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The Manning Valley Historical Society has been publishing its own journals since 2002. We currently publish two issues a year, featuring articles on many topics of historic interest that vividly portray the community, cultural and family life of the Manning Valley.

Current journals and back issues may be purchased at Wingham Museum or ordered online. Come in and take a look around or browse through our list of publications below. Please contact us for further information.

Journal #56 – June 2017

The Enigmatic Thomas Florence Part 1

The survey of the Manning River undertaken by Thomas Florence in 1827 has very much been undervalued – it was also an exploration.
by Bill Beach

Aboriginal Horseman of the Manning Valley

As white settlement expanded, the Biripi were pushed off their lands and into much suffering. There was one field where they would outclass all – horsemanship.
by Maurie Garland

Castor, a Black Slave Transported from Mauritius

Castor, once a black slave, was convicted and transported to Australia where he eventually became an assigned convict for William Wynter on the Tareeestate.
by Katherine M Bell

My Grandparents: Sam and Jane Moy

The late Tom Woollard brought this memoir of his grandparents to our society in 1992. It became a forerunner to his book Changes of a Lifetime
by Tom Woollard

Pictorial: The Catholic Church in Taree

The original church opened in 1873, and the new church opened in 1930; the erection of the convent and the school; the McDonell family.
by Maurie Garland

A Geologist Visits the Manning in 1933

This article by R O Chalmers is taken from the Australian Museum Magazine, 1934.
by R.O. Chalmers

Tying the Knot Manning Style

We look at Margaret Clark’s new book.
by Margaret Clark

In the Museum

Terry looks at the extensive collection of amber glass.
by Terry Tournoff

Lost and Found

A medallion lost in the mid 1920’s was found eighty years later.
by Barbara Waters

Vale Mal Rattray and John Doust The Manning River District in 1851

This article was written anonymously in 1870 for the Manning River News

Cost: $7.50 36 pages A4: 21cm x 29cm

Journal #55 – December 2016

Edward Rye at the Wingham Chronicle

Edward Rye established Wingham’s first newspaper. In 1917, he wrote a series of articles for the Gloucester Advocate, much of which pertained to the Manning Valley.
by Maurie Garland

Long Before Turf Wickets

Les Eastaway has graciously allowed the MVHS to print the first chapter from his wonderful book on the history of cricket in the Manning Valley.
by Les Eastaway

Rugby Football Medals

The initial Rugby Union Football competition ran from 1893 to 1920. We examine a premiership medal won by Jack Maher in 1920, and by James Horsburgh in 1907-08.
by Maurie Garland

Dingo Street, Wingham: An Historic Mistake

Why was the name of “Dingo Street” – amongst the oldest streets in the Manning Valley, so named in 1843 – changed to “Queen Street”?
by Maurie Garland

Pictorial: Historic Photographs from a Perth Chimney

While dismantling a chimney in Perth, Bruce Dobbin found photos of the Manning Lime Company at Chatham – all in excellent condition. Enjoy.
by Maurie Garland

In the Museum

Terry shows the mural created by students from Taree Christian College.
by Terry Tournoff

Part 1: Early Days – Looking at the history of one of Australia’s greatest stations.
by Maurie Garland


Part 2: A Superb Horseman – Tod Scrivener, a great horseman, a great man.
by Maurie Garland


Part 3: The School, 1964 – Dave Benson’s memoir of his year on Coopla.
by David Benson

A Short History of War Graves

The why and how we care for our fallen soldiers.
by Allen Valentine

Vale Mack Gibson

We farewell our inaugural President and tireless worker for our Society.

Cost: $7.50 36 pages A4: 21cm x 29cm

Journal #54 – June 2016

Celebrating Our Scottish Pioneers

Stories of pioneering Scots in the Manning Valley
Edited by Maurie Garland

The Scots and the Manning River 1840 – 1860

Ross used the major research of Gordon Dennes to write about the Scottish settlement
of the Manning Valley in obtaining his Master of Arts Degree. Here we present several excerpts from his excellent booklet.
by Ross Galloway

Bounty Ships from the Highlands and Isles

The Bounty Scheme of assisted migration operated from 1837 to 1842. In particular, two of these ships, the Midlothian and British King, brought migrants from the Isles who
eventually settled in the Manning Valley. by Maurie Garland

Scot’s Corner

From his Scot’s corner on Dingo Creek, Eric gives some insights into Scottish culture and
the Scottish immigrants to the Manning Valley.
by Eric Richardson

Pictorial: The Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

This festival is now in its thirteenth year, and is run by a hard-working committee.
by Maurie Garland

