February 2024 Excursion: Singleton Road Tour

The Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society invites you to tour along Singleton Road to explore its many historical sites on Saturday 24 February 2024.

We will be led by Robert McKenzie, who is a long term resident of Laughtondale, and who has an intimate knowledge of its history. The tour will include visits to the historic Courangra property (the land grant of First Fleeter Peter Hibbs), Francis Byrnes? house, Singleton?s Mill at Laybury Creek and the Wisemans Ferry cemetery.

When: Saturday 24 February at 10 a.m. We will have morning tea and Robert will explain his itinerary. And we will carpool if required.
Where: We will meet at the parking area at Wisemans Ferry behind the kiosk. Cost: $15.00 Bookings: essential to secretary@dlhhs.org.au or 0405 321 478 by Tuesday 20 February. We must be able to contact everyone coming along in case of either wet weather or a fire danger. 

We will have lunch along the way.

It is a BYO everything day. Please bring suncream and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

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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