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Lake Paterson

Lake Paterson was the most significant wetland complex in the Paterson Valley. The lake was on the eastern side of the river. It was part of a wetland that stretched from Iona, Woodville through to Wallalong, covering virtually all the eastern side of the river within the flood plain. The wetland complex has now been completely drained and to the casual observer there is no remaining evidence of it.[1]

In Lycett's painting below, Mount Johnstone can be seen in the background.

painting of Lake Patterson

'Lake Patterson, near Pattersons Plains, Hunters River' by Joseph Lycett, 1824.

Other parts of the Paterson wetland complex are clearly evident in Dangar's map of 1828, and have been reconstructed in the following diagram. Lake Paterson is on the bottom right.[2]

Paterson wetlands

Lake Paterson reappears during floods and can be seen for days afterwards, until the flood waters recede.

Lake Paterson in 2016

Lake Paterson returned in January 2016 following a flood. Photo taken from Butterwick Road, looking across towards Woodville and Iona in the distance.

Notes and references

1. Archer, Cameron. "Social and Environmental Change as Determinants of Ecosystem Health: A Case Study of Social Ecological Systems in the Paterson Valley NSW Australia". Ph.D. thesis, University of Newcastle, 2007, p42.

2. As above, p180.

External links

Joseph Lycett in wikipedia; and in Aust. Dict. Biography.