Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Yacht Club Hotel




The Yacht Club Hotel was built on the site of Joseph Spragg's general store. Across the road once stood the Newcastle Post Office.

Joseph Spragg was one of the early business men of the place and for years kept a store on the site occupied by the Yacht Club Hotel, which was pulled down and the Westminster Hotel erected in its place in the 1890's.

Joseph Spragg's store was a general one in every sense of the word, where, so to speak, the customer, could purchase anything from a needle to an anchor. One of Spragg's characteristics was his independent spirit. It was a common thing for him to tell customers who went to make purchases at meal hours that he was having his breakfast or dinner as the case may be and they must come back later one, when he would attend to them. There were only two stores in those days and if the rival establishment did not possess the required article the customer was entirely at the mercy of the eccentric merchant. His establishment embraced tailoring and hairdressing, and many a gathering took place in the old saloon, where the townsmen of the day discussed current politics and local topics of interest - Newcastle Morning Herald 19 March 1923

.....This hotel was situated across the road from the former Newcastle Post Office. The Westminster Hotel later replaced this hotel in the late 1890s.











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