News

Byron’s golden history

HEART OF GOLD: l-r: Maurine Ferrandez Susan Tsicalis, Rex Dawe, Donald Maughan with some Copper plates used in the gold mining operation on Tallow beach in the late 1890's
HEART OF GOLD: l-r: Maurine Ferrandez Susan Tsicalis, Rex Dawe, Donald Maughan with some Copper plates used in the gold mining operation on Tallow beach in the late 1890's Contributed

THERE was once "gold in them thar beaches" right here in the Byron Shire.

In the 1890s, up to 20 gold mining leases were granted to mine the precious metal from the black sands of Tallow Beach.

The history of gold mining in Byron Bay will be one of the many stories told on the new foreshore historical walking trail.

Stretching from Main Beach along the foreshore up to the lighthouse, the new trail will use the latest technology, with walkers using their smart phones to scan a Quick Read (QR) code at designated points.

Each QR code will take the visitor to a website enabling them to read a short story and view pictures relating to a variety of subjects, including Aboriginal history, culture and stories, the history of gold mining, the history of whaling, shipwrecks and timber logging in the 1880s.

The Byron Bay Historical Society has been working closely with the Arakwal people, Byron Shire Council and National Parks and Wildlife to get ready for the trail's December launch date. Once the initial foreshore walk is completed, it will be extended down into the town to tell the stories of historical builds and sites.

The project has so far been financed by the Byron Bay Historical Society and it is now seeking support from the community benefactors and local business to assist with costs.

"We are keen to talk to any business or community groups to explain the concept and foster more interest from any budding historians who would like to be involved in recording our community's brief but colourful history," said society president Donald Maughan.

"All our stories and photos, including most of the Eric Wright collection, will be stored on our new website, which will be launched at the same time as the Foreshore History Walking Trail."

More info: 6685 4314.

Topics:  byron bay, gold mining, historical society


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Why the shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach has stalled

Lighthouse Beach at Ballina closed after a shark attack.
Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Work on the controversial shark barrier has halted - here's why

The Byron Beez are set to swarm

HIGHER GROUND: Byron Beez Basketball teams are set to fly at NJL comp in Tamworth.

BYRON Bay Basketball's new brand in the Byron Beez Basketball.

Wave Rave with Gaz: Boardriders head to Coffs Competition

BOARDRIDERS: Danny Wills takes the bottom turn.

Byron Boardriders head off to Coffs Competition.

Latest deals and offers

Centrelink crackdown as taskforce tackles "welfare fraud"

THE Federal Government is cracking down on welfare fraud, and you may be on their radar.

Why the shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach has stalled

Lighthouse Beach at Ballina closed after a shark attack.
Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Work on the controversial shark barrier has halted - here's why

The Byron Beez are set to swarm

HIGHER GROUND: Byron Beez Basketball teams are set to fly at NJL comp in Tamworth.

BYRON Bay Basketball's new brand in the Byron Beez Basketball.

Wave Rave with Gaz: Boardriders head to Coffs Competition

BOARDRIDERS: Danny Wills takes the bottom turn.

Byron Boardriders head off to Coffs Competition.

How perverts are ruining North Coast nude beach

Stunning North Coast beach overrun with "sex focus and harassment"

EDITORIAL: Remember to invent a time machine soon

LOST THE PLOT: Is the US election shaping up to be a really, really, really ridiculously bad movie. Artwork: Jackson Montage.

One of the most fateful events in the history of the world.

Run helps shine a light on cancer

ABOVE: Byron Lighthouse Run supports Crackin' Cancer and the North Coast Cancer Institute.

This year the Byron Lighthouse Run is turning 10

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started