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The Lamb Inn


James Stace

James Stace arrived free with his family on the immigrant ship Woodbridge in 1838.

His application for a publican's license for the Lamb Inn was refused in April 1848 however by 1849 he had been granted the license.[1]

In December 1849 Bridget Croad was fined 20/- for assaulting Stace. From Stace's evidence in court: - 'Mrs. Croad was in his public house drinking and became abusive in her language and so disorderly that he was obliged to turn her out; she resisted, and not only tore his shirt, but seizing his thumb between her teeth gave him a regular cannibal bite, leaving marks that were still visible days later ' [2]

Five months later as Divine Service was being held by Rev. Purves at the Inn a shocking accident took place nearby at Stace's son's residence. Stace's young employee 14 year old John William Field was fatally wounded by a gunshot to the head during a scuffle with Stace's son Henry. Henry Stace attempted to conceal the circumstances of the accident and death and was later severely reprimanded at the coroner's inquest for his conduct.[3]

James Stace held the license for the Lamb Inn and Dunmore until 1853.

Henry Stonehill

Henry Stonehill was granted the license in April 1854 - 1856. [4]

Samuel Wade

Samuel Wade was granted the license in 1856. [5]

Henry Stonehill

Henry Stonehill took over again soon aftwards however in 1857 the license was transferred to Richard B. Turner. [6]

Henry Stonehill became licensee of the Volunteer Arms in West Maitland in 1863 when he was granted a bagatelle license.

Michael Barry

The license for the Lamb Inn was transferred from Ann Wade to Michael Barry in August 1889. [7]

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James Stace was granted a publican's license for the Lamb's Inn at Wingham in 1856 - 1860


[1] Maitland Mercury 19 April 1848

[2] Maitland Mercury 22 December 1849

[3] Maitland Mercury 15 May 1850 .

[4] State Archives NSW; Series: 14403; Item: [4/87-88]; Reel: 5065 Description License Year: 1854 Source Information New South Wales, Australia.

[5] State Archives NSW; Series: 14403; Item: [7/1505-1506]; Reel: 1238 Description License Year: 1856 Source Information New South Wales, Australia

[6] Sydney Morning Herald 6 December 1857

[7] Maitland Mercury 20 August 1889

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