Founding orphans of Kiama

Hindmarsh-foundersThe original Hindmarsh family of the Kiama area were instrumental in its early development. Their ties to England diminished after the death of their parents and they took the bold step of establishing a new life in the colony of NSW.

Michael Hindmarsh helped establish the Illawarra Agricultural Society and the Kiama Show Society as well as availing himself as a travelling magistrate, using his influence to have roads commissioned, and pioneering agricultural and forestry industries.

Michael’s brother, George, arrived in 1839 and became the first postmaster of Kiama. Their sister, Hannah, arrived in 1845 and established the first private school for girls, ‘Rose Bank’ at Kiama.

This plaque is one of many found around the district. The plaques discribe the history of their locations. They were commissioned by Kiama Council in 2009.

If you had seen them around, you are welcome to have a look at the collection of plaques in the district.