Historical Tumut Stories

Historical Tumut Stories

Tumut, NSW








1903 - The Federal Capital Site. (Seo illustrations on pages 20 and 21.)

A long stretch of dusty road, up one hill and down another, through overlasting gum tree and stringybark, now and again passing Little "cockatoo" homesteads with occasional glimpses of a river away to tho right. The horse lumbers on at a steady jog, the horses knowing to a foot how far it is up each hill, aud pulling doggedly till they got to the top, and then letting her run down the other side.

The air is bright, rarifled, intoxicating, for we are a few thousand feet above tho sea, and there is a dry, sweet scent from the gum trees. Here and there, in the grounds of the farm houses, one notices that the plants are all cold-country species-gooseberries and cherries making a considerable show. But there is nothing also about the road from Gundagai to Tumut that is much different from any other Australian road, until suddenly the coach tops a rise, and there, far away up a vast green flat there is a little white town nestled in under the shelter of a big range. Poplars, willows, maize fields, tobacco plantations, all make up a' green setting for this little white town, that contrasts oddly with the staring, glaring nakedness of the usual Australian township; and as the coach drives up to the town, through the hedges of raspberries and across a river, whose banks are smothered in green herbage, lt scorns as if one had left Australia altogether, and had arrived in some new country.


The climate of the town is variable. It can be hot enough in Tumut to suit the most thin blooded Queenslander, and it can be cold enough to nip a Nova Scotian; but, as a rule, the days are crisp and bright, with cool nights, and at tho worst a fairly coal night can always be got by Map Showing Situation of the Federal Capital Site. going a little way up the range. The main attractions of the town as a residence are the river and the hills.

The valley of the Tumut River is one of the richest pieces of land in Australia. It is about two miles broad near the town, and every foot of it is good lucerne land. Tobacco does well shorn, too, but the mainstay of tho town is the fact that it is a distributing centre for a lot of little settlements hidden away in the mountains. There is a little mining done, and occasionally a few fossickers that have struck a patch will come in and wake the town up a bit; but the great standby of Tumut is the money brought in by the "cocky," the small settler who has his 100 acres away up in the mountains, in some parts is rough that pack-horses are not unite extinct yet in the district. All land in the district is very good or very bad, and most of the settlers have a little bit of good river or creek flat, and make it out with pasturage on thc mountains.


Sturdy pioneers those mountaineers are, too. They drive into Tumut at the weekend in weird conveyances that have come down mountain sidings and across fathomless Bullies unharmed; while their horses, with the true swing and action of the mountain horse, pace up and down the streets. They are different from any other Australian settlers, the isolation, the cold climate, and the constant mountain climbing making them a wiry, hard featured lot, more are live and enterprising than the ordinary Australian. It ls said that for its size Tumut sent more men to tho war than any other part of the world.


Those who know Australia from end to end say that, apart from the attractions of Sydney or Melbourne, they would as soon live in Tumut as in any part of the continent that could be selected. The river is a great standby for rowing, mid trout should do well in its upper waters. A few miles up the mountain are the Yarrangobilly Caves. All round the town are the mountains, at present rapidly being populated by millions of trout; and down the river, are thousands of acres of splendid land, for farms or gardens; so that the legislator who makes his home in Tumut can find sport, sight-seeing, and recreation ready lo lils band, and, judging from tho old men, and the look of the children, there is no more healthy place in Australia.


There is only one real drawback, and that the distance from everywhere, The Labour members who live on their l'afllainentary pay will probably live Tumut is suitable a place for a capital ii3 could be hit upon. The barrister, who has to attend consultations, and the merchant, who has to conduct his business, will find it an awful strain, dragging up and down the miles of railway to the little mountain, town, It is said that a dνrect line from Tumut to Wagga will yet be made, and this would slow the trip for Melbourne folk a great deal; but the line to Yass, which is the most direct way to Sydney, is almost impossible, the country being very mountainous.

The principal drawback to life in Tumut will be the lack of theatres, amusements, the shopping, and the communication with the outside world, which goes to make life worth living to the busy man.


The Buddong Falls ck Team on the Road.

The Tumut Rivern Bridge on the Road from Tumut to Gundagai.

1890 - Tumut. April 26. THE WEATHER, - Rain. repeatedly threatens here,; but the clouds pass away without discharging their contents. This afternoon a storm seemed pending, but only a few drops fell. Ploughing is retarded for want of the much-needed moisture, the ground being all too hard. Town street crossings which have not yet been macadamised are ankle-deep in dust.

ROAD CONTRACTS.-Mr. E. Whitley, the contract for for clearing the road from the town to the new Jones's bridge across the Tumut River, has nearly completed his work. The road for a greater part of the distance was covered with stumps and trees. Those have been removed, and when the forming is finished, and one or two bad places which are sad boga in winter, repaired, another pleasant drivo will be afforded to Tumut residents, to Hay nothing of the advantages to the traflic on the Kiandra-road. Mr. G. Goodman, who has the contract for the formidable cutting at Talbingo Hill, was in town this week dispatching his plant and workmen to the scene of operations, and next week a large body of men will begin the cutting.

WATER SCITEΞTE.-At a meeting of the Municipal Council held on Tuesday evening last, Alderman Blakeney proposed that the works committee should bring up a report as to the best plan for a water scheme for the town of Tumut, and the probablo cost of same. The subject was warmly discussed, and the resolution was adopted. Mr. Travers Jones, member for the district, has promised to urge the Minister for Public Works to aid the council in this important matter, and we hope ero long to soe the scheme un accomplished fact.

POLITICAL.- Mr. Travers Jones, M.L.A., has been travelling about his electorate holding meetings in various places. This evening he gave an account of his stewardship to a large body of electors assembled in the Tumut Oddfellow's Hall. The Mayor occupied the chair. Mr. Jones, who was well received, and was surrounded on the platform by some of his chief supporters, spoke on political matters generally, and more particularly in reference to the good things he has managed to secure for his constituents. Mr. Jones believed in fedoration and intercolonial frcotrado, with protection against the outside world. But he pledges himself to support the Government in all useful legislation, and would be one to pass the Local Government Bill and Public Works Bill before meddling with the fiscal polioy of the country. The meeting closed with a vote of confidence accorded to Mr. Jones. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 3 May 1890).

