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Injured man 15 hours in car.

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Saturday 20 February 1954, The Sydney Morning Herald

Injured Man, 78, Sat 15 Hours In Car In River

KEMPSEY, Friday.-For more than 15 hours last night and early to-day a man, aged 78, sat in a wrecked car in the Macleay River with his neck broken and only his head above water.

His car had somersaulted at least four times down a-150ft precipice from the Kempsey Armidale road.

The man, Donald Alexander McDonald, Macleay Shire valuer, could not draw the attention of drivers of about 20 cars and trucks which passed between dawn and 9 a.m. to-day.

He was found at 9.30 a.m., but by the time he was admitted to hospital it was 3.30 p.m.-nearly 22 hours after the accident.

Macleay District Hospital authorities said to-night his condition was critical.

McDonald was driving his sedan car towards Armidale to visit his son at George’s Creek, about 6 o’clock last night, when the sun shone in his eyes at Flying Fox Cutting, 60 miles west of Kempsey.

The road follows the winding gorge of the Macleay River.

BLUE WITH COLD

McDonald’s car swerved over the edge of the road and plunged down the precipice below into the river.

The car bounced off rocks and trees and was wrecked, but it landed on its wheels in the river.

The water level had fallen six feet since the recent rain but it was still flowing rapidly.

McDonald’s spine was fractured at the neck and he quickly became paralysed from the shoulders down.

He was able to sit upright, but only his head was above water.

The mountain water was icy, and he soon became blue with cold.

McDonald remained conscious all the time.

Passing drivers saw nothing amiss because lantana, other undergrowth and trees screened the car in the river.

Ted Conn, a local resident who was driving cattle, found McDonald at 9.30 a.m.

HEARD COO-EES

Conn heard McDonald’s faint coo-ees, which led him to the nearly submerged car.

He could not free McDonald, so he rode to farmhouses at Lower Creek, about two miles away, and called out all the men available.

They levered off a door of the car with crowbars before they could lift McDonald out and lay him on the river bank.

The nearest ambulance was at Kempsey.

The ambulance superintendent, Mr. W. Menger, and Dr. A. McNeil, loaded the ambulance with operating instruments, drugs, and hotwater bottles before setting out.

They raced along the narrow, winding mountain road, but it took them two hours to reach Flying Fox Cutting.

Dr. McNeil gave McDonald injections to case his pain.

Volunteers then carried the stretcher up a steep cattle track to the ambulance.

Trucks dragged McDonald’s car out of the river late this afternoon.

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Road report: Armidale to Kempsey

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Friday 8 October 1937, The Sydney Morning Herald

Reporting on the road from Armidale to Kempsey the N.R.M.A. states that the run to Wollombi [sic] is over a fair to good metal and gravel surface. Steep grades and winding road require the exercise of care on the Big Hill between the summit of the range and George’s Creek, on the Upper Macleay River. At St. Helena Creek a detour is necessary because of the construction of a new bridge, and careful driving is advised. The road down the Macleay River to Bellbrook and Kempsey is very narrow and winding in places, and the going is slow. For the last l8 miles to West Kempsey much of the gravel surface is worn and corrugated. This road passes through fine scenery. Although the total distance from Armidale to Kempsey is slightly under 120 miles the average time for the trip is five hours.

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August 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

River falling at Kempsey

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Tuesday 23 June 1925, The Sydney Morning Herald

KEMPSEY, Monday.

Warnings Issued by the Weather Bureau on Friday and Saturday caused considerable anxiety In the Macleay district. On Saturday a slight fresh appeared In the river. On Sunday morning the river at Bellbrook was reported to be 13ft 6in high, with heavy rain pouring over George’s Creek. The river at Kempsey then was about 4ft 6in over normal summer level. It was stated this morning that at Bellbrook it had risen to 14ft 6in, but that rain had ceased at Georges Creek, and the flood was falling. Both messages stated that only light rain was falling at Armidale, from which the bulk of the flood waters come. Usual precautions were taken at Kempsey to prepare for a flood, which now is not feared.

