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Michael Smith's HOME PAGE

history, birds, animals, geology, boating, aboriginal language, bow drill fire lighting, stories, photo album.


Information about the gun emplacements and military activites in 1942 around Fort Tomaree, near Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Geographic and historical information about Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia.

The meaning of place names around Port Stephens.

Brief historical facts about Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia.

Lots more historical facts about Port Stephens.

Twenty eight DID YOU KNOW ? facts about Port Stephens.

The Worimi were a tribe of Australian aboriginals living around Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia, before european settlement.

The Kutthung dialect was spoken amongst the Australian Aborigines living along the southern bank of the Karuah River and the south shore of Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia.

A diary of natural events that occur each year in the Port Stephens area.

A list of mammals live-trapped on the Tomaree Peninsula, Port Stephens. 1992-3.

A comparison of three live trapping surveys to discover what Mammals live on the Tomaree Peninsula, Port Stephens.

A story, THE FLICK, about animal trapping from an antechinus point of view.

A bird list for the Tomaree Peninsula.

A list of the 650 plant species that grow around Port Stephens and the Myall Lakes, New South Wales, Australia.

Geology of the Tomaree Peninsula and Port Stephens.

The Tilligerry Peninsula on the northern shores of Port Stephens contains the towns of Tanilba Bay, Mallabula and Lemon Tree Passage.

Download a free map of Tanilba Bay, PDF 387kb.

Download a free map of Lemon Tree Passage, PDF 387kb.

You can get to Nelson Bay by boat. Here is a story of one such trip from Port Hacking to Port Stephens.

A story about crusing the Myall Lakes system by boat.

A story about sailing to Broughton Island off Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia.

Download a free map of Stockton Beach, PDF 194kb.

Some stories about Peter Jarver's book SNOWGUMS TO SAND.

An account of the GREAT NORTH WALK from Sydney to Newcastle, Australia.

An account of the THREE PEAKS walk in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.

A description of how to light a fire by rubbing two sticks together using the bow drill method.

Make a CRUX-CLOCK for telling time from the southern cross.

A kit for making a Port Stephens fresh air box.

Click here to look through the PICTURE PALACE.

Want to know what I look like? Download this QuickTime Virtual Reality file, 323kb. Drag your mouse across the picture and watch it spin. Good luck.

This website has been on the net since April 1999 so some of the info is dated, however I have jazzed it up in April 2007.

All of the above material is now hosted at


by choice I update the information on that website more often.