Allan Cunningham - Allan Cunningham explored the area to the west of Moreton Bay in 1827, crossing to the west of the Great Dividing Range from the Hunter Region and travelling north. He climbed to the top of Mount Dumaresq and recommended the area for settlement. During his explorations hefound a pass, now known as Cunninghams Gap.
A Visit to my daughter - Dr. Thomas Parmeter set out on a journey to visit his daughter Maria (Mrs. Squire). He submitted accounts of his adventures to the Sydney Gazette outlining his travels to various parts of the Hunter Valley. The letters contain several references to other Hunter Valley settlers and events of the day. '
Bushrangers - Links to Bushrangers of the Hunter Valley
Crossing the Liverpool Ranges in 1850 - John Henderson of Her Majesty's Ceylon Rifle Regiment embarked on a journey from Sydney to the Hunter River at the height of summer late in the 1840's. In his publication Excursions and Adventures in New South Wales With Pictures of Squatting and of Life in the Bush he described the voyage to Morpeth and his subsequent journey to the Liverpool Plains.
Edward Denny Day - Police Magistrate at Maitland who was known throughout the district for his courage, integrity and persistent pursuit of justice.
Ellen Bundock's Memoir - Ellen Bundock was the daughter of William Ogilvie and sister of Edward Ogilvie. She dictated her Memoirs to Alice Ogilvie, widow of Edward Ogilvie. The Ogilvie family arrived in the colony on the Grenada in 1825.
Extracts from the Recollections of Rev. Richard George Boodle - Rev. Richard George Boodle came to Australia on the Medway in 1848 with the newly consecrated Anglican Bishop of Newcastle William Tyrrell. On arrival Rev. Boodle was appointed to work in the Muswellbrook district which extended 3000 square miles out past Cassilis. He described the journey overland to Muswellbrook in 1848 and his first impressions of the town.
George Wyndham's Diary - Transcription of the first two years of the diary of settler George Wyndham. George Wyndham kept a Diary between the years 1830 - 1840. In the first two years there are many entries about the weather conditions - rain, floods, thunderstorms and searing heat.
Law & Order - Police Force in the Hunter Valley prior to 1862
Map Links - Links to some of the Hunter, Paterson and Williams River Maps listed in the Catalogue at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, Hunter Living Histories and Lake Macquarie History sites
Reminiscences of Aboriginal tribes near Paterson - Six letters written by a correspondent to the Maitland Mercury in 1877. He recalled growing up in the Paterson and Maitland districts and reminisced about Aboriginal people he knew and customs he witnessed as a lad in the mid 1830's.
Robert Dawson's Travels North from Port Stephens in 1826 - Robert Dawson was the first Agent for the Australian Agricultural Company. Read extracts from his 'Present State of Australia' in which he describes the country side north of Port Stephens and gives an account of the natives who accompanied him on his journeys north in 1826.
Robert Dixon - Robert Dixon surveyed land throughout the Hunter Valley and Liverpool Plains
The Blind Traveller - Lieutenant James Holman, known as 'the Blind Traveller' visited the Hunter region in 1831. James Holman a Naval Lieutenant on half pay, had lost his sight many years previously and had since travelled extensively throughout the world. He wrote of his visit to New South Wales in Travels in China, New Zealand, New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, Cape Horn