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The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Tuesday 23 August 1870


(From the Armidale Papers. Aug 20.)

A fatal accident happened to an elderly married woman, named Rebecca Woods, on Friday evening last week. She and her husband were returning from Armidale to Gara station, on which Woods is a shepherd. They were on the road after dark, and in going along a rocky sideling the upper wheel of their dray was raised so high by coming on a rock that the dray turned over. The side of the vehicle fell upon the chest of the unfortunate woman, in whom life, it appeared, remained sufficiently long to enable her to tell her husband that she felt she was dying. Before she was removed from under the dray, which was done by Mr. Thomas Watt and others who were attracted by the cooeying of the old man, she was dead. Woods was fortunate to escape with only a few very severe bruises, and attended his wife’s funeral on Sunday. On Saturday the coroner held an inquest on the body of deceased, when a verdict of accidental death was returned. – In going out to Gara, while crossing a creek, the shafts of Mr. Markham’s buggy separated from the body. The horse went on, leaving Mr. Markham and the buggy surrounded by water. His position, however, not being very perilous, he escaped from it with no greater damage than wetted boots. On the following day, he and Mrs. Markham were both thrown out of the buggy, owing to a bolt coming out, but fortunately a few bruises were the only bad results.

On Thursday we received an intimation that, on the recommendation of Inspector Brown, Sen. Constable Walker, of Glen Innes, bad been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, for his gallant conduct with reference to Thunderbolt.

[The Telegraph says the promotion is to the rank of senior-sergeant]

GLEN INNES. – On Friday and Saturday last the district was visited by some of the heaviest rain known, even during these late months of wet weather. Thunder, lightning, and a high wind came in company with it. It began on Friday early, and lasted without ceasing until Saturday morning. The plains were a sheet of water, the creeks and rivers being higher than known for the last five years – in fact, there was a regular sea. The mailman to Grafton had to return to Glen Innes from the Beardy Plains, they being literally covered with water. Fortunately no damage or loss of life is reported. On Saturday, at ten a.m, I was told the river at Beardy was going down as fast as it had risen – so quickly that the Armidale mail coach came in about half-past four, having had, however, a narrow escape in crossing the Beardy at Stonehenge. Had it not been for the coolness and management of Mr. Leary, the driver, some accident must have happened. Mr. Patter left in the evening, and succeeded, also under great difficulties, in crossing at Yarrowford, on his way to Dundee and Tenterfield – The weather is now fine and frosty. There was a heavy storm on Sunday afternoon, after which it cleared up. – 15th August, 1870. Correspondent.

INVERELL. – On Friday last, at noon, it commenced raining heavily, and towards eight o’clock the River Macintyre was heard to murmur, which, increasing to a turbulent roar, soon became alarming. At two o’clock the water had attained its highest level, being within three feet of overflowing. Fencing alongside the river has in some instances disappeared. We have been informed that serious damage was sustained by the rising of the creek at Newstead, which partly destroyed the washpool, carrying away some of the sheep-washing apparatus. Aug. 15, 1870. – Correspondent.

DUNDEE. – We had a flood here in the River Severn (I believe that is the name of it) on last Friday night. The water rose ten feet, equal to the flood in 1863 – and it has done considerable damage. At Mr. Chappell’s wool scouring establishment, a large boiler was carried away, and has not been found as yet, and at Ranger’s Valley the dam on the river was swept away, while, amongst a great multitude of articles.carried off, were six casks of sheep’s tallow (1½ ton), some of which can be found. If we don’t get a bridge across this river, which is getting deeper every flood, we may expect to hear of the mail coach, horses, &c., being carried off some of those fine days – Correspondent. To the great regret of the residents generally here, the Rev. M. Keogan left Armidale for Grafton on Tuesday. As a number of his friends insisted upon his receiving from them some substantial token of their esteem, they presented him with an elegant gold watch and chain, the watch bearing a suitable inscription.

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War precautions prices

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Thursday 29 August 1918, The Sydney Morning Herald

MELBOURNE, Wednesday.

The following have been proclaimed areas
in New South Wales for the purpose of the
War Precautions Prices Regulations:—Beau-
fort, Reddestone, Clairville, Baldnob, Dundee,
Wellingrove, Matheson, Pinkett, Mount Mit-
chell, Kingsgate, Red Range, Shannonvale,
Karraford, Fladbury, Ben Lomond. The areas.
comprise all places within five miles of the
post-offices of the above townships.

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Death in swollen river

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Tuesday 10 March 1857, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser


(From the Armidale Express, Feb. 28.)

Another instance of the fatal result too often following rash attempts to cross swollen rivers has taken place in this locality. On Monday last Thomas Milroy, a servant of Mr. King, of Tenterfield, brought some sugar to Bolivia, in a horse dray, and at the same time stated that the river at the crossing-place (about eight miles off) was high. As it was then raining, with every appearance of a wet night, Mr. Irby told him that he would find it impossible to get across the river next day. However, on the morning following his arrival, Mr. Irby, while at breakfast, observing a black boy running Milroy’s horse into the yard called the boy, and requested him to tell Milroy that it would be madness to attempt crossing. Nevertheless, Milroy persisted in starting, and be did so, accompanied by a young man named Schofield, who had come from Deepwater on the previous evening. The next day (Wednesday) three travellers left this on foot for Tenterfield. On dred (sic) yards below the crossing place, from whence they appeared to have been washed by the current. Some dogs belonging to Milroy and Schofield were on this side of the stream ; one of them, on perceiving the travellers, ran howling down the bank of the river for about half a mile. The men followed, but as they could see no signs of a body, they camped near the river that night, and returned to Bolivia on Thursday morning, to report what they had seen. Mr. Irby immediately went out with a party, but on reaching the river the latter was rising, while the rain continued. It was therefore utterly useless attempting a search. They again went out this morning, and found the body of poor Schofield, rather more than a mile from the crossing place, hanging across an oak-tree. Every bone in it had been broken by its passage down the fearfully rough and jagged bed of the creek. The party found the blankets of deceased at a short distance from the body ; and being duly provided with prayer book and spade, gave poor Schofield’s mutilated remains a Christian burial. They searched for the body of Milroy, but could not find it; however, they picked up his blue shirt, which had the appearance of having been torn in rags from him by the force of the current. Mr. Irby and party will again resume their search to-morrow, in the hope that they may have the melancholy satisfaction of completing their charitable intention of committing the poor fellows, remains decently to the earth, instead of their being left to be desecrated by native dogs, or birds of prey. Schofield had only been in the colony twelve months, and had just left Mr. Windeyer’s service. He was a native of Boston, Lincolnshire. Of Milroy, I only know that be had been in Mr. King’s service, about twelve months.

Bolivia, Feb. 21, 1857.

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