When Peter Bogan died on Sunday, Maitland lost a gentleman of great standing.
Peter had been a member of Maitland Historical Society for many years. He will be remembered for his extensive knowledge of the floods in Maitland.
He was the driving force in his endeavour to educate us on the dangers of flooding and he conducted many walking tours of the Maitland flood-prone areas.
He was a Horseshoe Bend boy who was proud of his Catholic Irish heritage, and shared his love of history with everyone.
He was a supportive member of many organisations within the city and the valley. He was recognised for his support from Maitland City Council with a Volunteers Award in 2017.
The NRMA have presented him with a Community Protect Award. Her was acknowledged by then MP Robyn Parker in Parliament for his commitment to the Maitland 34th Battalion’s involvement in the Passchendaele commemorative centenary on December 12, 2017.
The SES acknowledged his commitment to the 60th anniversary of the 1955 flood exhibition at Maitland Town Hall.
He instigated the Heritage Award from the Historical Society for members of the community who had significantly contributed to Maitland’s history. He is acknowledged by many others as well.
He was a kind, considerate man whose knowledge of local. history was unsurpassed. He was the “go to” man if you needed Maitland information and/or help.
Peter had an affinity with the Maitland Mercury. I am sure he has read every page since it commenced in 1843. He was inspired by the coverage of detailed historical events of the day. He was their greatest fan and acknowledged them often.
Peter will be greatly missed by Thelma and his five sons – Michael, Mark, Nicholas, Stephen and Tony and their families. Peter’s funeral mass is at 11.30am on Friday, December 7 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in George Street, Morpeth.
Ruth Trappel was a family friend and fellow member of Maitland Historical Society.
Council says …
Peter was wonderfully generous contributor to the history and heritage of Maitland over his lifetime.
His reliable and knowledgeable advice has been invaluable. He has been a much valued member and friend of the Maitland City Heritage Group since 2014, bringing not only significant and accurate contributions, but so many quirky and funny stories which stitch together the story and social histories of the City.
Peter’s incredible contributions were acknowledged with a Maitland City Council Volunteer Award in 2017.