Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Woolpack Inn




John Butler Hewson arrived on the Mangles in 1820. He was employed as a Constable at Newcastle in 1831 and in 1832 was appointed gaol keeper at Newcastle gaol (2)

He held the license for the Union Inn from 1835 to 1844. In 1844 he was granted the license for the Woolpack Inn in Bolton Street, Newcastle, he placed the following advertisement in the Maitland Mercury

'J.B. Hewson (formerly of the Union Inn) respectfully announces to his friends and the public generally that he has recommenced business as a licensed victualler in those newly erected premises opposite the Police Office known as the Woolpack Inn at the corner of Bolton and (?Hunter) Perkins St. J.B.H. in again introducing himself to the public begs to inform them that no expense has been spared to render the accommodations worthy the support of his old friends and respectfully solicits a share of public patronage. Every description of Malt and other liquors spirits wine at Sydney Prices (3)

The 'Woolpack Inn' was advertised for sale by auctioneer Alexander Flood in September 1846. It was said to be one of the most classic buildings in the town. With first-rate accommodation and numerous rooms of large dimensions it was on a lease of seven years from July 1845 at an annual rent of £89 (less than half the value) having been let under the influence of generous feelings by the proprietor towards the occupant. Connected with the 'Woolpack' were three shops occupied by a baker, a tailor and a respectable haberdasher.

The Woolpack Inn was advertised for sale again in October 1847 - Situated at the corner of Hunter and Bolton Streets and opposite the court House, occupying the best position and being the best building in Newcastle.

Three cottages adjoining the Woolpack with a frontage to Bolton Street and a handsome house of seven spacious rooms with detached kitchen situated in Watt Street; two brick built cottages with verandahs with entrance from Watt Street; a good cottage built of brick, fronting Pacific Street with a beautiful view of the Port and Ocean; a valuable plot of land with frontage to the Market place Newcastle and to the principal streets and an allotment of land situated at Raymond Terrace opposite Harti's Hotel were also advertised for sale on the same day (SMH 1 October 1847)

John Butler Hewson was granted a license for the Woolpack in 1847 and 1848.

In 1856 he was granted a license for the Union Inn in Blane Street Newcastle (1)




(1) Certificates for publicansí licences, 1853-1861. NRS 14403, reels 5063-5066, 1236-1242. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.

(2) Sydney Gazette 14 January 1831

(3) Maitland Mercury 22 June 1844