The First Church Services in the Manning Valley

Although the Manning Valley was settled in 1829, a church service wasn’t conducted by an ordained minister until 1845. The first minister of religion to live permanently in the Valley was Reverand James Carter in 1851.
by Maurie Garland

Gaelic Settlers

There were only a few Gaelic enclaves in Australia and the Manning Valley was one of them, especially at The Bight. Some could not speak English, and for others English was a second language. They wanted their church services to be in Gaelic.
by Maurie Garland

In the Museum

Terry gives his museum report and displays several of the Gaelic Bibles which have been donated to the museum.
by Terry Tournoff

Scottish Influence

Cameo portraits of some of the Manning Valley’s Scottish pioneers
by Maurie Garland

Cost: $7.50 36 pages A4: 21cm x 29cm

Journal #53 – December 2015

Pioneering Women

Stories of remarkable pioneering women in the Manning Valley
Edited by Maurie Garland

Elizabeth Wynter: First Lady

Elizabeth was one of only a few women in the Manning Valley during the 1830’s.
by Katherine Bell, MVHS Archives

Mary Ann Bugg and the Bushranger

The story of an aboriginal woman and her relationship with Captain Thunderbolt
by Maurie Garland

Sarah, Annie, Margaret and Alice: Midwives, Private Hospitals

Manning Valley midwives and private hospitals
by Katherine Bell

Gertrude Richardson: Taree Mayor

Gertrude was the first female mayor outside the Sydney metropolitan area
by Kaye Wallace

Changes of a Lifetime

In 1995 the late Tom Woollard published a book of memories of his lifetime
by Tom Woollard

Tommy Carr on the word “Obey”

A satirical story written by Henry “Hawkeye” Edwards in 1928
by Hawkeye

Bridget Murray:A Kerry Girl
review of Kay Moloney Caball’s book ‘The Kerry Girls’
by Katherine Bell
Pioneering Women

Cameo portraits of Manning Valley women who were pioneers in their field by Barbara Waters

Nancy Bird: My God it’s a Woman

The late Nancy Bird Walton wrote this article for our society in 2004
by Nancy Bird Walton

Cost: $7.50 36 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #52 – June 2015

The Crowdy-Harrington Railway; Part 2: 1900 to 1927

The history of the railway used in construction of the breakwater at Harrington.
by Ian McNeil

Criticism of the Harrington Breakwall

The northern breakwall cost a huge amount of money, and was heavily criticised.
by Maurie Garland

A Trip to the Manning

A nurse’s voyage to the Manning in 1909.
by “M R”

Memories of Crowdy and Harrington

Jean Ebzery (nee Muir) recalls her childhood in the 1920s and 1930
by Jean Ebzery

From the Museum

A report from our museum curator.
by Terry Tournoff

Pictorial: The Dangerous Harrington Breakwall
Ships wrecked on the Harrington Breakwall 1909 – 1910.
by Maurie Garland
Sergeant Hogan: Policing the Manning

Sgt Hogan spent two terms in the Manning Valley, the first as a constable at Cundletown, the second at Taree as Sergeant in Charge of the Manning District.
by Maurie Garland

The Don on the Manning

Don Bradman played cricket against Manning teams in 1928 and 1929.
by Bill Beach

From the Archives

A report from our archives co-ordinator.
by Kaye Wallace

MRDH Hospital Admissions 1895

Some records from the 1895 admissions book transcribed by Katherine.
by Katherine Bell

MRDH Hospital Admissions 1911

Looking at a statistical analysis of the 1911 admissions made by Eugenie.
by Eugenie R Lumbers

The First Pilots at the Manning River Entrance

The first pilot to assist shipping over the bar was appointed in 1856.
by Maurie Garland

Cost: $7.50 36 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #51 – December 2014

The Crowdy-Harrington Railway; Part 1: 1895 to 1900

The history of the railway used in construction of the breakwater at Harrington.
by Ian McNeil

The Reminiscences of Captain Robert Collins

In 1923, the Wingham Chronicle printed a series of articles written by Captain Collins (1850-1927) telling of his life at sea and his settling in the Manning Valley.
by Robert Collins

An Unspeakable Crime

The finding of a teenage girl’s skeleton in remote bush south of Newcastle produced a murder trail that led back to the Manning Valley.
by Maurie Garland

In the Museum

A report from our museum curator
by Terry Tournoff

Isabella the Play: A Pictorial

We look in on the play’s sell-out performance at Tuncurry.

