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Paterson

Paterson is an attractive small township settled amidst mountains and countryside on the Paterson River. The area was once occupied by the Gringgai clan of the Wanaruah Aboriginal people. The first known European in the area was the man whose name the town was to adopt, Colonel William Paterson, who, in 1801, surveyed the area beside the river that Governor King named in his honour. Today, Paterson has various points of interest. A good way to see Paterson is to obtain a walking tour pamphlet from the Hunter River Country Visitor information Centre or the Paterson Museum at the Courthouse. Take a walk around this historic village, browse through the shops and enjoy the country hospitality of its traditional hotels. Have a picnic or barbeque in the park by the beautiful paterson river - the local shops will tempt you with delicious fare. Paterson Courthouse is situated on a slight rise overlooking the river. Built in 1857 with additions completed in 1865 the court house now displays many historical artefacts with the buildings dominant feature being the arcaded porch with its three monumental arches. It is at the Courthouse that Captain thunderbolt's wife was convicted for vagrancy in 1866. Thunderbolt had worked on the property 'Tocal' and returned in 1856 to steal horses. The Rail Motor Society presents a history of train transportation in the region. The Society was founded in 1984 and is based in the beautifully restored Station Master's cottage. The Rail Motor Society has been dedicated to preserving the state's railway heritage, helped hugely by the passionate efforts of volunteers. The old ムTin Hares' offer tours from local trips to long weekend getaways across the state. Paterson is a popular fishing spot and, if you want to explore the river, you can launch a boat or canoe here.

Paterson: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Paterson Historical Court House Museum


Paterson Court House, built in 1857, was the centre of justice in the district, housing many policemen. In 1973, a small group of locals met in Paterson's School of Arts building to look into the possibility of forming a group to preserve the local region's history. They had no guidelines to work on, except to collect photographs of Paterson as it was in the early days, along with old stories, papers, and any other memorabilia from Paterson's past.

Dungog Shire Council at this time offered the Court House to any group in Paterson willing to use it and take care of the building. The Court House provided a place to display the mounting number of items which were being donated, and a location for historical interest in the area.

The first name chosen for the organisation was the "Paterson Preservation Society", but this was changed to the "Paterson Historical Society".




King Street
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.1K from Paterson

Paterson Rail Motor Society


The Rail Motor Society is based about 50 kilometres north of Newcastle in the historic town of Paterson. Operated by volunteers dedicated and passionate about restoring, maintaining and operating rail motors. The group operates out of the old Paterson Goods Yard, affectionately named 'The Depot' and consists of a large working shed and rail yard. Experience the glory days dating back to 1923, view some of the best conserved heritage rolling stock in NSW.

The Rail Motor Society also offers visitors unique tours on board the historical rail motors, both around the local area and across the state, please contact them for further information.

The depot and museum site is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month (except December) and entry is by gold coin donation. Other times by appointment.

The Society can also provide guest speakers for meetings or other group engagements, contact the Secretary.




Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.4K from Paterson

Paterson Golf Club


Paterson is a Par 64 nine hole golf course open to the public seven days per week. Apart from a paid greenkeeper, employed two days per week, all other work is carried out by members who volunteer their time.

Saturday competition is open to both men and women with tee off time between 6:30am and 8:00am (no time sheets).

There is no social play before 10:30am




Paterson Golf Club,
Lot 21 Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.6K from Paterson

Paterson Rail Motor Museum


The depot in the old Paterson Goods Yards houses the Society's Museum collection of rail motors and other rolling stock items. The Museum is located opposite Paterson Railway Station on the North Coast Line to Brisbane. Road access and visitor entrance to the Museum is located off the end of Church Street.

Visit Paterson Rail Motor Museum and see the old station masters residence that has been restored to it 1930s exterior and appearance colour scheme by State Rail Heritage. The residence provides a reception centre for visitors, facility for members and houses a display for railway memorabilia for both the steam and diesel era.

