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Persistent URL for this entry http: Protected and with clean water, Camp Cove was very important to Aboriginal life in the area. It served as a sheltered bay for shipping throughout the nineteenth century and today it is a popular area for visitors.
Aboriginal inhabitants Behind Camp Cove lay a freshwater pond. Sometimes called the Duck Pond or the Wild Duck Pool,  it was formed by a spring where a small park now sits.
The combination of fresh water and easy access to the waters of Port Jackson made this location important to the Cadigal Gadigal people who occupied the southern reaches of the harbour.
They made intensive use of Sydney harbour both for fishing and for collecting shellfish, and Camp Cove was a great launching place for canoes and also a camp site base. There have been some suggestions that the Cadigal people take their name from 'Cadi' and that this was the Aboriginal name given to Camp Cove, but there seems no strong evidence for such an ambitious claim.
A small rock shelter holds some undated shell midden deposits. A local resident who died in referred to an Aboriginal burial place in a sandy area a little to the south of the steps down to Camp Cove at the end of Cliff Street, and mentioned one body being seven feet long.
The Shell cove boat harbour development were described as perfectly preserved, and each skeleton had been laid on its back. Europeans arrive Camp Cove is important to the history of European settlement in Australia as the probable site of the first landfall in Sydney harbour.
The exploration was described by Jacob Nagle in his journal. After the expedition had sailed around the north side of Port Jackson he noted: It coming on dark, we landed on a beach on the south side and there pitched our tents for the night. This was called Camp Cove. The marines were put on their posts.
The sailors were variously employed, some kindling fires and some shooting the seine for fish, others getting out utensils for cooking.
By the time we got our suppers, was late in the night, and by four in the morning we had everything in the boats again. As Camp Cove had a freshwater spring behind the beach, it proved a suitable place for a night's camp.
The next day, Nagle fished while Phillip and his party went ashore at what was to be named Sydney Cove. The first such visit was by Hunter and Bradley, just two days after the settlement of Sydney Cove on the 26 Januarywhen they encountered an Aboriginal group.
In course of the forenoon we went to a Cove within the Inner South Head Camp Cove where we were cordially received by three men, who left their women sitting in a canoe at the other end of the beach  Later excursions in the area were less cordial however.
In MarchDavid Collins noted that relations between the original inhabitants of Camp Cove and members of the First Fleet had deteriorated. Escaped convicts and runaway sailors were deemed to be the cause of this conflict. His journal entry for that day depicts a pitiful scene of hostility, fear, starvation and ill health.
On our return we went into Camp Cove where we found a man and two children who appear'd to be starving. We gave them salt beef which eagerly took and eat immediately [sic] whilst the boats remained in the Cove, the man went into the woods and brought in a root which he roasted, beat it with a stone which he frequently wet with his mouth and when it was properly prepared he gave it to the children to eat … We saw several women fishing near the Cove but they would not land.
Half a century later however, the area had been inhabited by Aboriginal people from northern Sydney. In Angas and Miles observed: Here they met 'Queen Gooseberry', widow of Bungaree, who had been a familiar figure in Sydney at the time of the First Fleet.
In his reminiscences Angas also describes: They wade into the water until about knee deep, each man brandishing a flaming torch. Made of inflammable bark this attracts the fish, and with their four-pronged spears they strike them with wonderful dexterity. Maritime suburb Watsons Bay began to take over importance from Camp Cove following the establishment in of the lookout at Outer South Head, and fromthe settlement of Watsons Bay extended to the land behind Camp Cove.Shell Cove Boat Harbour (Stage 2) - NSW Stage 1 works of the Shell Cove Boat Harbour was completed on time, on budget and without any major safety incidents.
Since then, Coastwide Civil have been selected as the winning tenderer for Stage 2 works.
Apr 11, · Construction of the boat harbour planned for Shell Cove is to be delayed indefinitely due to a downturn in the property market. Topics: regional-development, shell-cove, wollongong 1. INTRODUCTION (start): Lulworth Cove - Aerial Photographs Lulworth Cove is a beautiful small embayment providing a fine example of marine erosion in steeply dipping to vertical strata of very unequal resistance.
The concept plan approval forms part of the $ billion Shell Cove project that will result in around 3, residential lots, a berth marina constructed within an in-shore boat harbour, an hole golf course, community parks, cycleways and commercial, retail, tourist, community and recreational facilities.
The Shell Cove marina being constructed on the NSW south coast is a unique boating development.
Simon Enticknap reports.. Earlier this year, thousands of people on the NSW south coast gathered to inspect the bottom of a great big hole in the ground. George Town / Elizabeth Harbour, Great Exuma Island, Exumas Settlements: Mid & South Great Exuma, including Stocking Island and Elizabeth Harbor.
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