Dr McKinlay

A Scottish born doctor who arrived in Australia after having taken a position as ships doctor to a group of immigrants. Dr McKinlay was a well respected medical man in the Dungog district from the 1840s until his death. He also acted as a local magistrate. Dr McKinlay died, November 1889, after falling down stairs at the Settlers Arms, Dungog.

Mereding (aka King Bobby)

A man of the ‘Canninggai’ who in 1838 was 23 years old, had two wives and lived perhaps a little to the north of the newly established settlement of Dungog. In that year he received a free blanket courtesy of the Colonial Government.


A native who lived at Brookfield and who appears to have been so overcome with self-hatred that he would threaten to kill any Aboriginal person he saw.