Sly William1844 - 1930 (86 years)
Name Sly William Born 1844 Black Horse Inn, Richmond, NSW, Australia [1, 2] Gender Male Occupation 1872 Boswell Street, Richmond, NSW, Australia  Butcher Died 30 Apr 1930 ,Manly,NSW, Australia [2, 4, 5, 6] Person ID I640 GeniAus Family Tree Last Modified 22 Apr 2019
Father Sly William H, b. Abt 1817, ,,Surrey, England , d. 4 Oct 1874, Black Horse Hotel,Richmond, NSW, Australia (Age ~ 57 years) Mother Westbrook Sophia, b. 11 Feb 1825, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 18 May 1900, ,,NSW,Australia (Age 75 years) Married 2 Apr 1844 ,Richmond, NSW, Australia Family ID F468 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Living Children + 1. Sly Alfred William, b. 1868, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 1960, ,,NSW,Australia (Age 92 years) + 2. Sly Blanche Sophia, b. 1870, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 3 May 1932, ,,NSW,Australia (Age 62 years) 3. Sly Eleanor Margaret, b. 1873, ,,NSW,Australia , d. Bef 1932 (Age < 58 years) 4. Sly Gertrude M, b. 1875, ,,NSW,Australia 5. Sly Jessie Madeline, b. 1880, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 2 Feb 1900, ,,NSW,Australia (Age 20 years) + 6. Sly Theophilus, b. 1881, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 28 Aug 1951, , Richmond, NSW, Australia (Age 70 years) + 7. Sly Ivy, b. 1888, ,,NSW,Australia , d. 1 Jul 1935, ,,NSW,Australia (Age 47 years) Last Modified 26 Mar 2020 Family ID F2819 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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- [S52] x NSW BDM Indexes, V1844285 158/1844 .
SLY WILLIAM WILLIAM SOPHIA
- [S123] Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1921), 19 February 1932.
- [S2956] Greville's 1972 Post Office Directory, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hcastle/grevilles/lists/pqr/ric.html#Richmond.
SLY William jun. butcher Boswell St. Richmond
- [S52] x NSW BDM Indexes, 7892/1930 .
SLY WILLIAM WILLIAM SOPHIA MANLY
- [S123] Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1921), 11 July 1930.
THE LATE WILLIAM SLY
AND THE BLACK HORSE HOTEL
RICHMOND REMINISCENCES -
(For the 'Windsor and Richmond Gazette')
By A. W . S.
Mr WILLIAM SLY, who died, recently at
the age of 86 years, was many years ago
proprietor, of the old Black Horse Hotel,
Richmond, the oldest licensed house in Aus-
tralia until the license was transferred to
Kurrajong Heights a few years ago. The
Black Horse was licensed in 1819, and in
the 'good old days' it was better known
as the Honeymoon Inn, the late Sir Henry
Parkes and Sir George Dibbs being among
the many who spent their honeymoon there.
A visitors' book w as then kept at the ho-
tel for the purpose of recording the names
of those who spent their happy days there-
in. The book, I believe, should become my
property, as I am the eldest son of the late
William Sly. However, I understand it is
in the possession of Mr. A. Wood, of
March-street, Richmond, who, I am sure,
will only be too pleased to show anyone
wishing to inspect the historic volume. Mrs.
Wood is a grand-daughter of the late So-
phia Sly, who was the mother of William,
James, John, Mary, Annie, Charles, Maggie,
Henry, Jane and Walter. All were born in
the historic Black HorseHotel, and were
well-known to people of the Hawkesbury
district. Only one son of the family smoked,
and seldom would you 'ever' see one of them
go into an hotel for a- drink.
The late William Sly was the father of
Alfred (Auburn), Blanche (Mrs. H. Powell,
of Richmond), Eleanor (the late Mrs. Geo.
Hunt, of Sydney), Gertrude (Mrs. Geo. Mil
ler, of Orange), Jessie '(deceased), Ivy (Mrs.
