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 - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilJoshua Bray, first person to select land near Murwillumbah at Kynnumboon, He became Postmaster at the first Post Office, 'Wollumben', at his residence 'Kynnumboon' c.1890.
Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: K2350

European settlement of the Tweed Valley commenced in the 1840s with the arrival of the cedar getters, followed by timber merchants, boat builders and publicans. In the 1860s Samuel Gray and Joshua Bray were the first to take up leasehold land at Tyalgum and Kynnumboon. After the Robertson Land Act enabled closer settlement, population grew, firstly along the fertile river flat and the rich volcanic soils of the Cudgen plateau. In the 1900s selections were opened in the upper river valley and the catchment creeks. Each area had leading families who contributed to the development of the Valley by pioneering the primary and service industries and by contributing to the community facilities.

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Bullock team owned by pioneer forebearers of Marie & Les Adams.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: TH48-08

Pioneers were mainly Anglo-Celtic in origin, with roughly half born overseas, but most of these did not arrive directly on the Tweed. The Australian-born largely came from the South Coast of NSW, again not always directly. Some families pioneered waves of population expansion from the Hunter, to the Clarence, the Richmond and the Tweed. Early non-European migrants to the Tweed included South Sea Islanders and Sikhs who came to work in the sugar cane industry and have become established as part of the fabric of Tweed life. Later waves of migration followed the Depression and WW2, and in the 1970s after the Aquarius Festival, 'New Settlers' bought non-economic farms and repopulated rural areas. However, retirees made up the bulk of the population growth.

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Sons of Patrick 'Paddy' Smith who was leader of first cedar getters, 1844.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection. No: TH11-11

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