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Some early history of the Cove

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. "

Do you have old snaps of the Cove?

Bundabah Bay?
dougkSun, 26/07/2015 - 11:39pm
North Arm Cove Newcastle Sun 1950 retrieved from Trove

In August 2017, the Residents Association will be celebrating its 50th anniversary! That will be 50 years of community members working together for the betterment of all of us. An achievement certainly worth celebrating.

To help the celebrations, we are looking for old photographs of the Cove and its residents. Do you (or perhaps past residents that you know) have any old photos tucked away in boxes or dusty albums? Any snaps of views, buildings, people, events? We would love to see them and use them if possible. If you do, please send me a message. Maybe you...


David BensonFri, 13/03/2015 - 2:42pm

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.

Every day for around five years, convict labourers trudged back and forth along the three kilometres of road between Tahlee and Number One Farm where they dug...

Unique History of North Arm Cove

mpicklesWed, 28/03/2012 - 10:11am

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).

The tour was provided by Buudja Murrang Indigenous Cafe and Cultural Centre and 15 Cove residents joined Aaron Taylor, Bill Callaghan and Tony . Aaron who led the tour lives in the cove and works for the Worimi Land Council as a Cultural Officer and in tourism with Sand Dunes Adventures. After introductions he began with a potted history...

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