Boydtown, situated on the shores of Twofold Bay, eight miles by road south of Eden, was built in 1843 by Benjamin Boyd, a wealthy London adventurer. He founded a large and successful whaling station from which nine ships operated. Oil to the value of £40,000 was obtained in one season.
The village of Boydtown was built by men who had been convicts. It had a lighthouse, a church, and, of course, Boyd's home, which was almost a castle, and was built on a hill overlooking the bay. However Boyd's forceful manner irritated his men, and this, combined with his lavish spending, and heavy legal expenses which took most of his fortune, caused him in 1849 to abandon his township and lead a trading expedition to the Solomon Islands where, it is presumed, he was captured and killed by the natives.
To-day in Boydtown one can still see the ruins of the old church on the hilt. The castle, which had been neglected for years, has now been partly restored and renovated, and provides accommodation for tourists.