Tumbarumba First Settlers

Tumbarumba, NSW.




By the 1850's the town had been established and gold discoveries in the Tumbarumba district led to many families coming to the area.



TUMBARUMBA - The Tumbarumba and Upper Murray Agricultural Society held its annual show on Wednesday and Thursday, and it passed off very successfully, despite the adverse season.

The draught and light horse sections were filled. The sheep and cattle showed a falling off in numbers, but the quality was good.

The grain and vegetable classes were a feature of the show, some very fine specimens of apples being exhibited, which do well in this district. Some excellent jumping was witnessed. Mr M. J. Darcy, of "Dandaraga", Berrigan, and Mr J. Bradley of Tumbarumba, judged the draught and light horses respectively.- (Ref- http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15582134).


(This paper was orginally called Germantown/Germonton Times).

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"The Parade" Tumbarumba NSW c 1930

Tumbarumba is and aboriginal word meaning "Hollow Sounding Ground" and is situated in a valley at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains 507kms south of Sydney and 440kms north of Melbourne.

Licensee's for some of the hotels were:-

Stephen Daly,

Robert Watson,

John Murphy,

George Draws,

Mary Broadhurst,

William Norman,

William Henry and

August Langeschmeidt

Sawmilling ,

commenced in the 1880-1890's by the:-


Hussell and

Gaylard families.

Other mills were:-

Kopsen's Mill at Laurel Hill started operating in 1910.

In 1917 George Brown owned a mill at Bago.


Arnold Mr Peter of Tumbarumba Upper, reported loss of several bags of seed oats and potatoes stolen from barn. Germonton Times 18.7.1884.

Bachelors Ball at Glenroy hosted by Mr Woodhouse, Mr Beeche supplied the music.

Attended by Miss Bullock,

Miss McGinnitty,

Miss Pinhorn,

Squires Serong,

Bells x 2,

Blakes x 2,

Daleys x2,

Mrs Cayrylyse,

Mrs Serong and

Mrs Squires. Germonton Times 25.7.1884.

Battye Captain visited Tumberumba and reports of a hot bed of crime and drunkedness - "more drinking done on a Sunday than any other day of the week". He went away on Saturday. Germonton Times 3.10.1884.

Broadhurst Mr and Mrs E (daughter of Mr and Mrs W Todd Snr) arrived in Tumberumba on a visit from New Zealand on Wednesday night last. Tumberumba Times 2.2.1912

Broadhurst Mr E who has been under medical treatment for some week is now recovering. Tumberumba Times 3.12.1909.

Broadhurst Mr E and Mrs Kinstler and other fever patients are progressing satisfactorily towards recovery and will be about soon. Tumberumba Times 26.3.1909.

Brown George was the Tumbarumba Hotel Proprietor. Germonton Times 18.7.1884.

Byrne Mr John made an application for a publican's license. Germonton Times 25.7.1884.

Casey Catherine. Appraisement of run CL 10.7. 960 acres. Postponed to the next sitting of the Board at Tumberumba, for applicant's attendance. Tumberumba Times 31.5.1912.

Cottom Ralph Jnr. conditional purchase of land 320 acres at Bago. Yass Courier 16.7.1878.

Courts 31.7.1884 Jas Bruce - v- Lemme; Mr Purtell - v- Bazzie; Jas Bruce - v- Ah Tack; Jas Bruce - v- E Hawkins. Germonton Times 31.7.1884.

Crain William conditional purchase of land 640 acres at Yaven. Yass Courier 27.1.1884.

Cripps Mr C, CPS formerly of Tumberumba has been promoted to Goulburn from Condoblin. Tumberumba Times 3.11.1911.

Cripps Mr CW, CPS formerly stationed at Tumberumba and brother-in-law of Mrs HA Benyon of this town has been promoted from Urana to Condolbolin. Tumberumba Times 7.7.1911.

Dog Baites Mr Langford, Herbert Norman and Dr Florance have all lost dogs recently from baites. Germonton Times 1.8.1884.

