This site records details of those pioneering families of the Big Scrub whose origins were the South Coast and Southern Highlands of NSW.

Our intentions are to document each of those families which are known to have migrated north in the period after the passing of the Robertson Land Act of 1861.

If you are researching such a family, we would love to hear from you.

Although the Richmond River area had been opened up much earlier, and settlements were already established along the rivers, the Big Scrub remained, for the most part, uninhabited prior to 1861. As this photo (taken at Jiggi Creek c1908) shows, even to clear a site for a hut was a major undertaking, and clearing an entire selection could involve months of back-breaking effort for the settler and any of his children able to help.