nowland (per Scarborough 1790) and Elizabeth Richards

Henry Nowland hosted Governor George Gipps on the Governor's  journey to the Hunter district in November 1844.  The Governor was taken ill soon afterwards and spent the following day in an unscheduled stop over at Aberdeen before resuming his travels up the valley.(1)

Henry Nowland junior died aged 25 in March 1862 and twelve months later in March 1863 Henry Nowland senior died at his residence aged 66 years. His wife took over the running of the Royal Hotel. Find out more about Henry Nowland here

Read about the Cricket match at the back of the Royal Hotel in 1860....... Maitland Mercury 25 February 1860

A Meeting of the committee appointed to prepare a petition for the incorporation of the town of Muswellbrook was held at Mrs. Nowland's Royal Hotel on Monday 2nd August 1869...... Maitland Mercury 3 August 1869



(1)Maitland Mercury 2 November 1844






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