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.
St Joseph’s Primary School founded by Mary McKillop closed.
The Australasia Hotel (aka The Pit) sold. Strong public opposition to the demolition of the building ensues.
$44 million wharf extension commenced construction in August.
August 4th – Eden Wharf Extension Opened.
September 15th – the first cruise ship Pacific Explorer docks at the wharf.
Eden threatened by the Border Fire. Hundreds of residents and tourists evacuated.
April – work commences on the restoration of the Australasia Hotel.