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Mountain resorts of New South Wales

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Monday 13 January 1890, The Sydney Morning Herald

Those desirous of escaping for a brief period from the heat and dust of the metropolis or the inland country districts during the summer months to the cool, salubrious climate of the mountains, will find ample facilities provided by the Railway Commissioners for so doing. On the Southern line tickets are issued at excursion rates from all stations to those between Mittagong and Goulburn, the former place being 2069ft. above sea level, and the latter about the same, the atmosphere being generally clear and invigorating. The mountains in the vicinity of Mittagong afford numerous pleasant walks, and are much frequented by excursionists during the summer months. Bowral is surrounded by very picturesque scenery, and, being well provided with hotel and lodging accommodation, is a favourite place of resort, especially by invalids in search of health. Moss Vale, which is 2205ft. above sea level, excited the admiration of Mr. J. A. Froude, who compared it to the famous Victorian sanatorium Mount Macedon, only that, instead of being in the midst of dense forests, it is surrounded by rolling grassy uplands, thickly sprinkled with trees, cattle farms, sheep &c., and long ago taken up and appropriated. “To those who are fond of riding,” says Mr. Froude, “the situation of Moss Vale is perfect as the green grass stretches out into infinity.” The climate is delightful to the visitor from Sydney or Albury it is like passing from the tropics into the temperate zone. The celebrated Fitzroy Falls are in the vicinity, while the rugged ravine in which the Berrima coal mines are situated can be reached by a walk of about seven miles. Several pleasant excursions may also be made from Goulbourn, one of the healthiest cities in Australia, the principal being that to the Wombeyan Caves, to which a new road is being made from Bowral.

At Bulli and Wollongong, on the South Coast line, visitors will find abundant opportunities for reaching the more elevated portions of the Illawarra Range, including the Bulli Pass with its magnificent panoramic views and enjoying the cooling ocean breezes sweeping over the lovely valley below.

On the Northern line several of the more distant townships are delightfully situated, especially after ascending the Moonbi Ranges, on the further side of which is Walcha-road, 320 miles from Sydney and 12 from the township, where the surrounding scenery resembles in many respects that of tho Blue Mountains. It is 3346ft. above sea level, and looking southward, the peaks of the Liverpool Range are seen, while, rising like many islands, are the heads of mountain chains extending as far as the eye can reach. About 16 miles south-east of Walcha are the magnificent Apsley Falls, one of the real beauty spots of New South Wales and destined to become one of the great attractions to visitors from other countries. The immense ravine in which they are situated is one of the grandest and most awe-inspiring in Australia, the sides of the gorge rising almost perpendicularly to the height or about 3000ft., causing it to resemble one of the great American canyons. The main falls are 240ft. deep, the others varying from 100ft., the volume of water pouring over the rocky lodges being enormously great. Armidale, 3313ft. above sea level, is often visited by those desirous of a trip to Dangar’s Falls, about 12 miles from the city. The principal fall is 780ft. deep, the depth of the whole series being estimated at 1500ft. The Woollomombi Falls, about 29 miles from Armidale, are on an equally grand scale, the scenery in both places partaking largely of the sublime. The line continues ascending until the highest and coolest point, Ben Lomond, 4560ft. above sea-level, is reached, after which it gradually descends towards the Queensland border. The greater portion of this elevated region, although familiar to the prospector, the pastoralist, and the agriculturist, is virgin land to the tourist, who will find many beautiful places and romantic localities which have yet to be described by pen or pencil.

Of the Blue Mountain resorts on the Western line there is little that is fresh to be said, but in the principal townships there has been a considerable increase of hotel and lodging accommodation, with improved facilities for visiting the more distant points of interest, there now being a good coach-road from Katoomba and Mount Victoria to the Jenolan Caves. The Railway Commissioners have arranged the train service so as to meet, as far as possible, the requirements of visitors, especially those whose time is limited, so that the various sights can be reached either in the course of a prolonged trip or during a series of short excursions, as may be found most convenient. The coach journey to the Jenolan Caves is very pleasant, and now that the caves are illuminated by electricity, their marvellous beauty becomes more clearly revealed. At Wellington, 995ft. above sea level, the famous caves, similarly named, are much frequented during the summer months, and possess many points of interest.


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June 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Alleged share hawking

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Monday 24 January 1938, The Sydney Morning Herald

Charge Against Manager.


