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Support for a Bundarra to Kentucky railway line.

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The Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW), Wednesday 21 June 1911


(From our Correspondent.)

Farmers and Settlers’ Association. — A meeting of the Bundarra branch of the F. and S. Association was held to-day, at which it was decided to enter a protest against the amended claims of the Rural Workers’ Union, as being excessive, and also to protest against the repeal of the Conversion Act — a copy of each motion to be forwarded on to the respective authorities through the member for the district.

The chairman stated that he understood a Railway League was being formed in Bundarra to advocate that construction of a line of railway from Inverell to Kentucky, as part of the decentralisation scheme. The meeting expressed itself favorable to the idea, and a motion was carried to the effect that “this branch of the F. and S. Association pledges itself to support any public movement aiming at the construction of a railway through Bundarra.”

Railway League. — Immediately after the close of the Farmers and Settlers’ meeting, a public meeting was held to discuss the advisability of urging the construction of a railway from Inverell to Kentucky (on the Great Northern Line) via Bundarra. Mr. A. McGinty (the convener of the meeting) was appointed to the chair, and in his opening remarks said that for years he had advocated the construction of a railway to Bundarra, unfortunately without success. The recently published report of the Decentralisation Commission, however, went to show that a line through here had been suggested as part of the scheme, and he considered the time opportune for the people affected to make an effort 0n their own behalf. The export of wool, stock, and other products from this district was at the present time very considerable, while the splendid resources of the district fully warranted the recognition in the way claimed. Aided by the output from the neighboring tin and silver fields of Tingha and Howell, he contended, it would be one of the best paying lines in the State; while, on the other hand, the construction of a line from Inverell to Kentucky would provide a shorter and more direct route from the North-West to the proposed port at Salamander Bay than the Inverell-Guyra proposal, while the class of country passed through would be in every way superior. It was not difficult to realise the impetus that would be given to the district by being brought into direct touch with the world’s markets, which in itself would prove a strong incentive for the exploitation of other industries such as dairying, agriculture, etc., for which a large portion of the district is eminently adapted. To hope for success they must take prompt and decided action, and not be backward in asking for what they are justly entitled to. Mr. Donoghue then moved that a Bundarra Railway League be formed, and that the membership, to defray expenses, be fixed at 1/-. This was seconded by Mr. Parsons and carried. Mr. A. McGinty was appointed secretary of the League, and was instructed to collect all possible information of the nature required, which will subsequently be embodied in a petition to be presented to the proper authorities. It was also resolved to solicit the cooperation of Inverell, Uralla, and other centres interested, as well as every land holder along the proposed route, and to invite the assistance of the member for the district, Mr. G. R. W. McDonald, M.L.A. It was decided to hold regular monthly meetings of the League to transact ordinary routine business and report progress. The meeting then adjourned.

June 17.

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Tingha tin mining

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Tuesday 3 July 1906, The Sydney Morning Herald


INVERELL. Saturday.

At the half-yearly meeting of the Tingha Tin Dredging Company, held on Wednesday, the report stated that dredging operations showed a marked improvement during the half-year ending April 30. The half-year commenced with a debit balance of £624, and ended with a credit of £1263. Two 3d dividends, amounting to £1236, were paid. The profit for the half-year was £1876. The quantity of tin won was 47 tons 7cwt 1qr 23lb, valued at £4571.

Since the half-year closed an average of over 2 tons of tin per week had been obtained. The directors anticipate this output will be maintained, if not increased. In view of the good returns obtained the directors decided to put on a second dredging plant. As the company has much more ground than one plant can work out in a reasonable time, with tin at such a high price, it would be unwise to allow the ground to remain idle.

The Elsmere Tin Sluicing Company has just completed the erection of an extensive plant at Elsmere, the scene of the first tin discovery in Australia, and has had a satisfactory trial run. The plant includes a powerful pump, capable of lifting 100,000 gallons per hour to the top of Elsmere Hill, 265ft above the river. As the company paid handsomely with a somewhat primitive plant it is expected that the new machinery will mean larger profits.

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Incendiarism again

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Saturday 22 September 1934, The Canberra Times

Third Attempt on Tingha Shops


An attempt was made last night to set fire to a drapery and grocery store at Tingha.

Sergt. Waters saw a light in the premises, and making investigations, saw a bundle of clothing burning near other inflammable articles which were soaked in kerosene, whilst a quantity of kerosene was also poured over the floor.

The sergeant managed to extinguish the flames before much damage was done.

This is the third time that shops in the main street of Tingha have been set alight.

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More tin at Tingha

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Wednesday 4 February 1953, The Sydney Morning Herald

Rich Seam Of Tin Found Near Tingha

TINGHA, Tuesday. Two miners at Tingha, in northern N.S.W., have discovered a rich tin seam 12 inches wide. It is three miles from Tingha township.

The miners are Ned Johnson and Keith Barnes. Both are returned soldiers.

They have taken £1,000 worth of tin from the seam in the last three days.

They are hopeful that they will be able to take several thousands of pounds’ worth of tin from their mine before the seam peters out.

In the last few weeks rich discoveries of tin at Tingha have caused a mild rush to the area.

People from many parts of the State have arrived, anxious to start mining.

[Tingha is 422 miles from Sydney and 75 miles by rail from Uralla.]

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Mining company in liquidation

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Wednesday 7 September 1949, The Sydney Morning Herald


Shareholders of Tingha Alluvials Ltd. at a meeting yesterday agreed to the voluntary liquidation of the company.

Mr. J. Tomlinson was appointed liquidator.

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Fire at Tingha

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Wednesday 10 June 1908, The Sydney Morning Herald


TINGHA, Tuesday.

A destructive fire broke out in Ruby-street, Tingha, yesterday afternoon, between 1 and 2 o’clock. The whole of Tet Fong’s Arcade was burnt to the ground, in spite of the strenuous efforts of the neighbours, as also the hands from the various dredges.

The buildings’ were the property of Dr. Tet Fong, and were tenanted by Messrs. Pepper and Cutcher, of Inverell; a vacant shop, Miss Yaupang’s millinery establishment, George Yaupang’s hairdressing saloon, Tet Fong’s billiard saloon and private residence.

Much sympathy is felt for the sufferers, most of whom were away at the Oddfellows’ races, held on our local course.

Fortunately Wing Hing Loong and Co.’s store escaped.

The fire originated in Pepper and Cutcher’s store. The buildings were burnt to the ground. The buildings were insured for £500. Pepper and Cutcher’s stock of men’s mercery and boots had just beon replenished for the winter, and was partly insured. Miss Yaupang’s stock of millinery was damaged to the extent of £20; contents of George Yaupang’s hairdressing saloon, £30; Tet Fong’s medicines, furniture, etc., – £200; Mrs. Kay’s restaurant, £100. None of these were insured. Wing Hing Loong estimates the damage to stock by heat and breakages at £1000 or more. The side of the building nearest the fire was built of galvanised iron. The drapery was almost totally destroyed; in addition to which the front, had to be smashed in to effect an entrance.

So great was the heat that the plateglass windows in the shops opposite, a distance of 66ft, wore cracked, and one telegraph post was destroyed. Wing Hing Loong was partly insured.

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Accident to a Mail Coach.

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Monday 14 August 1905, The Sydney Morning Herald

NORTH GUYRA. Saturday.

Four horses attached to the Tingha mail-coach bolted going down Wandsworth Hill yesterday. After going some distance the leaders fell, and the coach was smashed. The driver, Mundy, escaped uninjured. One horse had his spine broken, and another a leg. broken. A third horse was badly injured. The mail was taken on in a buggy.

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