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Boyd's Shed, 2000.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: TH46-37

The Boyd family built their shed from timber and iron in 1907 at Boyds Bay as a headquarters and a place to store the equipment used in their work, such as their nets and fish boxes. It was also the place where the men finished their day’s work, planned for the next day and had a drink before going home. It became a popular social centre at night and on Sunday mornings, and was a place where all sorts of people were welcomed to swap stories and have a drink. Even after the Boyd’s last catch at Dodd’s Point in 1969 the boatshed remained a social centre for many years where meetings, dances and family reunions were held. The boatshed was conserved and moved to Pioneer Park in West Tweed Heads in 1996.

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Boyd fishermen and friends at the shed enjoying a beer, c1940.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: TH154-29

The once booming fishing industry in the Tweed began to dwindle around the middle of the 20th century as fish stocks were eventually depleted by factors such as overfishing, marine pollution, coastal development and the drainage of wetlands where many fish and shellfish spawn (deposit their eggs). Today fishing crews in the region find it harder and harder to make a living and the focus has shifted from wild fisheries to aquaculture, or fish farming.

Gary's Story

“They took truckloads of mussels from there. When our Aunties and Uncles lived there in the old days, the whole Fingal community might take a few sugar bags a week, enough to eat, and now there’s not one left there. All the top of Kerosene Bay was just full of mussels.”

recalled by Gary Chadburn, 2003

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Large fish piled in back of Boyd's old utility. c1940.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: K2624

The development of the dairy industry in the Tweed also helped to establish and expand the fishing industry. This was because the new butter factories had refrigeration and ice-making machines which meant that freshly caught fish could be stored and also packed in ice in wooden crates and transported to places like Brisbane.

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