Willow Tree pub.

Info compiled by Lyn Hall. 

The Willow Tree Inn and the Railway Hotel Willow Tree 1851 to 1976

Courtesy Trove Newspapers, Government Gazettes and Australian National University.

1851. - Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW : 1898 - 1955), Tuesday 27 October 1936, page 6

"Willow Tree Inn," Round Water Holes, Liverpool Plains; May 14tli.,

James Terry, in returning thanks for the liberal patronage with which he has been favoured since opening the above inn, begs to inform his friends and the public generally that he has just laid in a stock of first-rate wines, spirits and malt liquor, having been selected by him from one of the best houses in Sydney. Travellers patronising the "Willow Tree Inn" will find clean beds, good meals, with civility, and attention. The stables are equal to any on the line or road, and are attended to by a sober and careful groom.

J.T. has always on hand several first-rate horses for sale, exchange or hire.

(Interesting – James Terry was granted a licence in 1854 to operate an Inn in his home in Scone – he called it The Willow Tree Inn).

1852 John Joseph Kerney –

Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Wednesday 26 January 1853:

STRAYED, from the "Willow Tree Inn," Liverpool Plains

One IRON GREY COLT, branded P on near shoulder, switch tail, two years old. One BROWN COLT, branded P on near shoulder, little white stripe in forehead, switch tail, two years old.

One PONY FILLY, branded EP on near shoulder  P on off shoulder, star in forehead,near hind fetlock white, one year old off.

Whoever will deliver the above named horses to Mr. J. J. Kerney, of the " Willow Tree Inn,"will receive the above reward of One pound

 

1854 Henry Chivers 18th April, 1854. The Willow Tree Inn, District of Tamworth. Publican Licence Index 1830-1861

 

1856 – William Britton  - Dorothy Durrant

 

1858 William Britten, The Willow Tree Inn, Publican Licence Index 1830-1861

1860 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1861 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1862 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1863 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1864 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1865 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1866 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1867 William Britton, Willow Tree Inn –NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence 

1868 Thomas Guest - Willow-tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1869 Thomas Guest - Willow-tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1870 Thomas Guest - Willow-tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1872 Thomas Guest - Willow-tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1873 Thomas Guest - Willow-tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

 

1873   Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), Saturday 29 November 1873, page 17

….and then for several miles we passed between the well fenced Warrah property, belonging to the Australian Agricultural Co. The next, or rather first stage, " The Willow Tree," from Murrurundi, was then reached. The " Willow Tree " is a refreshing looking place to call at on a hot day, and partake of Guest's good beer. There are a number of fine willows overhanging a stream, and threatening to completely envelope Guest's Willow Tree hotel and store. Hence the name of the place. Several bullock teams, laden with wool, and horse teams with tin ore, were camped here, and others proceeding along the dusty road. About a mile and a half from the Willow Tree the road branches in two directions-one to the left, leading to Breeza and Gunnedah ; and the other one to the right, which we took, to Tamworth.

 

1874 -Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Thursday 12 February 1874, page 4

THE WILLOW TREE -The well-known " hospital" kept so long by Mr Thos Guest is about to have a new landlord We hear Mr McDonald, of Gunnedah, has taken this old established Inn, and comes into possession next month. The public will lose a well known and good caterer in Mr Guest, who goes, we hear, to Tamworth

 

1874 - Catherine McDonald- NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

 

1874 - Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 13 May 1874, page

THE A. A. COMPANY'S ESTATE WARRAH.[From The Sydney Mail's Special Correspondent]

At the Willow Tree, Mrs McDonald's inn, which is situated about 10 miles north of Murrurundi on the main rood, inquiries may be made as to the best road to Warrah, probably the directions given will be after the fashion "Close to the toll bar observe a white gate, go in there, take the right hand track, go through a gate marked in plain letters -no dray road, follow on the track, and four miles will bring you to the head station, Now Warrah "

 

1875 Sidney George - Willow Tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1876 Sidney George - Willow Tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1877 Sidney George - Willow Tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1877 -  Opening of the Railway to Warrah.

1878 Sidney George - Willow Tree Inn - NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

 

1878 - Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Saturday 9 February 1878, page 4

Warrah, or Willow Tree as it is now called, ………the followers of Bacchus can have their wants supplied at the old Willow Tree Inn, about a mile from the railway station, or at a ' Pub," recently erected at the entrance to the station yard.. This latter, however, has no pretention to supply more than a rough feed and any amount of liquor. It is much owing to the want of spirit in the Railway Department that a place for refreshments had not been supplied at the Willow Tree station. In any other country but this slow going colony of New South Wales

 

1879 Jacob Johnston - Warrah - Railway Hotel. NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1880 Jacob Johnston - Warrah - Railway Hotel. NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1881 Jacob Johnston - Warrah - Railway Hotel. NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence

1884 James Gately NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

1885James Gately NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

 

1885 Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Tuesday 23 June 1885, page 5

Host Gately, of the Willow Tree Inn, whose unvarying attention to the wants of his Visitors, has become a byword in the North, is leaving us for fresh fields and pastures new, having taken that hotel in Haydonton lately occupied by Mr. Nicholl. May his civility always secure him the patronage he well deserves.

