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Alleged Rich Gold Reef in the Uralla District

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Tuesday 23 July 1889, Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton)

GREAT excitement was occasioned in Uralla on Friday last in consequence of a report that an auriferous quartz reef, the stone from which was studded with gold, had been discovered in the Mihi Creek falls country, at a place known as Postman’s Point, about 30 miles from Uralla in an easterly direction. The alleged discovery turned out to be correct, the fortunate discoverers being two residents of Uralla, Messrs. G. McCrossin and Robson, who have been prospecting in the locality for some weeks past. The reef crops out from the surface for some distance, and small pieces of the stone, which is of a slaty character similar to that of Baker’s Creek and other Hillgrove reefs, have been tested; and the yield of gold is considered very good. When the news spread quite a rush set in to the locality (a portion of the eastern falls, the waters of which go to the Macleay River), and scores of residents of Uralla and the surrounding district, many of whom have pegged out near the prospectors’ claim, visited the spot as soon as the find was made known. The place where the reef is situated is on the borders of Cunderang and Enmore runs, in exceedingly rocky and broken country, the exact counterpart of that at Kookrabookra and Hillgrove ; and many of those who have visited the place are sanguine that, as the locality becomes thoroughly prospected, it will no doubt develop into a rich quartz-reefing centre. It certainly has a likely look at present, and it is to be hoped that the new find will turn out another Bonanza. The nearest route to Postman’s Point is by way of Uralla, Gostwyck, and Enmore, the track being good to the latter place ; from this to the new rush (about 12 miles) the road is rough and broken. The locality is a regular wilderness, and those going there must take rations and tents. It is situated in the Uralla mining district, and in consequence of the discovery the Mining Registrar (Mr. Garland) has during the past few days been literally besieged by applicants for miners’ rights and leases. A good many people are already camped at the place, the country being dotted in all directions with tents. Here it may be said that the locality has for years past been regarded as auriferous, alluvial gold having been worked at Boro Creek and other places in the falls country. It is stated that the reef discovered by Messrs. McCrossin and Robson has been traced for a considerable distance down the falls, and the prospectors and others believe they have a good thing in hand. The find was made by pure accident, whilst the prospectors were resting after a search among the rocky spurs.

The following applications for leases have been posted up at the Court House :- A. A. Dangar, 10 acres, county Sandon, parish Meregalah, on left bank of Postman’s Creek; J. D. McLennan and party, 15 acres; Rainey Mackay and party, 15 acres ; J. T. McCrossin and party, 15 acres; C. McL. Marsh and party, 15 acres ; J. Burraston and party, 15 acres ; John Rogerson and party, 10 acres ; G. H. Robson and party, 15 acres ; George McCrossin and party, 20 acres; T. Doyle and party, 15 acres.; J. Miller and party, 15 acres; Wm. Thorley and party, 15 acres; K. Finlayson and party, 15 acres (these applications adjoin). From this it can be seen that intending claim holders have taken time by the forelock, and are determined to be in the. swim. It has been somewhat difficult to get at the facts through the conflicting reports in circulation, but the above may be accepted as the main truths associated with the discovery. Whether it will merge into a New Eldorado, time alone will show ; but both Adelaide and Melbourne speculators who are now in quest of palatable things in the quartz-reefing line, and whose appetites have been tickled by the developments at Kookrabookra and Baker’s Creek, are said to be very anxious to take part in the boom at Postman’s Point; indeed, it is reported that a good round sum has already been offered for a block intersecting the supposed golden stone. It is intended by the prospectors to thoroughly test their ground at once.

-Walcha Times.

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Prospector’s claim

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Monday 28 January 1935, The Sydney Morning Herald

URALLA, Sunday.

Mr. Jack Thompson, a prospector, who formerly worked on the Melrose field (a “rush” that took place nearly 50 years ago) asserts that he has again found the reef, and that it averages 15dwt of gold to the ton. The reef is in the gorge country, 900ft down. He has applied to the Mines Department for assistance in installing a treatment plant.

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Sir Henry Parkes in Armidale

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Tuesday 11 March 1890, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

The Prime Minister in New England.

(Herald of yesterday.)

Sir Henry Parkes, who left Sydney on Friday night for Armidale, arrived there on Saturday morning, after an agreeable trip. He met with a splendid reception, and was likewise warmly welcomed at Tamworth en route. The meeting in the evening was the largest, most orderly, and enthusiastic ever held in the Armidale Town Hall, and Sir Henry’s speech, which occupied nearly two hours in delivering, was listened to in the most attentive manner, there being only one instance of an interjection. A vote of thanks, accompanied by cheers, terminated the meeting, which was attended by a largo number of protectionists. Mr. Inglis, M.L.A., who is in the district, finds the country in places almost impassable owing to the heavy rains. Coming from Melrose on Saturday to meet Sir Henry Parkes, he experienced great difficulty in crossing Grocer’s Creek, the flood waters being over the seat of the buggy, and the driver and Mr. Inglis had a narrow escape. His intention of meeting Sir Henry at Uralla was frustrated, and it was not until late in the afternoon of Saturday that he reached Armidale. The condition of the country is simply indescribable. The roads are boggy, and the stock is beginning to suffer very much from the wet weather, which is also retarding mining operations, many of the mines being swamped. Sir Henry visits Hillgrove today, and will deliver an address in the evening. He leaves Armidale for Sydney on Tuesday a little before noon.

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News from Armidale

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Thursday 30 January 1890, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

PROTECTIONIST GATHERING.-The visit of Messrs. Barton, Lyne, and Traill last week gave the protectionists another opportunity of furthering their cause in this electorate, and the public meeting was largely attended by all classes of the community. The speeches were attentively listened to, and the party consider they have had their cause strengthened by the visit of those hon. gentlemen, and there can be no doubt about the determined attempt that will be made at the next election to return two protectionists for this electorate.

FREETRADE MEETING. – Another attempt is being made to bring the freetraders together, and a successful meeting was held on Saturday night, when a branch association was formed.

THE APPROACHING SHOW.-The show, which is to be held on the 26th, 27th, and 28th February, gives promise of being a success. The season is a good one, and as the Society continues to make improvements on the ground for the accommodation of exhibitors, a large entry is anticipated. Entries close on the 12th February, but late entries will be received up to the Monday previous to the opening of the exhibition at an extra charge of 10 per cent for entering.

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT.-I regret to record a fatal accident, which befel Mr. Hugh Mackay, an old resident of the district. He was working a mine at Melrose, when a fall of earth occurred, seriously injuring the unfortunate fellow. He was brought into Armidale, and taken to the hospital, where he received every attention, but succumbed to the injuries on Friday night. The funeral, on Saturday, was largely attended. Deceased leaves a wife and large family, in not very good circumstances.

THE CROPS, &c.-Threshing is being proceeded with in the vicinity of Armidale, and although some of the crops are giving fairly good yields, in most cases the wheat is pinched through the rust. Hay is selling cheaply, viz., from 30s to 50s per ton. The late heavy rains destroyed a considerable amount of wheat up Guyra and Ben Lomond way, and also damaged the potato crop. Grass is plentiful, and stock are in good request.

RIFLE SHOOTING.-A match was fired on Saturday, between the Armidale and Uralla Rifle Reserve Companies, resulting in a win for Uralla by 27 points.

ANNIVERSARY DAY.-The town is quiet to-day. Some picnic parties have gone to the country, and athletic sports are being held on the show ground. The weather is everything that could be desired.

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