Tumut.February 16. MUNICIPAL. - At the meeting of the Tumut Municipal Council on Tuesday, Alderman E. G. Brown was unanimously re-elected Mayor, Aldermen Blakeney and Weeden congratulated the Mayor on his re appointment to the chair. His Worship suitably acknowledged the compliment. A communication from the Department of Mines said that the council's application for a grant of £200 should ho entertained as soon as funds were available. The counoil elected the various committees for the year; after which Messrs. Tuohy and Hilton's tender as valuators at the sum of (Pounds 825) was accepted.

A NARROW ESCAPE.-:One of our principal carriers, Mr. J. J. Curll, had a narrow escape on Thursday last. He was bringing a load of sixty bags of corn from a farmer's place on the Tumut River, when in coming round a narrow siding his wagon capsized. Mr. Curll, being, on the off side of his team, was in great peril. But he escaped without injury. It was at first thought that one of his horses was killed. But, strange to say,the principal damage he sustained was the loss of a few bags of corn.

PROGRESS COMMITTEE.--At a well attended meeting of this body last night, it was resolved to forward to the Minister of Justice a petition signed by all the leading people of the town and district, requesting the reappointmont of a resident Police Magistrate, and suggesting that such an officer should also carry out the duties of C.P.S.

It was also agreed to ask tho Government to replace the present Tumut bridge, with a new and substantial strueture, in keeping with other local improvements. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Thursday 28 February 1889).

.1890 - ACCIDENT - [BY TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) TUMUT, TUESDAY. - A serious accident happened to the Adelong mail coach this evening. When coming down hill near the Killarney and Gilmore roads the near front wheel came off, and the coach capsized. Glynn, the driver, was severely injured about the face, and a passenger named Dixon dislocated his ankle. Both were taken into Tumut in a cart. Thomas Nestor, landlord of the Woolpack Hotel, received a compound fracture of the leg and other injuries. Mrs. Tutt and her infant escaped uninjured. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 1 January 1890).

1878 - TUMUT.November 26. -

PETITION.- For some time past the residents on the upper part of the river, at Blowering, and Yarrangobilly, have had good reason to complain of the want of a bridge over the Tumut river, on the main road to Kiandra, The traffic had to make a detour of some seven miles over Tumut Plains, which, during the late dry seasons, did not signify much; but during the late wet winter, and even quite lately, the road over the plains has been almost impassable, involving both a serious loss of time and no end of inconvenience, A petition to Government is in course of signature, praying that a sum of £500 be placed upon the estimates for the purpose of erecting a bridge at the old punt.

THE RECREATION GROUND.-The Police court case pending with reference to the right of ingress and egress to the recreation ground had to be postponed on Friday last to Friday next, owing to the sitting of the District Court.

THE WEATHER, CROPS, &O.-During a few days of the past I week we had oppressively hot weather, and close sultry nights, which on Sundny last gave way to a better state of things. Yesterday we bad a bl listerine dust storm, which lasted all day. Towards evening the sky became overcast, with all appearances of speedy rainfall, but at nightfall a sud- den change took place, and this morning was one of the coldest of the season, an Icy wind blowing up to noon. Hay making is now proceeding rapidly all over the districts. Grain crops are looking very well, except in low-lying localities, where a good deal is lying flat. The lambing season has been very favourable. Stocks coming to the summer quarters in the mountains fast. At the end of last week two mobs of 6000 each passed through town from Wagga for Argalong and Snubba station, the property of Messrs. A. Gilman and S. M. Swift. Shearing ls now going on, and reports from the various sheds are very Houriahing.

THE BUSHRANGERS. - Early this morning our Police received Information that armed men had been seen in the mountain recesses of Yarrangobilly, on the road to Kiandra, and in the course of the day Sergeant Hoellner received orders to go in pursuit in conjunction with reinforcements from Gundagai and Adelong. The latter came in late in the afternoon, and a start was made by the indefatigable sergeant in the evening. They are supposed to be the two strangers belonging to the Kelly gang. Sergeant Joelmer has already, in the old days, won his spurs against the bushrangers at Bombala, having been instrumental in capturing two desperadoes in that district in the days of Gilbert and Ben Hall. He is right through the man of the right sort, and it tells badly for the discrimination of his superiors that, after 23 years honourable service, he remains simple sergeant. As he is well acquainted with the mountainous defiles of the Snowy River there is every hope that messieurs the bush rangers will borun bard for their lives. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 30 November 1878).

1881 - TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 6, - "William Large, Esq., L.F.P. and S.Glass, to be additional vacoinator for the district of Tumut;

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. - The following notices appear in last night's Gazette :—

CANCELLED POLLING PLACES. — The appointment of Root Hog, Murdering Swamp, Woodstock, and Trunkey, as polling-places for the electoral district of West Macquarie, has been cancelled ; and the following places have been appointed polling-places for that electorate : Chamber's Creek, Cow's Flat, Fitzgerald's Valley, and the village of Mount Pleasant.

CANCELLED RESERVATION OF LAND. — Referring to Gazette notice, dated 7th November, 1871, reserves from conditional purchase on account of population of towns : It is notified for general information, the village of Cathcart not containing by the final census of 1871, as laid before Parliament, 100 inhabitants, the said reservation of land on account of population of Cathcart has been withdrawn from said notice, and is hereby cancelled.

1889 - TUMUT, Saturday

A man named Malcolm Gillios was found dead in an out building at the Commercial Hotel yesterday morning by the landlord. Deceased is as a dealer and drover, and resided in Junee. At the inquest a verdict was returned that death was due to natural Causes. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 15 May 1899).

