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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.

Written by macalba

April 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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