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Though explored by Governor Arthur Philip in 1788 and 1789, no settlement took place until 1823. The name Brisbane Water appears on a letter sent to Surveyor Richards 16 February 1825 when he was ordered to proceed to the north east arm of Broken bay where there had been many applications for land. He was to mark out farms for those who had orders and to survey the Arm and other inlets.
Between 1825 and 1829, Surveyors Richards.Ralfe and McBrien carried out the survey work contributing to the early exploration of the district and the settlement of Brisbane Water.
Among the early settlers were timber getters cutting shingles for house construction and for ship building and the ship builders who provided the transport for getting the timber to Sydney.
East Gosford began as a private township built on the 500 acres granted to Samuel Peek. Samuel Peek and his family perished in the wreck of the ship Dunbar on 20 August 1857 when it foundered on the rocks at South Head. The deceased were buried in the General Cemetery Camperdown, St Stephen's Newtown NSW.
The Admiralty Anchor recovered from the Dunbar wreck site in 1910
and later displayed at The Gap at Watsons Bay as a permanent memorial to those lost in the tragedy.
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East Gosford NSW.
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