The Dharug and Lower Hawkes­bury His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

In­vite you to BUSHRANGERS OF THE HUNTER VAL­LEY af­ter­noon with our Spe­cial Guest Speaker Greg Pow­ell

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The Dharug and Lower Hawkes­bury His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety are pleased to wel­come on Satur­day, 29th July, Greg Pow­ell, the Lake Mac­quarie au­thor and bushranger devo­tee. For the past 40 years Greg has been gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the his­toric en­coun­ters of bushrangers and where and when they op­er­ated within NSW and Vic­to­ria’s wild colo­nial past.

Please join us as we lis­ten to fas­ci­nat­ing tales from Greg’s new book ‘Bushranger Tracks’ which high­lights the many colour­ful in­di­vid­u­als of our bushranger his­tory in the Hunter Val­ley with the es­capees, mur­ders, rob­beries and cap­tures of a wide ar­ray of bushranger char­ac­ters.

This area was a real nest of bushrangers, from the con­vict days in­clud­ing the (in)fa­mous Cap­tain Thun­der­bolt, an ex­pert horse­man and bush­man, who be­gan his ca­reer in the Hunter Val­ley with rob­beries out at To­cal and Pater­son. He was Aus­tralia’s long­est sur­viv­ing bushranger who took refuge in Bar­ring­ton Tops and roamed the re­gion around Uralla and the North West Slopes be­fore be­ing shot and killed at Ken­tucky Creek in 1870.

And in the 1920’s there was a lady bushranger, Jesse Hick­man, who was ac­cused of mur­der­ing her third hus­band; she was a suc­cess­ful cat­tle duf­fer who hid in a cave in the Hunter Val­ley, south-west of Muswell­brook be­fore dy­ing and be­ing buried in an un­marked pau­per’s grave at New­cas­tle’s South­gate Ceme­tery.

Greg will com­mence his talk at the Wes­leyan Chapel, 6445 Wise­mans Ferry Road, Gun­der­man at 1.30pm after a sump­tious lunch at mid­day.

Cost: Mem­bers $ 15/ Non-Mem­bers $20. All wel­come. Book­ings es­sen­tial: en­quiries@dl­ or 0405 321 478 ( leave a mes­sage) by Wed­nes­day, 26th July. Come and be en­tralled with our colo­nial past.

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