Donnelly Mr from Borambola - Tooloong. 9,000 sheep belonging to Mr Donnelly passed through on Tuesday. Germonton Times 5.12.1884.

Eaton WS and Son advertising Steam Brewery, Mineral, Soda and Cordial manufacturing. Germonton Times 18.7.1884.

Fell Mr of Adelong in licensing Court. Germonton Times 5.9.1884.

Freeman Francis. Conditional purchase of land 110 acres Courabyra. Yass Courier 17.9.1880.

Frews Mr has successfully tendered for the barracks, police quearters and stables - on 7.11.1884 Mr Bert contractor tendered 2010 and Mr Frew 2,000. Germonton Times 31.10.1884.

Glenroy School Prizes for pupils at the School. Third Class: Rebecca Doughty, Kate McGlynn, Linda McHugh, Kate Donovan; Second Class:

Andrew McGlynn,

Willie Thompson,

Ada Evans,

Louis Squire;

First Class:

Steven Dunstan,

Fred Portors,

Joseph Portors,

James Donovan,

Hannah Evans and Ellen McHugh.

Good Conduct:

Mary McHugh,

Katie Evans,

Bridget Jordan,

Alfred Evans,

Mary Squire,

Eddie McGlynn,

Louis Squire,

David Jordan,

Rose Donoven,

Thomas Portors,

John Squire,

Archie Franklin and

Mina Adams.

Special Prize by Mrs Benyen of Tumbarumba to Lizzie McHugh. Germonton Times 8.8.1884.

Gold Discovery. A rich reef has been discovered about 20 miles from Tumberumba on Bringenbong Station. No stone, it is reported assayed 50 ozs to the ton the main reef which was struck yesterday is said to be a mass of gold. Yass Courier 21.7.1896.

Goldfield New goldfield about 30 sq miles, parish of Courabyra, County of Wynyard, have been proclaimed as a western extension of the

Tumberumba Goldfield. Yass Courier 2.8.1878.

Gold Laurel Hill. Mining matters are somewhat quite in this locality. Woods and party started to panel last week. Timmis and party are still driving, they are trying to cut the lead of gold they had in the old tunnel. The Adelong party are still trying to repair their old drive.

Gold Mining Lease. Application for gold mining lease was refused. No 24 C Christian and another 16a ph King. Tumberumba Times 16.12.1910.

Goldspink Title Deeds issued to JR Goldspink parish of Tumberumba 46 acres. Yass Courier 26.3.1880.

Greigson Jack charged with raping Mary Peters aged 8 years. Dr Burjoyne examined Mary and found that she had been tampered with, but nothing serious. Greigson was 15-16 stones, 6ft 4" in height. Germonton Times 31.10.1884.

Griffiths Matthew charged with assaulting Huey Loy. Germonton Times 31.10.1884.

Hill Miss, late teacher at the State School snet a letter of thanks to the pupils after being transferred to Albury. Germonton Times 27.7.1884.

Hill Mr, Artistic photographer intends to fold up his tent and leave town. Germonton Times 27.5.1884.

Hill Wm. Before Mr Makinson PM, Constable Weifert introduced on the 27.7.1884 Wm Hill, a gentleman noticed with for strong "spiritualistic tendencies" and a flow of language far more forcible than polite. He was sentenced 15 days in mediation or 3 to be paid to the coffers of the state. Germonton Times 27.7.1884.

James Levis, George Bell, Thomas and John Broadhurst and Albert Foster have all been gazetted as Common Trustees for Cherry Hill. Tumberumba Times 18.2.1910.

Land Board. Meeting held 23.7.1909. Application on July 28th by John Broadhurst acre 08.27,200a.

Land Inquiry: Gordon Ronald McLaurin, Co Goulburn, parish Yarra transferred land to James McLaurin.

James Edward Rial, parish of Coppabella.

Edward Keane, parish of Forest Creek.

Archibald Joseph Riall, parish of Coppabella.

Robert Ghushing parish of Talmalmo.

