Correspondence [Letter from Dept of Land and Public Works to E. D. Day]
16 Apr 1859
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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 is an undated and unsigned letter by Day to the residents of Scone for the gifts they have presented him with in appreciation of his part in the capture of the ‘Jewboy bushranger gang’, so assume it is 1841. An article published in The Australian (27 February 1841, p 2) refers to ‘the service of plate’ with the inscription:
"Presented to Edward Denny Day Esq, police Magistrate of Maitland, by some residents of the district of Scone, as a testimonial of their admiration of the promptitude and gallantry he displayed in following and capturing a band of Bushrangers which had for some months infested the Hunter, Feb. 1841."
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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