Paterson Historical Society

... preserving Paterson Valleys history

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Welcome to the Paterson Historical Society

Annual Heritage Walk 2015

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Paterson Historical Society's annual Heritage Walk will be held on Sunday 15 March 2015. As usual Dr Cameron Archer AM will guide the group on a walk around the town, pointing out fascinating aspects of it's history. Not to be missed, includes a visit to a World War II air raid shelter which is unique to the Hunter Valley and only accessible during the walk.

The walk starts at 1.00 pm. Cost is $5 for adults, children under 16 free. Price includes the walk, entry to the museum and afternoon tea ... download brochure

The museum will feature a display on Arthur Ernest Keppie, a local young man who was the first from the Paterson district to enlist in World War 1. Sadly he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915. His war medals, cards and photos will be on display. The museum will be open from 11.00 to 4.00 on the day.

More information on Private Arthur Ernest Keppie.

Further information on Arthur Ernest Keppie and the Gallipoli landing ... download brochure


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

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