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 closure

Paterson Court House Museum is closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus. Sale of books by mail order will continue.

"Sailing Vessels on the Paterson River" now available

The Magic Valley

Wayne Patfield's book "Sailing Vessels on the Paterson River 1804-1812" provides details of 104 sailing vessels including names of builders, owners, operators and agents. Get it for $20 on Sundays at Paterson Courthouse Museum or online or from McDonalds Bookstore in Maitland, Paterson Post Office and Paterson CBC.

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.

Boats at Paterson wharf