Mrs. Signboard's Maid: Please, sir, in a novelette I have been reading it says "the table groaned beneath the good things." What does it mean? The Hoarder: Oh, in ancient boarding-houses the tables may have groaned, but nowadays the boarders do it. Ten girls in a composition class were told to write a telegram such as would be suitable to send home in case of a railway accident while travelling. One of the girls wrote:-"Dear papa. Mamma is killed, I am in the refreshment room." Phyllis: Yes, he was paying attentions to her quite a long time. Blanche: Perhaps he hadn't the courage to propose. Phyllis: Oh, I don't know. Perhaps he had the courage not to propose. - (Ref- Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 1 August 1903).

1870 Appointment of ENUMERATORS for the CENSUS.

Gentlemen appointed to be Enumerators under the provisions of the NSW Census Act for 1871. Full list given.

[Government Gazette, 8 December, 1870, p.2731.]

Tumut - Henry HILTON; - (Ref- http://www.dcstechnical.com.au/Rusheen/1.0_People.htm)

1880 - Tumut Certified Denominational Roman Catholic School - Mr Thomas CORCORAN, Teacher.

1897 - ACCIDENT - A lad named Dunn was playing with a loaded toy pistol in company with some others, in Tumut on Saturday, and when fired it burst, and the shot entering the boy's hand and lips. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 5 June 1897).

Tumut. - A THRIVING AND PICTURESQUE TOWN. - RICH AGRICULTURAL LANDS. - (See illustrations on this page and page 27.) There are few if any agricultural districts in New South Wales possessing greater capabilities than in the rich belt of country around the thriving township of Tumut, which needs only the advantages of railway communication to come into greater prominence as an agricultural centre.

At present the nearest railway station is Gundagai, twenty miles distant, although it was intended at one time to extend it to Adelong. However, the residents of Tumut do not quite despair of beholding the approach of the iron horse.

The township is prettily situated on the southern bank of the Tumut River, which has for one of its tributaries the Yarrangobilly, from the limestone cliffs, where the famous caves are situated. Several of the roads loading from the town Mr. John Weedon, Mayor of Tumut ship are bordered with leafy hedbes, whilst there and there are stately poplar trees, which impant somewhat English aspect to the place during certain seasons of the year, and afford a good subject for the artist's pencil.

An excellent view of the town and surrounding country is obtained from the summit of an eminence somewhat impoetically designated, Telegraph Hill. From here the leading building of the town stand out in bold relief.

All Saints; Church with its fine graceful spire is deserved prominent. This large edifice was erected some sixteen years ago, the spire being constructed a the cost of Mr. C. D. Bardwell, of Oberon Station near Adelong. The church also possesses a beautiful stained glass window representing the Cruciflxion, the gift of Mrs. Shelley, in memory of the late Mr. George Shelley, of Tumut Plains. The interior of the church has a neat appearance The incumbent being the Rev. Richard Lee.

The Roman Catholic Church is a fine massive stone structure, and stands upon an excellent site. Near to it is a convent and school, the latter being well attended.

There are also Presbyterian and Wesleyan Churches, together with a Salvation Army barracks.

The public school is a good substantial building, and has an enrolment of 230 children. The playground is a large one and has a very blue elm tree in the centre. The land upon which the school buildings and play ground are situated embraces an area of two acres, and Mr. James Ferguson, the master, is to be complimented on the excellant manner in which everything connected with the school is conducted.

The postal and telegraph office is a commodious structure, centrally situated in the main street, as is also the courthouse. A new lockup and lock-up keeper's residence adjoining are of neat and ornamental design.

The mechanics' institute has a good library, and is well patronised.

There are also lodges of the Freemasons, Sons of Temperance, Oddfellows, and Orange Societies. The Bank of New South Wales and Commercial Bank of Sydney early occupies a very prominent position in the main thoroughfare, and the buildings are of handsome design. The Australian Joint Stock Bank is also represented by a branch.

There are several good hotels in the town, among which Mrs. Fraser's Royal Hotel occupies a very prominent place by reason of its well merited reputation for good accommodation and excellent management.

Mr. Madigan's Oriental Hotel is a large building, erected on the site of the old Queen's Arms, the first hotel erected in Tumut, and dating from the year 1850. The hotel, which was erected by Mr. Madigan, easily accommodate a large number of guests, and is well fitted through out in every respect. The extensive and well arranged stables at the rear of the premises contain stalls and loose boxes for about thirty horses: The buildings and yards together occupy about one and a half acres of ground.

The Commercial is also a leading hotel, and commands a considerable amount of custom, being commodious and well arranged.

There are several large stores in the town, foremost amongst which may be mentioned those of Messrs. R. A. Newman and Sons, and Messrs. Mandelson and Company. The former establishment is of an extensive character, and contains a large and varied assortment of general merchandise, all the newest and most striking novelties being always stocked. Mr. Newman is an energetic and valued townsman, and is foremost in all matters that tend to the advancement of the district. The stores of Messrs. Mandelson and Company are complete with ample supplies of drapery, clothing, mercery, grocery, hardware, earthenware, and crockery and general produce, and a very large business is transacted. The firm, which originally commenced business in Gundagai, came to Tumut in 1857, where they have since maintained a leading position. They possess large bulk stores, and indent largely from the home markets.

Mr. John Weedon of the firm is the present Mayor of Tumut, and is deservedly popular with the towns people.

Mr. H. Walker also has a large store containing drapery, clothing, boots and shoes, grocery, crockery, &c. A very large trade is also done in a special department for baking and confectionery. Mr. Walker has heen in business here since 1887, the present buildings being specially erected for him.

The name of Ah Chee is known far and wide throughout the district, and his stores in which almost every marketable commodity is to be found commands an extensive trade.

The Tumut Brewery is a flourishing industry, and has a reputation of brewing an excellent beer.