S. Ireland, of Manly), and Theo (Richmond).
William Sly was a man who was highly
respected by all with whom he came in con-
tact, especially during the time he was li-
censee of the Black Horse Hotel, which was
in the possession of the Sly family for over
50 years. Years ago, when horse racing in
the Hawkesbury was regarded as a guide for
the big meetings at Randwick, especially
the Metropolitan and Doncaster — the horses
that won the Hawkesbury Handicap and the
Mile were always'considered good things for
.the Metrop. and Doncaster, and often came
off — stables were' located at- Windsor, Clar-
endon and Richmond. A week or even lon-
ger before the race meetings took place
horses arrived in the district from all parts
of the State. These meetings were described
in the' ''Gazette' some little time back by
Mr. Ernest Huxley, who, I may say, is a
relative of the Sly family.
I can mention noted trainers of to-day,
who, but a few short 'years ago, were joc-
keys and well-known to the Sly family,
who used to do the catering for many of
them. Some would actually pass out of the
Saddling Paddock to the Ledger to get what
they called 'a good meal,' not, forgetting
the home-made dampers which they would
take home with them.
In those days the racecourse would be
well filled with people at 9 o'clock in the
morning, all waiting for the -programme to
commence.. During their wait there would
be plenty of fun to keep them amused, even
if it was at 'the expense of poor old 'Garden
Honey,' who used to sell the race books in a
dress coat and top hat.
Such good horses as those belonging to
Sir Hercules Robinson, Sir Daniel Cooper,
Sir John Young, Messrs. Gilchrist and Watt
and Co., in fact all the Governor's horses,
were stabled at the Black Horse, and to-
day there 'still remains one or two of the
boxes in which they were housed. The
stables were mostly built strong and lined
with laths, and plaster, large louver windows,
and shingle on -the roof which kept them
cool in the summer time. ,
Here are some of the names of the train-
ers who used to look forward to the Haw-
kesbury races and 'would notify Mr. Sly
regarding the number of horse boxes they
required: — F. Sandon, Teddy Keys, J. Mona-
ghan,, W. Kelso, senr., 'T.. Brown (2), 'A..
Cornwell, J. Cook, W.Chaffe, I. Cornwell, W.
Gullem, M. Kelllck, ' H. Raynor, T. Payten,
P. Lynch, Chippendall, P. Dwyer, W. Dug-
gan, T. Lamond' and others too numerous
to mention.' I would like to recall, while
on these' names that Mr. W. Kelso, junr.,
a son of one of 'the above-mentioned, came
to Richmond to ride a pony, Lady Chester,
for Mr. C. Roberts. When he saw young
'Bill' Kelso, as he was ' then known, Mr.
Roberts remarked,' 'I don't think I would
' like this little chap, to ride any pony — he
will fall off.' To satisfy Mr. Roberts, Mr.
Kelso said,' 'I will tie him on or strap him
there.' After, a little persuasion, 'Bill'
Kelso was safely seated, and, needless to
say, came home an easy winner. I have oft-
en been, going to ask Mr. W. Kelso if he
remembers the day, on the old sandy course
, at Clarendon, which is the aviation ground
Now we come to: the ' foot-runners who
were trained by the late William Sly at
the Black Horse Hotel when that sport
was in the boom. The following are a few
names of good; performers: — J. McGarrigal
(champion white man), C. Samuels (abo.
champion). McGarrigal won the Botany
£500 and the Carrington £500 within a
fortnight. In the final of the former he
defeated F. Nowland by six inches for
something like £30,000. Ask Frank, lie will
Then there were T. Malone, F. Nowland,
W. Williams, Joe Price, H. Bushell, T. Grif-
fiths, Mick Monnock, Joe Bushell, H. Miller,
D. Noonan, Jack Noonan, Jack Logan, Var-
ley, W. C. Allen, S. Donovan, T. Gatterall, .
Matt. Waters (judge at the ponies and not
muti like a runner to-day, but pretty slick
in his younger days), C. Doyle, C Keppler,
Flockton, Ted. Lazarus (who would always
hold C .Samuels in a 50 yards sprint), Alf.
Hume, D. Braithwaite, W. Moore, H. Moore,
T. 'McGory, Alick McGory, Underhill, J. At-
kinson, J. Sullivan, .H. Stewart, J. Parker,
M. Tierney, A. Wall, W. Turner, Paddy
Doyle (abo.), D. Stevens, Brownlow, Ted.
