Charles Dee placed the following
advertisement in November 1849:
The undersigned begs
leave to acquaint the public that he has taken the splendid Inn
recently finished and opened by Mr. James Holdstock, and known
as the 'Steam Packet Inn'. C.D. Respectfully solicits the
patronage of his old customers who have known him previously as
an innkeeper, as he is determined to have every description of
Wines, Spirits etc of the best brands; and good accommodation
for man and horse. N.B - good Paddocks and horses belonging to
up country travellers, Raymond Terrace .
In 1853 a
publican's license was issued to James Holdstock for the
Steampacket Inn in King Street, Raymond Terrace. He held the
license for the Steampacket Inn in Port Stephens Street, Raymond
Terrace in 1855 and 1856.
James Holdstock was buried in
the Raymond Terrace pioneer cemetery in 1857.
Holdstock was granted a publican's license for the Steampacket
Inn in April 1857 and again in 1858.