This year we are holding our 31st Annual Police and Bushranger Descendants function in Maitland on Friday 28th October to Sunday 30th October 2016. We will meet for dinner on Friday evening at East Maitland Bowling Club renewing old acquaintances and being briefed on our action packed weekend. On Saturday, we will be close to our base in Maitland and visiting locations relevant to their history. On Sunday we will visit the Paterson Court House and Tocal Homestead.
The (tentative) itinerary for the weekend is attached. Friday night you will be able to purchase your meal at the Club. It has a good food reputation. Saturday lunch and dinner are included in the package price below.
Breakfasts are NOT included this package price. Some people prefer a full breakfast and others a continental style. If you are having breakfast at the Old Maitland Inn we ask you to nominate and pay for your choices when you register please. [Choices are $10p.p. for a Continental and $15p.p. for a full Buffet style].
We will visit Ben Hall’s birth site, Edward Denny Day’s home and grave site in a cemetery where a few other interesting folks are also buried. A trip to East Maitland would be incomplete without paying homage to Les Darcy’s last resting place. On the Saturday evening we will gather for our Annual Dinner at Old Maitland Inn, where we are most fortunate to have the author of Edward Denny Day’s biography, Terry Smyth as our guest speaker. Terry was a journalist on the Herald and has a longstanding interest in colonial Australian history, British and Irish history, and in American history, particularly the American Civil War. Terry will have some of his books available, as will both Greg Powell and Peter Smith.
On Sunday, we will be given privileged access to the Paterson Historical Society’s collection at Paterson Court House and the former mounted Trooper barracks. We will then move back to Tocal Homestead for morning tea and a 2 hour guided tour, which will bring our weekend to a close around 12.30pm. You may choose to review the brilliantly complied booklet by Greg Powell and continue visiting around the region for a few days more or visit one of the local hotels for a delicious counter lunch before hitting the road for home. Talk to Greg and find out which ones the locals prefer.
This weekend you will see where Thunderbolt's tenure began at Tocal and on the New England Highway near our motel, Edward Denny Day’s region, Ben Hall’s beginnings and the Home of the Great Les Darcy. Come along and then you can cross these items off your bucket lists!