HISTORY

WORIMI
 

Worimi Country - History

The Worimi are the traditional owners of the
Port Stephens area.

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Port Stephens History
Timeline

A timeline of the history of the Port Stephens area.

 

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COLONIAL
 

Lieutenant James Cook names Port Stephens

 

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

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Tahlee Homestead

 

Tahlee Homestead is a heritage-listed former pastoral property of 68.8 hectares, on the original site of the Australian Agricultural Company (1826-1853).

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Tanilba House

 

The 50 acres at Tanilba was chosen as the homestead site because of its commanding views across Port Stephens. ‘Tanilba’ signifying a place of white flowers near the water.

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Sketchly Cottage

 

Sketchley Cottage is the only known example of an 1840s colonial building in the Port Stephens Local Government Area. 

 

 

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Tomago House

 

Tomago House was built in the 1840s & formed the nucleus of what was, in the mid 19th century, a vast agricultural estate...

 

 

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Hinton Historic Village

 

Located on the rich floodplain 4 km north-east of Morpeth, the tiny village of Hinton lies on the banks of the Hunter River...

 

 

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King Street,
Raymond Terrace

 

King Street is the original main street and business district of Raymond Terrace, up until the devastating 1955 flood which engulfed the Lower Hunter.

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Point Stephens `Outer'
Lighthouse

 

Point Stephens Lighthouse is a heritage-listed active lighthouse located on Fingal Island, Point Stephens

 

 

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Nelson Head Lighthouse `Inner Light'

 

Nelson Head Light, also known as Nelson Head Inner Light, is an inactive lighthouse on Nelson Head, a headland near Halifax Park in Nelson Bay.

 

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FEDERATION

Pindimar City

 

Today, Pindimar is a sleepy hamlet of around 200 homes, but more than 100 years ago the area was under consideration for major development...

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Tomaree Lodge:

History

Tomaree Lodge is a heritage-listed former military camp, hospital and residential disability accommodation located on the Tomaree Headland at Shoal Bay...

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Tomaree Lodge:

Heritage

 

Tomaree Lodge has heritage significance at a State level. It has historic significance because of its use as an Army Garrison Camp during the Second World War.

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Tomaree Lodge:

Status

 

In 2015, the NSW state government announced that Tomaree Lodge would close to allow for the site to be redeveloped.

 

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Broughton Island:
Greek Fishermen

 

From the 1890s, Italian and Chinese fishermen camped on the island to trap lobster, it was the early 1900s that fishermen started to live there seasonally.

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Bert Hinkler pays a call on Port Stephens

 

Famous pioneering aviator Bert Hinkler makes a forced landing at Biububi on Stockton Beach and is helped out by local farmers.

 

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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.

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`Clatterbang'

 

Fingal Bay had never experienced such a deafening noise. Investigation revealed that a young fisherman had saved up  purchase The first motorboat in Fingal Bay.

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Mariners Walk
Heritage Trail

 

The Mariners Walk project commemorates history in Port Stephens' via displays and signage along a walk from Soldiers Point to Salamander Bay.

 

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MILITARY

Military History of Tomaree Headland

 

Port Stephens was a vital part of the Australian coastal defence system during the Second World War and became the focus of the Joint Overseas Operational Training School (JOOTS).

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HMAS ASSAULT

 

In 1942, Port Stephens was chosen as the base for combined operations training because it offered good shelter from Japanese submarines and was sparsely populated with less than 200 people living in the area.

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RAAF Catalina

 

The Catalina flying boat was one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War, and was operated by virtually every Allied nation in anti-submarine, air-sea rescue, patrol and bombing roles.

 

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ABOUT US

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS

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.