Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Central Coast signs and trails

Merchant Seaman's Memorial, Norah Head

An historic Admiralty pattern anchor and attached bronze plaque serves as a memorial to Merchant Seaman losses during World War Two. The memorial and coatal viewing platform is located between the carpark and the Norah Head Lighthouse at Norah Head. Norah Head is accessible from the F3 Motorway by taking the turn off to Wyong and Toukley.

Maitland, Maitland Bay, Kilcare

The bell of the iron paddle steamer Maitland stands at the head of the walking track to the bay that claimed the vessel. Labouring into a frightening gale, the Maitland was driven onto the foot of East Reef, Broken Bay. The tragic death toll of 24 from 63 aboard, appalled the population. Remembered as the "Maitland Gale", it also claimed the schooners Amelia White, Philip Palfrey, Adelaide, Isabel, J.G. Kondio; the ketch Coral; the barquentine Fido; the ship Hereward and the steamers Ethel, Merksworth and Saxonia. The Maitland's bell stands outside the National Parks & Wildlife Office on The Scenic Road, at Kilcare, in Bouddi National Park.


Page last updated: 31 August 2012