The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society

Re-scheduled the Annual General Meeting of Hawkesbury Historical Society to be held on Saturday, 28th May 2022. Followed by an afternoon with our Special Guest Elizabeth Roberts, Board member of the Convict Trail Project and former Executive officer who “re-found” the original Ferry crossing site on the Hawkesbury River

The AGM is to take place at the Chapel at 1.00pm and we encourage our members to attend so we can elect a Committee to help the Historical Society to function in 2022. We are introducing the concept of a “working committee” around our committee members.

We have some of our members who have said they wouldn’t mind planning some of the outings and speakers and we welcome their input. We encourage any member who would like to get involved to nominate for committee or any other position.

An invitation extends to the general public to join us for the afternoon.

After the AGM is conducted we will introduce our guest speaker for the day Elizabeth Roberts who will tell us the history about the original Ferry crossing on the northern side of the Hawkesbury. Elizabeth will also speak in brief about the Thomas James Bridge built by convicts in 1830 which is currently the subject of protection work since the recent floods to ensure ongoing slope stability and proper rectification.

We will serve afternoon tea during this time. If we need to we will car pool and leave the Chapel no later than 2.45pm to drive down to the site of the original Ferry crossing on the Hawkesbury. Low tide is expected at 3.00pm and this is the best time to view the remains of the Crossing. Elizabeth will explain her exploration to “rediscover” the Crossing.

After we have all viewed the site we will then carpool down, across to the Thomas James Bridge and park at the entrance to Devine’s Hill. We will then walk back to view the recent flood destruction that has occurred at the Thomas James Bridge. Elizabeth will explain the history of the Bridge and the preservation work that was conducted under the auspices of the Convict Trail Project.

Cost: $15 per head which will include a free raffle ticket.
Bookings essential: [email protected] or 0405 321 478 (leave a message) by Tuesday, 24th May.
Address: Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman.

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