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Pioneer Monument : 17-September-2014
Pioneer Monument : 17-September-2014

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The onument commemorates the arrival of George Garlick Godwin and family as the first settlers of the district, and commemorates other settlers.

Known as the pioneer of Forster, George Godwin left Kincumber, Brisbane Waters, in late 1862 with his wife Many Ann and their five children. They travelled by dray, pulled by six bullocks, with all their possessions, two saddle horses and five head of cattle. They used defined roads to Raymond Terrace, then Booral, and took off from the defined tracks to Bulahdelah. 
From Bulahdelah, the family had to cut their own trail through virgin bush to Cape Hawke (Forster).


Address:Mackintosh & Stanley Streets, Forster, 2428
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.193289
Long: 152.514253
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:January 1862
Approx. Event End Date:January 1862


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 5th October, 1963
Front Inscription

Pioneer Moument.

To commemorate the arrival of the first settlers to this District

George Garlick Godwin and family

January 1862

And other early settlers.

Unveiled by the Hon. C. A. Kelly M. L. A. Chief Secretary  Minister for Tourist Activities

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Source: MA,H
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