William Cummings - Innkeeper of Sydney
  William Cummings arrived in Sydney in 18 and promptly went to work as an innkeeper for Sir John Jamieson. He arrived on the passenger ship the William Shand and started at the hotel known as the Sydney Arms. , which was occupied by the Superintendent of Police. 

He advised "to the inhabitants of Sydney and Public in general that he has taken the House lately known by the Sign of the Sydney Arms and at present occupied by the Principal Superintendent  of Police, which he intends to Open on or about the 20th instant ad a respectable Coffee house, Tavern and hotel, and having had several years experience in that line W C Walters himself shall be able to offer such accommodation and attention to the comfort of those Gentlemen and Families, who may kindly engage in his support he will ensure him of their future favors.

For reference apply to Mr. Cummings, Sydney Hotel . dated Thursday 17th July 1823.

Thursday 16 January 1823



Cummings Hotel at Sydney then Liverpool

William Cummings Hotel become the favoured venue of the gentry and was the subject of discourse over the activities of the Turf Club,

By 1844 William Cummings was before the courts being declared insolvent.  The 1840'2 depression took its toll of many during the early days of the colony.




THE LEASE, for five years, of altriode íirst-raie Premises known ns the "SH I P INN," Liverpool, with all the Sltiblitig. Coach-houses, &c, with splendid Garden and Orchard attached thereto, as also the House Fixtures, and Good Wid thereof, leaving it at the option of the purchaser to take the whole of the Furniture nt a fair valuation.

A. P., in offering the above for sale, begs to remark, that Liverpool is the great thoroughfare to the new Country, and the direct road to Port Phillip, &o , ihe trafilo lo which is so extensive and well known, that such an Inn as the Ship, well conducted, must be acknowledged by the most casual observer to be the most favorable opportunity to persons accustomed to the public line to'rcaliso a handsome competency. This is no vague assertion, ns it is n notorious fact, that the predecessor of ihe present Proprietor was enabled, after a few years, to retire therefrom independent.

A. Polack has further to state, that Mr. Cummings has been confined by ill health up- wards of eight months, with no view of being able to attend to a bustling business for some lime to come, which is the sole cause of his being anxious to obtain a successor to the above flourish- ing Inn.

Further particulars on reference to A. Polack, George.street.


A COOK, competent to do the duties

of his station ni a respectable Inn; salary 'twenty Pounds a-yenr. Also, n Hostler, accus- tomed to the- management of Hot ses; wages, Four Shillings a.week, exclusive of st.ib'c pei quisites which may be considerably inci eased by civil and obliging c.iuduct to the customers.

None need apply but such as are sober and honest, and can be well recommended by their last employees.

Apply personally to Mr. Cummings, Ship Inn, Liverpool.

It gives us much pleasure to state, that Mr. Pettit, formerly of the Pulteney, has taken the Hotel lately in the occupation of Mr. Cummings, on the Church Hill, and close by the military barrack gate, which be proposes opening immediately as a Family Hotel. From Mr. Pettit's well known urbanity and expe- rience, we anticipate his house will be- come a constant resort for families de- siring to combine respectability with comfort.


Plans illustrative of these Allotments lie for inspection at Mr. Lyons' Auction nnd Commission Rooms, and nt Cummings' Hotel, Liverpool.


Cummings Hotel at Maitland:

John Thomas, a constable of Maitland, deposed, that he apprehended the prisoner at Cumming's Hotel. He had a knife in his hand covered with blood. Witness pre. setced a pistol at him, and desired him to drop the knife; he did so, and surrendered. On the way to the lock-up house, the prisoner remarked, " It was certainly cruel to commit a murder in cold blood." Witness replied, " You should have thought of that before you did it i" answered, " Oh, d-n it, woemust put up with the whole affair." He then Joked with the constable about Ihis having flourished his knife to Cummings, and frightened him out of a glass of rum. (This was a fact, though not in the evidence.)

Friday 16 February 1838