Talk:Seaham, New South Wales
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The following is a timeline of significant events in the history of the town:
- 19th century (exact date unknown) - A row-boat carrying, in today's terms, thousands of dollars worth of cutlery and gold across the Williams River from East Seaham overturned in rough conditions, sending the contents to the bottom of the river. The gold and cutlery was never recovered.
- 1822 - Seaham is settled by Captain Paterson and land grants are made.
- 1830s - Walter Scott's house at "Eskdale" is built. As of 2009 it is still standing.
- 1838 - Seaham is proclaimed a town. Thriving rive trade boosts the population.
- 1839 - Work begins on Henry Carmichael's house at "Porphyry Point".
- 1844 - Robert Campbell is murdered by robbers while riding his horse on Clarence Town Road at Seaham, (he is thrown onto rocks in a creek and dies instantly). Campbell's bloody body is not found until the following day. The incident resulted in the creek being named "Deadman's Creek".
- 1850s - The White Horse Hotel opens on North Crescent Street. At the time, North Crescent Street is the main street, (post office, wharf, another hotel, ferry and general store are all within close proximity of the White Horse).
- 1852 - Seaham Public School begins operating in a wooden cottage by swamplands, (Middle Crescent Street).
- 1860 - The cornerstone of St. Andrews Anglican Church is laid. The church isn't consecrated until 1902.
- 1878 - First service is held at Seaham Presbyterian Church, (St. Saviour's,) on the corner of what is now Dixon and Still Streets. "Felspar" House is completed for Henry Carmichael's late son.
- 1882 - Work begins on William Fisher's "Brandon" House. It is completed two years later.
- 1885 - A brick classroom and teacher's residence are built on the current Seaham Public School site. Despite the improved conditions, classes are empty when school resumes in 1886, with most pupils grape cutting at the local vineyards.
- 1893 - St. Ita's Roman Catholic Church opens on Dixon Street, (near Presbyterian Church).
- 1902 - Seaham School of Arts opens on Warren Street.
- 1903 - Work begins on the Seaham Hotel.
- 1913 - Seaham is inundated by floodwaters.
- 1915 - Martha Sweeney dies when her home, opposite the Seaham Hotel, burns to the ground. The Porphyry Vineyards cease operations.
- 1917 - Six men from Seaham die in the Great War, (among them is the only living grandson of Henry Carmichael). In consequence, the "Porphyry" and "Felspar" estates are inherited by the Ralston and Graham families respectively.
- 1925 - Seaham Quarry is dedicated to "science for all time". The rocks are considered to be up to 120 million years old and are regarded as the best example of varve shale in the world.
- 1926 - Seaham is threatened by bushfires. The Seaham Hotel and School of Arts hall are almost destroyed.
- 1928 - Seaham is threatened by bushfires. The home of Mr. A. Burgess at "Brandon" is destroyed.
- 1935 - The abandoned Seaham Hotel burns to the ground.
- 1938 - Seaham Centenary celebrations, (similar events would be held at the 2002 celebrations).
- 1939 - Worst bushfires in Seaham since European settlement. Women and children evacuated by punt to East Seaham. The public school, presbyterian church and a number of historic homes are destroyed. Desperate efforts are made to save the School of Arts, post office and Catholic church. Depopulation of Seaham follows soon after.
- 1941 - The Presbyterian Church, destroyed in 1939, is rebuilt. Only casualty from the Second World War dies overseas.
- 1944 - Seaham and Glen Oak are threatened by bushfires.
- 1945 - Electricity is connected to Seaham.
- 1950s - Services cease at St. Ita's Roman Catholic Church on Dixon Street.
- 1955 - A new teacher's residence is built at Seaham Public School. Floodwaters inundate Crescent and Torrence Streets during the devastating 1955 Hunter Valley floods.
- 1964 - Services cease at the Seaham Presbyterian Church. The building is moved to Raymond Terrace.
- 1968 - A new classroom is built at Seaham Public School to replace the temporary schoolhouse used since the 1939 bushfires.
- 1973 - The Jim Scott Bridge is built, connecting Seaham and East Seaham. The Seaham Ferry makes a final river crossing.
- 1980s - Brandy Hill Estate is opened. Repopulation of Seaham begins.
- 2001 - Brandy Hill, with a population of almost 1,000, becomes a suburb in its own right.
- 2002 - "Seaham Celebrates"; a week of activities are held in recognition of 3 milestones in the town's history. It is also 180 years since settlement.