Correspondence [Letter to E. D. Day, Police Magistrate]
26 Nov 1836
About this object
Edward Denny Day (1801-1876) is a significant public figure in the early days of colonial Maitland. He was police magistrate in Maitland in the late 1830s, the 1840s and from 1858 to 1869. He was commissioner, Court of Requests from 1841 and of insolvent estates from 1842. He was also active in public life. As well, Day is associated with the prosecution of the men responsible for the Myall Creek massacre in 1838, and for the arrest of the ‘Jewboy bushrangers’ led by Edward Davis in 1840.
The letters and documents in the Edward Denny Day collection connect Day to specific events and services in Maitland and district. They also provide some documentation on the nature of the evolving colonial judicial system.
This letter requests Day to assume the role of trustee for the committee, chaired by Rev. Rusden, for the building of a church at East Maitland. Rev Rusden was George Keylock Rusden, the first rector (from 1834 to 1859) of St Peters Anglican parish in East Maitland. The Parish of St Peter’s East Maitland Centenary Booklet 1934 in the Maitland Library Collection has a portrait and profile of Rusden.
The request in the letter is indicative of the variety of public roles that Day was invited to fulfil.
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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