Bermagui Museum News 0218-2

Museum Mayhem

  On Saturday 17 February 2018 a small group of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly for hours packing, carrying and moving the contents of the Museum into its new home within the Community Centre. We are now faced with the daunting task of how to best display the collection.

The Life of William R Dickinson (Bill) (1868-1950)

William Robert Dickinson (Bill) was one of Bermagui’s great benefactors over the fifteen years he resided in the town. He hailed from the NSW Southern Highlands where his father, S Dickinson, built a country estate and residence in 1886. Bill Dickinson was a regular visitor to Narooma and in 1934, because of poor weather, and […]

Montreal Goldfields History

Searching for gold During the gold rush era, prospectors were always looking for new sources of gold. Gold had been discovered at Kiandra, Nerrigundah, Araluen, and Mt Dromedary. Reef gold was found on the mountain in 1877 and prospectors were soon looking for signs of alluvial gold down the slopes. In 1880 a Canadian, Henry […]


Bermagui’s Tuna Poling Days

During the late 1940s the pole fishing method was introduced into the local tuna industry. It was a very energetic but effective method of fishing. Most tuna caught by this method were the Southern Bluefin. When a school of tuna were located they were stirred into a feeding frenzy by scoops of bait (usually yellowtail) […]

Wattle Bark Workers

History of Bermagui’s Timber Industry

Timber has played a major part in Bermagui’s history. Since Bermagui’s first settlers in the 1830s, timber was sourced from local forests, and used for dwelling construction and fences etc. What follows is a brief outline of the development of the timber industry in and around Bermagui. As the country expanded the demand for timber […]

Wintles Wagon Crossing Wallaga Lake in Flood ca. 1900

The Story Of Emily Wintle (1848-1937)

Emily Wintle (nee Gillespie), was a woman who made a significant contribution to trade and transport in the early days of this district. A photo of her in the Corkhill Collection shows a woman of strong and determined character. Her recollections of her life and times were recorded when she was 85. The daughter of […]

Through The Lens: Images Of Pearl Corkhill (1887-1985)

William Henry Corkhill (1846-1936) took evident delight in photographing his family at their property Marengo, in Tilba Tilba. His three children, Edith, Pearl (her first name was Elizabeth but she was known by her second) and Norman, with assorted pets, feature prominently as subjects, his wife Frances née Bate less so. The heritage of the […]

Bermagui and District

The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 4th July 1887 (By Our Special Reporter) With the exception of those whose business took them to the southern coast between Kiama and Twofold Bay, Bermagui was scarcely known to anyone until about eight years ago, when the discovery of gold in the vicinity brought it into prominence, not only […]

Seeking Sam Sinclair

In 1904 after the Boer War ended, Sam Sinclair cycled into Bermagui and set up a Blacksmiths shop. Over time the shop developed into a hardware and petrol stop and was a well-known spot for a yarn. Sam was respected for his great kindness and sense of humour and over 60 years Sam’s talents expanded […]