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A monument erected in 1975 commemorates the centenary of the founding of Tuncurry by John Wright, Abraham Mills, Andrew Delore and Harry Colvin.

Tuncurry was known as North Forster until 1875 when John Wright, his foreman, a sawyer and a builder set up camp there in 1875. They established cordial relations with the local Aborigines and adopted their place-name of `Tuncurry` which is thought to mean `good fishing place`. At that time Tuncurry consisted largely of tea-tree swamp and cabbage tree palms. By 1878 Wright had established a sawmill, a store, a shipbuilding yard and houses for his employees.

He established a school in what is now Peel Street which was replaced by a government school in 1881 and the settlement`s first church (the Latter Day Saints) opened in the old school room. A Catholic Church was built in 1888 and a post office opened at Tuncurry in 1889. The settlement was proclaimed a village in 1893.


Address:Manning Street, John Wright Park, Tuncurry, 2428
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.178787
Long: 152.500627
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1875
Approx. Event End Date:1875


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 4th October, 1975
Front Inscription


Abor. "Plenty Fish." 

Founded Oct. 1875 by John Wright with 

Abraham Mills
Andrew DeLore
Harry Colvin

This monument unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales, Sir ROden Cutler, V.C., K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E. on 4th Oct. 1975

Source: MA,H
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