From SMH, 29 June 1918susancWed, 11/01/2012 - 8:59am
North Arm Cove is a quiet little coastal village now but had some dreams been realised it could well have turned into a bustling port city.
"The most central spot, where the new city is to be in the Great Port of the New Northern State."
From 1826 to 1831 an area of salt marsh to the east of Karuah on Port Stephens was the scene of intense activity as in excess of one hundred convicts employed by the Australian Agricultural Company strove to turn it into viable farming land. The site was known as Number One Farm and the scheme was the brainchild of Robert Dawson the AA Company's first Chief Agent. It was a miserable failure.
Cove residents who participated in the Koori walking tour on the 13 March found some surprising history unique to this area. ( Koori is the name of the people, Aboriginal is the name given by the English and means native).
Bob and I did this walk the day before the April downpour. It was very well organised and most enjoyable. On arrival we signed the idemnity forms and were put into a group of about 12. Lunch was at 11....
Is our Cove your Oyster?
Oyster leases can be seen around the Cove and adjacent areas of Port Stephens. Although not all of these leases are as active as they once were, the industry is celebrated annually at the Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival. How did this local industry start?