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.

Acknowledgement of Country

Paterson Historical Society acknowledges the Aboriginal people of the Paterson Valley ... read more.

Museum opening times

In 2022 Paterson Court House Museum is open from 11.am to 3.00pm on Sundays.

Group visits

Groups visits outside outside normal museum opening times are welcome by prior arrangement. Email patersonmuseum@gmail.com for further details.

Special individual visits to Museum

The museum can open outside normal times for individuals or couples by prior arrangement. A fee of $50 applies and is subject to availability of volunteers. Email patersonmuseum@gmail.com.

Aboriginal and European people in the Paterson Valley

cover of Before and After 1822

We have released a book to recognise and reflect on 200 years since the start of large-scale dispossession of Aboriginal people from their land in the Paterson Valley when the area was thrown open to widespread colonisation via land grants. Titled "Before and After 1822 – Aboriginal and European People in the Paterson Valley", the book has been written by historian and Society member, Dr Brian Walsh.

The book begins long before 1822 as it describes Aboriginal people in the Paterson Valley during the last Ice Age and then early contact between Aboriginal and European people in the Valley from about 1800. Later chapters reveal the pace and scale of dispossession of Aboriginal people from their land as European colonisation of the Valley gained momentum from 1822. This is followed by a discussion of the impact on Aboriginal people and relations between the two cultures as they collided. The final chapter covers the decline, survival and resilience of Aboriginal people of the Paterson Valley into the early 1900s.

It is an uncomfortable history that deserves to be told. The book costs $15 and is available at Paterson Court House Museum on Sundays or at MacDonalds Bookstore in Maitland. It is also available in our online book shop:

Buy in our online shop

How to join the Society

New members are always welcome, and annual membership is only $5. Please join to help us preserve the history and heritage of the district. Join online, with credit card.

Online bookshop

Purchase our books by mail order and pay securely by credit card.

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Online photo collection

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Paterson town walk – phone app

Enjoy our Society's popular self-guided Paterson town walk on your mobile phone.

Paterson Town Walk

Travel/tourism guides from other providers

Go-Drivin – Dungog. An online travel guide to Dungog and surrounds.

Go-Drivin – Clarence Town. An online travel guide to Clarence Town and surrounds.

Boats at Paterson wharf