Clarence Town


The area which became known as Clarence Town was first settled by white settlers following the visit of Lieutenant Colonel Paterson who travelled up the river now known as the Williams’ River in 1801. The area was originally known as ‘Erringhi’ (‘place of wild duck’ in the local dialect) but the name was changed to Clarence Town in 1832 after the Duke of Clarence, who in 1883 became King William the fourth.

The ship building industry began to grow, as timber in the area was plentiful. Many ocean going vessels were loaded with timber for destinations in many parts of the world.

Many historic buildings still remain but the main attraction of town is the Williams River. Its wide banks and calm conditions make it popular with water-skiers. Visitors can camp at the Williams River Caravan Park or stay at the Erringhi Hotel with great country meals.

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Photo courtesy Marion Stuart

Brig O’Johnston Bridge

Clarence Town, Dungog

Clarence Town and District Historical Museum Association

Clarence Town and District Museum

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Canoeing on the Williams River Clarence Town

Canoeing at Clarence Town

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