Paterson Historical Society

... preserving Paterson Valleys history

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Welcome to the Paterson Historical Society

Program of guest speakers 2015

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Meetings start at 7.30 in the Court House Museum. Guest speakers start at approximately 8.00pm. The program of guest speakers for 2015 is:

  • 2 April  Dr Brian Walsh: "Elizabeth Paterson" (wife of Lieutenant-Governor William Paterson);
  • 7 May – Lesley Gent: "Dr Francis Moran";
  • 2 July – Ed Tonks: "to be advised";
  • 6 August – Ian Sherman: "Colonial brick making";
  • 3 September – Wayne Patfield: "Paterson River" (continued);
  • 5 November – Boris Sokolof: "to be advised".


Facebook group for Paterson history

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facebook logo There is a Facebook group for people interested in the history of the Paterson and Allyn River valleys. It's called 'Lost Paterson' and is a great way to share photos and stories of the area's past [go to Lost Paterson].


Museum and meeetings

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The Paterson Museum is located in the former Court House in the village and is open from to 3.00pm Sundays.

The Paterson Historical Society meets in the Museum at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month except January. New members are welcome.


Paterson's corn staddle is back

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Paterson's corn staddle is now fully repaired, restored and back on a new set of posts in Tucker Park thanks to the work of Kevin Hawtin, Wayne Patfield, Adam Long and others from Paterson Historical Society. This iconic heritage building has been given a new lease of life with its restoration and is once again a striking local landmark.

A staddle is an ancient form of grain storage, the raised structure protecting the stored grain from rats and mice. Staddles can be found throughout Europe. In the Hunter region staddles were used to store and dry cobs of corn following harvest. The Paterson staddle is the only left in the Hunter Valley and one of only two known to remain in Australia. The other one is in Bothwell, Tasmania. (Reference: Colonial Silo Mysteries by Cameron Archer and Val Anderson).

Paterson corn staddle being lifted back onto its new posts

Paterson corn staddle back in place, Sunday 10 August 2014


Glove Box Guide to the Paterson Valley

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Paterson Historical Society's Glove Box Guide to the Paterson Valley is now available. This new, definitive guide to leisure drives in the valley is 48 pages in full colour, generously laced with photos to tempt even the most couch-bound to reach for their car keys.

Based on 35 years of experience in the valley, Cameron Archer shares the secrets, delights and details of this special place - from Morpeth in the south, right through to the very cradle of the valley in the high country of Mount Allyn in the Barrington Tops National Park. As the name suggests, the book fits snugly in the glove box and includes a map along with advice about checking road conditions and other safety considerations. There are also web sites for further information.

Price is $15.00, available on Sundays from Paterson Courthouse Museum, or by mail order from Paterson Historical Society ($10 postage). The book is also available from McDonalds Booksellers in Maitland and from various outlets in the Paterson Valley.

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