West Blowering Station

West Blowering Road

via Tumut. NSW

CLOSER SETTLEMENT. WEST BL0WERING SALE. TUMUT, Wednesday — In connection with the West Blowering Estate subdivision sale for closer settlement, the following three blocks, which were passed in at auction, have since been sold privately. Lot 5, improvement lease 2100 acres, expiring ia years ucuk, int ernment rental £51 4s 6d, with annual lease Of 1120 acres adjoining given in, rent £4 13s 4d, 17 chains ot river frontage, 20 acres corn land, let at 43a per acre, 15 acres wheat land, 130 acres good grazing land, balance fair to in ferior grazing country, 1250 «eres ringbarked, 4 miles of fence, over £600 expended in im provements, all conditions lease practically fulfilled; purchaser, A. H. Watts, Blowering. - (Ref- Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 21 November 1906 Page 2).

History shows that Mr Richard Morris Rivers was born on the 19th April, 1837, at Ivy Bridge, Devenshire, England. Unfortunately due to climatic troubles his property "West Blowering Station" was taken over by the bank and a manager was appointed.

1905 - On Saturday last at West Blowering the fire of Monday night last broke out again, but little damage is at present anticipated other than to grass and fences. The fire is confined to the West Blowering Station. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 10 January 1905 Page 4).

Manager for and on behalf of a bank

Mr Arnold Hamilton WATTS,

West Blowering



1896 Arnold H P WATTS married Miss Lillian A HEWITT in MUSWELLBROOK, NSW - (Ref- NSW BDM 5561/1896).

CHILDREN - born to Arnold H P & Lillian A - in Tumut, NSW

1. 7650/1899 Herbert C WATTS was born to parents ARNOLD H P & LILIAN A in TUMUT - WW2 Service of their 21 year old son.

2. 7906/1900 Arnold J WATTS parents ARNOLD H P & LILLIAN A in TUMUT

3. 17386/1901 Ada E WATTS parents ARNOLD H P & LILLIAN A in TUMUT

4. 36543/1902 Ethel A WATTS parents ARNOLD H P & LILLIAN A in TUMUT

ARMY SERVICE Herbert C WATTSRegimental number 3676

Religion Church of England

Occupation Mechanic

Address West Blowering, Tumut, New South Wales

Marital status Single

Age at embarkation 21

Next of kin Father, Arnold Hamilton Watts, West Blowering, Tumut, New South Wales

Enlistment date 5 April 1917

Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 30 September 1916

Rank on enlistment Private

Unit name 1st Light Horse Regiment, 33rd Reinforcement

AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/6/5

Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Canberra on 16 November 1917

Rank from Nominal Roll Private

Unit from Nominal Roll 1st Light Horse Regiment

Fate Returned to Australia 21 December 1917

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Newspaper Ad

- MANLY - Wanted BOARD and LODGING lady and four children ages from 8 to 12 years close to ocean beach two weeks commence first week January.

Reply Mrs Watts

West Blowering via Tumut - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Saturday 3 December 1910)

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To West Blowering - To Blowering Station

WATTS - Farm to let by Tender. TENDERS will be received by the under signed up to SEPTEMBER !, for the LEASE of 25 ACUES MAIZE LAND, situated at East Blowering. Hightest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Full particular on application to A. H. WATTS, West Blowering. - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 6 December 1904 Page 2).

Mr. A. H. Watts has sold his spleendid West Blowering property to Mr Conway, from Sydney. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 24 March 1925 Page 1).

Owing to the sale clashing with the Tumut Turf Club spring races Messrs S. F. Wilkinson & Co. have altered the date of the clearance and auction of Mr. A. S. Watts dairy herd at West Blowering to Thursday, October 10. The sale will start at 9.30 a.m. sharp.


THURSDAY, 15th November, 1906.



9,549 Acres of the richest FARMING and DAIRYING LAND in the State, permanently watered by the Tumut River, to which it has a frontage of 5 miles, and numerous ever running creeks and springs. Annual rainfall for 20 years, 33 inches. Droughts unknown. Magnificent climate.

