One hot summers day in the 1850’s, a local man was watching a large group of Aborigines swimming and diving in the Paterson River at Hinton.
They were having a great time when a shark attacked one of them, dragging him under and shaking him like a dog would a rat.
He was rescued by his people in canoes but was fearfully mauled. Large pieces of flesh were torn from his legs.
The local man saw him the next day with his wounds covered with soft bark from a “Tea Tree” but did not see him again, so he did not know if he recovered.
The local said it was common to catch sharks in the Hunter and Paterson Rivers and had seen some up to 10 feet long, whether the rivers were fresh or a bit salty.