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Posted on: 4 September, 2018

Discover Singleton as it was for History Week

Singleton Public Library has delved into the archives, unveiling a new exhibition this morning featuring historically significant images and documents as part of NSW History Week.

Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services Group said the archives stored in the Library were a proverbial treasure trove for history buffs.

“The Library is proud to house such an extensive collection of historically significant material,” he said.

“We are excited for our community to be able to look back and view these incredible records up close alongside photographs that are over 100 years old, including the H.H Lloyd Papers depicting the first journey to Patrick’s Plains, the Dangar family’s personal photo albums and antique surgery tools and medical charts, on loan from the Singleton Hospital.

“The Library is an incredible resource for everyone to embrace our heritage, and experience some of the incredible stories of residents who are long gone, but in no way forgotten.

“Please join us over the next week to celebrate the tales that have shaped our shared history here in Singleton.”

The event program also includes:

In the footsteps of Governor Macquarie
Thursday, 6 September 2018
5.30-7 p.m.

Governor Lachlan Macquarie is one of Australia’s best remembered historical figures. But what of his nephew, Charles, whose turbulent life took him from Scotland to Sydney, and from promise to poverty?

After his father's death left their Scottish estates mired in debt, an impoverished Charles arrived in Sydney in 1838 with his wife and younger sister. Charles farmed at Paterson during the 1840s, but was left bankrupted after years of drought. In 1845, he was lured back to Scotland by the impending death of his cousin, Lachlan Macquarie Jnr. Expecting to inherit his cousin's estate, Charles instead became embroiled in a now famed court case over Lachlan Jnr's will, which also coincided with the Great Irish Potato Famine. Charles eventually lost the case and died in poverty in 1869, leaving a widow and ten children.
Talk will be followed by wine and cheese.

The Haunted Hunter
Thursday 13 September 2018
5.30-7 p.m.
Take a step back in time and discover the supernatural and macabre side of the Hunter Region. Usually associated with fine wines, tourism and mining, there is much more that lurks behind the day to day activity of the Hunter Region than meets the eye. Tales of murder, suicide, convict floggings, public executions, bushrangers and cruel landowners abound. Find out how people lived, worked and died in an age of mortality and hardship. Murray Byfield has over ten years’ experience as a paranormal investigator and has conducted hundreds of public and private investigations in his time. Murray is a history buff and particularly loves Australian colonial history.
Murray’s book will be available for sale and signing. Wine and cheese will follow the talk.

History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of history organised by the History Council of New South Wales.

The theme of History Week 2018 is ‘Life and Death’, which will explore life’s defining moments and the impact of death on communities across time.

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