A view of the Coffs Harbour Jetty in the 1940s.
A view of the Coffs Harbour Jetty in the 1940s. Picture Coffs Harbour

The year that was 1940 in Coffs Harbour

A SMALL fishing and banana growing town, Coffs Harbour in the 1940s was vastly different to today's city. Times of peace were about to change.

1940: The School of Arts held a meeting in late January of 1940 that led to the formation of the Coffs Harbour Soldiers and Sailors Welfare and Comfort Fund, to assist those involved in the war. More than 200 Coffs Coast locals had enlisted in the armed forces by June.

The sport of fishing took over the Coffs Coast, with many locals taking up professional and amateur levels of the activity. Six marlin, including one weighing nearly 200 pounds, were caught in a weekend in February.

 

Boys on Coffs Harbour Jetty, looking at a berthed freighter during the 1940s.
Boys on Coffs Harbour Jetty, looking at a berthed freighter during the 1940s. PICTURE COFFS HARBOUR

WORK on the Coffs Harbour breakwater was significantly scaled back, with 30 of the 90 employees stood down.

 

Coffs Harbour was subject to heavy rains again, with the CBD receiving 12 inches in 18 hours in addition to gale-force winds. The Advocate reported that water was "up to the running boards of cars along Coramba Rd".

 

The Fitzroy Hotel was damaged by fire in April. The roof and the top floor were the worst of the damaged areas and damage was estimated to be about 10,000 pounds.

 

Hotel owners Tooth and Co announced the hotel would be demolished and entirely rebuilt, at a cost of 20,000 pounds. It reopened in October 1941.

 

Fire then destroyed the Hampden Hotel and a nearby business in Coramba in October.

 

1941: On the cricket field, Coramba produced an outstanding season, scoring a total of 2085 runs throughout the season, for 131wickets, producing an average of 15.9runs per wicket.

 

Donn Patterson for whom the road in West Coffs is named after on a bush excursion during the 1940s. Tell us more about the life of Don?
Donn Patterson for whom the road in West Coffs is named after on a bush excursion during the 1940s. Tell us more about the life of Don? Picture Coffs Harbour


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