A Glance At Eden's Rich History TimeLine
From the early habitation of the Tharwa people of the Yuin Nation, through European settlement up to today, Eden’s affinity with the ocean is deep. Whales, whaling and fishing have played a large part in the development of the town. The Greenseas fish cannery was a major industry for 40 years in Eden.
Killer whales have been key players in the history of whaling starting with the Tharwa, 6,000 years ago, and ending with the Davidson whaling family. The Orcas are now returning to Eden and are part of the whale watching attractions. Eden, in Twofold Bay, was designated a town in 1843 by Sir George Gipps, Governor of the colony of New South Wales, Australia. George Gipps was Private Secretary to George Eden, Earl of Auckland, Governor-General of India from 1836 to 1842 and he had been First Lord of the Admiralty.
Eden was the largest supplier of fish to the Sydney Fish Markets and a major supplier to the Melbourne Fish Market.
Ben Boyd National Park opened.
Kraft sells the Eden Cannery to the Heinz Company. Re-development and expansion followed.
Eden High School opened.
Boyd’s Tower added to Ben Boyd National Park.
Eden Aquatic Club changed its name to the Twofold Bay Yacht Club.
Fishermen notice a drop off in tuna – once they could fish 4 miles offshore, by 1978 they had to travel 100 miles offshore.
The Shiralee capsized on August 10 while transporting building material to Gabo Island, as well as fishing. Onboard were Michael Patrick Pease, Stephen Lawrence Pease, and Terence James Rowe. Their bodies were never recovered.
After the loss of the Eden trawler Shirra-Lee the town decides to raise funds for a Fishermen’s Memorial Wall.
Twofold Bay Yacht Club purchases a local school building for $50.00. The building was dismantled and later used to erect a new clubhouse.
Imlay Shire Council acquired the Eden Log Cabin to house the Eden Town Library.
The Fishermen’s Memorial Wall completed.
Bega Valley Council, Imlay (Eden) Shire Council, and Mumbulla Shire Council amalgamated to form Bega Valley Shire Council.
Due to over-fishing Eden fisheries were placed under management with restrictions on many fish species and abalone. Consequently, the number of commercial fishermen declined.
100 years after its construction Green Cape Lighthouse was automated.