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Kempsey area flood

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Monday 29 August 1949, The Sydney Morning Herald


Ray Borger, telephonist at Kempsey Post Office, stayed at his switchboard for 36 hours in three feet of water during the flood.

He was relieved at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, after the water had receded.

Girls who took over stood ankle deep in mud, while volunteer workers cleaned out the exchange.

Geoff McKay, telegraph supervisor, stood to his task and did not leave duty until 10 o’clock yesterday morning.

He came on duty again at 2 p.m.

The Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Mr. S. F. Kellock, said in Sydney last night that only 100 of the 600 lines connected with Kempsey telephone exchange were working.

Among the 100 lines operating were those of several doctors, the police station, the hospital, and the ambulance.

Mr. Kellock said he had received information that there was no lighting in the town and the service was not expected to be restored for a week.

The department, he said, had lines operating between Kempsey and Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Taree, Kempsey and Grafton, Kempsey and Lismore, Kempsey and Port Macquarie, and two lines with Sydney.

South of Kempsey communications were cut off with Fredericktown, Smithtown, Summer Island, Pelican Island, Jerseyville, South West Rocks, Gladstone, Kinchela, Hathead, Clydewolla, Bellinboppina.

Mr. Kellock said that five lines were working with Brisbane, excluding one between Melbourne and Brisbane. One line was operating via Lismore and another via Moree.

Extensive damage had been caused to the telephone lines between Armidale and Glen Innes.

A number of places, including Dumaresq, Exmouth, Black Mountain, Guyra, Llangothlin, Ben Lomond, Glencoe, and Stonehenge were isolated.

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November 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Earth tremor at Guyra

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Wednesday 29 June 1938, The Sydney Morning Herald

Residents Flee From Homes.

The New England district was shaken by an earth tremor yesterday morning.

At Guyra the tremor was the most violent yet recorded, and many startled residents fled from their homes. Walls shook, windows rattled, and furniture was moved. The tremor began about 8.40. There was a loud rumbling noise, and the shocks continued for about three seconds. A well-known resident, Mr. Avers, reported that the car he was driving was moved some distance off its course by the shock. An electrical mechanic working on a pole at a height said the pole shook.

Other towns were not so severely affected. At Armidale windows and doors shook. Apparently no damage was done anywhere.


A very slight disturbance was recorded on the seismograph at Riverview College Observatory at 8.40 a.m. yesterday, but the record was so small that it was impossible to estimate the location of the tremor. The observer said that it must have been very slight and confined to a comparatively small area.

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October 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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Death of Mr. J. Brazier

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Monday 25 September 1933, The Sydney Morning Herald

GUYRA, Saturday.

Mr. John Brazier, 88, a well-known grazier, of Avonbrook, in the Aberfoyle district, has died. Born at Bedford, England, he came to Australia when he was 10 years of age. His family settled in the Armidale district, and John Brazier worked at Saumarez when that property belonged to the Thomas family. Later he managed Rockvale for the late Mr. Gill. Forty-five years ago he selected Avonbrook, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a prominent member of the Armidale Show Society. In the early days he was a keen advocate of developmental schemes. He is survived by Mrs. Brazier, seven sons, four daughters, 100 grandchildren, and more than 80 great-grandchildren.

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September 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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Coff’s Harbour: Railway and port

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Tuesday 3 April 1945, The Sydney Morning Herald

Coff’s Harbour Plan

Coff’s Harbour should be converted into a deep sea port and made the terminus of an east-west railway, according to Coff’s Harbour and District Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has issued a statement to show that the two projects are inseparable and essential to the proper development of the north of New South Wales. The complete rail and port scheme is estimated to cost £5 million.

The chamber speaks for what is potentially a complete economic unit comprising eight shires and including the coastal strip from Macksville to Woolgoolga, the Dorrigo, the tablelands, and the western slopes – 40,000 square miles, with a population of 77,000.

