Ex­plor­ing Up­per Half Moon

Reach on the Hawkes­bury River

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

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

en­quiries@dl­hhs.org.au or 0405 321 478.

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