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Learning about the history of the Milton-Ulladulla area is much more than reading through lists of dates, names and facts. Every place has its unique stories – stories that explain why a place is what it is today. They bring to life the character of the people who have lived there and how, over centuries, they have interacted with and changed their local environment.

The stories of Milton-Ulladulla are the stories of its Aboriginal indigenous inhabitants, of the early settlers who came here in the 1800s and their descendants and, because even yesterday is now history, the more recent stories of the many people who have chosen to call this part of the New South Wales South Coast their home through the 20th and 21st centuries.

From Bendalong to Bawley Point, Conjola to Croobyar, Turmeil to Tabourie Lake, and Yatte Yattah to Yadboro, here are the stories of our place.

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  • Disaster, despair, rescue and revelry – the shipwreck of the Walter Hood, 26 April 1870

    Disaster, despair, rescue and revelry – the shipwreck of the Walter Hood, 26 April 1870

    If you love a good horror story, did you know that Milton-Ulladulla has one its very own? Here are your clues – a man’s heart-stopping dream predicting nearby disaster, widespread floods, desperate cries for help, the killing and eating of a small dog, the grisly discovery of a severed arm, and maybe even a mutinous […]

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  • Walter Hood – the man, his shipyard, and the ship

    Walter Hood is three things – the man, his Aberdeen shipyard and the elegant clipper he built there in 1852.

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  • Fateful Last Voyage of Walter Hood – 22 January to 26 April 1870

    By 1870, at 18 years old, the Walter Hood was a bit of an ‘old girl’ but still considered sound and seaworthy. After her 1869 voyage she’d spent some time in London being repaired and having her copper replaced, giving her another 6 year rating from Lloyd’s. Her captain, Andrew Latto had already sailed her […]

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  • Disaster! – how did the Walter Hood come to grief in Wreck Bay?

    For the Aboriginal people and Warden in Ulladulla to see the Walter Hood in a wild storm and driving rain, she must have been very close to the coast. And this is curious too, as not one of those on board later tells of seeing Warden Head that afternoon.

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  • Despair! – crew cling desperately to life and the wrecked Walter Hood

    Exactly what did happen after the Walter Hood struck the reef in Wreck Bay on the night of 26 April 1870?

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  • Rescue! – how were men rescued from the shipwrecked Walter Hood?

    According to third mate William Tickler’s account, those aboard the Walter Hood first see other men on the beach on the morning of Friday 29 April. Who they are, and how they came to be there is a matter of dispute among locals who were living in the area at the time.

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