Last year the 1,600 square miles of coastal strip produced:-Butter, £479,808; bananas, £300,000; tomatoes, £100,000; beans and peas, £12,000. Since 1912 the unimproved capital value of Dorrigo Shire has doubled. In 1910 there were only 18 timber mills operating in the whole district. To-day there are, 109; yet the resources of the area have scarcely been tapped. Dorrigo plateau alone produces 25 million cubic feet of timber a year. Beyond Dorrigo a vast area is cut off from markets by prohibitive transport costs.


These forests, water power, mineral wealth, and the rich soil of Ebor and Guyra, remain undeveloped, while the great wool industry of New England needs direct rail communication and port storage facilities at Coff’s Harbour.

After a Parliamentary Works Committee had recommended that the best means of communication between the tablelands and the coast were a railway from Coff’s Harbour through Dorrigo to Guyra a bill was passed to authorise work on that project in 1929.

The Chamber of Commerce maintains that this project could be continued as a post-war work.

Dealing with claims of Coff’s Harbour to recognition as a deep-sea port, the chamber points out that when a plan for a port at Coff’s Harbour with a depth of 40ft of water, to cost £439,000, was prepared, the Under- secretary for Public Works, Mr. Hanna, said the smaller scheme proposed actually formed portion of the work necessary for a deep-sea port, although the smaller scheme was considered adequate for many years to come.

£900,000 SPENT

The total tonnage from Coff’s Harbour in 1939 was 64,781 tons. Nearly £900,000 has already been spent on the port.

The Chamber of Commerce advocates completion of the rail connection to Guyra, thence to Inverell and Ashford, with a 25 miles branch line to Billy’s Creek, as the first part of a scheme. The second part provides for a triple basin at Coff’s Harbour, the central basin being the present harbour, deepened to provide anchor age, and equipped with facilities to discharge and load very large vessels. Coastal vessels could be anchored in the northern basin while large ships would lie in the southern basin, which would also protect the central basin from southerlies. All three harbour entrances would lie 1,000ft wide.

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July 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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Motorist injured

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Wednesday 29 December 1926, The Sydney Morning Herald


GUYRA, Tuesday.

Mr. C. Niland, teacher at the Public school at Brockley, received serious injuries as the result of a motoring accident. His car struck the stump of a tree when he was endeavouring to pass another car, and was wrecked.

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June 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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Guyra – Dorrigo railway

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Saturday 2 January 1926, The Sydney Morning Herald


Commenting on the information that it is the intention of the Public Works Committee to take evidence on the Guyra-Dorrigo railway early in the new year, Mr. D. H. Drummond, M.L.A., contends that whilst this fact is satisfactory as far as it goes the action of the Government does not go in any sense far enough. “The promise of the Premier at election time was ‘that the connection of the north-west with the coast would be carried out,’ “said Mr. Drummond, “That being so, the people of the north should clearly understand that they are being well fooled by the mere reference of the Guyra-Dorrigo railway, which is only a connection of the tableland with the coast, and leaves the north-west well out in the cold. As the matter now stands, it means that the rival routes of Guyra-Inverell and Glen Innes-Inverell will not be referred to the committee till the end of the 1926 session, in which case the report of the committee will not be made available to Parliament till late in 1927. This means that the enabling bill-assuming the report of the committee is favourable-will be dealt with by the new Parliament to be elected in 1928-that is, of course, if the present Parliament runs its full term. It is just possible that Mr. Lang intends to refer the rest of the proposal during the short session in the new year, but the manner in which he has side-stepped my questions on the subject does not inspire much confidence.”

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June 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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Sudden death of a constable

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Tuesday 24 November 1903, The Sydney Morning Herald


Constable Joseph Nash, who was in charge of the local police station, was found dead in the barrack-room at noon to-day.

The police authorities in Sydney have received a telegram stating that Constable Nash had been found dead with a bullet wound in the head, the circumstances of the case pointing to suicide. An officer at Armidale has been sent to North Guyra to make full inquiries.

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June 8, 2010 at 6:03 am

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