Most of the townships in New South Wales possess a recreation reserve, but here at Tumut it is over 100 acres in extent, and is prettily situated on the river flats, and is much used for racing, cricket, football and other sports. There is a grandstand, jockey stand, with commlttee, ladles, luncheon, and other rooms, bars, horse sheds, carriage paddocks, &c.

In another portion of the reserve is a cricket pavilion. The annual races are held in March, a spring meeting taking place in addition, besides semi-annual pony and galloway races. The racing track is one mile five chains in length. The president is elected annually, the present holder of the office being Mr. Robert Dear. Mr. C. S. Berne is the energetic secretary.

The Agricultural Society's show ground covers an area of 0% acres, and is picturesquely placed near the recreation reserve, and, being planted with pines, willows, elms, and ether trees, presents a pleasing appearance. The ground is provided with a pavilion, cattle yards, pens for sheep, pigs, dogs, and poultry, and other necessary appurtenances. The annual show is held in February. Mr. R. A. Newman is president of the Agricultural Society, and Mr. Bland Clayton the esteemed secretary.

Around Tumut the scenery is exceedingly beautiful. The town is bounded by ranges of hills stretching away on either side, and, as the middle distance and foreground are broken by tile winding river, the picturesque banks of which are shaded by graceful willow trees, the scene is most attractive. The rich agricultural character of the district was discovered during the earlier days of settlement, and the luxuriance of the maize and tobacco crops grown on the river has become proverbial. The Tumut maize differs from that grown on the coast, in that it keeps sound, and free from weavil when stored. Good maize and tobacco lands always command high rentals, and when land of special richness has been sold the price obtained is considerable, the available area being limited.

One farmer, Mr. Wilkinson, owns 240 acres on the Tumut River. He paid £16 5s per acre for the land nine years ago, and since purchasing it he has leased it for seven years at an annual rental of 30s per acre. About 120 acres are planted with maize, and yields good average crops. Potatoes and hay are also grown. As much as 16 tons of potatoes have been obtained from a couple of acres, the soil being a rich black alluvial.

Mr. E. G. Bridle is a representative farmer of the district, and possesses fine properties. Rosevale, which consists of 250 acres, is well cultivated; wheat, maize, and oats are grown extensively. On the Avenix Estate, at Brungle, he has a further interest in 150 acres of cultivation and 1600 acres of grazing land, where sheep, cattle, αnd horses are run. Last season his wheat crop averaged fifteen bushels, and the maize fifty bushels per acre.

Dr. Mason has also a fine farm at Bombowlee. It has an area of 150 acres, and of this seven acres are orchard, planted principally with apples and cherry trees. Maize and tobacco have hitherto been largely cultivated. Some seven years ago a large area was leased to the Chinese for tobacco growing, on the halves system. Last year four acres of tobacco yielded 43cwt, or about llcwt per acre. Mr. French is the manager in charge.

Mr. F. D. O'Sullivan is the largest farmer on Gilmore Creek, and has a holding of 1250 acres. From ninety acres of wheat sown last year he received 1800 bushels, an average of twenty bushels to the acre, and from seventy acres planted in maize he had an average yield of forty bushels per acre. He grazes a large number of cattle and horses also on the farm. The largest area under wheat amongst the farmers in the district is from 100 to 120 acres, the average being about eighty.

The Gilmore Creek land is, as a rule, better adapted for wheat crops, but what land there is suitable for maize, is exceedingly fertile. One of the Gilmore Creek farmers secured the top average yield of maize, obtaining 120 bushels to the acre, a few seasons ago, and secured the Government prize.

As a rule, the Tumut farmers grow maize and wheat and raise a few cattle, the holdings varying from 200 to 700 acres. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 12 December 1896).

1889 - Tumut. - October 12. HOME RULE. -

The event of the week has been the visit of Mr. John Doasy, M.P., one of the Irish envoys. Mr. Doasy arrived here last Thursday. He was met on the road, and escorted into town, by a large number of persons in buggies and on horseback. Upon his reaching Madigan's Oriental Hotel he received a congratulatory address, whioh was read to him by Mr. M'Namara, secretary of the reception committee. Mr. Doasy, who spoke from the balcony of the hotel, was warmly received by a crowd of persons gathered in the street.

At night a public meeting was held in the Oddfellows Hall. It was attended by nearly 300 persons, who listened with marked attention and manifost signs of approval to an exhaustive specialy from Mr. Doasy on the subject of Home Rule for Ireland. Mr. William Bourke, of Blowering, ocoupied the chair. Messrs. L. Brennan, M. Arragan, C. S. Byrne, and J. Donaldson also addressed the meeting. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the lecturer; and subscriptions amounting to Ώ6110 were handed intoward the fund in aid of evicted Irish tenants.

The proceedings terminated with three cheers for the Queen. Mr. Doasy left yesterday en route for Queanbeyan,

A SPECIAL GRANT.-A telegram which reached Tumut, this week, from Mr. Travers Jones, the member for the district, caused immense satisfaction here. It said that a special vote of Ώ612,000 pounds had been passed for the Tumut to Kiandra road, and that tenders would be invited as soon as practicable for constructing the new route over Talbingo. When this is done, and the portion of the road between the town and the Punt Bridge is put in order, a very great boon will be conferred upon our inhabitants.

APPOINTMENT. - Our newly appointod C.P.S. arrived in town by coach on Thursday last, and began his official duties. His predecessor in office will leave Tumut for Inverell on Monday next.

DEMISE.-An old resident of the district passed away last week, in the person of Mrs. Peter Beattie, of Blowering, who died on Sunday last, at the age of 55 years. She was a native of the district, and a daughter of the late Mrs. Thomas M'Alister, the first white woman who come to Tumut.

COMING PLEASURES.-Groat preparations aro being made for the Mayor's ball, to come off on the 18th instant. It is expected to be a grand affair. This event is to be quickly followed by a flower show, a church picnic and concert, and the spring races.- (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 19 October 1889).

