Our next Speaker Evening for Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 5.30 pm at the Society Rooms - 3 Cathedral Street, Maitland

Speaker: Bob Cameron

Topic: Bolwarra House and its link to the Tolpuddle Martyrs

Dr Cameron has lived in Bolwarra House for 30 years.  His talk will cover the history of the estate and will tell the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six Dorset farm workers who were sentenced to transportation in 1834 for organising trade union activities.  They included John Standfield, who worked at Bolwarra, while his father Thomas worked at Maitland Vale.  All six were eventually pardoned and became folk heroes.

Dr Cameron had a successful career as an executive and entrepreneur in the resources sector while holding many roles in the community and government organisations. He currently chairs Zeal Futures (formerly the Hunter Valley Training Company) and is on the State Library Council as well as committees at the the Universities of Newcastle and New South Wales. In 2012 he was awarded and AO for service to the mining industry, tertiary education and the community of the Hunter Valley.

The talk is open to Historical Society members and to members of the public, who are most welcome to attend. There is no need to book a seat in advance. 

The Society asks for a donation of $5 to cover the cost of light refreshments before and after the talk. Members of the Public are welcome.

ZOOM (for financial members only) will be available. 

Good news: we now have the NBN at the rooms.  The Zoom proved to be reliable for the last two talks.


Speaker Evenings are held on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 5 30 pm.

(A small charge of $5 includes light refreshments provided before and after the speakers delivery.)

Future Guest Speakers:



 April 2                 Bob Musgrave: The geological history of the Hunter Valley

 Future Speakers no date firmly set










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