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From the Armidale papers (Sept 4, 1869)

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The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Thursday 9 September 1869


(From the Armidale papers, Sept. 4.) The weather at Armidale has been dry during the past week, with frosts every morning. The grass is springing, but it needs more rain From the imperfect manner in which many fruit trees are blossoming, a good crop of fruit is scarcely expected. — Express.

Shearing (according to the Telegraph) is to commence at Gyra (the station of Mr. Montague Marks) on October 1, and at Gostwyck shortly afterwards. Shearers were plentiful. — A growing desire on the part of squatters was recorded that a sheep-inspector should be appointed for New England.

John Muldoon, aged l8 months, son of Arthur Muldoon, a free selector at Baker’s Creek, was unfortunately burned to death on Thursday, during a brief absence of the mother. An inquest was held in Armidale yesterday, when a verdict of accidental death was returned. — Express.

Two Cornish well-sinkers have been very successful in procuring water in Armidale. — Telegraph.

Mr. Black, formerly Commissioner of Crown Lands, has been lecturing at Walcha, with a view to cause action in the matter of having a road opened between the Manning and Armidale, as an outlet for produce.

The Express publishes a telegram from the Colonial Secretary, received in Armidale on Wednesday, announcing that Lord Belmore will pass through New England on his way from Brisbane. A public meeting was to be held, to make arrangements for his Excellency’s reception.

INVERELL. — A man named Donald Ross, at the police court, Inverell, was fined £10, with the alternative of three months’ imprisonment, for illegally riding a horse.

A lad of fourteen, named James Leslie, was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month, for killing a young calf with a tomahawk. The boy, it appeared, was so ignorant that he could not repeat a prayer.

A barn belonging to a farmer named Phillip Wells was burned to the ground on the 28th August, and three or four hundred bushels of corn were destroyed.

On the 30th an old shepherd, named Donald Duff, was found dead on the Byron run.

A small party were prospecting at Middle Creek for precious stones; they had found some stones which resembled rubies. — Cor. Express.

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