From the Maitland Mercury report:
It’s a history that traverses the globe, and dates back to 1849 in the Hunter Valley. Now the Soper family, originally of Dorset, England and more recently the Hunter Valley, is holding a family reunion.
Descendants of William and Mary Ann Soper who arrived in the Hunter Valley from Maiden Newton, Dorset England in 1849, will converge on Maitland Park this on Saturday, January 4.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Jan. 4, 2014.