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.

Paterson Town Walk 2023

The Paterson Historical Town Walk will be held on Sunday 19 March 2023, beginning at Paterson Court House Museum at 1pm (please arrive at least 10 minutes before). This popular yearly event is guided by Dr Cameron Archer who will provide a fascinating account of the town's heritage treasures and history. Some of the town's building date back to the 1830s.

The walk costs $10 for adults and includes museum entry and afternoon tea. School children are free. Bring a hat, walking shoes and a waterbottle. The walk lasts about an hour and a half and requires reasonable walking mobility.

New book – "My Largs" by Helen Russell

cover of My Largs

Paterson Historical Society has released a new book containing a detailed history of Largs and its people. My Largs was written by Helen Russell, who is a long-term Largs resident and Society member. The book was launched on 13 November 2022 by Jenny Aitchison MP, Member for Maitland.

The book contains details of the first land grantees, the early Scots, German and Irish settlers, plus the history of Largs' churches, schools, hotels, businesses and organisations. It is packed with details of the people that lived, worked and socialised in the village, including personal insights about the impact of floods and world wars. My Largs has 174 pages, including many photos, maps and names of convicts, immigrants and soldiers.

"My Largs" retails for $30.00 and is on sale at McDonalds bookstore High Street Maitland, Largs General Store, Largs Hairdresser, Paterson Court House Museum on Sundays and online from the Society's bookstore.

The book sold out at launch, although McDonalds may still have stock. It is being reprinted and we expect it to be available again in early December.

Aboriginal and European people in the Paterson Valley

cover of Before and After 1822

In early 2022 we 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 land grants.

Before and After 1822 – Aboriginal and European People in the Paterson Valley is written by historian and Society member, Dr Brian Walsh. It describes Aboriginal people in the Paterson Valley during the last Ice Age; early contact between Aboriginal and European people in the Valley from about 1800; the pace and scale of dispossession; the impact on Aboriginal people and their decline, survival and resilience into the early 1900s.

You can buy the book at Paterson Court House Museum on Sundays, at MacDonalds Bookstore in Maitland or online from the Society's bookstore.

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.

Our mail order bookstore

Our mail order books

Online photo collection

View photo collection

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