Secondary Public Education at Taree Public High School

Before the establishment of Taree High School in 1925, Taree Public School adopted a number of different names as it also catered for secondary students.
by Katherine Bell

Ken McDonald: Iconic Journalist

Ken arrived in Taree in 1947 as a teacher, but soon joined the staff of the Manning River Times as a news and sports journalist and, later, became the editor.
by Mick McDonald

Rugby Union/League: The Quinlivan Brothers
Tennis: Coral Buttsworth
Racing: Mick Yarrad
Sports stories from the Manning River Times written in 1970 by Ken McDonald.
by “Ken Mac”

Treasure Trove: Sports Reports

Our chief Archivist uses the internet “Treasure Trove” site .
by Kaye Wallace

Cost: $7.50 32 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #50 – June 2014

The Langley Vale Tramway; Part 2: The Steam Era 1912 to 1933

Ian McNeal continues the story of the Langley Brothers timber company.
by Ian McNeil

The Education of Bishop Ernest Burgmann

This is the story of Ernest Burgmann’s education at Koppin Yarrat (Central Lansdowne) and his thoughts, as an Anglican Bishop, on educating children.
by Katherine Bell

From the Archives: Going to the Movies

We look at the Manning Valley’s dedicated movie theatres.
by Maurie Garland

The Opening of the Mitchells Island Factory: A Pictorial

On November 30th, 1918, the most modern (for 1918) milk factory opened.
by Maurie Garland

Draining Oxley Island

Warwick Murray tells how the Island has been saved from salt and swamp.
by Warwick Murray

F.A. Fitzpatrick and the Wingham Chronicle

The Life of F A Fitzpatrick who spent over 40 years at the Wingham Chronicle.
by Maurie Garland

Why I Became a Journalist

From an article in the Dungog Chronicle in 1932.
by F.A. Fitzpatrick

My Time as a Printer’s Devil

The Wharfdale Printing Press
In The Museum: The Arab Treadle Press
Max Waters served his apprenticeship on the Wingham Chronicle post WW11.
by Max Waters

A Career in Newspapers

Bill Green began his newspaper career as an apprentice at the Wingham Chronicle.
by Bill Green

Revitalising the Museum

Our Museum Curator tells of plans for the Museum.
by Terry Tournoff

Out at Sea and on Fire

The tragic story of the passenger ferry Daphne.
by Maurie Garland

Cost: $7.50 32 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Special Jubilee Edition Journal – May 2014

History of the Manning Valley Historical Society by John McKenzie
Tarree and Taree

Part 1: William Wynter by Penny Rich and Katherine Bell
Part 2: Henry Flett by Maurie Garland

Justice in the Manning Valley: The Bench of Magistrates by Warren Cross
Rev Thomas Watt versus Henry Flett by Maurie Garland
Tracks and Early Roads by Wilf Connors
The Urbanisation of the Manning Valley by Eric Richardson
A River in Time by David Nutley
Scottish Immigration:

Part 1: Leaving Scotland by Margaret Clark
Part 2: The Manning Valley by Margaret Clark

The Rev Samuel Stewart by Doug Stewart
19th Century Encounters between Blackfella and Whitefella by John Ramsland
The Rise and Fall of the Manning River Steam Navigation Company by Shirley Xanthos, Margaret Clark and Penny Rich
Voyage to the Manning River on SS Diamantina, 1873 by Sydney Morning Herald
Tinonee National School by Maurie Garland
Killawarra Public School by Glenda Smith
From Steam Boat to Steam Train by Jim Revitt
Henry Kendall at Cundletown:

Part 1: Henry Kendall My Father – Frederick Kendall Article
Part 2: My New Home – Henry Kendall Article
Part 3: The Life of Henry Kendall by Maurie Garland

From Horace to Hawkeye: Manning Valley Newspapers by Rod Kirkpatrick
The Birth of Rugby League by Mal Rattray
How to Lose a Premiership by Maurie Garland
Lebanese Settlement in the Manning Valley by Penny Rich
Sunset on the Sunrise – Manning River Times Article
The Light at the Bottom of the Manning River by Maurie Garland
The Chinese on the Manning by Eric Richardson
A Time Walk Around Wingham by Eric Richardson, Arthur Cooper, Penny Rich
A Breach of Promise by Maurie Garland
William Willmett Board and Son by Marion Hosking
The Great Taree Fire, 1905 by Katherine Bell
The Growth of the Early Cattle Industry by Eric Richardson
Brief History of Mapping in NSW for Administrative Purposes by Arthur Wakeman
The Wingham Hotel:

