Blue Mountains Historical Society Public Talk: My Dearest Jack


A message from the Blue Mountains Historical Society:

[Image courtesy of the Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc]

Kate O’Neill will explore another fascinating Woodford woman in her talk, My Dearest Jack. The founder of Central Mountains History, which is dedicated to revealing and celebrating the unique, rich history of the Central Blue Mountains – including the Woodford Academy, Kate is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Local Family and Applied History at the University of New England (UNE).

The Woodford Academy for Boys was founded in 1907 by distinguished classics scholar John McManamey. He, his wife Henrietta and their two daughters fostered a family atmosphere for their young charges at the Blue Mountains boarding school. Tragically John’s beloved wife Henrietta passed away just a few years after the school was founded.

Hidden away for more than one hundred years, a small suitcase of carefully folded letters dating from 1890–92 gives an intimate insight into the courtship of Henrietta Nielson and John McManamey.

Come along and learn about these letters and their connection to our history. Morning tea will be available from 10am. The meeting and talk will commence at 10:30am.


When: Saturday 1 September 2018, 10:30am
Where: History Centre, 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
Cost: Free

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