THE YEAR THAT WAS 1940 IN COFFS
WORK on the Coffs Harbour breakwater was significantly scaled back, with 30 of the 90 employees stood down.
Coffs Harbour was subject to heavy rains again, with the CBD receiving 12 inches in 18 hours in addition to gale-force winds. The Advocate reported that water was “up to the running boards of cars along Coramba Rd”.
The Fitzroy Hotel was damaged by fire in April. T
he roof and the top floor were the worst of the damaged areas and damage was estimated to be about 10,000 pounds.
Hotel owners Tooth and Co announced the hotel would be demolished and entirely rebuilt, at a cost of 20,000 pounds. It reopened in October 1941.
Fire then destroyed the Hampden Hotel and a nearby business in Coramba in October.
1941: On the cricket field, Coramba produced an outstanding season, scoring a total of 2085 runs throughout the season, for 131 wickets, producing an average of 15.9 runs per wicket.