Paterson Historical Society aims to promote and preserve the history and heritage of the Paterson district and help people find information about their forebears from the district. Our publications cover many aspects of the district's history.

Museum and meetings

Paterson Court House Museum is an historical landmark in its own right. Located in the former Court House in the village, it is open from 11.am to 3.00pm on Sundays (closed Sunday 18 and 25 December 2016 and 1 January 2017, reopens Sunday 8 January).

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

Paterson Town Walk 2017

Paterson's annual town walk will be held on Sunday 2 April 2017. Dr Cameron Archer AM will take the group on an informative tour of the town's historical features. The walk starts at the Paterson Court House Museum at 1.00pm.

Australia Day award for Jack Sullivan

coverLife member of Paterson Historical Society, Jack Sullivan, has received the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australian Day awards. President of the Society, Dr Cameron Archer AM, said "this is fine recognition for the outstanding research and writing that Jack has done over many years especially in the service of the Paterson Historical Society. His publications on the families and the Paterson Valley estates are unequalled anywhere in Australia." Media Release.

Photo: Mr Jack Sullivan OAM (on right) being congratulated by Dr Cameron Archer AM, President of Paterson Historical Society, at the Court House Museum on 2 February 2017.

Our photo collection is online

Our photo collection is now online - view collection.

If you have old photos of Paterson and district that you would like to share with Paterson Historical Society, please contact us. Even photos from the 1950s, 60s and 70s would be most welcome as these are our "gap" years in the collection.

How to join the Society

New members are always welcome. Please join to help us preserve the history and heritage of the district. Download membership form.

New book - now available

coverThe Society has released a new book written by David Brouwer, titled "John Eales of Duckenfield - the Men and the Mansion". The book tells of three generations, three 'John Eales', a magnificent mansion, the crowning glory of a pastoral empire. Duckenfield Park house became the most recognisable symbol of opulence in the Hunter Valley. The glory lasted just 65 years. Sold, demolished and dispersed, no trace remains. This important new book reveals the rise and fall of a dynasty. The book is 168 pages in full colour and includes many photographs, maps, and bibliography. It is available for $40.00 (plus postage if applicable). See the 'books' section of the website for further details.

Boats at Paterson wharf