May 2016 Meeting
Mark Tedeschi AM QC speaking on the Myall Creek Massacre Trial

On Saturday 28th May the DLHHS will be hosting the author, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, who will talk on his research into the trial of the men brought to justice for the 1838 massacre of 28 Aboriginal men, women and children at Myall Creek. Apart from Mr Tedeschi’s prominence as the Senior Crown Prosecutor of New South Wales, to date Mark has published two true-crime books, Eugenia: a true story of adversity, tragedy, crime and revenge and Kidnapped: the crime that shocked the nation. Mr Tedeschi’s soon to be published book on the massacre, Murder at Myall Creek, is based on Mark’s research into this crime and his deep, professional understanding of the colonial justice system within which some of the perpetrators were successfully prosecuted. The focus of Mr Tedeschi’s talk is the role of the prosecutor in that case, John Hubert Plunkett. Although Plunkett’s position as Attorney General of NSW in the first half of the nineteenth century may not be well known to everyone, he can rightly be called “the Martin Luther King of colonial Australia” for his vision of a fair and unprejudiced criminal law system for Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

Date: Saturday 28 May 2016
Time: 1:15pm for 1:30pm
Location: The Lower Hawkesbury Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman.
High Tea will be served after the talk, and there will be an opportunity to speak with Mark and purchase either of his two published books.
Cost: $10 for society members, $15 for non-members.
RSVP essential before 24 May 2016 at: or, from 1 May until 21 May on 0413929881. Places still available but please book asap.

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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 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


Boutique B&B accommodation is available next door at The Missions 1937 -


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

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

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

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

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.

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