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Convicts, Pioneers and Settlers

The Port Macquarie-Hastings region has a European history dating back to 1818. This page links to resources chronicling the region’s history from penal Colony to free settlement.

The office of Mayor in our system of local government continues a tradition of service to our communities that has a long and rich history.


Port Macquarie's short history as a penal settlement lasted from 1821 to 1832. A small number of 'specials' were retained in the colony until 1847.


Volunteers have compiled genealogical information on early families of the Hastings region. These files generally consist of family group charts and newspaper articles.


The Hastings region has many cemeteries. Some are Heritage listed and others are quite remote. A number of printed guides have been produced as well as a comprehensive cemetery listing on CD-ROM.


Archibald Clunes Innes (1800-1857) was a Scottish born soldier and pastoralist who became one of the wealthiest and most prominent men in the new settlement of Port Macquarie.


Service details and notes on the men and women who served in World War One and whose names appear on the Port Macquarie War Memoria


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