WEAVER & PERRY, SYDNEY, in conjunction with S. F. WILKINSON & CO., TUMUT, have received instructions to sell by auction, at O'Brien's Hall. Tumut, on Thursday, 15th November, 1906, at 2 o'clock The above Magnificent ESTATE, subdivided into 13 lots, ranging in areas from 60 acres to 3,220 acres. This is the best property ever offered in the State for closer settlement. Several of the frontage farms are let at £2 3/ per acre per annum, and the present tenants are anxious to obtain leases for 7 to 10 years, at the same rental. For fattening and woolgrowmg this property is unsurpassed in the district, some of the country has carried three sheep to the acre all the year round.

This sale affords a rare opportunity of securing farms in this safe and thriving district, where the rainfall is 33 inches a year and the climate unsurpassed.

Terms-One-fourth cash, balance at 2, 3, i, and 6 years, bearing interest at 5 per cent. Intending purchasers will be met at the Tumut Railway Station and driven to inspect on oommnicatirg with the Auctioneers. - (Ref- The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)(about) Previous issue Saturday 3 November 1906 Page 16).


A visit to the old West Blowering homestead (bought at the sub-division sale of the estate by Mr. Thompson Myers some 8 years ago) was afforded a representative of the Express lately, and an inspection of the property is well repaid by the amount of information obtained in the good management of a farm and orchard, and especially by the general hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Myers and family. The farm comprises 137 acres in all. Of this area 100 acres are devoted to dairying and grazing, carrying 40 dairy cows and the horses necessary for working the farm. Ten acres last year were sown with wheat and 20 acres with oats, very heavy hay crops resulting. Thirty acres carries maize, with small plots specially set apart for the cultivation of potatoes, pumpkins and luoerne. The maize crop ia exceptionally even and the yield particularly prolific showing that the land is of regular good quality. Two aores of new land cleared for the first time of a heavy growth of blackberry bush and scrub are estimated by competent judges to give a return of upwards of 100 bushels per acre and taking into consideration the size and number of the cobs and the compactness of the grain, a layman would never have the temerity to doubt it, The two plots of lucerne serve to demonstrate that fodder plant can be grown successfully and remuneratively in this district. A ohief attraction on tho property at the present time (but still more alluring a short while baok when all the early fruits were on the trees) is the 7-aore orohard — the finest, to be found in the district. For this however Mr. Myers takes no further credit; than that of endeivorsng to rid the orohard of the numerous pests that invade the fruit, and this he has in a very large measure accomplished. The orchard was planted by Mr. Riohard Rivers (now owner of the Federal Estate, Gilmore) who he was squire of West Blowering Estate, and his good judgment in the selection of the trees and the varieties of fruits he sought to grow are exemplified in the loaded state of every bough. Although there are mixed classes of trees, the major portion of the area is planted with pears and apples, the latter in endless kinds. The enormous crops that bear down the limbs are a sight to behold, not only because of the number each tree oonUins but because of the uniformly large size of the fruit— Jonathans, Five Crowns, Russets, Nonpariels, Roman Beauties, Pip pins and a dozen others, each true to kind, and of particularly high flavor. For these Mr. Myers is not only receiving a ready market locally, but the demand extends to outside districts and Sydney. Two samples the one a Roman Beauty weighing 14oz and the other a Northern Spy weighing ISoz, are on view at the office of this paper. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 19 May 1911 Page 3).

1920 - FOR SALE. - 20 T0NS, GOOD TABLE PUMPKTNS. 1/2 ton lots. 6/6 per cwt. ton lots 6/- per cwt., 3 tons POTATOES. 12/6 per ewt. Cash, delivered on Rail at Tumut. A. H. WATTS. West Blowering, Tumut. - (Ref- The Wyalong Advocate and Mining, Agricultural and Pastoral Gazette (NSW : 1900 - 1928)(about) Previous issue Friday 30 April 1920 Page 7).