Settlers found fertile soil in valley

By Carol Herben
Updated September 1 2014 - 4:05pm, first published August 28 2014 - 1:57pm
Orchards in the Cordeaux River valley prospered in the 1800s and the first half of the 20th century. They regularly entered the Wollongong Show. Edward Rees is pictured third from the left.
Orchards in the Cordeaux River valley prospered in the 1800s and the first half of the 20th century. They regularly entered the Wollongong Show. Edward Rees is pictured third from the left.

John Leo McNamara wrote in his book Life at Cordeaux River, "When all traces of human intrusion have disappeared from the valley, it will remain akin to 'Paradise'."

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