Rudd and his brother,' M. Solomon, P. Her-
bert, McGuinness, C. Carver, R. Settler, Mary .'''-
Jane Hunt, and dozens of others. All were
trained by Mr. Sly, who was noted as one
of the best trainers and time-keepers of his
day. He always claimed J. McGarrigal as
the best. Mr,. Sly trained McGarrigal when
he won the Botany and Carrington. Handi-
caps. He also trained C. Samuels when he
beat the English champion, Hutchens, at
Carrington for £500 a side; also H. Miller
when he beat Bob. Ashworth for £200 a
side.'D. Braithwaite when he ran bold J.
Donohue for £200 a side and won, and C.
Carver to run Bob. 'Stokes at the back of
the old Melton Hotel, Auburn, for £100 and
£200 a side the same evening and won both
In fact, there was always a man in Mr .
Sly's hands who could be called on to win
a race when wanted. Such men as' the late
Messrs. W. Lees, T. Rose, C. Mitchell (New-
castle) used to pay for men to be trained
by the late William Sly, who was greatly
assisted by his eldest son — the writer. I
was regarded as the best 'trial horse'' they
would get for all-comers.
I have a paper 50 years old with, the pho-
tos of such good runners as J. Aplett and
Bob. Watson, both champions in their day.
I have also a photo of J.' McGarrigal (cham-
pion), not forgetting one of C. Carver. I
might also mention that the 'boxers — P. Sla-
vin and J. Hall — trained at the Black Horse.
In regard to the remarks in the 'Gazette'
by Mr. J. Mitchell, concerning The Barber,
etc. to the effect that he had no knowledge
of stables being at the Black Horse Hotel,
if he will go there now he can see the old
original building. I might add that Mr.
Mitchell was quite -correct about the hotel
at which The Barber was stabled, and I can
enlighten him that it was at one time cal-
led the Union Hotel, afterwards the Post
Office Hotel, not the Court House Hotel, as
- [S123] Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1921).
LINK WITH THE PAST
DEATH OF WILLIAM SLY
LICENSEE OF HISTORIC HOTEL
A LINK with the past was snapped by the
death at Manly on Wednesday week,
April 30, of Mr. William Sly, many years
ago proprietor and owner of the historic
Black Horse Hotel, at Richmond, the li-
cense, of which was transferred a few years
ago to Kurrajong Heights.
Over 50, years ago, when Mrs. Seymour,
wife of Dr. Seymour, who owned the Black
Horse Hotel, died she, by her will, bequea-
thed this historic house to a child whom she
had adopted, named Sophia Westbrook. Miss
Westbrook married William Sly, who was
Mrs. Seymour's manager for over 40 years,
and they continued the business and ran
the hotel in its palmiest days. On one oc-
casion Sir John and Lady Young stayed
at the inn, 'and .the Governor's wife was
presented with a bouquet on her arrival at
the door by a daughter of the hostess.
When the Slys passed away their son,
William, the subject of this notice, became
possessed of the property. He was born
in the Black. Horse, and his mother was in
the house as a baby, and used to play un-
der the weather-worn cedar tree which still
stands beside the tavern-door.
The late William Sly was licensee of the
historic hotel for over 30 years, and he was
one of the best known and most respected
citizens of the Hawkesbury. He was a man
who took a great interest in sport, particu
larly foot races, and a number of the early
day champion pedestrians were guests at his
hotel. In those days foot racing was prac-
tically regarded as the national sport.
Subsequently, the late Mr. Sly disposed
of the Black Horse Hotel property, and
about 10 or 15 years ago removed to Manly
to reside with one of his married daughters
(Mrs. Sid Ireland), where he died at the
age of 86 years. He leaves a family of two
sons and three daughters, viz., Alfred Wil-
liam (Auburn), Blanche (Mrs. Harry Pow-
ell, Richmond), Gertrude (Mrs. Geo.Miller,
of Orange), Theo. (Richmond), and Ivy (Mrs.
Sid. Ireland, Manly). One daughter prede-
ceased her father.
The funeral took place on Thursday, the
remains being laid to rest in St. Peter's
Church of England cemetery, Richmond
within a stone's' throw of where the de-
ceased was born.
- [S52] x NSW BDM Indexes, V1844285 158/1844 .