The Bellinger River as you’ve never seen it – in its early days as a timber and shipping centre.
The Bellinger River as you’ve never seen it – in its early days as a timber and shipping centre. from the Coffs Harbour Story Part I.

Step back in time on local DVD

COFFS Harbour’s foundation is the topic of a new Graham Bell documentary which will be released on DVD next week.

The Coffs Story Part I: The Beginning looks around the city today and then takes a long step back, to the time before European settlement, before examining the earliest days of white settlement and moving forward to the end of World War I.

“So much happened that people don’t know about,” Mr Bell said, listing shipwrecks, gold finds, ship building, cedar getting and the loss of life in World War I, a war which he said saw 360 men die every hour for the entire four-year war.

“(Pioneer) Walter Harvie was a kid of 19 when he came to Coffs Harbour to cut cedar – Coffs Harbour was overlooked because it did not have a river – Fernmount had two hotels, stores and government offices, but when they wanted to expand the local farmers would not sell them land so they moved to Bellingen.”

Mr Bell said the documentary opens with Terry Nelson’s original song Coffs Harbour by the Sea, performed by the singer song-writer.

There will be a screening of the Coffs Story Part I upstairs at the Park Beach Bowling Club at 7.30pm on July 8, and Mr Bell will talk about the making of the 55-minute documentary.

After July 8 the DVD will be shown at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum’s pop-up exhibition in the Palms Shopping centre.

It will be available for sale from there and also from Bookworld in Harbour Drive at a cost of $20.



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