Coast Walk; Marsh Meadow

werri-marsh-meadow1A marsh meadow In 1821, William Smith received a 600 acre grant, right here at Werri Beach. He was probably a little disappointed to find that a large section of his holding was a large, salty swamp!

Much of the lowlands of his property would have been covered in dense stands of swamp oak. The higher elevations would have been part of a massive cedar-rich rainforest known as the Long Brush.

The property was bought by a Scot, Robert Miller, in 1835 after he migrated from Renfrewshire, near Glasgow. The homestead of the ‘Renfrew Park Estate’ was built in 1862. Now shrouded in its 1930s closed-in verandah, the homestead remains a dominant feature of the district.

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.