Molly, rat catcher's daughter
Only one woman left her mark on the first 30 years of Hunter Valley history: she was Molly Morgan.
Molly the convict - was rewarded for good conduct with a small leasehold farm at Wallis Plains, as the site of West Maitland was then known. This was the beginning of a new phase in Molly’s life for her leasehold was confirmed by Governor Brisbane in 1823 and she eventually owned 64.5 hectares (159 acres) of some of the most valuable real estate in the colony.
During this period she owned one of the town’s first hotels, the Angel Inn.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 28, 2012.