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Boomerang Park including former stone quarry and mature tree plantings

Item details

Name of item: Boomerang Park including former stone quarry and mature tree plantings
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Reserve
Location: Lat: 370036.14 Long: 1372950.57
Primary address: 17E Irrawang Street, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324
Parish: Eldon
County: Gloucester
Local govt. area: Port Stephens
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17E Irrawang StreetRaymond TerracePort StephensEldonGloucesterPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Public Reserve provided for when the town of Raymond Terrace was surveyed in 1836. It was dedicated a Recreation Reserve in September 1892 and has been in continuous use since this date.
Date significance updated: 11 Jan 06
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Construction years: 1892-
Physical description: 21.46ha of parkland bounded by Irrawang St, Glenelg St, Elizabeth St and the Raymond Terrace Cemetery.
Current use: Park


Historical notes: Boomerang Park is marked on the 1836 survey of Raymond Terrace. The land known as Boomerang Park was dedicated as a public reserve in 1837 and subsequently as a Recreation Reserve in Sept 1892. Situated on the crest of a hill in Irrawang Street, it is adjacent to the Raymond Terrace Historic Cemetery which has been classified by the National Trust. The earliest known burial is 1840. The name Boomerang Park was given to the park in 1914. It was named after an early businessman and author, J R Houlding who wrote under the nom de plume of "Old Boomerang." On public holidays or for special events, steamers would carry people from Newcastle to Raymond Terrace for picnics in the park. The earliest settlers on the river surveyed the surrounding country for building materials and were rewarded by finding suitable stone on the eastern edge of the village reserve. From the 1830's the local stone was used for all or part of many buildings including the mill building and grindstones, the wharves, the parsonage, the Anglican school house etc. The stone buildings of Raymond Terrace once provided the district with a distinct character. The stone called Muree stone from the name of the quarry was of sufficient strength, durability and colour to be awarded a medal in a world exhibition in Canada in 1893 and another ar an Australian Exhibition in 1887. In 1928, an orchard and later a golf links were established at Muree. In more recent years subdivision for housing has masked the historic site. Stone was also quarried from a site situated in the present day Boomerang Park.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 4523 Dec 13 755 

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2280186

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