Paterson Historical Society

... preserving Paterson Valleys history

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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.


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.


Book on Dr Henry Lindeman

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Jack Sullivan's new book titled Dr Henry Lindeman and Cawarra, Gresford (part 1) is now available. It provides a detailed insight into the life and times of Henry Lindeman in his early years before coming to Australia and his long and productive life in the colony. The book is essential reading for those interested in the history of wine growing in Australia.

Not only is Dr Lindeman a pioneer in the wine industry. He was also one of the first "wine doctors" - doctors who established vineyards and made wine to use as a medicine for patients. The book is 399 pages and contains numerous photos and maps, as well as an index and bibliography.

The price of the book is $45, available on Sundays from Paterson Courthouse Museum, or by mail order from Paterson Historical Society ($15 postage). It is also available from McDonalds Bookstore in Maitland and the local history section of the Newcastle Regional Library in Laman Street, Newcastle.



new book - The Tinkler family of Portnahinch

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book cover

In March 2014 Paterson Historical Society published a new book by Shirley Threlfo titled 'The Tinkler Family of Portnahinch'. It tells the story of Usher and Ann Tinkler and their family. Usher emigrated from Ireland and arrived in NSW in 1841. After working at Tocal for a few years he purchased several lots from the 1855 subdivision of the Bona Vista estate. Tinkler named his property 'Portnahinch'. He and Ann are buried in St Paul's cemetery, Paterson. 48 pages including photos and index. Price is $12.

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