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April 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Rainfall reports

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Tuesday 25 July 1922, The Sydney Morning Herald

FEELING IN COUNTRY.

KEMPSEY, Monday.

Torrential rain is falling, and as it is just a
year ago since Kempsey's big flood, the public
are much perturbed regarding the discontinu-
ance of weather reports at the post-office.

No information is available beyond Kempsey's
rainfall. The custom of giving information
regarding the conditions at Bellbrook and
further up the river has been discontinued.
The discovery of this fact to-day occasioned
great indignation. The president of the
Chamber of Commerce wired Dr. Page pro-
testing and asking to do his best to have the
reports made available regarding the condi-
tions at Bellbrook, George's Creek, and Armi-
dale. The absence of this information to
people on the lower river is a serious menace,
as with such rain as is now falling, floods are
feared


BATHURST, Monday

Owing to the cutting out of the country
weather reports no registrations of falls in
the centres other than Bathurst have been
received at the local telegraph office, caus-
ing considerable indignation, and widespread
complaints at the action of the Federal autho-
rities. The weather reports from the western
and other centres are eagerly looked for
here by pastoralists who have interests in
those distant localities.


MINISTER'S CONCESSION.

As a result of the representations made by
the leader of the Country party (Dr. Earle
Page), to the Minister for Home Affairs (Sena-
tor Pearce), the department, it is stated, has
instructed Bellbrook, on the Upper Macleay, to
send out weather reports to Gladstone, the
centre of the lower Macleay flats, and also to
issue from the Kempsey office hourly bulletins
recording the conditions at Armidale, George's
Creek, and Bellbrook.

Arrangements have also been made for the
temporary resumption of the transmission of
rainfall records from all coastal and highland
stations for the purpose of advising residents
of the areas that might by affected by floods.

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April 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Fatalities and accidents.

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Wednesday 25 December 1901, The Sydney Morning Herald

HILLGROVE, Tuesday.

The coroner, Mr. Morgan, held an inquest yester-
day at George's Creek on the body of Annie Lee,  
who died suddenly. A verdict that death was due    
to natural causes was returned.  

John Lane, fitter, employed at Baker's Creek, dis-  
appeared yesterday morning. His coat and hat were
found alongside the Garibaldi dam. The police
dragged for the body, which was recovered about
noon to-day. His throat was cut.

The inquest on the body of John Lane, who was  
found drowned in Garibaldi Dam, was held to-day
at the courthouse. The deceased had been employed    
as a fitter at the Baker's Creek Gold Mine. A ver-  
dict of suicide was returned. A proviso was added
that the act was committed whilst deceased was      
temporarily insane. The coroner objected to the
provision.

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March 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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Swept Down Flooded Creek

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Friday 19 February 1937, The Sydney Morning Herald

GRAZIER DROWNED

KEMPSEY, Thursday.

Mr. George B. Waller, of Wallarobba, well-
known stock-breeder and noted Shorthorn
cattle judge at many show rings on the north
coast, was drowned yesterday in the Macleay
River, at Kunderang.    

With his son, Lewis, Mr. Waller visited a
station property.

Creeks in the vicinity are swollen because
of recent rains. On the return trip, Waller
and his son were attempting to cross the
mouth of Kunderang Creek, when Waller's  
horse lost its footing and threw its rider into
the stream. He disappeared beneath the
water in view of his son, who was unable to
render any assistance.

Lewis Waller, aided by two men on the op-
posite bank, made a search, but no trace of the
body could be found. News of the tragedy
was sent to George's Creek settlement, and a
number of men are now making a search.

Mr. Waller was in charge of Moona Plains
Station while Mr. and Mrs. M. Crawford were
on holidays. He judged the cattle at the
Guyra show last week.

Mr. Waller was a member of both the gen-
eral council and the cattle council of the
Graziers' Association. In 1925 he unsuc-
cessfully contested In the National party in-
terests the Federal seat of Newcastle. In 1934,
at the by-election for the Gloucester seat in
the Legislative Assembly, caused by the death
of Mr. Walter Bennett, he was a United
Country party candidate.

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March 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm