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News from Armidale, January 1848

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Tuesday 11 January 1848, The Sydney Morning Herald

NEWS FROM THE INTERIOR

(From our Correspondent.)

ARMIDALE, NEW ENGLAND.

Mr. H Tozer, from Port Macquarie, effected here a sale of horse stock on the 23rd December. The result of the sale was most satisfactory, the number being 653, and the amount of sale £498 11s. 6d., averaging for mares with foals, £12; mares, £10; horse, £10; colts and fillies, £7. They were in low condition, having been driven off their run at the Hunter upwards of 200 miles. Mr. Tozer is the contractor for the ensuing year for the conveyance of mails between this and Port Macquarie, and wishing to try the metal of his mail horses stationed on the road, he left Armidale early on Saturday morning, and reached Kempsey the following morning, 124 miles. It was Mr. T.’s intention when he left, to have made Port Macquarie the next morning, but in consequence of one of his best horses stationed at the last stage having broken away, he was unable to accomplish the distance in the twenty-four hours to Port Macquarie. The day was one of the most sultry ever experienced on the McLeay, and at every stage the horses were completely done up ; and from the oppressive heat between twelve and one o’clock Mr. Tozer himself became affected with giddiness, but towards evening the weather became cooler, and he proceeded on.

This little township is progressing. There is in course of building an Episcopalian church, and the Rev. Henry Tingcombe has a school established. The Rev, J. Rigney, R.C.C., has also been making arrangements for building a Roman Catholic chapel, and has been met by the public with liberal support towards effecting that object.

Although at Christmas a large number of shepherds, stockmen, &c., assembled, everything was orderly and quiet ; and in no part of New South Wales would you meet with more regularity. To this is attributed the judicious management of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Mr. G. J. Macdonald, who is highly spoken of by both high and low, rich and poor. He is firm with justice, and without overbearing, maintaining that position with kindness, which too many others try to effect with severity and overbearing, and he well deserves the respect by which he is entertained.

There is plenty of grass and water all over New England, and in every other season of drought like the present New England has never suffered. Shearing is nearly over, and the wool drays are starting for the nearest shipping ports.

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