Correspondence [Letter to E. D. Day]
22 Nov 1858
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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 is written on behalf of the residents of Maitland and Morpeth with an accompanying cheque for £55 expressing pleasure at having Day return to Maitland and providing the money to assist with expenses of relocating from Port Macquarie to Maitland. Day served as Police Magistrate in Sydney from 1849 to 1853, and was then appointed to Port Macquarie. He returned to Maitland in 1858 at the age of 47 and remained there until his death. This letter welcomes him back to Maitland.
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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