Patrick Bellew arrived on the
Cambridge in 1827.
He was assigned to Stephen Coxen
at Dartbrook when he first arrived.
married Mary Ann Watt at Scone in 1845. This may have been Mary
Ann Watt who arrived on the
Numa in 1834 and was also assigned to Stephen Coxen. He was
granted a publicans' license for the Shamrock Inn at
Muswellbrook in July 1846. After he died in 1848, his wife
Mary Ann Bellew continued to live in Muswellbrook. She was
granted a license for the Shamrock Inn in 1853.
Isaac Moses advertised his intent to take over the
Shamrock Inn (formerly in occupation of Mrs. Bellew) in
Bridge Street Muswellbrook - and on the road to the Rocky River
Hanging Rock Diggings - and rename it the Rose Inn.
In 1875 a correspondent to the Maitland Mercury described his
visit to Muswellbrook - At a small cottage about ten miles
out, I made some inquiries concerning a short cut which by
avoiding Denman, through which the main road passes, saves about
four miles. Taking this is said "to be going by Bell's lane".
The entrance to it is about three miles further on. Here I found
a large brick house, apparently of substantial build, but as it
was empty its doors and windows were in that state peculiar to
empty buildings. It would seem to have been built either as an
accommodation house or an hotel, most probably the latter. It
was built by, I was informed, and now belongs to Mrs. Bellew of
Piercefield whose present residence is situated on the estate,
about a quarter of a mile from the road. (1)
Ann Bellew died on 28 February 1882 at her residence,
Piercefield aged 67 years. She had been a residence of the
district for 25 - 30 years and had been ill for about a month
having had a fall in the train at Newcastle which exacerbated
other complains causing death.