February 2018 Excursion

Please note the February Excursion will take place on Sunday 25 February.


The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society would like to extend the invitation for an exciting morning on-board the Sorrento on Sunday, 25 February 2018, to explore the historic and significant waterways of Brisbane Water.

On-board Peter Rae, noted historian of the Hawkesbury area, will provide live commentary and a large AV screen will display award-winning, specially prepared graphics, and historic photographs.

This ferry tour will cover areas such Woy Woy, Blackwall, Broken Bay, Umina, Ettalong, Empire Bay, Davistown, Saratoga, East Gosford, Gosford West, Point Clare, Tascott & Koolewong highlighting the significance of the settlements in this area.

Points of interest include the Maitland Shipwreck and the Woy Woy tunnel which is the longest in Australia. We will learn how important these waterways were during early settlement: where over 500 registered wooden vessels built establishing various industries such as trading timber etc.

The ferry departs Woy Woy Wharf at 9.35 a.m. and returns around 12.30-12.45 p.m. Morning tea is included on board; bottled water will be available for purchase. Lunch can be purchased at a number of venues at Woy Woy or alternatively you can bring your lunch with you.
Cost: Adults $35; Concession $30; Children $20 payable on the day.
Bookings essential: enquiries@dlhhs.org.au or 0405 321 478 (leave a message) by Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

Come and re-discover the historical and significant Brisbane Waters and the impact this area has had on our heritage and early development. 

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.

Contact: enquiries@dlhhs.org.au

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