THE YEAR THAT WAS 1940 IN COFFS

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS LOOKING BACK -

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.

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