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Crown and Anchor Inn Scone

Thomas French

The following notice printed in the Dungog Chronicle on 25 November 1919, tells a little of the history of the Crown and Anchor.......

Death. On Thursday last, Mr Frank French, says the Scone 'Advocate,' received word of the death in the Northern State, of his eldest brother, and oldest member in the family, Mr Thomas French, at the ripe age of 91 years. The deceased, who left these parts many years ago, was probably (almost certainly) the oldest living Scone native. He was the eldest member of a numerous family, and his life of upwards of 90 years may be said to cover the whole of the life of this district from the very dawn of its settlement. The deceased's father, the late Thomas French, and mother, were young free immigrant from Leicestershire, and were married shortly after landing in Sydney which itself was then a place of only a few scattered dwellings and tents. The young couple came to Scone very shortly after wards and it was here that Thomas French was born. The late Thos. French (deceased's father) built the Crown and Anchor Hotel, and himself kept it for some time, being, we take it the first licencee. The deceased who has just passed away, then quite a boy was present when young Graham, the storekeeper, was shot by the Jewboy gang of bush rangers in 1840. Hearing the shot fired, he, with the late George Gray, so it is stated, ran out to see what was the matter. That was about 4 o'clock in the morning. As Mr Gray, who lived in a cottage now demolished a few years back, on the same block, ran out, one of the gang said, 'Keep back, I've shot one, and you'll be the next. It might be recalled that in those early days there was a store, kept by the late Thos Dangar, on the vacant block of land at the intersection of the Gundy and the Northern Roads, and on the store being stuck up by the gang, who had just before stuck up Turanville house, young Graham, who was in charge of the store, ran out for the purpose of in forming the police, when lie was followed and shot on the spot now occupied by the Skating Rink. The deceased who, has just passed from us, and by whose death a link connecting us with the earlier days of Scone is snapped, had a distinct recollection of this occurrence  - now nearly 80 years back

William Baxter

William Baxter held the licence for the Crown and Anchor situated in Kingdon Street, Scone in 1850.

He had enlarged the Stabling and provided a large well watered and commodious paddock formerly attached to the Golden Fleece Inn where an abundant supply of grass was on hand. He was making arrangements to continue the Scone annual races on the old ground with the same eclat that had distinguished Races of former years.

Francis Frederick

Francis Frederick was granted a publican's licence for the Crown and Anchor in April 1855.

George Hopper

George Hopper was granted a licence in April 1860

R. Ferguson

In 1870 the licence was transferred from R. Ferguson to Mr. Adams.