Margaret Catchpole: The Truth behind the Legend

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the death of the fascinating Margaret Catchpole, we invite you to retrace her steps in the Hawkesbury and get to know her from her surroundings. Discover the truth behind the legend of 'Australia's First Heroine' who arrived in NSW in 1801 as a convict.

Margaret Catchpole achieved notoriety in her own lifetime as a horse thief and gaol escapee in Ipswich, Suffolk, before her transportation to Australia. Twenty-six years after her death she became the heroine of a best-selling novel ‘The History of Margaret Catchpole, a Suffolk Girl’ written in 1845 by the Reverend Richard Cobbold.

Take this rare opportunity to visit places where she lived and worked during her years in the colony nursing.

Start with a talk at Hawkesbury Regional Museum followed by refreshments. Visit ‘Durham Bowes’ farmhouse built by the Dight family from 1806, and feel Margaret’s spirit as you stand in the kitchen she herself knew well. Then view the landscape from Richmond Hill to imagine Margaret’s world. Enjoy your picnic lunch beside Pugh’s Lagoon before you go in search of her grave at historic St Peter’s, Richmond where she was buried on 14 May 1819.

Come and hear the many theories about the location of her final resting place and try to solve the mystery- if you can!

Event date

Event Details

8 Baker Street, Windsor, New South Wales

Hawkesbury Regional Museum
8 Baker Street
Windsor 2756
Parking available in streets around and in shopping centres nearby.


This is a self-drive car tour. Meet at Hawkesbury Regional Museum at 9.45am for 10.00am. You will be given a schedule of locations and times, including several venues at Richmond and one at North Richmond. If you require transport between venues please contact the Society. Tour finishes at Richmond Cemetery at 4.00pm.

Entry fees:
Adults $20, Family $$ 35.00
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Wear a hat and suitable footwear. Bring your own picnic lunch. Event will be held irrespective of the weather.