Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

The first land selectors did not arrive on the river until 1863 and because of navigational restrictions Fernmount became the principal village. However, Boat Harbour as Bellingen was first known, was selected as the site of the first court house and lockup, and shortly after the village site was proclaimed as Bellingen in October 1870.

Source: Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

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