Part 1: From “Lamb Inn” to “Bottom Pub” by Penny Rich
Part 2: End of an Era – News Reports
Part 3: Growing up in the Pub with no Peer by Sue Milliken

A Time Walk Along Pulteney Street by Katherine Bell

Cost: $15.00 120 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #49 – December 2013

The Langley Vale Tramway; Part 1: 1897 to 1912

Ian McNeal narrates the operations of the Langley Brothers timber company in the virgin forests of the Lansdowne escarpment, and the tramway they built to bring the timber down to the Lansdowne River, to be shipped to markets.
by Ian McNeil

The Diva and the Dentist

When Penny decided to find out why the AA Maloney Memorial Gates were erected at Taree Park in 1939, she uncovered an amazing story.
by Penny Teerman

Coopernook: A Pictorial

The early days of this bustling river port.
by Penny Rich

Medicine on the Manning

In 1963, local Manning doctor, Francis Bayldon gave the Mulvey Address, in which he outlined the history of Manning medicine.
by Maurie Garland

Looking Back: The Wreck of the “Kincumber”

by Maurie Garland

The Rise of the Manning Valley Dairy Industry

An extract from Bill Beach’s forthcoming book.
by Bill Beach

Cost: $7.50 28 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #48 June 2013

A Prisoner in Stalag 383

After fighting in North Africa and Greece, Vic Carle was captured in Crete and interned in Stalag 383, Bavaria, Germany.
by Margaret Clark

Robert and Nancy Broomfield on Dingo Creek, 1889

Ruth Woodward looks at the second generation of Broomfields and a visit there by cousin Peter Wallace in 1889.
by Ruth Woodward and Maurie Garland

The Manning Valley’s Railway Centenary

A Pictorial
Various Sources

John Thomson Chambers: Wingham’s Forgotten Architect

Scottish immigrant Chambers (1870-1954) arrived in Wingham in 1917.
by Penny Teerman

White and Black Living Together: Celebrating the Beliefs of Cinderella (Ella) Jane Simon (1902-1981)

What was Ella Simon saying about assimilation?
by Professor John Ramsland

Looking Back: The Manning Valley’s First Car

Dr John Gormley and “Napoleon”
by Maurie Garland
The Oxley Island Punt Tragedies

The drowning tragedies of 1928 and 1956.
by Maurie Garland

Cost: $7.50 28 pages A4:21cm x 29cm

Journal #47 – November 2012

Tom Skinner’s Butcher Shop

[The Wingham butchery 1899 – 2004]
by Kaye Wallace

Life as a Butcher’s Boy

[Several years from Eric’s life after leaving school aged sixteen]
by Eric Richardson

Maud Gyler’s Postcard Collection

[What can we glean from this thirty postcard collection dated 1905-1915?]
by Judith Jackson

Early Days at Oxley Island Public School

[Teachers and building 1862-1878]
Edited by Maurie Garland from a Department of Education document published in 1963

A Recollection of School Days

[Warwick attended Oxley Island Public School in the late 1940s and later returned as a teacher]
by Warwick Murray

Usual Departments

Books and publications, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 28 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #46 – October 2012

Ancestors: On Dingo Creek

[The Broomfield and Herkes Families arrive on Dingo Creek in 1852]
by Ruth Woodward and Maurie Garland

The Old Bakery: An Historic Challenge

[Buying a house at Mount George nearly one hundred years old]
by Narelle Smith and Barbara Waters

The McRae Smith Family Papers

[Building the Lighthouse at Crowdy Head]
Edited by Maurie Garland

A Lost Poem by Henry Kendall

[Called perhaps “A Father to a Bride”]
From the McRae Smith Family Papers

Christmas at Old Bar, 1925

[Annual holiday makers]
Extracts by “A Visitor” from the Manning River Times.

Book Review: Of This Watershed The Soldiers of the Wallamba by Stuart Weller

Reviewed by John Ramsland, Emeritus Professor of History The University of Newcastle

Book Release: The Trials of Isabella Mary Kelly

Release of the second edition

Usual Departments

Books and publications, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 28 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #45 – August / September 2012

Glenda Smith: MVHS Life Member

[Life membership award]
by Carol Pammer, MVHS Vice President

Ancestor: Humphrey Richardson

[‘Father’ of public school education on the Manning River]
by Eric Richardson OAM, MVHS Vice President

