The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser

Thursday 30 June 1842

Clarence River.

(From a Correspondent )

Some movements are taking place on this
river. The Deputy Surveyor General arrived
here lately from Sydney, and the Commisioner
of Crown Lands from New England. Both
these officers are in full communication with the
other authorities in the district, and with the
licensed settlers -a surveying party is encamped
on the land occupied by Mr. Girard, with the
view of preparing plans preparatory to the
formation of a town there, where there are three or
four fresh wator lagoons, which will always
afford an abundant supply of this element of lite
The river is, constantly fresh, and navigable for
boats immediately above. We understand that
the Deputy Surveyor General does not con-
template recommending a town at the South
Head of the entrance, but merely a pilot station
of course he has his reasons for this. The points
to which his intention seems principally to be
directed are Girard’s, on tbe right bank-the
elevated ground about three miles above on the
left bank-the mouth of the great estuary on
the same side-the point opposite the south
east corner of the large Island, and the neighbourhood
of the black’s camp near the heads.
It is asserted that there is a vast tract of fine
country between the Clarence and the Richmond,
this river being represented to be equal in importance
to the former. There are already some
extensive stock stations established upon it, and
the road from the Clarence presents no serious
difficulties, the country being desciibed as toler-
ably level, consisting chiefly of fine alluvial
plains. We hope that the means at the present
disposal of the Deputy Surveyor General, will
enable him to give us an account of a counrty so

A very beautiful survey of the right bank of
the Clarence has been made for the Government,
by the Messrs. Wilson, who are residing on the
river, and would doubtless (or a consideration)
afford useful information to intending settlers.
The dairies of Mr. Devlin and Dr. Dobie, would
do credit to any country. Several neat cottages
and farm esttblishments grace the banks of this

beautiful river-and there is still room for thousands
of ¡industrious colonists with moderate
capital, who would have no reason to regret a
location in a country where the immediate necessaries
of life are so abundant and so easy to be acquired.

Clarence, 3rd June, 1842.


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