 

1886 – Edward Upton – NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

1887 – Edward Upton – NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

1888 – Edward Upton – NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

1888 -  Warrah Managers Letters 4/2 1888

We had, I think, better build a bachelors' establishment at Old Warrah for the English importations and now that the saw bench is working we have a fine opportunity to get the timber for it.  I had a talk with Sisson this morning to Thomas complaints about the Sydney men and he thinks their conduct is worse than I am informed of and recommends not only clearing them off the place but closing the Willow Tree grog shop.


1889 – Edward Upton – NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

 

1889 - Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), Tuesday 31 December 1889, page 6

THE MURDER AND SUICIDE AT WILLOW TREE.

Referring to the above shocking occurrence, concisely reported in our telegraphic news this day week, fuller details are given in the Quirindi Gazette of last Saturday. The perpetrator of the tragedy was James Montgomery, a man about 30 years of age, and his victim Rose Bush, aged 20, who had been engaged at Upton's Railway Hotel, Willow Tree, as servant for the past two years. Montgomery being an employee on the Colley Creek Station, close by, he had frequent opportunity of seeing Rose Bush, and the result was that be became what people considered to be ‘foolishly fond of her,' and it was reported that they were to be married; but whether they were really engaged or not we were unable to learn.

 

From 1890 to 1915 there are no records of a hotel. Although Dorothy Durrant mentions the liquor licence for the old Willow Tree Inn being held by Joshua Edward Upton. 1890 to 1908. There is no other record to support this. Possible Joshua Upton owned the land the original Inn was on.  There is no record of Hunter Ham holding a publican’s licence. Hunter Ham, owned the land were the old Inn was situated. The Heyman family remember Victor Heyman had paddocks called “Uptons” and “Hams” and Victor reportedly knocked down the remains of the Inn.

Edward Upton left the hotel in Willow Tree and built the Royal in Quirindi.

1890 - Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Tuesday 18 February 1890 Page 3

QUIRINDI.

One of the surest signs of the progress of any town is the accommodation and attractive conveniences for travellers, for this not only indicates that increasing demand has created a want but that local enterprise and capital is equal to the occasion. A fine instance of the development of this truism is to be found in the thriving grazing land agricultural town of Quirindi, where Mr. Upton, so long and favourably known to " men of the road" as the genial landlord of the " Willow tree," between Quirindi and Murrurundi, is now erecting a really handsome and commodious hotel on a scale quite unknown in the district. The building, which is in Station-street, and will be called the " Royal,"

 

1894 - Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), Saturday 17 February 1894, page 19

WILLOW TREE. (from a correspondent.)

Here I am riding easily at anchor at the old historical Willow Tree, enjoying the general hospitality of Mr. T. Britton and his kind, amiable wife. …………. There is no hotel here, as Mr. Britton objects to the business. The Warra Company and the Railway Commissioners — the other landed proprietors in the district — are not inclined to sell or lease land for the purpose, so the place is without an hotel, or even an accommodation house. A wine shop has just been opened.

 

1914 - The Map for the sale of land by the AA Co in 1914 depicts a hotel being on the Main North Road (the position of the current hotel)


 

1915 Extract Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW 1910 - 1916), Saturday 12 June 1915, page 8

The building trade in around Willow Tree continues as brisk as ever. Now cottages, and residences are appearing in various directions, including a fine roomy dwelling for Mrs. Upton Snr., next to her son's Railway Hotel.

 

1915 - Extract - Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW 1910 - 1916), Saturday 30 October 1915, page 3

WILLOW TREE NEWS.

The genial host of the Willow Tree Hotel (Mr. K. J. Upton) went to Armidale on Monday night, where he intends to spend a holiday in the bracing New England climate.

Good progress is being made with Dooley and Co.'s large new brick emporium, which is being erected on a centrally situated allotment on the eastern side of the main street and opposite the Railway Hotel. This building, when completed will be an imposing structure and another architectural ornament to the town, and it’s substantial dimensions show that the owners have great faith in the future of that go ahead centre.

1917 R Upton Railway Hotel

 

1919 – Richard Upton – 28/2/1919 NSW Govt Gazette Publican Licence Murrurundi – Railway Hotel

 

1921      R J Upton             -             
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1923       Shepherd            -             
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1924      R J Upton             -             
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1937      John Chaplin       -             
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1940       Lawrence Luckie-            
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1945      Reginald Sevil    -             
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1948       Isaac Roberts -                  
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1950      George &Eileen Healey
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1951       George Clayton-              
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1951       Francis Hancock-            
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1959       James McElwaine-          
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1960      Mervyn Simpson-            
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1962       Francis Price-                   
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1965       William &Gladys Scott   
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1968       Bruce Smith-                     
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1969       Ronald Balmer                  
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1971       Barrington Blaines          
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1972      Florio John Chemello     
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1973       Brian Simms                      
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1974       Ronald Daws                     
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1976       Noel Smith                         
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John Sheppard | Reply 28.03.2021 15:51

we like your page and have a coment that might help you.Mrs A Upton was
granted the licence to the pub in May 1914. from the Scone Advocate 1914

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Family past. Didn't know about the Warrah Station Bell.
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Edward married Anne in Philadelphia came to Aust in 1877 died May1897
Anne died Sep 1940 they had the licence for the hotel in 1914

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