Help Us Celebrate Our Convict Ancestry

Heritage Festival 2019 - 13 April to 19 May 2019

Harper’s Mansion, the National Trust property in Berrima, invites you to visit and celebrate your convict ancestry. From 13 April we will be inviting visitors to write the names of their convict ancestor, their year of arrival and the name of the ship on a plaque and fasten it to our convict tree.

You can also record their details in our Convict Muster Book. Margaret Morgan and William Harper, James’ parents, will be recorded as will Mary, his wife, who arrived in 1826. Mary’s brother, Benjamin Robinson will be there, too. Did a letter from Mary telling him how wonderful life was in Berrima encourage him to forsake his life working a canal boat in Birmingham, steal a coat and gain a free passage?

To accompany this event there will be an exhibition in the house of memorial convict bonnets, kindly lent by the local chapter of the Fellowship of First Fleeters, plus convict bricks, leg irons, clay pipes etc. and a showcase of stories about the convicts and ex-convicts who established Berrima in the 1830s – the time Harper’s Mansion was built. To support the Irish Festival being held at the Berrima Public School on Saturday 13 April we will also highlight the exploits of the likes of publicans Michael Doyle and Bryan McMahon, storekeeper James Jerome Higgins, the McCurdys and several others from the Emerald Isle.

To participate in this event visit Harper’s Mansion. We’re open every Saturday and Sunday 10.30 – 4.00. Adults- $10, Concession - $8, Children Free

Contact Chris Thompson: Tel: 4877 1375: Email or visit our web page