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Bungwahl, but he headed further north in 1875 before
returning to the area then called North Foster. Here he
and his workers began a community, building houses
and a sawmill, a store and barge, and moved into ship
building, the Wright Shipyard (handed down to his
descendents) building major vessels from the cutter
Marion Mayfield in 1883 to the Uralla in 1942, believed
to be the largest wooden vessel built in the southern
hemisphere at that time.
Wright established a school for the area's children in
what is now Peel St and employed a teacher. The school
building later became the settlement's first church.
The name Tuncurry -- originally spelt Tuncurrie by
Wright -- was given to the village in 1891 as Wright
believed it was the Aboriginal word for ''plenty fish''.
Barclay, a former first-grade league player for St George
and Canterbury and an Australian and world-rated water
ski champion, is the man behind two of Great Lakes
most prominent businesses, Graham Barclay Marine and
Graham Barclay Oysters.
Born and bred to an oyster farming family in Tuncurry,
he is a third-generation oyster farmer who is now the
largest Sydney rock oyster producer in Australia.
He opened Graham Barclay Marine in 1965, which is now
the largest boating and fishing centre in the Great Lakes.
After a knee injury ended his football career he took up
water skiing and at his peak placed third in the world at a
slalom event in Italy in 1959.
Born in Tuncurry in 1922 as the granddaughter of the
town's founder, John Wright, McMaster lived most of her
life at Glen Ora at Nabiac.
Educated at Tuncurry, Taree High and Armidale
Teachers College, she became a schoolteacher at Mt.
George and Fondville, near Bowraville, then Tuncurry
where she taught until she retired in 1950. That same year
she married Elliot McMaster and moved to Glen Ora,
where they lived until her death in 1998.
She was treasurer of the Nabiac School P & C, worked
in the luncheon room of the show committee, organised
RSL dinners for the ladies auxiliary for 40 years, was
a CWA life member and a foundation member of the
Nabiac Garden Club.
She was a foundation member of the Great Lakes
Historical Society as a historian and author, writing books
including Wallis Lakes: Its Rivers and Villages, and John
Wright, the Settler.
Born in England in 1782, in 1824 he was hired
as the chief agent in NSW of the Australian
Agricultural Co to establish a ''pastoral
domain'' of 405,000 hectares between Port
Stephens and the Manning River.
He arrived in Australia in 1825 and took up
his duties, naming such places as Stroud and
Booral in 1826 as well as the Gloucester
district and Barrington River. He was also a
magistrate for the region.
He found valuable sections of land in
the Stroud, Gloucester and Manning areas,
opened up Port Stephens and built ships,
barracks, roads and buildings, including the fi
hospital at Port Stephens.
He was sacked by the AA Co in 1829 accused
bad management, and returned to England tr
to clear his name.
He returned to Australia in 1839 and moved
Goorangoola Estate in the Upper Hunter. He
again appointed magistrate and also had a gra
Redhead near Newcastle which, after he sold
the site of Burwood Colliery.
He returned to England in 1862 and died in
The descendent of a large fishing family who
Upper Myall in 1843, Bramble has received an
her work in education and for the community
While her former home, Shadwell Park at S
Lakes, is now part of Myall Lakes National Par
lives in the area and works as a volunteer at Bu
Public School and Pacific Palms school.
Over the years she has been on Bungwahl's
committee, progress association and cemetery
committee, and Bulahdelah's show committee
P and C, been a founding member of the hist
society and head of the school council for Bul
Central, where she also worked as a teacher. S
also been head of the Forster-Tuncurry Unive
Third Age, where she lectured.
A former Aboriginal culture and heritage offi
Forster Aboriginal Land Council, Leon has no
own consultancy group, Doowakee, which wor
and federal government agencies and local co
The Forster resident completed a degree in
between working with the land council and se
He is also chairperson of the Hunter Central Rivers
Catchment Management Authority Aboriginal Reference
Group, deputy chair of the Worimi Knowledge Holders
Council, and was on the National Indigenous Cultural
Heritage Officers Network when it was part of the
Department of Environment and Heritage.
A local elder of the Warramii (Worimi) people, Oxley is a
specialist in indigenous cultural resource management.
She lives at Forster and is involved in numerous
cultural issues concerning her people's ancestry, with the
community in general and bodies such as National Parks
and Great Lakes Council.
She has talked to police about cross-cultural
interpretations of the law.
Her work is all, she says, ''to do with real concilliation.''
Dr Pacy moved to Tea
e took up the positions of
ervices from his premises
ot until the late 1960s that
ished in the area and the
urnals around the world
s, as well as creating bush
guides, including A
's Guide to the Mungo Track,
Myall Lakes National Park,
He died in 2000 but his
wife, Marlene, still lives in
n environmentalist who,
gether with Dr Hanns
acy, wrote the book A
Walkers Guide to the Mungo
ack, Myall Lakes National
rk, NSW, Australia.
e Great Lakes Citizen of
Year in 2008, Rawson has
n a resident of Bulahdelah
many years and has been
active in the community.
r achievements include
leader, Scouts secretary/
ficer, progress association
ecretary, a volunteer at
h school for more than 20
brary volunteer for more
ears plus her work as a
tative on the local Anglican
... ITS PEOPLE
''Robert Dawson ... found valuable
sections of land in the Stroud,
Gloucester and Manning areas,
opened up Port Stephens and built
ships, barracks, roads and buildings.''
Warren Burley was 19
when he won the first
competition, retaining his
title for 27 consecutive
years before a bad
shoulder ended his reign.
assisted as a midwife
in many births around
-- and she had plenty
of expertise with 21
children of her own.
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