St Thomas' Church
Port Macquarie district was built by convicts and this church from the 1820s gives a real insight into a fascinating past. You can see the high sides around some of the pews, designed to separate the convict worshippers from the free families. The convicts were marched into church each week under guards who carried fixed bayonets. Kids will have fun looking for the fingerprints and other marks left on the handmade bricks by the convicts who laid them. Lime for the mortar was made by burning oyster shells from Limeburners Creek. The square nails and spikes were forged by female convicts.
Hay St, Port Macquarie; (02) 6584 1033
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