publican of the Hunter River Hotel which was
situated in Day Street, East Maitland. John Mayo
arrived as a convict on the
Baring in 1819
and married Elizabeth Benson in 1826 at Christ Church, Newcastle.
Elizabeth arrived on the
convict ship in 1824. She ran their business, a store in East
Maitland, in her husband's frequent absences and they were able to
purchase land and open a public house they called the 'Maitland Wine
Vaults' in 1838. The Hunter River Hotel was either in these premises
or near by.
John Mayo still held the
license in April 1854.
Elizabeth died in
1853 aged 47 and John died in 1860 aged 64.