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Ourimbah, New South Wales One Place Study

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Ourimbah, New South Wales One Place Study

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This project charts the history of Ourimbah or Blue Gum Flat as it was first known. ITS A WORK IN PROGRESS! I'm interested in the lives of the people; the women and children and the men. Who were they? What sort of a place was Ourimbah?

From where and why did the early settlers come to Ourimbah and what happened to the indigenous population when they arrived?

How were they connected to each other in their community and to us who have lived there in recent times? I'll try to connect each of the personalities to the main WikiTree tree.



Continent: Oceania
Country: Australia
State New South Wales
GPS Coordinates: -33.365, 151.368056



10 Sep 1841 two hundred and fifty acre Land Grant made to Thomas MacQuoid, as notified in the Government gazette [1]. A Thomas MacQuoid dies in the same year and this name does not appear again in the papers in relation to Ourimbah,

21 Dec 1858 The Ourimbah Steam Saw Mills are in operation. Samuel and Margaret Tomlinson lived there, and it is here that their daughter Sarah died, aged 4 years, 4 months [2]. The Mill is advertised for sale in the Sydney morning Herald on the 9 Apr 1862 as one of the partners was leaving the colony.

1914-1918 WW1 Isabella Walmsley and Arthur Bailey started married life in "Joy Cottage", Ourimbah, however 2 months later Arthur had enlisted, leaving his wife and his orchard. He was one of the lucky ones who returned, declaring in official documents, "I am not suffering from any disability caused by or exacerbated by war service, and feel fit and well".

1930s Depression Era



Families were big, and many had extended families close by.

Kids had freedom, but this could be dangerous. Little Albert Beattie was 5 in 1885 when he was playing on the Bullock cart being driven by his 20 year old brother John. He slipped and his leg was stripped of all the flesh between then spokes. He took the long journey by steamer to Sydney for treatment and survived.

The Public School was opened in ....... In 1898, a local girl, 16 year old Ella Frewin was appointed as a "pupil teacher" [3]


There seems to be a lot of murder going on in this small town!

1895 James Moran and Daniel Neal have a brutal fight at the Exchange hotel. James' was a catholic and his daughter Margaret had had married Daniel's son, a protestant. Neither of them approved. As the inquest explains, Daniel is the worse off and is left unconscious without medical attention and later dies. James is arrested for murder, but is not convicted. [4]


Indigenous Population

The early settler newspapers reported very little on the indigenous population - with little more than a mention. But the Darkinjung people were here! The name Ourimbah is derived from the Aboriginal word "Oorin" meaning "Belt of manhood" in which a stone axe was carried on hunting expeditions, and "Oorinbah" which is the bora ring or ceremonial ground in which the initiation ceremony of conferring the "belt of manhood" was carried out is where the name for Ourimbah originates from. [5]

Sarah Moran came to the Yarramalong area as a girl in the 1850's then lived in Palmdale, Ourimbah during her married life. In her older age she recalls that was a time when, "the hills were alive with Aboriginals", which was printed in her obituary in 1930.

There is evidence that there was cooperation between the Aboriginal people and the timber getters. In an open letter in The Gosford Times, G Jaques asserts that Aboriginals assisted with opening up the bullock dray road up Ourimbah creek around the 1850s. [6]

Early Settlers

  • Henry Mead, (1811-1892) a convict transported in 1838. He and [Yardley-7|Mary Craft] had 4 children together, and may descendants in the area.
  • James Stockdale (1780- 18 Dec 1864) [7]
  • Samuel and Margaret Tomlinson of Ourimbah Steam Mills - they moved further north in NSW in the 1860s.


  1. GRANTS OF LAND. (1841, September 10). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 1217. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from
  2. Family Notices (1858, December 21). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from
  3. THE PUBLIC SERVICE. (1898, April 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved June 4, 2018, from
  4. THE OURIMBAH TRAGEDY. (1896, January 8). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved June 2, 2018, from
  6. Ourimbah Joys, (1911, September 1). The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved November 3, 2018, from
  7. Notices (1864, December 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from

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