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Mount Duval gold-field

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Saturday 23 September 1865, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

ARMIDALE.

Mount Duval Gold-field. – The popularity of these diggings is fast declining, if one may judge from the fact of but one or more families being on the ground. It has now, I believe, been thought best to employ a prospecting party, and a public meeting will be held to-night in order to ascertain the general feeling upon the subject. This step should have been adopted sooner ; but I suppose the French adage will apply to the present case, “Mieux tard que jamais.” His worship the Mayor is expected to preside, and I will forward your readers the result.

Cameron’s Creek. – These diggings, which are but a short distance easterly of the town, are claiming much attention just now, and though I cannot get returns, still rumour has it that men there are getting wages, and our celestials of the moon are daily trudging to and fro.

The Weather. – The heaviest of our troubles in this regard are, I trust, over. We have had a break in the drought, and every appearance of more rain. The frosts are light, and as the spring quarter is now in we may hope for weather reviving our crops and beneficial to labor in the gardens.

Bridge in Marsh-street. – The timber necessary has been laid, and tenders have been invited for the erection thereof. In a short time our municipality can take credit for a bridge that has long been necessary to connect the Great Northern line of road.

Our Streets. – If noted for nothing else, it will be ever memorable for culverts – though why this name be given to unsightly posts at the intersection of each street is impossible to account for ; and this seems to be a pet idea of our improvement committee, for I observe that tenders are again called for the erection of further “culverts.”

Armidale, Sept. 19.

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