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The Local History of Taree, New South Wales

Taree is a town located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The town was named after a local Aboriginal word 'tarree', which means 'the place where wild figs grow'.

Aboriginal History

The area around Taree was traditionally inhabited by the Biripi people for many thousands of years. They practiced a hunter-gatherer way of life, living off the land and the sea. Evidence of their culture can still be seen today in the numerous rock carvings and engravings that can be found in the surrounding areas.

European Settlement

The arrival of Europeans in the area began in 1818, when explorer John Oxley first visited the region. However, it was not until the 1830s that the first permanent European settlers arrived in Taree. These early settlers were mostly timber cutters, who were attracted to the area due to the abundance of cedar trees.

By the 1850s, the town had grown considerably, with a post office, courthouse, police station, and various other buildings being constructed. This growth was due to the arrival of more settlers, as well as the establishment of the Manning River Steam Navigation Company, which made it easier to transport goods to and from Taree.

The Twentieth Century

The twentieth century saw significant changes in Taree, as the town continued to develop and grow. In 1925, the first bridge across the Manning River was built, which made it easier for people to travel to and from the town. The 1930s saw the establishment of a dairy industry, which became an important part of the local economy.

During World War II, Taree played an important role in the war effort, with many local men and women enlisting in the armed forces. The town also became a major centre for the production of timber, which was used to build aircraft and other war-related materials.

Recent Years

Today, Taree has a population of over 20,000 people and is a thriving regional centre. The town has a diverse economy, with industries such as agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and tourism all playing a significant role.

In recent years, Taree has undergone a number of important developments, including the construction of a new hospital and the redevelopment of the town centre. The town also has a strong focus on environmental sustainability, with initiatives such as the Taree Coastal Landcare Group working to protect the natural beauty of the area.

History of in Taree

Taree has a rich and varied history that is closely tied to the natural environment of the region. From its early days as a timber cutting settlement to its current role as a bustling regional centre, Taree has continued to evolve and adapt over the years. Today, the town is a vibrant and dynamic place that is well worth a visit for those interested in the history and culture of New South Wales.

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Bridge on the old Pacific Highway at Taree now bypassed but still used for local traffic thanks to Mike Young