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Parish of Southend County of Cumberland

Darkes Forest is a locality about 3km WNW of Flat Rock Junction and about 1km north of Darkes Forest Park, crossing the local government areas of Wollongong and Wollondilly.

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Darkes Forest - Timeline

  
Event
1844
Convict gangs make rapid progress on a new road from Bottle Forest to Chippendale's grant (behind Bulli), with Surveyor Darke in charge (The ups and downs of the early roads to Wollongong 1815-1888, LR388.1 MAR)
1845
Surveyor Darke completes a survey of the Bottle Forest to satisfy enquiries about the land (The ups and downs of the early roads to Wollongong 1815-1888, LR388.1 MAR)
1892
About 20 families living in the locality (Illawarra Index)
 
1892
Thrice weekly mail introduced in July (Illawarra Index)
1911
Best apples of last season grown in the area (Trove)
1915
Local orchardist donates apples to make jam for soldiers (Illawarra Index)
1932
Local farmers work with Bulli Shire Council to construct a causeway over road (Trove)
1952
Bushfires in the area (Illawarra Index)
1957
Deepest ventilation shaft in southern coalfields opened for Coalcliff Colliery (Illawarra Index)
1963
Area to be served by a new remote control power sub-station being built at Bellambi Creek near Mount Ousley Road (Illawarra Index)
1964
A.O.G-Kern drilling teams begin exploring for oil in May, but abandon the search in July (Illawarra Index)
1968
Homes lost to bushfires (Illawarra Index)
1971
Coalcliff Colliery expands, building new offices in the area (Illawarra Index)
1983
NSW Premier Mr Wran mentions Darkes Forest in relation to a 2nd Sydney airport (Illawarra Index)
1998
Darkes Forest Woolshed, which opened 5 years previously, begins catering for wedding receptions (ProQuest)
1998
The area receives 271mm of rain in 3 days (ProQuest)
2000
Glenbernie Orchard, operated by the Fahey family since the 1950s, receives the Heritage & Cultural Tourism Award at the Illawarra & Southern Highlands Tourism Awards, having commenced formal tours & fruit picking for tourists 3 years previously (ProQuest)
2000
Darkes Forest Riding Ranch has been in operation for 31 years; owned and run by the Read family for the last 22 years (ProQuest)
2001
Mission Australia begins its 'Willing workers on organic farms' project at the Honeycomb Lodge hobby farm (ProQuest)
2002
Grant received to construct a new walkway to Maddens Falls (ProQuest)
2007
Apex Energy applies to undertake a $7.5 million exploration program to drill up to 50m below the seams in northern Illawarra (ProQuest)
2007
Equine influenza infects properties at Darkes Forest and Helensburgh (ProQuest)
2012
Dharawal area elevated to national park status to protect it from coal seam gas exploration (ProQuest)
2012
Apex Energy's plans to drill exploratory bore holes hindered by expiry of license (ProQuest)
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