Exploring Upper Half Moon
Reach on the Hawkesbury River
The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society would like to extend an invitation to the general public to join us as we gain a history of the land and its people who lived at Upper Half Moon Reach on the Hawkesbury.
Learn about the original grant of 80 acres on the Upper Half Moon Reach to Private Feen Adlam (who had been discharged from the New South Wales Corps) in 1804 which was signed by Governor Phillip Gidley King and the subsequent history of this farm where Adlam and his servants were inhumanely murdered a year later by aborigines led by the notorious “Branch Jack”. John Pendergast (a convict who had arrived on the Minerva in 1800 & had finished serving his sentence) later acquired the land.
Part of the property was cleared for farming, growing wheat & maize, some of the land was also used for the grazing of hogs & cattle. The land was also utilised for religious purposes as the Pendergast family were Catholic and were closely involved with the establishment of the Catholic Church in the colony. It was the chapel known as the Catholic church St. Rose or St. Rose of Lima that operated here from 1840. The small cemetery still in existence bears testimony to the diverse use the land has experienced.Some of the graves date from 30 years before the Church was built and there are about 18 headstones still surviving.
Hear about the people some of whom may have been the so called “wild geese” from Ireland. We are indeed fortunate to have permission from the Hawkesbury Council to enter onto the site. DATE: Saturday, 29th June 2019
TIME: 10.15am for morning tea
LOCATION: We will meet at the car park at Wisemans Ferry and then carpool to the site as the road to the site is unsealed and parking is a bit restricted. We will inspect the remains of the graveyard and the site.
LUNCH: Bring along your lunch to have at this site and return to Wisemans mid afternoon.
COST: $5 Bookings and contact details in case of rain to 0405 321 478 (leave a message) for DLHHS members by Monday, 24th June and for nonmembers by Wednesday, 26th June. Bring along snacks, water, sunhat, sunscreen & sturdy shoes. For futher information please contact us on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0405 321 478.