Excursion - Saturday 27 April 2019

Exploring Aboriginal Drawings & Engravings in Somersby

The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society would like to extend an invitation to members and the general public to join us as Robert Pankhurst takes us on an exploration of several significant aboriginal rock engraving sites in the Somersby area. Robert has spent over 60 years exploring areas around the Hawkesbury and the southern Central Coast, including Brisbane Water looking for Aboriginal rock carvings and sites that contain ancient indigenous engravings. Robert will share some of his own experiences of the rich Aboriginal drawings he has discovered in the Somersby area.

Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019
Time: 9.30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the roundabout at Somersby Falls Road and Wisemans Ferry Road. From there we will follow Robert Pankhurst 1 km to have morning tea at his place, and then arrange car pooling.
Cost: $5 donation
We suggest lunch at the Waterfall Cafe, Mount Penang (will be at own expense) as a fitting way to finish the walk.

After lunch, for those who are still interested Robert would like to take us out further into the Somersby area to view some other special sites.

Bring along snacks, water, sunhat, sunscreen & repellent. Sturdy shoes are suggested. The longest walking distance is about 500m and apart from the overgrown bush it is all easy walking.

Bookings essential: 0404 272 969 (leave a message) by Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

For futher information please contact us on enquiries@dlhhs.org.au or 0404 272 969.

All welcome

Background: Formed in 1983 the Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society's premises are located on Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman, between Wisemans Ferry and Spencer.The premises include a State heritage listed, historic, stone chapel completed in 1855 where meetings and functions of the Society take place. For further details about the NSW Heritage listing Click Here.

The major aim of the Society is the research, collection, presentation and preservation of the history of Wiseman's Ferry and surrounding areas following initial settlement and the on-going involvement and support of the local community in such tasks. A secondary undertaking of the society is the preservation of the former Wesleyan Chapel at Gunderman to ensure its availability to members of the public and for historic research for future generations.

Membership: Annual membership is available for $25 per household (max 2 adults). Please contact enquiries@dlhhs.org.au for a membership form.

Venue: The Chapel is an ideal venue for small weddings, naming ceremonies, memorial services and other occasions. For more details please email enquiries@dlhhs.org.au


Boutique B&B accommodation is available next door at The Missions 1937 - www.themissions1937.com.au


Meetings: The Society meets on the last Saturday of every second month (March, May, July, September, November). Past speakers have included Kate Grenville, author of The Secret River, on her research on Solomon Wiseman for her book; Keith Vincent Smith, biographer of Bungaree and author of Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys which reveals and celebrates the significant role that Aborigines played in Australia's early maritime history, Elizabeth Roberts, Historian, on the history of the Great North Road; Jeremy Steele who has made an extensive study of Aboriginal languages; Dr Geoff Ford, Local Historian, on the Hawkesbury's forgotten tribes; Les Dollin on the history of the mills on the Hawkesbury and their importance to the survival of the early Colony; and Jean Purtell, author of Hawkesbury River Boats and People. Most recently cultural historian, Warren Fahey, helped the Society celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Chapel.

Excursions are arranged on alternate months and have included the now world heritage-listed Convict Trail, Finch's Line, the original crossing location of Wisemans Ferry, Half Moon Farm, Cockatoo Island and visits to the sites of local aboriginal rock art and engravings. 

If you would like to host a tour or speak at a meeting please email enquiries@dlhhs.org.au

Research: The Society maintains a small archive and library which is available for researching the history of the area as well as local family history. If you would like to contact our archivist, please email archives@dlhhs.org.au


Mangrove Creek Walking Tracks: To receive your free copy of Mangrove Creek Walking Tracks with maps and notes on the history of the area please email enquiries@dlhhs.org.au

Visiting Groups Welcome: We can host groups at the Chapel. A talk about the history and/or an excursion to the nearby historic sites are options for visitors. To book a tour please contact us at enquiries@dlhhs.org.au


How to Find Us: From Wisemans Ferry cross the Hawkesbury and turn right. The Chapel is on the right approximately 8 kilometres.

From Gosford to through Mangrove Mountain and Spencer. The Chapel is approximately 18 kilometres from Spencer on the left.

Contact: enquiries@dlhhs.org.au

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