Key items on display include a pair or NSWGR standard block telegraph instruments and large and miniature electric staff instruments formerly used by training at the Newcastle Railway Institute. The museum also includes one of the few remaining standard NSWGR good sheds.




Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.6K from Paterson

Tocal Homestead


Tocal has one of Australia's finest collections of colonial farm buildings dating from the 1830's. The Homestead is open at weekends from March to November.

Important rural heritage because much, including barns, stables and the original residence built in 1822, remains intact. The Homestead (built in 1841) is set on a 2200 hectare property encompassing natural wetlands, dry sclerophyll forests and rainforest remnants. The Homestead is presented in the context of original outbuildings and sheds that contribute to the fascinating story of Tocal.

Farm tours provide an opportunity to experience the beautiful 2200 hectare property. The tour includes the beef, horse, dairy and sheep enterprises as well as the natural features of the historic landscape. Tocal is a working farm so visitors are able to view the seasonal activities of the farm operations.




Tocal Homestead,
Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 4.2K from Paterson

Paterson: Events

Paterson Gallery Markets


Paterson Gallery Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month and present an eclectic mix of original paintings, craft, and collectables. Set in the picturesque backyard of the historic Paterson Post Office, you are invited to view the gallery and enjoy the rose garden on Duke Street in the heart of Paterson.

Enjoy a great variety of produce, beautiful handmade treasures, homemade craft and cooking. Buskers will entertain and everyone will have a very happy and enjoyable time.

Come and enjoy the day, look around the area, and you may even find some treasures within the stalls.




Paterson Art Gallery,
Duke Street
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.1K from Paterson

Rail Motor Society Open Day


The Rail Motor Society Open Day is held on the third Saturday of each month. It is an opportunity for the general public to view the operations of the Rail Motor Society Depot and Museum at Paterson.

The Rail Motor Society was establish in 1984. The collection spans 1926 to 1961, and includes a 42 foot Rail Motor from 1961, as well as a 720 Class Driving Trailer Car.

The 13 collections of different rail Motor and Trailer Cars are a must for all train enthusiasts.

Tours are also available.




Rail Motor Society Depot,
Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.8K from Paterson

Peek into the Past


Peek into the Past is when Tocal Homestead comes alive with the sights and sounds (and smells) of yesteryear. It is a wonderful old fashioned day out for all the family. Grandparents will reminisce, there's nostalgia.

The sounds of working horses, heritage tractors and machinery mingle with the aromas of scones and apple pies baking in the old wood stove. Make sure you see the blacksmiths working at the forge and then enjoy a piece of damper from the camp fire, topped with 'cocky's joy'. Watch the local straw broom maker at work - he'd be happy to sell you one.

Keep an eye out for the 'redcoats' of the soldiers of the 73rd Regiment of Foot, who will fire their muskets and march through the site - keeping law and order . Bring a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Competition and then vote for the best scarecrow (most votes wins!).


Event Dates
2017
      30th Jul


Tocal Homestead,
957 Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.8K from Paterson

Back to Back Wool Challenge


With all the fun of a shearing, spinning and knitting race, the Back to Back Wool Challenge is a fundraiser for cancer. At Tocal, the funds raised on the day are presented to the Mater Cancer Research Unit Newcastle.

This year the "Spinning Knitwits" are back at Tocal Homestead aiming to retain their Australian Champions title have a hit at the World Champions title again.

Competition commences at 9am and throughout the day there are activities for visitors to join in; learn to knit, knitting races, textile crafts for all ages, a fabulous array of handcrafts and textiles to buy, raffle, shearing demonstrations, delicious refreshments all day from the Friends of Tocal, Tocal Homestead is open for inspection, with blacksmithing all day in the blacksmith shop.

Over the years, there have been teams from Japan, Canada, Australia, South Africa, England, Scotland, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, and Slovakia.




Event Dates
2017
      11th Jun


Tocal Homestead Grounds,
957 Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 4.2K from Paterson

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