Hawkesbury History Tour: Durham Bowes and the Charismatic Convict

Join an engaging guided tour of two State listed heritage sites in the Hawkesbury, including a private residence seldom open to the public and an 1811 burial ground.

Join a small group of heritage enthusiasts on this exclusive expert-led self-drive tour proudly organised by the Hawkesbury Branch.

Explore Durham Bowes, a special, privately-owned state heritage-listed homestead in the Hawkesbury that is rarely open to visitors. Learn about its original inhabitant, John Dight, his growing family, the role that charismatic ex-convict Margaret Catchpole played and the impact of the devastating 1806 flood on the lowland settlers.

Step back in time as you walk through the ground floor rooms constructed in stages between c1806 – 1820. See the historical evidence and the range of differing materials and construction techniques used to create this exceptional home for the Dight family.

Bring your own picnic and a blanket to enjoy lunch on the front lawn of this historically significant property or have a bite to eat nearby at Pughs Lagoon where toilet facilities are available (there are none available at Durham Bowes).

After lunch, reconvene at the Richmond Anglican Church 1811 burial ground for a discovery tour of the early free-arrival families who employed Margaret Catchpole, including the Dights, and commence the search for her grave.


Images: Left by Graham Edds; Right by Kate Ryan


Event details

Tour runs 9:30am – 3pm on Sunday 5 November 2023.

Includes tour, entry to Durham Bowes, a take-home handout outlining the history of the property, and a flower to place on the grave of Margaret Catchpole at the Richmond Anglican Burial Ground.

Please note: There is no disability access to Durham Bowes homestead.



Tickets: Members $50, concession $55, adult $60, family $140 + booking fees.

Book via Eventbrite to secure your spot.



Contact Carol Edds on nt.hawkesbury@gmail.com or phone 0415 466 522.


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Durham Bowes

Hawkesbury History Tour: Durham Bowes and the Charismatic Convict


11 Inalls Lane Richmond, NSW 2753