Boydtown is a village on Twofold Bay near Eden, on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. It was the original settlement in the bay, founded by Benjamin Boyd in 1843 to service his properties on the Monaro plains.[2][3] The remains of whaling stations and the local landmark Boyd's Tower, a stone spotting tower used to look for whales, are all nearby.

Ruin of old church at Boydtown in 1929

Boyd imported sandstone from Sydney to construct a lighthouse on south head. He also commissioned inns and churches, housing and store rooms, wharves and stock-yards.[4]

When Boyd's finances collapsed, the town was abandoned from the 1840s until the first renovation of the Seahorse Inn in the 1930s.[3]

In modern times, Boydtown is the smaller of the two towns in the bay, consisting mainly of housing, tourist caravan parks and the more recently (2006) refurbished Seahorse Inn.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Boydtown (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Ben Boyd National Park: Culture and History". Department of Environment & Conservation (NSW): NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b "History of Boydtown and the Seahorse Inn". Seahorse Inn. 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  4. ^ McKee, Greg (2004). "Eden Whaling History". Killers of Eden. Greg McKee. Retrieved 15 February 2008.

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