1899 - POLLING ARRANGEMENTS. - In a supplement to the " Government Gazette " published on Fruity his Excellency the Governor was pleased to approve of the appointment of the following places as polling places foi the several electoral districts set against their respective names, viz -Albury Electorate, Mullengandra , Annandale, St Aldan's Hall, Johnston street, Annandale , Ashburnham, Cookamidgera, The Barwon, Ballaree , Bathurst. Bathurst railway station, Bourke, Acton Hill, Gumbalie, Warraweena station, Old Brindingabba Cobar, Coronga Peak station, TV inbar station, Condobalin, the Anaconda copper mine, Deniliquin Goolgumbla Glen Innes, Fladbury, Greufell, Nag's Head , Hay, Toogimbie station, Illalawa station, Inverell, Bukkula, Cherry Tree Hill, The Lachlan, Conoble homestead, Corrong, Bunda, Yandembah Willandra station , Macquarie, Norway, Maitland (West), Allandale Monaro, Rosedale, Rock Flat, Moree, Yagobie Moruya, Tilba Tilba, The Murray, Barooga, Momalong, Willow Bank, Spring Plains, Nangunia, Argoon, The Murrumbidgee, Dovhn's Siding, North Yanco, Parramatta, Harris Park East Queanbeyan, Brindabella, Gudgenby, Majura, The Richmond, Mummulgum Tumut, Blowering, Wagga Wagga, Central Ganmain, Wentworth, Till lill, Ulen Dee, Wilcannia, Bunker Creek opal Field, Willoughby, Berowra, Yass, at or near Douglas Palk, Crookwell River, Young, Trungley The Governor-in-Couiicil has also been pleased to approve of the cancellation of the appointment of the under mentioned placea as polling places for the several electorates specified in connection therewith, viz -Annandale Electorite, Annandale Council chambers, Bourke, Goonery Station, The Murray, Summer Glen, The Richmond, Mulmulgun. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 6 June 1899).

TUMUT - TUMUT Golf- Club held their annual ball last Thursday evening. About 100 couples attended. Music was supplied by the Cootamundra Orchestra.

The annual meeting of Tumut Tourist and Progress League was held last week, Dr. Clouston presiding. The report stated that during the year camping ground had been secured and fenced at a cost of £17/2/6.

A working bee had been held at Brandy Mary's Flat and a number of elm trees donated by Mr E. W. Myers were planted, which will in a few years be much appreciated by picnic parties.

Folders numbering 1O,OOO had been published at a cost of £30 odd and distributed over the Commonwealth Representation were made to shire Council for the construction of tennis courts, which was granted, the tourist league guaranteeing £14 per year rent being 7 per cent, on the outlay; the shire council has also agreed to the request to form a bowling green; sign posts have been erected at various sections as a result of a request to the council.

An additional copy of the picture film of Tumut was obtained and circulated through the State, and many minor matters attended to. The year commenced with a credit of £11.18.9 and ended with a surplus of £li3/12/3; receipts were £72/19/6, and expenditure £71/6/3.

The follow ing officers were elected:— President, Dr. Clouston; vice-presidents, Mr. J. Wallace, Cfs. L. Cusack and J. Elphick hon. treasuer, Mr. S. Fleming; hon. seretarv. Mr. H. M. Potts: hon. PubLicity officer, Mr. H. Weeden; committee, Eev. F. W. Eettie, Cr. H. Godfrey, Messrs. E. M. Thompson, W. H. Crampton, H. H. Crouch, J. Perry, G. Gorrell L. D. Maitland. C. W. Williams. E. M. O'Regan, and M. E. Archer. A vote of thanks was accorded the hon. secretary (Mr. H. M. Potts) for his work during the past year and to the shire council for courtesy extended.

An organ and vocal recital was held in All Saints' Church. Mr. Walter Thorman of the Conservatory of Music, played organ solos, and vocal solos were rendered by Messrs Potts and Hamtley and All Saints' choir rendered several anthems

Tumut people have raised £90 to assist the Woodbridge family, who are in very poor circumstances, Mr. Woodbridge having been an inmate of the local hospital for some time past. The managers of the fund are applying to the Government for a small piece of land on which to erect a cottage for the family, an an offer to build a small homestead for £60 has been received, as well as another generous offer to partly furnish the cottage.

The Star Hotel has changed hands: The late proprietor of the Railway Hotel, Junee (Mr. C. P. Byrne), his wife and family are taking over.

Miss Dulcie Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis, of Capper Street had a minor operation performed prior to an operation for removal of the appendix, Drs. Browne and Clouston being the surgeons.

The committee of the 1st Tumut Boy Scouts Troop met at the intermediate high school. Mr. Berry occupied the chair. It was decided that the secretary (Miss M. Watson) write to the Eastern Riverina Boy Scouts Association to inquire as to what the necessary qualifications of a Cubmaster must be, the idea being to form a Wolf Cub Pack in Tumut. A social and euchre party are to be held shortly in order to finance the committee. The assistant scoutmaster's report was received and adopted. It was stated that as 1st Tumut Boy Scout Troop ia now an open troop any boy in the Tumut district who is 12 years of ago or over is eligible to be nominated to the troop.

Gundagai footballers visited Tumut, the latter team winning by 34 points to 9.

During June Tumut Hospital jrccoiv ed £1053/l'9/3i O£ this amount £705 was subsidy, £133 was the re sult of the hospital ball, £61/3/7 from the Friendly Societies' Association and £30.3 from air effort by Mrs. Eoe, of Adelong.

The hospital has been treating an average of 14 patients a month recently. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 25 July 1930).

TUMUT - THE Silver Jubilee social realised £24, plus the sale of Jubilee medals. A flag dauce was won by Mr. B. Robinson and Mrs. Casey.

Mr. R. C. Bowler's homestead and contents were destroyed by fire. The home was situated at Argalong. It is surmised that during the temporary absence from the kitchen, a piece of wood fell from the stove. and the room was soon in flames. Mr. and Mrs.Bowler, and their niece, Miss Orlander, managed to save a few articles out of the front rooms, before the fire obtained too great a footing. All valuables and personal treasures were destroyed.

