Meeting - Saturday 29 September 2018


The Sorry Story of Little Peat (Eerie) Island with Special Guest Speaker Adrian Mitchell

Please join us to hear Adrian speak about his recently published book Peat Island Dreaming and Desecration.

For just over 100 years, an institution for the mentally ill, has stood on little Peat Island on the lower Hawkesbury River. It was decommissioned in 2010; quite empty now, it remains a locked facility just as it had always been. And eerie. The island is still in the news as we await the Central Coast Council?s plan for the land.

In his talk, Adrian will discuss a history that outlines the prevailing attitudes to the treatment of mental illness through-out the 20th Century, the impact of the budgetary priorities of Government and how the island became a bureaucratic nightmare and a political football.

Adrian will talk at the Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunder-man, after a scrumptious lunch at mid-day.

Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Time: Midday for lunch followed by talk

Cost: Members $15/ Non-Members $20.
Bookings essential: enquiries@dlhhs.org.au or 0405 321 478 (leave a message) by Wednesday 26 September.

If the walls of the abandoned ?lunatic asylum? on Peat Island could speak they would tell of the horrors experienced by patients, including children, on a site plagued by death and despair.

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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