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Governess wanted

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The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 – 1942), Thursday 6 March 1913

SITUATIONS VACANT.

WANTED Cath. Governess to teach two (2) pupils Latin, French, piano, and ordinary English subjects. References required. State salary. Joseph Fitzgerald, Kunderang East, Wollomombi.

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Double drowning at Wollomombi

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Friday 30 December 1904, The Sydney Morning Herald

HILLGROVE, Thursday.

Misses Nellie Gardiner, 18, and Fanny Kennedy, 12, were drowned whilst bathing this evening in the Wollomombi River. Mrs. Snape, wife of the landlord of the Wollomombi Hotel, attempted to rescue the drowning girls and almost lost her own life in the attempt.

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Hillgrove merges; new church; inquest

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Monday 6 August 1923, The Sydney Morning Herald

No objection has been made to the merging of Hillgrove Municipality into the Dumaresq Shire, and now the merger will be completed. During its life as one of the most famous old mining towns in New South Wales It is believed that about 20 tons of gold were taken from Hillgrove.

An anonymous friends has presented a new church to the parish of Kelly’s Plains, near Armidale. The old church is to be pulled down and the material used for a soldiers’ memorial hall.

Further inquiry into the death of Charles Patrick McCarthy, who was found shot dead at Marden Creek, was conducted at Wollomombi before the coroner (Mr. Purkiss). Witnesses said they had heard deceased threaten to take his life. The coroner returned a verdict that deceased died of a bullet wound self inflicted.

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Gas lighting, and fish stocks

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Tuesday 6 October 1885, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(Armidale Express, Oct. 2.)

It is slated that Armidale is likely to be lighted with gas about the end of next week. The water that had accumulated in the tank was being pumped out yesterday in order to allow of some work being done at the bottom of the holder. When this is completed the tank will be filled and the process of gas making can be commenced.

Some of the young trout have already been liberated in the Wollomombi river, and were carried most successfully, not one being lost. The Gara River will be stocked in several places, the Wollomumbi in two places, and a good number of young fish will be turned into the Apsley. There are also small lots to go into the Ollera, Boorolong, and Roumalla creeks, and a consignment has already been taken out for Aberfoyle.

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September 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Death of Mr. Donald Cameron

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Monday 28 May 1906, The Sydney Morning Herald

ARMIDALE. Saturday.

Mr. Donald Cameron, who was 70 years of age, and a very old resident of the New England district, died at his residence, Fassifern, this morning. While he was returning from church last Sunday the deceased gentleman fell from his horse owing to the bursting of a blood-vessel on the brain. He never regained consciousness. Mr. Cameron, who followed grazing, leaves a large property in the Chandler River district, where his wife and some members of the family reside.

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Hail damage at Wollomombi

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Thursday 16 December 1858, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

NEW ENGLAND.

(From the Armidale Express, Dec. 11.)

WOLLOMOMBI.

A violent hailstorm fell over this place on Saturday last, such as has not occurred in the memory of any of its oldest inhabitants, and several persons on the station at the time – some who had been for many years in the colony, and some natives – never recollect having seen anything of the kind. Even the blacks had never seen the like before. It lasted half an hour, and though the hailstones were not of any extraordinary size, yet, from their violence they cut up every thing within their influence. The creek rose to a height not exceeded in the great rains of 1857, and such a body of hailstones had collected that they came down the creek in a mass and it was strange to see the water flowing under the hail when it was collected by the turns and narrowings of the creek. The garden, which was in a very flourishing condition, is now a complete wreck, the soil in many parts being washed away to the clay bottom ; and on the banks of the creek a solid mass of hailstones upwards of 4 feet deep lay deposited and what renders it curious, notwithstanding the season of the year, it has not disappeared up to the present time, and is, in places out of the influence of the sun, lying to a depth of nearly three feet ! Strange to say, the hail and indeed the rain, seem to have been confined to the one spot for nothing of the kind was experienced half a mile from it.

You may rely on the truth of this statement.

Halls Cattle Station, Wollomombi, Nov. 22nd., 1858

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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