Upcoming Events

Written by: Project Director   On: 02nd Mar, 2017

Up Coming Heritage Festival Events

Heritage Park

Saturday, 22 April 2017 | 010:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Take a guided walk and learn the history of this nationally significant site. Located along the Old Great North Road, Heritage Park was one of the earliest known and potentially least known about Government Farms dating back to 1801.

What you need to know

This walk is suitable for all ages. There are toilet facilities at this location.

Bookings: Numbers are limited so bookings are essential for all walks

What to bring: Wear comfortable, closed shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring your camera and a drink. 

Bookings essential: Email convicttrailproject2@gmail.com

Roughley House

Saturday, 29 April 2017 | 010:30 PM to 12:30 PM

Built in 1856 this home was the residence of the Roughley family and is an icon of the Dural district. The Roughley family story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a seven year sentence of transportation to Australia.

Maintained as a living history of colonial life and home to the Sydney Hills Visitor Interpretation Centre in the Hills District, come and hear about the Roughley Family and this amazing house along the Great North Road.

What you need to know

This tour is suitable for all ages. There are toilet facilities on this walk.

Bookings: Numbers are limited so bookings are essential 

Bookings: email convicttrailproject2@gmail.com

Devines Hill

Saturday, 6th May 2017 | 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Located within the Dharug National Park, Devines Hill has a lot to look at. Guided by Historian Elizabeth Roberts, our tour will see us walk up a gentle gradient leading to spectacular stone walling, culverts, quarries, buttresses, chiselled and blasted rock faces, hand hewn drains and Hangmans Cave. Hear about the Convicts that worked the Road and how it was built.

What you need to know

This walk is suitable for all ages. The walk requires participants to be able to walk for two hours and negotiate uneven bush tracks. There are no toilet facilities on this walk.

NB: walk includes a moderate ascent and descent.

Bookings: Numbers are limited so bookings are essential for this walk

What to bring: Wear comfortable, closed shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring your camera and a drink.

Meeting Place: The exact meeting place will be advised at the time of booking.

Bookings: Email convicttrailproject2@gmail.com.au

Wollombi Village Walk

Saturday, 13th May 2017 | 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Wollombi New South Wales is a very small but picturesque and historic rural village in Australia's lower Hunter Valley.

"Wollombi" is an Aboriginal word for "meeting place". The north and south arms of Wollombi Brook converge here. There area has a rich Aboriginal history, and was the meeting place for several tribes.

Many of the buildings in Wollombi are heritage classified.

Join us as we learn the History of this amazing place with a local Historian. The Tour will also visit the Little Yengo Room and the Endeavour Museum.

Please note that there will be a $2 charge to cover admission to the Endeavour Museum.

What you need to know

This walk is suitable for all ages. 

Bookings: Numbers are limited so booking is essential for this walk.

What to bring: Wear comfortable, closed shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring your camera and a drink.

Meeting Place: The exact meeting place will be advised at the time of booking.

Bookings essential: Email convicttrailproject2@gmail.com

Road Camp Site Guided Walk

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Visit the old road camp (stockade) site and learn about the life of a convict on the Great North Road. This site is one of the best surviving material records of housing the road gangs known today. Not built to last, since its discovery, it has provided a wealth of information into convict life.

What you need to know

This walk is suitable for all ages. The walk requires participants to be able to walk for two hours and negotiate uneven bush tracks. There are no toilet facilities on this walk.

Bookings: Numbers are limited so bookings are essential for this walk

What to bring: Wear comfortable, closed shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring your camera and a drink.

Meeting Place: The exact meeting place will be advised at the time of booking.

Bookings essential: Email convicttrailproject2@gmail.com

Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society

Elizabeth Roberts has been asked to present her talk on ‘Neighbours on the Great North Road ‘at the May meeting of the Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society Inc. For those of you who missed Elizabeth’s wonderful talk last year, it’s well worth attending and hearing all about the families and

migration from the Hawkesbury Region up into the Hunter Valley. This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the Chapel if you have not seen the beautiful building.

Subject: Neighbours on the Great North Road

Date:  May 27th 2017

Time: 12.00pm for lunch Talk commences 1.30pm

Cost: Members $15.00 Non Members $20.00 Bookings a must

Location: The Former Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman

For more information: enquiries@dlhhs.org.au or Jan on 0405 321 478