Shellharbour, New South Wales
New South Wales
Aerial view of Shellharbour looking north c.1936
|Population||3,561 (2016 census)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
The suburb is centred on the small recreational harbour named Shell Harbour. It has two main beaches: Shellharbour Beach, which runs to Barrack Point and Shellharbour South Beach, which runs toward Bass Point.
Shellharbour is undergoing extensive development with the construction of many new retail outlets and home-units. The main street is Addison Street, with many footpath cafés and shops and the Roo Theatre Company, running through the town and ending with the Ocean Beach Hotel opposite the harbour. Adjacent to the harbour is the Beverley Whitfield saltwater swimming pool and across from the Shellharbour Beach facilities is the Beverley Whitfield park, containing the Tom "Scout" Willoughby cricket oval.
Shellharbour hosts Harbourside Markets on the fourth Sunday of the month, in Little Park.
The area was inhabited by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. European habitation began from about 1817 onwards. Shellharbour was originally known as Yerrowah and later as Peterborough.
History & culture
Shellharbour's coastline is littered with 9 shipwrecks, and other historical sites like Bass Point which is home to various Aboriginal archaeological evidence. The shipwrecks date back to 1851, and are all protected under the State NSW Heritage Act 1977 & Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.
- Alexander Berry - Wrecked at Bass Point on 1 July 1901.
- Amphitrite - Ran aground at Shellharbour on 15 May 1851.
- Bertha - Wrecked in a gale on 9 September 1879.
- Cities Service Boston - Went ashore at Bass Point on 16 May 1943.
- Comboyne - Wrecked off Bass Point on 27 November 1920.
- Echo - Wrecked near Long Point on 21 March 1863.
- Franz - Wrecked near Lake Illawarra on 9 September 1879.
- Our Own - Ran aground at Bass Point on 21 August 1880.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,561 people in Shellharbour.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.8% of the population.
- 75.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England 4.9%.
- 85.2% of people only spoke English at home.
- The most common responses for religion were Catholic 29.7%, No Religion 23.6% and Anglican 19.6%.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Shellharbour (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
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- "Sporting Facilities within the Shellharbour Local Government Area" (PDF). Shellharbour City Council. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Shellharbour Village Harbourside Markets | Shellharbour Event". VisitNSW.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- "Our History". Shellharbour City Council. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- "Shellharbour". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 October 2006.
- "Shellharbour - Accommodation, Maps, Attractions & Events". VisitNSW.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- Shipwrecks - Shellharbour. Parramatta: Maritime Archaeology Unit. ISBN 1 876415 44 4.
- Shellharbour City Council website
- Tourism Shellharbour website
- Shellharbour Workers' Club website
- Shellharbour City
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