Correspondence [Letter relating to the laying of the foundation stone for the Maitland Benevolent Asylum]
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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 relates to laying the foundation stone for the Maitland Benevolent Asylum. rIt includes a response from Watson Parker, Private Secretary, Government House, advising the Governor is unavailable and proposing E D Day ‘would perform the ceremony for me’. The Maitland Benevolent Asylum was the forerunner to the Maitland Hospital. The foundation stone referred to here was the foundation stone for the first building erected on the Campbell’s Hill site that the Maitland Hospital occupied from 1849 to January 2022.
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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