Bryon O'Brien, Co pf Selwyn, parish of Bringenbrong transferred to Thomas Whitehead. Germonton times 18.7.1884.

Land Selections;

A Hore, Cumberoona;

John Pierce, Greg Greg;

Samuel sharp, Coppabella;

Henry Hodson, Currajong;

S Bowles, Mitchell;

Charles Gray, Wagga;

R Morton, Burra;

A S Douglas, Murraguldrie;

Thomas Nugent, Kilowa,

James Lachlan Stewart, Ramsay;

Arthur Devline, Berrembed;

B J Ryder, Blanch;

J Pike, Houlaghan;

Joseph Penfold Jnr, Trickett;

Joseph W Brown, Robertson;

Wm Joseph Nichols, Wallaroobie;

Isaac Cliff, Pullitop and

Joseph Henry Kendall, Cox. - (REf- GermonTimes 8.8.1884.)

Livingstone James Smith conditional purchase of land 60 acres Courabyra. Yass Courier 14.6.1878.

McDonald Mr Tom the well known Riverina Cross Country horseman had his collar bone broken after a fall from his horse "Prose" during a hurdle race at Beechworth on Easter Monday. Tumberumba Times 1.4.1910.

McGlynn Andrew. Mail Contract for Adelong, Reedy Flat, Laurel Hill and Tumberumba. Twice weekly for 3 years 145 per annum, conditionally. Yass Courier 26.10.1880.

Mr T Davis bought the Tumberumba Hotel for 650 and is going to replace it with a new two storey building. Tumberumba Times 16.5.1909.

Oakman William conditional purchase of land 340 acres at Courabyra. Yass Courier 28.5.1878.

Oakman Thomas conditional purchase of land 200 acres at Courabyra. Yass Courier 29.4.1881.

Painter Susan Conditional land purchase 100 acres at Courabyra. Yass Courier 20.11.1883.

Piddington Mr, Manager of Commercial Bank leaves for Sydney, Mr Hines from Wagga takes charge. Germonton Times 1.8.1884.

Public Telephone established in Tumberumba 1st April 1909. Three minutes costs 2 pence.

Rents determined 25.3.1910. J Broadhurst 200a pn 65 ph Bago @ 2 pence per acre.

Scammell Mrs W, daughter of Mrs Christian has been seriously ill at her mother's residence. she is under the care of Dr Maw. Tumberumba Times 22.9.1911.

Smith Mr James hopes to have his new butcher built by the end of the year. Germonton Times 29.11.1884.

The Old Police building was demolished by fire early Monday last. Good riddance! Tumberumba Times 3.6.1910.

Tumberumba is getting very good - there is no Police Court news all this week. Germonton Times 5.12.1884.

Tumberumba Railway. A bill was passed to build the Wagga to Tumberumba Railway. Tumberumba Times 11.1911.

Waters Mr Jas has taken over the Laurel Hill Hotel from Mr D Currie. Tumberumba Times 20.5.1910.

Wellis F alias Jack Howlett was arrested by Constable Anderson at Tarcutta for stealing and killing cattle. Germonton Times 19.9.1884.

Whitehead Mr E . A fine new residence belonging to Mr E Whitehead, son-in-law of Mrs Christian of this town, at Corryong was totally destroyed by fire this morning. Damaged about 500. Tumberumba Times 13.10.1911.

Wolfe Mr HA was shot and wounded by the Commercial Bank Manager at Tumberumba on New Years Eve. Yass Courier 12.1.1886.

Woodbridge George, conditional purchase of land 40 acres Courabyra. Yass Courier 15.1.1884.

Woodhouse Chas proprietor of Glenroy Hotel six miles from Tumberumba. Germonton Times 25.7.1884.


Mr. A. Byrne, the young man whose spine was injured through a horse falling on him at Tumbarumba recently was brought to Tumut by Mr Bert Merbach last week and went to Sydney to be placed under the X Rays for the purpose of ascertaining the exact nature of his injuries. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 12 March 1912 Page 3).

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