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The Wheatsheaf Inn


First Name

Surname / Subject


The Wheatsheaf Inn


Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard arrived on the Neptune immigrant ship in 1839. He held the license for the Wheat Sheaf Inn in the 1840's.[1] He had previously held the license for the Gordon Arms at Lochinvar

In September 1850 he purchased the 'Fly' omnibus and commenced a service from Morpeth to and from East and West Maitland twice daily [2]

Robert Ballard was one of the many Maitlanders who tried his luck at the Ophir gold diggings. He died at Maitland in 1878.

Andrew Wortley Thomas

Andrew Wortley Thomas held the license from April 1854 - 1856.


[1] Maitland Mercury 19 April 1845

[2] Maitland Mercury 2 September 1850



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