Between 1849 and 1855 numerous applications and petitions were made by the citizens of the Kiama district for increased accommodation at the harbour. Their pleas were ﬁnally heard and the Robertson Basin was oﬃcially opened by Miss Charles on the deck of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company’s ship ‘Hunter’ in 1876.
The construction of the Robertson Basin had a profound impact on the industrial history of the Kiama district. The blasted and excavated stone prompted the advent of stone crushing with the view to its use in road construction. It led to an inﬂux of non-agricultural workers and started the blue metal industry.
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.