Documentation [List of E. D. Day's household items for auction]

Production date
Oct 1849
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.
Edward Denny Day’s household items from the Government Cottage East Maitland were sold at auction on 8th and 9th October 1849. This list contains a detailed description of each item and the prices gained. With Day’s appointment to the position of Police Magistrate in Sydney, Day and his family sold Maitland household items and moved to Sydney. The Maitland Mercury (6 October 1849) advertised the sale.
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The Library’s Edward Denny Day Collection is significant for its documentation of aspects of the professional, public and private life of a well-known and respected public figure in Maitland’s colonial history. Complemented by other public collections of items relating to E. D. Day, the Library’s collection has the potential to add details to understanding the different capacities in which Day contributed and to the networks and judicial system within which he worked. The items are provenanced to Day’s descendants, and individual items are complete although the condition and fragility of individual items vary.

Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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Ink on paper
32.8 x 20.3cm
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Acquired by Maitland Libraries, 2019.
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