Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Red House

Black Creek


In 1843 the Red House, formerly known as the New Inn was run by Mark Green. He and his wife were held up by bushrangers there in February.

The Maitland Mercury reported the incident: -

On Saturday last a fellow, well armed, entered the house of Mark Green, known as the Old Red House, on the old road to Black Creek, and having bailed up Mr. and Mrs. Green he proceeded to plunder the premises. He took away with him a gun two pistols a quantity of Mr. Green's wearing apparel and all the money he could find in the house. The bushranger was later wounded and captured not far from the Inn when he attempted to rob Mr. Crawford.

Later that year, Mr. Sharpley, was the proprietor of the Red House. He appeared to answer a charge of exhibiting a sign on his premises indicating the proximity of a public house, without holding a publican's license....... 'It appeared from the deposition of constable Graham that he had inspected the sign in question, and that it appeared to be the shattered remains of a former sign which had been suffered to remain, and that it never conveyed to his mind the most remote idea that it had been exhibited for sinister purposes. Case dismissed.'

Mark Pewter arrived on the convict ship Katherine Stewart Forbes in 1830 and received a ticket of leave in 1838. He ran The Red House which was not licensed between the years 1844 and 1846. He provided accommodation, paddocks and stockyards.

Mark Pewter having entered upon the above premises begs to inform parties travelling that road that they will meet with good accommodation at reasonable charges. Teams can have the advantage of paddocks and stockyard at the under mentioned charges: Fat Cattle 1 1/2d per night Working bullocks 2d per night Horses 3d per night

Mark Pewter was granted a Hawkers License in 1846.

The Red House was known as the Brian Boru Inn and was operated by Mrs. Owen O'Neil in 1855.

Owen O'Neil  arrived on the Sophia in 1829.



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