'Coomery Roy' in
John Howe's 1819 Field Book

One of the earliest recorded references to the Comleroy area in the Hunter Valley was in the log book of the explorer, John Howe, in 1819.

Explorer, John Howe, led the party that discovered the Singleton district. In his explorer's journal on 4 November, 1819, Howe recorded that the Aboriginal name 'Coomery Roy' referred to the Hunter Valley plains.

'...a very heavy fog ENE (which the Natives say is Coomery Roy & more farther a great way) & which appears very extensive being seen as far as the Eye can reach & has much the appearance of the boisterous Ocean... Northerly 3/4 Mile to a Creek called by the Natives Coomery Roy Creek (Doyles Creek) which we cross & keep the same crossing it occasionally... North 1/2 Mile to a forrest hill thinly timbered & said to be leading to Coomery Roy...'
Ref: Andy Macqueen (2004) Somewhat Perilous: the Journeys of Singleton, Parr, Howe, Myles and Blaxland in the Northern Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, p170.

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