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Maclean District Historical Society – historical facts

The Maclean District Historical Society Inc. will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 1, at the Bicentennial Museum commencing at 9.30am.

If members would like to be involved in assisting to keep the Society a sustainable body, you are invited to submit your nomination for a position on the committee by February 2022, no later than 9am. Nomination forms are available at the Museum for interested people.

Two interesting historical facts:

1) On 8th August 1902, The Clarence River Advocate reported much excitement in Maclean when a traveller in a vehicle passed through the town, this car was the first motor car seen in the district and certainly must have attracted attention from all who saw it.

2) In our area, … the first telegraph line for Maclean and the Clarence Heads having been proposed in 1869 and completed in 1870. This was from Wilson’s Hill to Swan Creek, then to Brushgrove, along Woodford Island across to Maclean and “thence to the west and south of the Wooloweyah Estuary, and so to the Pilot Station.” (Clarence and Richmond Examiner Tuesday April 6, 1868.) This was to avoid the many channels and waterways that would have been encountered had it come directly along the main riverbank.

Ken Muller