Henry Pierce announced that he was commencing business as Innkeeper at the Woolpack Inn in Scone in 1845. The Inn was situated on the highway leading to the districts of New England. He stated that 'with every other article connected with the trade together with lowness of prices and himself and wife not being above their business, parties giving him a call may expect at least to find comfort cleanliness and attention 6
Henry Pierce died at his residence the 'Woolpack Inn' on 2 January 1848 leaving a wife and two children 7
In May 1849 Henry's wife Mary announced that she had leased the 'Golden Fleece' Inn at Merriwa from John Perfrement. 'Mary Pierce, from the flattering encomiums bestowed upon her whilst conducting the 'Woolpack Inn', Scone, trusts that the Golden Fleece, Merriwa may always be found that which it will be her constant study to make it - a first rate hotel, replete with every comfort and accommodation for the guests who may be pleased to patronise her establishment'. 39
In December 1850 Alexander Johnston advertised that he was moving from the 'Family Hotel' at Muswellbrook to the old Golden Fleece at St. Aubin's, Scone. The old Golden Fleece was to be known as the 'Woolpack Inn'. He had thoroughly repaired the old house and added a new building. The best wines and spirits were available and well watered and grassed paddocks for the use of teams. His 'Family Hotel' at Muswellbrook would be conducted by his son Gilbert Johnston.