Singleton's bicentennial weekend attracts a descendant and a fan

BACK TO SINGLETON: Marie Hughes of New Lambton, great descendant of John Howe's wife Jane Kennedy, visited Singleton last week.
BACK TO SINGLETON: Marie Hughes of New Lambton, great descendant of John Howe's wife Jane Kennedy, visited Singleton last week.

Among the visitors to Singleton Historical Society's Museum in Burdekin Park over the bicentennial weekend was the four times great grand-daughter of John Howe's wife Jane Kennedy.

Jane's daughter ,Eliza Charlotte Kennedy married into the Dargin family so had a double link to the 1820 expedition that arrived at what we now call Whittingham on March 15 of that year.

The visitor was Marie Hughes of New Lambton who was able to hold the fan that her ancestor carried at her marriage to John Howe in St John's Parramatta on May 13, 1811.

The fan, which has Jane's initials engraved on it, is one of a number of articles on display with links to the European discovery of the Singleton area.

The Museum will be closed to the public during the current health situation. Members of the executive may be at the museum on Tuesday mornings and contact details are available through the society's web site.