A promising boxer of Aboriginal descent, Dave Sands was not from the Dungog area. However, accidental death there in 1952 when the truck he was driving overturned, resulted in many people coming to Dungog asking for the location of the spot. As a result, Dungog Apex erected the Dave Sands Memorial at a park near the Bandon Grove Bridge in 1972.
Rev Mr Sherriff
A minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia or the Free Church, he was the first minister for Clarence Town and Dungog, resident at Clarence Town. Clarence Town’s Sherriff Street is named after him. He died in 1864 at East Maitland.
‘DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT. On the 5th instant, in the 33rd year of her age, Mrs James Stephenson died here, leaving her husband, with two small children, and a great number of friends to deplore their loss. Mrs. Stephenson along with her husband had held the Dungog Inn for the last fourteen years, and was much respected. Her funeral was followed to the grave yard by almost all the respectable persons of the district. I have not seen such a crowd together in this district.’ [Maitland Mercury, 25/10/1854, p.2.]
Builder of what is now the oldest purpose-built enclosed cinema in Australia is commemorated in the James Theatre itself. Three generations of Stuarts owned and operated the James Theatre until the early 1970s.