|Inns Across the Mountains 1835|
Amelia Collits was born on 27.9.1812 at Castlereagh and baptised on 25.10.1812 at St. Matthews at Windsor.
Amelia married John Skeen on the 29.6.1832 at Kelso, via Bathurst. John Skeen was a native of Birmingham, England.
It is said that for Amelia's marriage, she rode on horseback from the Inn to Kelso, a distance of some 55 miles.
In the 1835 Newspaper there was a reference to the Inns on the Mountain Road. Of interest is the fact that there is no eference to 'Michael Flanagans property which was the Harp of Erin, but Skeene's, Mount Victoria is recorded. John Skeene, was married to the daughter of Pierce Collits, so it was possible have had a small sandstone inn erected on Pierce's block which become Josephs in 1846. In 1835 Rosedale (Mt Victoria Inn) was not yet erected, so the reference to "Skeene's, Mount Victoria" would have to
The Travellers Inn was just near McKanes Falls Road is today. So Skeene's was 8 miles east of Mackanes Falls Rd.
Pierce Collits always maintained that the block on which Rose Inn now stands was granted to him, and he did a bit of double dipping when there was a shortage of surveyors. Hence he was allocated two parcels of 200 acres. His original land block is titled P. Collet, then crossed through as Jospeh Colletc although it is not known as to the date when the alteration was added.
There that the first section of Rose Inn was the original Inn based on the fact that Pierce believed the block to be his. In 1839 he signed a lease with Joseph, and Rose Inn was liced as Rose Inn with Mary Ann Perry as the publicans wife. John Skeen died
Thomas Mitchell objected to
John Skeene. 1:He had worked on the road parties on the Western Road
including with Skeen as the overseer. Skeene drawn
in accomplices who supported in his rorting of the system
making falsecharges against members of their gang, in order to
protect those responsible for
An example in the management of a
convict workforce is presented by Assistant Overseer John Skeen.
About the time of the Bruton-MacDonald altercation, Skeen was found
using a government cart
Hence Mitchell confirmed that Skeene has resigned around 1832/33 and had built a house of ill repute.
Their first daughter was born on September 1832 down at Castlereagh, John and Amelia Skene obtained a license in 1835 under the sign of The Rising Sun.
Monday 20 July 1835
ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE MOUNTAIN ROAD.-Since the last License Meeting; a regular line of Inns at short stages has been established on the Mountain Road from the Nepean River to Bathurst, which renders travelling infinitely less irksome than it has been during previous years. For the guidance of travellers, we subjoin a list of the houses licensed for public accommodation, their positions, and relative distances :- Pilgrim, top of Lapstone-hill, 40 miles from Sydney ; Woolpack, Fitzgerald's Valley, 45 ditto ; Pembroke's, Twenty-mile hollow, 55 ditto ; Weatherboard Inn, Jamison's Valley, 63 ditto; Scotch Thistle, Pulpit-hill, 70 ditto; Gardner's, Blackheath, 77 ditto; Skeene's, Mount Victoria, 83 ditto ; Traveller's Inn, Hassan's Walls, 91 ditto ; Mail Coach, Solitary Creek, 99 ditto ; Trafalgar Inn, Honeysuckle Flat, 108 ditto ; Green Man, Green Swamp, 120 ditto. On arrival at Bathurst, there are seven houses of entertainment on the Roxburgh or Old Settler's side of the Macquarie, and three on the New Township or Government side, the whole affording comfortable accommodation to every class of wayfarers respectively, from the luxurious traveller in his phaeton and pair, to the humble pedestrian, who forgets his fatigue over bread and cheese and beer.
Amelia Skeen was recorded as the licensee of The Rising Sun, Mt Victoria in 1835, then John her husbasn was shown as licensee.
ROSE , LITTLE HARTLEY.-THOMAS G.
MARKWELL, late of the Golden Fleeos, George-street, sear the Haymarket, Sydney, begs to "return, thanks to . his numere us friends and supporters for their past favour while" In .business in Sydney, and to Inform them that he has reamed frem Sydney to Little Hartley, and has taken the above old established business as a first-class family and com- mercial Hotel, and solicits the patronage of gentlemen in the inleiior visiting Little Hartley or travelling to Sjdney.
The proprietor enters into the Rose with the fallest confidence In his ability to give satisfaction to those he may have the hononr to entertain. The stables are com- modious and airy, and are under the management of an experienced and careful groom, and aro well supplied with hay and corn of the best description.
Large and oommodions cattle yards arranged well for the purpose of stock travelling to market.
January 22nd.Friday 25 January 1861
TO LET, at Bowenfels, the property of Mrs. 0. Blaring, tbat old-established , GLASGOW ARMS, with Chisholm House opposite. The contain» 13 rooms, with atore, kitchen, outhousos, stables, &c. Ia« private houso, 12 large rooms, kitchen, laundry, oronsti, vegetablo garden, i.e. ; with the estate, 400 aoret, nts furniture to be taken at a fair valuation. Rent moderáis*
Apply to Arthur Cubitt, boase agent, Bridge-street.Tuesday 3 December 1872
< Monday 23 August 1852
riO LET, aM ESSUAGE or Dwell
i ing HOUSE, containing seven apartments,
with detached kitchen, stable, and coach house, and
an excellent yard, facing the Old Toll Bar.
Inquire of Mr. George Segerson, Castlereagh
street, next door to Mr. Pettit's
February 6th, 1843. 277
< Thursday 30 March 1843
TO PUBLICANS AND OTHERS. rO LET, with immediate possession, JT that well established Family HO IEL and PUBLIC-HOUSE known as the " Victoria Inn," on the Bathurst road, in the district of , in the county of Bathurst. The house is stone built, containing ten rooms, with detached kitchen, cellars, stabling, and other buildings required for conducting a firstrate establishment; trgether with twelve hundred and eighty acres of arable pasture and wood land. The present tenant, Mr. Rotten, who is leaving the business to cultivate his farm, will part with his stock.in-trade (which is small) and the greater part of his furniture and business utensils, on such terms as may be mutually agreed upon. Such an opportunity for entering into a firstrato business may not occur for years. Apply to Mr. Hercules Watt, Phillip-street, Sydney; or J. Liscombe, Esq., B3athurst. 679