Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

White Hart Inn




Richard Ward held the license for the White Hart Inn in the 1840's.

Richard Ward arrived on the Morley in 1818 aged 17 and was assigned to Archibald Bell at Richmond.  He obtained a Ticket of Leave for the Newcastle district in 1826.

By 1828 he was employed as an overseer by Thomas Parnell at Inpass Creek, Patrick Plains.  A son, Richard was born to Richard and Ann in 1829 followed by Euphemia in 1831, Isabella in 1832, Ann in 1836, Edward in 1846 and Elizabeth in 1848 (42)

Richard Ward was granted a publican's license for the White Hart Inn from 1841 to 1857

In 1843 Richard Ward apparently held the license for the Stag's Head Inn at Muswellbrook where he hosted a dinner for the friends of Richard Windeyer.

Richard Ward travelled to Maitland in July 1846 to testify at the Maitland Quarter Sessions at the trial of John Dick who had been in his employ for two years. Despite Richard Ward's good character reference, John Dick was convicted of horse stealing and sentenced to three years in irons. (45)

In 1847 Lewis Lipman's wholesale and retail store was situated opposite the Inn. The Royal Mail made a regular stop for breakfast.

Richard Ward junior held the publicans' license for the White Hart Inn in 1853. (1)

William Eaton was granted the license in 1857.



(1) State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/76-77]; Reel: 5059.. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates for Publicans' Licences, 1830-1849, 1853-1860

(40) Colonial Secretary's Index

(41) Sydney Gazette1826 1 February

(42) New South Wales Births Deaths and Marriages

(43) Hunter River Gazette 25 June 1842

(45) Maitland Mercury 8 July 1846








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