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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
22nd October 2018
Reference:   18035
Placename:   Evans Head
Designation:   Town
Status:   Assigned 28th December 1973
LGA:   Richmond Valley
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -29 07 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   153 26 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -29 06 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   153 26 04
Topographic Map:   Woodburn
1:100000 Map:   Woodburn 9539
Parish:   Riley
County:   Richmond
Description:   A coastal town South of Airforce Beach and about 9.5km SE by E of the town of Woodburn.
Origin:   Named after a marine surveyor, Lt Evans, RN who carried out the first marine survey of the coastline in the area. It is said that Admiral Rous named the headland but this does not appear in Rous' log. or Evan Evans, was Captain of the 'Water Witch' which he owned. A boy of 14 he went to sea and was twice shipwrecked (See history sect.)
History:   on a reef which he named after himself - Evans Reef - Evans Head. Written about 1920 and published in 'The Propellor' 1.4.1937. Reminis- cences of Early Days written by the late M H Smithson (nee Evans)
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