Since the retirement of Scoutmaster John French, Scoutmaster .E. J. Farnville has taken over the Tumut Scouts. A portion of the Top Park has been made available for the erection of a Scout hall.

A cup is being offered for efficiency amongst second class scouts. The £1 donated by Mr. S. Crampton for the first Tumut player to score a try in the Maher Cup, was won by Jack Cruise.

A District Committee formed in connection with the King's Jubilee Shilling Fund decided to ask the Town Band to organise a Sunday night concert, and to ask Mr. Stathis if he would arrange for the screening of 'Royal Cavalcade' in connection with the appeal.

The associates 18-hole stroke com petition resulted: — Mrs. Holloway, 99 —22, 77; Mrs. M. Archer, 104—28, 76; Mrs. H. Smart, 105—23, 82; Mrs. T. Eurell, 112—30, 82. Mrs. T. Eurell was the winner of Mrs. Archer's tronhy.

Tennis Tournament: — Ladies' Doubles, Semi-finals: Mesdames Anderson and Eilcy d. Mesdames O'Leary and Troweek, 8/6; Miss Crouen and Mrs. Muir d. Mrs. Taylor and Miss Murphy, 8/3. Final: Miss Crouch and Mrs. Muir d. Mesdames Anderson and Eiley, 8/5. Men's Doubles, ?Semi- finals: AV. Green and F. Sylvester d. Purccll and Welch, 8/3; -Stacy and Stacy d. E. Sylvester and Whyte, 8/7. Final: Stacy and' Stacy d. F. Sylvester and Green, '8/4. Mixed Doubles, E. Sylvester and Mrs. Taylor d. T. Mr,,and Mrs. McBride, 8/4. Singles, Semi-finals: Mrs. O'Leary d: Mrs. Anderson 7/15;- Miss Jeffrey d. Mrs. Iveraeh, 6/3. Final: Miss Jeffrey d: Mrs. O'Leary, . 7/5. Men's Singles, Semi-finals: E. Sylvester d. G. Stacy, 6/2; - W.- Whyte d. L. Sacy, 6/3. Final: E. Sylvester d. AV. Whyte, 6/4. - - Tumut- Tennis Club held a social and euchre tournament. The Monte Carlo dance was won by Mrs- Taylor and Jepsen. Mrs. M' Mullen and Mr. Graham M'Donneli won at euchre.

The Tourist and Progress League decided, to ask the Gundagai Pastures Protection Board to invest the control of the reserve, between the Factory and the pumping station, in the shire council, so that people could be prevented from taking the soil, the result of which was that trees planted by the shire there were falling over through lack of support.

The C.W.A. treasurer reported that the financial position showed a credit of £104/13/4, It was decided that a motion be put on the agenda paper that Younger Set members be allowed to be members of the parent branch and Younger Set at tho same time. The annual birthday of the branch was discussed and it was arranged that an afternoon be held on June 20. The articles made from Maehramc tvino were judged, and the prize (donated by Mrs. J. Broughton) was won by Miss Griffin. At a tennis social Mrs. F. Fitzgerald, who is leaving the district, was presented with a sandwich set from members of the club.

Mr. Leo T. Day, son of the late Mr and Mrs. James Day, of Tumut, died at a private hospital in Paddington, from war disabilities. He was 49 years of age.

Junee Rugby League footballers visited Tumut to play for the Maher Cup. Tumut proved the victors, with 22 points to 3.

Brungle Junior Farmers' gardening competition was won by John Burns.

A show ball is to be held in July.

At the Police Court, Sergeant Stewart asked the P.M. to adjourn the court for a few minutes to allow a presentation to be made to Constable F. J. Fitzgerald, who was being transferred to Sydney. The P.M. (Mr. J. A. Balmain) made the presentation, a travelling rug, and spoke of tho constable's good qualities. A number of the constable's friends met to bid him farewell. He was presented with an easy chair as a mark of esteem by his friends.

Miss E. Carr won the 18-hole eclectic handicap for Mrs. H. D. Smart's trophy, with 32 net. The new club house at the golf links was opened by the president (Dr. Harbison). Mr. F. Belle, professional of the Cootamundra Golf Club, gave an exhibition of trick shots. A mixed foursomes was played, resulting: — E. J. Holloway and Mrs. Holloway, 57 — 1.5, 42; H. J. Byrne and Miss N. Lynch, 59 — 15, 44; D. Livingstone and Mrs. Livingstone, 9 — 15, 44; K. Kneebone and Miss Masters, 61 — 17, 44.

A euchee tournament was held at the residence of Mr and Mrs C. A Oddy, Bowler's Flat, in aid of the Spring Flat P and C Association. Three ran equal for the men's prize — Messrs. C. A. Oddy j J. Forsyth and W Cooma. . They handed back the prize. Mrs. C A. Oddy was the winner of the ladies' prize. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 June 1935).

DISTRICT NEWS TUMUT. (From. Our Own Correspondent.)

A farewell and presentation was tendered Miss Ada Bridle prior to her marriage to Mr. C. W. Oddy, of Albury, at the residence of Mr. Jack Oddy, Bowler's Flat. Mr. J. P. Sullivan, J.P., made the presentation (a silver cake basket and silver-mounted biscuit barrel) on behalf of her many friends. Miss Dora Sullivan returned thanks for the bride-elect for the gifts, which would always be looked upon by the recipient as amongst her most valued gifts.

At last. meeting of the local hospital committee, cNurse M. Harrison was appointed junior probationer as from Juno 1; Nurse D. Enright as probationer. Sister Whitlock recommenced her duties on June 8. It was decided to purchase an extra cow, also that a drain be cut and willows planted. Department of Public Health asked for reply to their letter on the subject o-f preventive inoculation of hospital nursing, staff against typhoid.

