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

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

The Pioneer Monument commemorates the arrival of George Garlick Godwin and family as the first settlers of the district, and commemorates other settlers. The plaque was unveiled at the site of George Godwin's first home at the junction of Little and Mark Street during Forster's centenary celebrations in October 1963.

The monument has since been relocated to its present site.

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).

Location

Address:Mackintosh & Stanley Streets, Forster, 2428
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.193447
Long: 152.514284
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date:January 1862
Approx. Event End Date:January 1862

Dedication

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

PIONEER MONUMENT.

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
5-10-63

 
 

Source: MA,H
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