With the gold rush
came the bushrangers, with the most notorious for area being the Clarke brothers. Gold shipments from the
Araluen, Nerrigundah and Mogo gold fields required armed troopers
for escorts. After many years, the brothers were
finally tracked down and captured in a bloody gun battle. Whilst
awaiting transportation to Sydney they were chained to a large gum
tree at Nelligen, the remains of this tree still exist today. The Clarke
were hanged at Darlinghurst in 1867, convicted of the
murder of four troopers and numerous other offences.
From 1853, large steamers (of up to 10,000 tons) plied the Clyde River to Nelligen
to pick up timber, wool and other farm products and to
deliver supplies for local farmers, gold miners and timber cutters.
A punt service across the Clyde River was begun at Nelligen in 1895
and continued until 1964 when the Nelligen bridge was built. Once
the largest town on the Clyde River, Batemans Bay population
overtook that of Nelligen in the early 1900s.
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