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Copied from Centennial History of NSW 1888 by Barbara Adams
GEORGE ROLFE was born in Norfolk, England, in 1836, and came to the colony in 1849. He settled at Queanbeyan with his parents,and in the year 1857 leased a farm, but after some years of profitable work he took up a selection under the Government, which he held for three years. He then disposed of it, and purchased the Rose,Shamrock,and Thistle Hotel, Queanbeyan, which he conducted for ten years. For three years after that he was engaged in pastoral pursuits in the same district, and, having sold out, settled in Cooma in 1882, when he purchased his present hotel,
The Prince of Wales. Since then he has expended two thousand six hundred pounds in inprovements and additions,and now enjoys a large share of well deserved patronage. In 1887, and again in 1888, he was returned as an alderman.