There are calls for a historic town in NSW to be renamed because of its “racist” links to slavery.

Boydtown – a village on Twofold Bay near Eden, on the far south coast of the state – could be renamed due to the actions of its namesake, Scottish entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd who arrived in Australia in 1842.

Boyd is regarded as Australia’s first “Blackbirder”, which involved the coercion of Pacific Islanders through deception or kidnapping to work as slaves or poorly paid labourers in Queensland plantations. He was also supportive of keeping slaves.

Property developer Lyon Group – which owns most of the town – is considering a name change and are “highly sympathetic to local Indigenous wishes”, as confirmed by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The property development group has since appointed a historian to assist with the review.

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