Tomakin Timeline

  • 1821 – Lt Johnson visited Batemans Bay and surrounding areas.
  • 1822 January/February -Alexander Berry with Hamilton Hume and Lieutenant Robert Johnson went on a journey of exploration down the coast of New South Wales aboard the Snapper) The Snapper sailed south, probably to the Tomago river, then returning to Batemans Bay.
  • 1828 April – Thomas Florence in the sailing ship Wasp was ordered to examine the coast from Port Jackson to the Moruya River and name places overlooked by Captain Cook and named Tomhahgan (Tomakin) using the aboriginal name.
  • 1841 – Government Gazette. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1841.SALE OF OCCUPATION LICENCES. – ST. VINCENT. – 9 610 acres, at Broulee, near the head of Tomago River.
  • 1843 – Electoral Boundaries were changed with the South Coast (including Tomakin) and immediate inland areas being formed into the electorate of St. Vincent’s and Auckland.
  • 1852 April – Government Gazette 30 acres of land granted to Richard Barling at the North Eastern end of Barlings Beach.
  • 1866 2 March – Moruya Examiner: auction sale of 120 acres Freehold Land at Tomhican (sic)
  • 1876 – The Sydney timber firm of Jennings and Pickering was granted a concession to exploit the forests around Mogo.
  • 1878 7 July – Tomago sawmill regularly shipping timber and shipyard operating with schooner launched later in the year
  • 1880 March – Tomago settlement changed its name to Tomakin
  • 1880 April -Government Gazette: April 1st Post offices will be established at Tomakin (Tomago),
  • 1880 10 September – Government Gazette. Tenders for the erection and completion of new school buildings at Burry (Tomakin).
  • 1881 October – There is no news of the Balclutha. The station master at Bateman’s Bay reports that a large dismasted vessel was tea miles off Tomakin on Monday morning.
  • 1881 – The schooner C. Walker built at Tomakin
  • 1883 January – A second mill was established by Curtis and Kelsie at Tomakin
  • 1883 April – The Sophia Ann launched at Tomakin
  • 1883 April – The foreshores of the Tomago River, George’s River are declared to be exempt from the power of leasing conferred by the 33rd section of the Fisheries Act of 1881.
  • 1883 July – Schooner Bell, having just loaded 7,000 super feet of sawn timber from Tomakin, was driven ashore in an easterly gale and wrecked
  • 1883 4 August – New Magistrates – Edward Jennings, Tomakin
  • 1883 3 October – Accepted Tenders for the erection of a telegraph line from Mogo to Tomakin
  • 1883 30 October – Conveyance of Mails – Mogo and Tomakin, once a week,
    1884 14 February – Telegraph station opened at Tomakin.
  • 1885 22 January – At the CITY MART, at 12 o’clock, Auction of TOMAKIN SAWMILLS and PLANT, on the RIVER TOMAKIN.
  • 1885 – The Mayflower (three-masted auxiliary schooner of 149 tons gross, was built at Tomakin.
  • 1886 17 April – The schooner Hastings broke from her moorings at Tomakin.
  • 1886 6 November – SAWMILL PLANT for SALE at Tomakin, cheap, commanding large area good timber forests.
  • 1888 11 January – The schooner Alice Jane, employed in the coasting trade, has gone ashore at Tomakin.
  • 1889 June – The ketch Maggie Scott foundered off Tomakin
  • 1890 10 April – Schooner Julius Vogel went ashore at Tomakin.
  • 1891 24 January – AUCTION SALE at SYDNEY of Tomakin sawmill and machinery.
  • 1891 June – THE MISSING STEAMER TARAMUNG – wreckage washed ashore at Tomakin
  • 1891 July -The ketch William and Alexander, a well-known coaster, went ashore during the recent easterly gale at Tomakin.
  • 1893 23 May – Saw Mill for Sale at Tomakin
  • 1895 July – The proclamation declaring the foreshores of Tomaga River to be public oyster reserves and exempt, from power of leasing, have been rescinded.
