Evelina and her ducks

First licensee of the Bush Inn

The Bush Inn (one of so many Bush Inns) at the corner of Malvern & Williams roads, used to house a settlers tavern and a teamsters lounge with horse stables.

There is an apt legend in the decorous teamsters lounge that says men in days gone by, drove their bullock and horse teams this way, and refreshed themselves at the Bush Inn, before continuing their journey.


Perhaps the oldest thing left at the Bush Inn is the typical bluestone-paved lane on it's north side, still scored by steel tyres and iron-shod hooves. A leisurely visit to the Bush Inn might supply endless stories---some in verse---ranging from tales of Dan Morgan, the brigand, to the works of Adam Lindsay Gordan, the poet.


It was built as a bark shanty on lot 31 and 32 of Gardiner District by Thomas Colclough, who had held the Fountain Inn in Sydney (1847-49). By the 1850's it was a picturesque place, wrapped with a cottage garden of foxgloves, hollyhocks, rosemary, thyme, and lavender. Thomas Portlock Stone (Storse in some records) succeeded Colclough in May 1854, and after him, his wife and daughter, the beautiful Evelina ran the pub. Evelina's maternal grandfather was also there for contrast, recounting his warrior tactics in the Peninsular War while he kept a watchful eye on his granddaughter. Evelina with her golden hair and dark flashing eyes was the toast of half the country. Nearby Evelina Road remembers her, so they say.


Rumour has it, in 1867 Evelina was charged with illegally possessing pet ducks that would follow her where ever she went. Maybe this explains why duck was on the menu as a special every Sunday at the Bush.