The first public house in Parramatta was run by Captain Essex Henry Bond who was granted the first beer license by Judge Advocate Collins on 20 October 1792. Bond had brought a large stock of beer and other goods with him on board the Royal Admiral and opened his shop at the junction of Church and Macquarie Street. He also opened a second shop at the same time in High Street (now George Street), Sydney.

According to the Argus the captain brought out 289 male and 47 female prisoners, including Mary Reiby, and was the first to bring convicts directly to Parramatta instead of disembarking them in Sydney. Bond died at Ditchteys, Essex, 19 July, 1819.

Old Parramatta, The Argus, 1 November, 1913
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), Wednesday 25 October, 1899
Convict Ship Captains,
Bond Family Members in the East India Company,
Free Settler or Felon,

by-saGeoff Barker, Research and Collection Services Coordinator, Parramatta City Council Heritage and Visitor Centre, 2014