Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

The Golden Fleece Inn


Thomas Dangar who was a brother of Henry, William and Richard Dangar, was the first proprietor /owner of the Golden Fleece Inn at St. Aubins, Scone.

In the early days it was a coaching stop and later after the gold rush was probably well place to benefit from thousands heading north to the diggings. In 1844 the Royal Mail left Singleton and called at the Golden Fleece Inn every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning at 4am before moving on to Richard Ward's Inn at Muswellbrook where passengers could partake of breakfast. From Singleton to Scone the fare was 16/- [1].

Thomas Glanfield

In 1845 Thomas Glanfield was running the Golden Fleece. He promised to provide the 'good English fare proverbially known on the Eastern and Western roads of Great Britain'. He provided wines and spirits of the finest vintage and both British and foreign champagne, London porter and a well supplied larder. Thomas Glanfield was later innkeeper at the Scone Inn.

In 1847 the Golden Fleece, still owned by Thomas Dangar, was available for lease by contacting Henry Richards at 'Neotsfield' (Henry Dangar's Estate). Said to be in full trade and capable of doing a large amount of business, the Golden Fleece was advertised as a first rate business [2]

New Golden Fleece

The premises of the old Golden Fleece were re-named the Woolpack Inn when Thomas Dangar moved the licence of the Golden Fleece Inn to a 'commodious house erected in Liverpool Street, Scone' in 1850

This was the first licenced House on arriving at Scone from Murrurundi - to be named The New Golden Fleece Inn. No expense had been spared in the construction of the new Inn. A 12- stall stable, coach house and extensive stockyard was provided and horse and bullock paddocks were supplied with grass and water.....As it is possible that the old Golden Fleece Inn will be continued as a licenced house, Thomas Dangar trusts that his old friends will not mistake the house and call at the OLD instead of the NEW.

Adjoining the new Inn in Kelly Street, Dangar had re-opened his Tradesman's Store.

Jeremiah Salheir

Jeremiah Montague Salheir was granted a licence in April 1858[3]

Frederick Moloney

Frederick Moloney was granted a publican's licence in April 1860.

In 1862 it was reported that he was leaving the Golden Fleece - "It is with regret that we notice we are about to lose a townsman who has been amongst us for only two or three years, but who has during that short time wound himself round the hearts of many, who in his absence will miss a sterling friend and bountiful donor. Mr. Frederick Moloney was the first to head any list that had for its object the alleviation of distress, at the same time was most prominent to aid and encourage different sports for the amusement of the public, and we shall at all events feel his loss if only in these respects; but as a publican all speak highly of the management of the Golden Fleece - the ready welcome and courteous attention paid by mine host. We hope the new occupier will win for himself and family the same kindly and affectionate regard that Mr. and Mrs. Moloney carry with them in leaving Scone."

The licence was transferred to Mr. Green previously from Sydney.

Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls was proprietor in 1869.

Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson held the licence in the 1880s


[1] Maitland Mercury 13 January 1844

[2] Maitland Mercury 10 March 1847

[3] State Archives Publicans' licences