National Schools: The establishment of public schools in NSW

[How public schools came into being]
by Eric Richardson OAM, MVHS Vice President

Tinonee National School

[Early trials and tribulations]
by Maurie Garland, MVHS Member

Accolades for Horace Dean biography

[Press reviews of Maurie Garland’s book]
by Pam Murray, MVHS member

The Dangerous Manning Bar and the wreck of the steamer Gipsy

[First-hand accounts of the disaster]
Edited by Maurie Garland, MVHS member

Captain Jean Benaud: Master Mariner

[Stories of great-grandfather of Australian cricketer, Richie Benaud]
by Maurie Garland, MVHS member

In MVHS museum: The minute gun

[Includes the story of builder, William John Smith, ancestor of donor family]
Edited by Maurie Garland, MVHS member

The Next Generation: Reminiscences of Albert George Smith [1860-1939]

[Writings of son, William John Smith]
Document held in MVHS archives

Usual Departments

Books and publications, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 28 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #44 – December 2011 / January 2012

Wingham Cenotaph and Remembrance Wall: Design and symbolism

[Story behind new monuments at
Wingham Memorial Town Hall]
by Allen Valentine, MVHS Member

The colourful career of Wingham’s first mayor, Joshua Cochrane

[Life and times of J Cochrane, 1866-1914]
by David Evans, former MVHS Member,

The Pioneer Storekeepers

[Trust between storekeepers and farmer settlers helps prosperity]
from ‘Old Days-Old Ways’ column,
Wingham Chronicle, 16 May 1939

Gateways to Wingham

[Building of Cedar Party and Bight bridges]
by Mal Rattray and Mieke van Werdt,
MVHS Members

From Bridge to Bishop

[Ernest Burgmann’s journey from
Lansdowne to Anglican Bishop of
by Penny Rich,
MVHS journal editor

Wingham’s first land grant: Bungay Bungay

[Early settlement]
by Penny Rich,
journal editor, from MVHS archives

Essay on Manning River, Australia

[The Manning through the eyes
of a young boy!]

by T W New,
who resided Bungay Bungay 1841-45

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review and launch (Horace Dean: A pocketful of lies'[Author: Maurie Garland], Vale Alan Richardson [3 May 1930-1 July 2011], Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 28 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #43 – August 2011

Pioneers of the Bulga-Homestead Farm No.1919/9

(World War 1 Soldier Settlers)
by Penny Teerman, MVHS Member

Two Letters: 1911 and 1918

(Letters by WW1 Wingham soldier Len Bird {KIA}and his mate, Allen Semple)
by Maurie Garland, MVHS Member

Moving with the times

(Wingham’s Wisely’s bus service ends)
by Penny Rich, MVHS Journal Editor

Last drinks for a vanished time

(Memories of former Wingham Hotel)
by Robert Milliken, journalist and former Wingham resident

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #42 – April/May 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Manning River

Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
by Shirley Xanthos, Margaret Clark, Editor

Wingham’s Fighting Ritchie Boys

(Four Brothers in World War I)
by Penny Rich

Chinese on the Manning

(Mid 19th & early 20th Centuries)
Eric Richardson

Life and Times of the Wingham Chronicle

(History of the newspaper)
by Mal Rattray

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #41 – January 2011

Growing Up in the Pub With No Peer

(A childhood in the Wingham Hotel)
by Sue Milliken OA

There Off and Racing …

(Horse Racing on the Manning from 1880)
by Barbara Waters

Krambach: The Village That Never Was

Wingham Chronicle reprint
Notes by Eric Richardson & Penny Rich

Recollections: The Buzz on Burrell Creek

(Interview with Ken Martin, aged 92)
by Glenda Smith

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #40 – October 2010

School of Arts

NSW Birth of S of A by Judith Jackson
Killabakh S of A by Penny Rich

Indigenous Australians at War

by Eric Richardson

Rise and Fall of Sugar on the Manning

by Maurie Garland

Family History and the New School Syllabus

by Alan Richardson

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #39 – April 2010

A Visit to Manning River Catholics in 1900

from Freeman’s Journal 1900
edited by Maurie Garland

Our Debt to Lachlan Macquarie

by Alan Richardson

Book Review: Postcards from the Front

by Penny Rich

The Bonnie Manning

by Mieke van Werdt

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm

Journal #38 – January 2010

The Searle Connection:

Robert Searle and Mary Cann
by Royce & Janet Byrnes

Who Named Our Town Wingham, and Why?!

by Mieke van Werdt, Eric Richardson
& Penny Rich

Birth of Government Schools

(National Schools)
by Penny Rich

Testing Times for Tinonee Teachers

by Mieke van Werdt & Penny Rich

Usual Departments

From the President, Book Review, Society archive accessions, Society information

Cost: $5.00 32 pages 15cm x 21 cm