JohnResearch Officer – John McNamara

Born and bred as a ‘baby boomer’ in Earlwood, Sydney John McNamara was educated at Christian Brothers Lewisham. After leaving school John secured a scholarship from the Department of Main Roads and completed the four year Bachelor of Surveying course at the University of NSW in 1966. He transferred to Grafton at beginning of 1968 for rural experience followed by a year in Glen Innes and three in Goulburn before returning to Grafton to begin his own private practice as a Surveyor until 1999. Having worked in all corners of the Clarence Valley, John and his wife Rae made the move to live in Yamba. It was a natural progression to become interested in the history of the area and in 2001 he joined the Port of Yamba Historical Society.

  Taking over from the late Stuart Lee as Research Officer in 2004, John set about researching the history of Yamba and district from newspapers and other publications, land tenure records, photographs, telephone directories, electoral rolls and school admission registers, ably assisted by a research team of volunteers. He has been responsible for the research for and publication of the following books for the Port of Yamba Historical Society:

From Clarence River Heads to Yamba

In 2012 John was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Royal Australian History Association for his outstanding contributions to the Port of Yamba Historical Society.


Yamba Museum
River Street, Yamba
PO Box 100 Yamba NSW 2464
02 6646 1399

Opening Hours

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
The museum opening hours for 2021 will be:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
2pm - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
2pm - 4.30pm

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