Theme: European Discovery Settlement and Sustainability

James Cook Names Port Stephens


On the 11th May 1770, on his voyage along the east coast of Australia, Captain James  Cook sailed passed and named Port Stephens.


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Broughton Island - Greek Fishermen


In the late 1900s, on Broughton Island’s north side, a group of Greek fishermen established a small settlement behind the sand dunes at North Beach. This provided a base from which to trap and explore the relatively untouched reefs and deep water.

Bert Hinkler, Stockton Beach


On 27 April, the Avro Baby is damaged on its return flight by strong winds after a beach landing north of Newcastle, in New South Wales. The photograph shows Bert Hinkler with his Avro 581E Avian, circa 1928.

Sheer Grit


This is the  true and amusing account of the adventures of Arthur Murdoch, a young man who spent the depression years digging for shell grit on Fingal Island near Port Stephens.

Clatterbang, Fingal Bay


Fingal Bay had never experienced such a deafening noise. Investigation revealed that a young fisherman, Ken Barry, had saved up £90 to purchase his first boat, “Clatterbang”, a 16 footer with a 6hp Clay engine. The first motorboat in Fingal Bay.


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.



The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive including records of people who may have passed away.

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