  • 1898 11 November – Ketch Forster went ashore at Tomakin
  • 1899 – The Annandale, a vessel of 108 tons, built at Tomakin
  • 1899 September – Mr. Burrows, of the Harbours and Rivers Department, has recommended a continuance of the reclamation works on the Tomakin river. An officer is here to report on the entrance to the Tomakin River, which is now so shallow as to almost prevent the crossing of vessels with timber.
  • 1900 24 March – Permission was given to erect church at Tomakin,
  • 1901 2 March – A large saw mill plant is to be removed from Tomakin, near Moruya, and re-established at Wandandian.
  • 1901 16 November – Gold: At Tomakin, on the northern side of Moruya, two very promising reefs have been found.
  • 1901 17 September – Launching of a the “Three Cheers” at Tomakin
  • 1902 April – Mining in NSW – at Tomakin, just on the seaboard, the several reefing properties that were working until recently are now almost idle.
  • 1903 20 May – Thomson’s Reef , near Tomakin, has just cleaned up a crushing of 7 tons for 6oz. gold
  • 1904 30 December – Tomakin School A concert was held at Tomakin last week to raise funds for purchasing material necessary under the new syllabus.
  • 1906 10 February – Burry School concerning which tenders are called for repair, is none other than Tomakin, near Bateman’s Bay
  • 1910 5 January – A resident of Tomakin has purchased a motor buggy which he uses for the transit of cheese to Bateman’s Bay.
  • 1912 17 February -The SS Astral crossed in at Tomakin on Monday, 5th February and clearly shows the port is safe and workable.
  • 1912 November – The Tomakin sawmills, owned by Mr. S. Cook, have been formed into a company.
  • 1913 18 January – The sawmill at Tomakin, established by Mr. S. Cook over 12 months ago has been floated into a limited company with a capital of £25,000 in £1 shares and with Mr. Cook as managing director.
  • 1913 27 September – TRAMLINE –The Tomakin Sawmilling Company is constructing a tramline, 3 ½ miles in length, from the mill to Cabbage Tree Creek.
  • 1914 January – Tomakin Sawmills, Ltd., is being wound up. Mr. F. F. Shepherdson has been appointed liquidator.
  • 1914 21 February – FIRE – On Friday night of last week the Tomakin sawmills were completely destroyed by fire. The plant was insured
  • 1914 March – The Deputy Coroner, after inquiring into the circumstances connected with the recent fire at the Tomakin sawmills, near Moruya, N.S.W., found that it had been willfully caused.
  • 1914 June – Supposed Arson. The Government offers a reward of £200 for such information as shall lend to the conviction of the person or -persons that set fire to the premises of the Tomakin Sawmills
  • 1915 March. – At Moruya bush fires broke out on Sunday, and many acres of grass have been destroyed in the vicinity of Tomakin, near which place Mr. Richard Barling’s dwelling was saved from imminent danger by setting fires around the house to meet approaching flames.
  • 1922 September – Perhaps one of the most practical examples of the true co-operative spirit on the Far South Coast to-day is in the erection of the Tomakin Cooperative Cheese Factory
  • 1923 – Cheese factory built at Tomakin.
  • 1924 29 April – Re-establishment of a receiving and telephone office at Tomakin.
  • 1966 29 June – Canberra Times. Scenic coast road angers home owners council’s plans were strongly criticised after it announced the route of the last section of the road from Rosedale to Moruya and its hopes of bitumen sealing the 22 miles of scenic road within one or two years.
  • 1970 – Anchor from the bed of the Tomago River put on display at Mossy Point headland
  • 1974 – Cement Bridge over the Tomago River opened to traffic
  • 1977 17 March – Canberra Times. SOUTH COAST: proclamation published, restricting net fishing in the Tomago River for a period of 10 years, from February J, 1967.
  • 1978 January – Sunpatch gets its old name back. The Geographical Names Board has agreed to a request by Eurobodalla Shire Council to change the name back to the original Tomakin.
  • 1981 March – Tomakin ratepayers have voted against the introduction of a sewerage scheme into their area – but not by an overwhelming margin.
  • 1981 December – Tomago silting study sought.
  • 1984 November – Sewerage system extended to Tomakin, Mossy Point and Broulee.