The case of alleged share hawking against Arnold Lovell, 46, manager entered upon the third day of hearing at the Armidale Police Court on Saturday morning before Mr G. J. Johnstone, P.M. It was announced that one witness was flood-bound at his home at Wollomombi and would not be able to attend the Court until Monday.

John Macansh Hudson, grazier of Bannweera Station, near Uralla, said that he had been interviewed at Balala woolshed, near Uralla, by Lovell who had stated that Hamiltons (Australasia), Ltd. were amalgamating with Trade Credits (Australasia), Ltd. and in order to dispose of the Hamilton shares (as witness wished) it would be necessary to transfer the Hamilton shares to Trade Credits.

To Mr. Spender, K.C. (for the defence) witness said that he had asked Lovell to sell the Hamilton shares on his behalf. A transfer was the best that he could do to carry out witness’s instructions. No money was to pass. The witness said that Lovell had negotiated a loan of £600 for him on Hamilton shares.

Clara Isabella Cameron, widow, of Fassifern near Wollomombi, said that in July or August 1937, Lovell had told her that Hamiltons were being absorbed by Trade Credits and she would not get her dividends from Hamiltons unless she transferred to Trade Credits.

To Mr. Spender she said that she had received her dividends after the transfer of the shares.

The hearing was adjourned until to-morrow.

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The late Mr. A. A. Cameron

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Monday 21 November 1927, The Sydney Morning Herald

Probate has been granted of the will of the late Mr. Angus Alexander Cameron, grazier, of Fassifern, near Wollomombi, who died on June 2 last, leaving an estate of the net value of £20,881. The testator, who was 53 years of age, appointed his brother, John Cameron, of Hillgrove, and John Lorimer Gibson Johnstone, of Armidale, his executors and trustees. He left a legacy of £2000 to his sister, Christina Margaret Cameron, an annuity of £160 to his mother, Christina Cameron, and the residue of the estate to his widow.

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Beef Cattle Urged As Sideline

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Friday 10 April 1953, The Sydney Morning Herald

Beef production could be increased very perceptibly if wheatgrowers, and wool growers in a small way, ran a few head of beef cattle, said Mr. P. A. Wright, of Wollamumbi, near Armidale, yesterday.

Mr. Wright is a former president of the Graziers’ Association of N.S.W.

He said that wheatgrowers and some sheep men had been inclined to resist the suggestion, because they believed they would have to fatten the cattle.


But the real problem was what to do with the cattle between weaning time and fattening time.

The breeder did not want them at that stage, and the fattener in the south did not want young cattle.

What was required was a system by which wheatgrowers, and smaller woolgrowers, would take a few head of steers each, and run them for six months in the year.


This would fulfil three functions: (1) Breeders would be able to run more breeding stock; (2) more cattle would be brought to the fattening stage, and (3) the fattener would be provided with cattle at the age and stage he required them.

Mr. Wright said that to induce men not running cattle to participate in the scheme as a sideline to their principal interests, a way would have to be found to get young stock to them at a price which would show them a profit.


Mr. W. J. B. Murphy, principal beef cattle officer of the Department of Agriculture, said that the trade wanted a small carcass to dress out at 650lb, or a little more.

It was shown at the Sydney Royal Show that an 18-month steer would yield a carcass of that weight if fed properly.

Therefore it was not necessary for a middle man to handle the beast.

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Dr. Earle Page’s Herefords

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Wednesday 27 December 1933, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Dr. Earle Page, leader of the Federal
Country Party, has purchased from
Wallamumbi 150 Hereford herd heifers
for his heifer station on the Clarence
River. Dr. Page intends putting his
frontage country under dairy farms,
and considers Herefords the best breed
to run on his hill country.

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Mr. Duncan McRae

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Thursday 1 January 1931, The Sydney Morning Herald

Mr. Duncan McRae, a well-known grazier
of Inverinate, Armidale, whose death occurred
on December 23, was one of the first three
settlers in the Wollomombi district. He was
94 years of age. His wife predeceased him
four years ago, and he is survived by four sons
and three daughters.  The funeral in the
Kilcoy Cemetery, near Armidale, was largely

Mr J D McRae, a nephew, who was a pas-
toralist in the same district, died on December
21, and the funerals were held simultane-

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