Gundagai footballers visited Tumut on Sunday, and succeeded in taking back with them the Watt Cup. They won the game by one point only, scores being: — Gundagai, 9; Tumut 8.

At the benefit dance for Mrs. Smith, In the Oddfellow's Hall, Mrs W. Clee (nee Ethel Kemp) suddenly collapsed and became unconscious. She was taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Kemp, in Merrivale street, where she died the next morning at 5 o'clock without regaining consciousness. She leaves a sorrowing husband and one grown up son. The funeral took place on Sunday, and was one of the longest seen in Tumut. Deceased was only 38 years of age, and very popular with all friends.

A meeting of the Tumut Parents and Citizens' Association was recently held in the Literary Institute. Dr. Clouston presided. Enthusiastic support was given the proposal to form a Junior Forestry League under the direction of Mr. W. de Beuzcville, chief forester. Mr. C. Teasdale was em powered to foster the movement at the school. . The Education Department wrote, stating that modern furniture of the dual desk type could not be installed at Tumut School until tho congestion at the furniture workshops had been relieved.

The Convent ball was held in O'Brien's Hall on Monday night last. There was a splendid attendance, and the hall was beautifully decorated in gold, mauve and purplo streamers. Music was supplied by Miss Bessie Carr's (Gundagai) orchestra, with extras by Misses E. and G. Howitt, of Tumut. A juvenile was held the following night, and equally well patronised.

A benefit dance and euchre party, organised by the Tumut Relief Committee for Mrs. Smith, held in the Oddfellow's Hall, was very successful. The gross takings amounted to £26, of which £20/7/ was sent to Mrs. Smith, the balance being expenses. The chocolate waltz was won by Miss Burg and Mr. N. Stuart. The euchre tournament was won by Mrs. J. Lee and Mr. E. Nuttall. The annual meeting of the Tumut Town Band was held in the Council Chambers on Friday, 11th June. The secretary read his report, and the treasurer presented the balance-sheet which showed the receipts to be: — Street collections, £66/19/2; business house collections, £109/3/6; engagements, £62/6/6; special efforts, £9/8/1; J. M. Herron, £2/1/6; bank interest, £1/7/7; donations, £1/15/; recital in park, £2/8/11; council subsidy (arrears included), £50; Christmas collections, £17/16/; continental, £33/15/; balance brought forward from 1925, £43/6/10; total, £430 8/1. Expenditure. Bandmastor's salary, £231; repairs to instruments, £6/6/10; music, £5/3/10; conveyance of band, £17/10/; advertising,; 6/; stationery' and stamps, etc. £3/6/11^; W. H. Paling and Co., £16/3/8; bank fee and cheque book, £1; medals, £1/7/6; rent bandroom from Wang Loon, £3/4/; installation; electric light in bandroom, £5/10/; insurance on . instruments, £5/5/2; refund to Friendly Society sports, commit too, £4/10/; refreshments for players, 10/; J. J. Learmont, balance on instruments, £31/2/2; special players engaged, £1/10/; continental freight chargo, £15; cartage, 14/7; sundries,-£2/6/7; credit ' balance in bank,-£78/10/9J; total, £430/8/1. The following were' elected members of the citizens committee:— Messrs. T.. Laird, C. Teasdalo, E. Senintler, E. Elphick, W. Emery and H. James; council representatives, Aid. J. Elphick (mayor), R. Masters and C. Burt; band representatives, Messrs. G Baker, H. Mount and R. H. Wilkinson. Office-bearers. — President, J. J. Learmont; vice-president, Mr. N. C. Adams; treasurer, Mr. H. Mount; secretary, Mr. R. H. Wilkinson; auditors, Messrs. O. C. Potts and H.Weedon. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 2 July 1926 Page 41).


A SOCIAL, was tendered to lady members of Gilmore Agricultural Bureau, and a presentation made to Miss F. Campbell. Visitors were present from Batlow and Tumut Plains branches. A presentation of a lady's toilet set was made to Miss F. Campbell, who is leaving the district, by Cr. T. O'Brien on behalf of fellow members, as a mark of esteem.

A social held in the Spring Flat hall returned £4 profit, to be devoted to the hall fund. The Monte Carlo dances were won by Miss Percival and partner, and Mrs. D. Jones and partner. The P. and C. Association subsidised school at Spring Flat held a euchre tournament at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Oddy, Bowler's Flat, in aid of their annual picnic. The winners were Miss J. Cookson, Miss R. Morris, Messrs. C. Davey and R. Harris.

A dance held at Lacmalac, organised by members of the hall committee, returned £9.

The Tumut Church of England Fellowship Dramatic Club staged 'What Happened to Jones.

There was a fair attendance, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The golf trophy winners during the season were: — A grade championship, F. Miller; B grade championship, W. Clout; president's trophy, D. Living stone; captain's trophy, W- Scotton; secretary's trophy, H. J. Byrne; Mr. H. Wecden's trophy, B. Robinson; Mr. H. Smart's trophy, E. Baker; King George IV trophy, J. Baker; Mr. F. L. Baker's' trophy, Dr. J. Mason; For syth cup, J. Peach.

All clubs were represented at a meeting of Tumut District Cricket Association. It was decided to run a competition in two divisions, four teams, Billiards-room A, Batlow A, Tumut Plains and Gilmore to form the A division, and Billiards-room B, Batlow B, Lacmalac, Wyangle-Gocup and the Ten-stoners (Tumut) the B division. The A division play for the Stabback cup, and the B division for the Baker cup. The C.W.A. has sent letters of condolence to Miss Bourke, Mrs. Barrows and Mrs. Allan Downing; also to Mrs. Broughton, secretary of Tumut branch, who has been ill in Sydney. At a Tourist and Progress League meeting the secretary for railways wrote, stating that the request for the erection, of a covered-in-way at Tumut railway station for unloading facilities could not be acceded to. It was decided to make representations to the Government Tourist Bureau so that Tumut would be recognised as a tourist centre. Mr. Staunton gave notice of motion that hr would move at next meeting 'that a publicity officer be appointed'.

