The Old Court House Museum Batemans Bay

Eurobodalla NSW South Coast - History Display

Tourism - Batemans Bay - Old Courthouse Museum

The society of volunteers research, document and display items of regional Australian historical interest covering a period of nearly 200 years. It is well worth a visit to the Old Courthouse Museum in Batemans Bay to learn of or share stories about the lives of generations before.

In 1821 Lt Johnson visited Batemans Bay with Hamilton Hume and Major Mitchell, but development of the area only really occurred after the goldrush in the nearby Araluen and Mogo.

Timber was shipped from the mouth of the Clyde River and Nelligen wharf became the home of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company. Later, ship-building and brick manufacturing were established near Tomakin. In the 1880's the Eurobodalla Shire became the centre of thriving saw milling industries on the New South Wales South Coast. Mills dotted the coast from Batemans Bay to Wagonga Inlet, shipping out Hardwood sleepers. Timber ship building thrived.

At the same time, small cheese factories dotted the whole area from Rosedale and Mogo, to Kiora and the Deua, to Bodalla and Corunna near Narooma on the Far South Coast. The famous Bega and Bodalla cheeses still grace our supermarket shelves today. By the turn of the 19th century dairying and vegetable production flourished on the increasingly cleared land of the Eurobodalla region.

Commercial fishing began in the 19th century and oyster farming was introduced early in the 20th century. Today oyster growers on the Clyde and Moruya Rivers, Tuross Lakes and Wagonga Inlet supply Sydney and Canberra markets.

When in Batemans Bay treat yourself to some of the famous Clyde River Oysters by the riverside, it's another great experience and opportunity to have a yarn with locals and travellers alike.

12-3 pm Tuesday and Thursday 9-12noon Sunday
Tony Whelan
02 4472 8992
Old Courthouse Museum, 1 Museum Pl Batemans Bay
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