Free Settler or Felon?

HomeInns & Publicans Index     Inns & Hotels Introduction

Search Free Settler or Felon?
Hunter Valley Inns and Hotels

The Lochinvar Inn



James Ferguson was granted a Publican's license for the Lochinvar Inn in April 1844 [1]


Patrick F. Campbell was granted a publican's license in June 1847. State Archives NSW; Series: 14401; Item: [4/79, 4/81]; Reel: 5061 Description License Year: 1847 Source Information New South Wales, Australia. He  was fined for not having his lamp lighted in May 1847 [2].

The 'Lochinvar Inn' was advertised for sale  in December 1847. It was said to be a two storied, first rate house 8 miles from Maitland, commodious, and with the potential under good management to become the best paying public house in the colony. The rent was 52 per annum [3].

Patrick Frederick Campbell was again granted a license in April 1848.[4] His application to transfer license from the Lochinvar Inn to the Steam Packet Inn at Morpeth was refused by the Bench in December 1848.


Forty years later the old Lochinvar Inn became the basis of a boarding school established by the Sisters of St. Joseph.....It was in 1883 that four pioineer sisters under the leadership of Sister M. Joseph took charge of the Catholic school at Lochinvar where they were accorded an enthusiastic reception and installed in a little cottage near the bridge spanning Lochinvar Creek. The school comprised 40 pupils, who were taught in the church which was the first brick buildling to be erected by Dr. Murray in the diocese. A small boarding school was begun with the purchase and renovation of the old Lochinvar Inn and the erection of a weatherboard building on the adjoining land. These gave way to brick buildings which by 1930 accommodated 150 boards and 200 day pupils. Newcastle Morning Herald 5 September 1933


An application for a new publican's general license by George Lonsdale for the 'Lochinvar Inn' was refused by the Bench in December 1848.

In March 1850 a publican's license for the Red Lion Inn at Lochinvar was transferred from George Lonsdale to Spencer Butler and in March 1851 the license was transferred to Mark Turner. Mark Turner later ran a public house at Boggabri.


[1] Maitland Mercury 20 April 1844

[2] Maitland Mercury 12 May 1847

[3] Maitland Mercury 18 December1847

[4] Maitland Mercury 19 April 1848