June Excursion

Our next excursion takes us on a bush walk to the historic Boree Track, formerly known as Blaxland’s Track – the route used by John Blaxland to take his cattle to Blaxland’s Arm and Wollombi. We will climb up to the ridge and then walk to a large Aboriginal rock-art platform known as Frying Pan Rock, which also provides a good view of Mount Yengo. We will start our walk on the property of Audrey Gray. The walk is considered to be of medium to hard going due to being overgrown in some areas and is about eight to ten kilometres in length. Audrey has kindly offered her studio verandah for the day if there are any who wish to just enjoy the ambience of the locality, Audrey’s company and do a bit of bird watching rather than do the walk. Our walk leader will be Ian Elton, a long-term valley resident and Historical Society member, firefighter, and amateur enthusiast in indigenous flora and fauna.

Be sure to wear enclosed walking shoes and bring hats, sunscreen &/or wet weather gear, morning tea, lunch and water.

Date: Saturday 25th June 2016
Time: 8.15 a.m. to leave promptly at 8.30a.m.
Meeting Place: The park opposite the Settlers Arms Inn at St Albans – car pooling to drive to Audrey Gray’s Property. We intend the walk to start from Audrey’s at around 9am.
Cost: A gold coin donation.
Bookings essential: Phone 0405 321 478 or email enquiries@dlhhs.org.au (We may need to contact you if due to bad weather the walk is cancelled.)
Difficulty: Medium to hard

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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 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.

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