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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
16th November 2018
Reference:   13093
Placename:   Coffs Harbour
Designation:   Suburb
Status:   Assigned 13th August 1999
Previous Names:   Coof's Harbour
Korff's Harbour
GNB File:   GNB159,4308,3749
LGA:   Coffs Harbour
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -30 19 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   153 07 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -30 18 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   153 07 04
Topographic Map:   Coffs Harbour
1:100000 Map:   Coffs Harbour 9537
Parish:   Coff
County:   Fitzroy
Description:   A town on the north coast of N.S.W. 604 rail km from Sydney. Boundaries within the Coffs Harbour Council area shown on map GNB3749.
Origin:   John Korff (Born London 1799, came to Sydney 1836, died 1870) was a ship builder and owner and later a Lloyds of London surveyor. He operated small sailers from Sydney. His grandchildren claimed that he discovered the harbour about 1847 whilst trying to shelter from a gale and reported it to the `authorities`.
History:   Gitten Mirreh - `big moon` was the Aboriginal name for the harbour. It was then known as Korff`s Harbour. The settlement was gazetted in 1861 as `Coffs Harbour`, the town in 1886, and the city in 1987.
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