Nobby’s Head

Captain Cook described Nobby’s Head in 1770 as a ‘small clump of an island’. You can see what he meant, although it has been greatly reduced in size in 1826 so that they could make the harbour mouth wider and allow bigger ships to sail into Newcastle harbour more easily. In 1846, there was a breakwater built that connected it to the mainland, perhaps to enable access to Nobby’s Lighthouse.

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