Correspondence [Letter from E. Deas Thomson, Colonial Secretary's Office to E. D. Day]
23 Nov 1840
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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 outlines an intention to appoint Day as Police Magistrate at Maitland following the resignation of Patrick Grant. Day accepted the position but resigned soon after to seek business employment. In December 1840 he was visiting Muswellbrook as a private citizen when he organised volunteers and Mounted Police to track down the Jewboy Gang. He subsequently took up the Maitland appointment.
Currently on loan to Maitland Libraries, is a small but significant digital collection of E.D. Day-related documents, handwritten notes and articles.
Permission must be sought for access to these documents for study or research purposes. Please contact Maitland Libraries for further information. (Library@Maitland.nsw.gov.au)
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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