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Commercial Hotel, now the Paterson Tavern

The Commercial Hotel was built in Prince Street Paterson in 1882 for its first licensee, Joseph Green Smith.[1] Smith had been licensee of the Plough Inn but closed it because it did not meet accommodation requirements under the new Licensing Act of 1882. That closure led to the construction of the Commercial Hotel. After the death of JG Smith his widow Ellen ran the hotel, followed by their son John Allen Smith.[2] Ellen was the licensee from 1893 to at least 1900.

In 1906 the Commercial Hotel was trading as 'Murray's Commercial Hotel'.[3] In about 1911 it was extended to the west.[4] In 1924 the new owner of the Commercial Hotel, FT Bradsheet, renovated and refurbished it.[5] It now trades as the Paterson Tavern.

Commercial Hotel/Paterson Tavern the Commercial Hotel in the early 1900s

The Commercial Hotel in the early 1900s (photo: Harry Boyle collection, Paterson Historical Society).

the Commercial Hotel about 1920

The Commercial Hotel about 1920, after it had been extended to the west (photo: Paterson Historical Society).

the Commercial Hotel in 1924

The Commercial Hotel in 1924 (photo: Tooths Yellow Cards).

the Commercial Hotel in 1930

The Commercial Hotel in 1930 (photo: Tooths Yellow Cards).

See also

List and index of Paterson's hotels.

Tooths Yellow Cards for Paterson Tavern.


1. Maitland Mercury, 19 June 1882; 1 June 1882, 8.

2. Shirley Threlfo, James Phillips and Bona Vista, Paterson River, Paterson Historical Society, 2000.

3. Maitland Mercury, 21 February 1906, 7.

4. Cameron Archer, Glove Box Guide to the Paterson Valley, Paterson Historical Society, 2014.

5. Maitland Daily Mercury, 4 October 1924, 4.

Knight, Ken and Fred Scott. Pubs and Publicans in NSW 1860-1900. Society of Australian Genealogists, 2016.