The death has occurred of Mrs. Walsh sen of Bombowlee, widow of the late John Walsh, who predeceased her 35 years ago. She was 90 years of age. She leaves a family of four sons,

James (America),

John (Gundagai),

Patrick and Thomas (Tumut); and two daughters, Miss B. Walsh (Bombowlee).

At the annual Masonic installation of Lodge Tumut Unity the following were invested: — Wor. master, Wor. .Bro. Wilkinson; IP.IvL, Wor. Bro. W. F. AcGiuor; S.W,., Bro. II. V. Smith; J.W., Bro. R. Dunstan; chaplain, Wor. Bro! J. Malcomson; treasurer, Wor. Bro. J. Edgar; secretary, Bro. D. J. Sanipson S.D., Bro. G. Smith; J.D., Bro! H. H. Robinson; : director of ceremonies, Wor. Bro. T. Quarmby; I.G., Bro. W.D. Percival; tyler, Bro. C. Allatt. A banquet was held in O'Brien's Hall.

The results of the Tumut District Junior Farmers' competition are as follow: —

George Pearce (Tumut) .1,

John Burns (Brungle) 2,

Jeanne Callaway (Gilmore) 3,

Jock Claffey (Tumut Plains) 4. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 18 October 1935 Page 36).

CHIEFLY PERSONAL. Rev. Fathers O'Connell and Slattery have been paying a visit to the Tumut and Adelong parish during the past week.

A man named Williams from Grahamstown, was admitted to the Gundagai Hospital on Monday, suffering from an attack of pneumonia. Mr. R. Donaldson, member for Wynyard, has been laid up with pleurisy. It is Mr. Donaldson's intention to visit Tumut on October 2.

The inquest on the remains of the, late Mr. E. G. Broben, held in Mel bourne last week, was adjourned till Sept. 22nd, to allow of an analysis of the stomach.

The marriage of Miss Clarice Casson (formerly of Cootamundra) to Mr. John F. Massie was cele brated at the Congregational Church, Pitt-st, Sydney, 011 the 8th instant. At Bovvral last Tuesday Rev. Gordon Hirst, formerly C.E. ciirate at Gundasai, was married to Miss Edith Sheaffe, daughter of Mr. G. H. Sheaffe, until recently District Surveyor at Goulburn.

On last Sunday evening at St Paul's Church, Adelong, Mr. Val Wood song- the sole 'Nearer my God to Thee,' the rendition being much appreciated by the congregation. Rev Ross Edwards, Rector of All Saints, Tumut, occupied the pulpit.

Mr. Victor Lampe, son of Mr. Theodore Lampe, of 'Woodlands' Talbingo, while cutting a peice of linoleum had the misfortune to in flict an ugly gash in the fleshy part of the left hand through the knife he was using glancing off the piece of floorcloth. The wound was so extensive that he sought the aid of Dr. Mason who had to insert four stitches to close it.

The marriage of Miss Emma Mary Bridle, daughter of the late John Bridle, of Bowlers Flat, Tumut, and Mr. Charles Albert Oddy was solmnised at All Saints' Church, Tumut, on Wednesday afternoon by the Rev Ross-Edwards, Miss Ada Bridle (niece of the bride) was bridesmaid, and Mr. C. W, Oddy (nephew of the bridegroom) filled the role of best man.

A very representative gathering of townspeople of Adelong met at the residence of Mn H. C. Aiken last Friday evening to wish Mr. Val Wood (brother-in-law of Dr. Bond) farewell. About 15 prominent residents were present. Mr Wood has spent six months in Adelong and during his stay has made many warm friendships and numerous acquaintances. Mr. Aiken occupied the chair and presented Mr. Wood with a dressing case, on behalf of his wellwishes and as a token of his sojourn here. Several others supported Mr. Aiken's remarks eulogising Mr. Wood, and the recipient's health was drunk to. Mr, Wood suitably returned thanks.

A serions accident occurred on Sunday at the residence of Mr. J. Egan, Snowball. Mrs. D. Ryan, Gundagai, and her son Leo. and daughter Eileen, aged 10, were preparing to return to Gundagai, after having spent the day at Mr. Egan's. The pony was harnessed, and Mr. Ryan was holding it with a loose rein. The little girl Eileen stood on the sulkey step to get her coat, when something startled the horse and it plunged forward, throwing the child into a sitting position on the step. The pony shot along some distance, and Eileen was dashed head foremost against a kurrajong tree. When the child was picked up it was thought she was dead, but an examination showed this was not the case. Dr. Gabriel went out to the scene of the mishap by motor, and pro nounced the case a critical one. The girl was brought home on Mon day in Mr. Bootes' motor car, and in the evening the two local doctors operated on her. It was found that her injuries were not as seri ous as anticipated, and that the skull wag not fractured, so that Eily's recovery is only a matter of time.

The Federal Cabinet finished the Electoral Bill to-day. The principal item is the abolition of postal voting and extension of provision for absent voters, Sigh not if your cold Is painful, O'er its corpse a requiem sing: You can now be quite disdainful, Wood's Peppermint Cure relief will bring, Coughs and colds all fly like magic, At its advent any day; Though their ends may seem so tragic, Woods' will drive all colds away Send 5/0 to tho Adyocatk Office and this paper will be forwarded to you for three months. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 22 September 1911 Page 2).

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.1890 - ACCIDENT - [BY TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) TUMUT, TUESDAY. - A serious accident happened to the Adelong mail coach this evening. When coming down hill near the Killarney and Gilmore roads the near front wheel came off, and the coach capsized. Glynn, the driver, was severely injured about the face, and a passenger named Dixon dislocated his ankle. Both were taken into Tumut in a cart. Thomas Nestor, landlord of the Woolpack Hotel, received a compound fracture of the leg and other injuries. Mrs. Tutt and her infant escaped uninjured. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 1 January 1890).