School Records - West Blowering Provisional School.

1906 - West Blowering.

The crops on the river principally maize are looking well, but rain is seriously needed. The stripping of both; wheat and oats is being proceeded with apace and good results are being obtained.

Rabbit trapping is being carried on in full swing.

1906 - On New Year's night an evening social was held at Mrs Thomas Eggleton's, about 18 couples attended. The music was supplied by Messrs Tindall Bros, and E. Stanfield. Mr. J. Eggleton carried out the duties of M.C. to perfection. At 1 a.m. the company sat down to a sumptuous repast; and dancing was afterwards kept up with unabated vigor till daylight.

On the same night at Mr. E. Lindbeck's " Bushy Park," a dance was held, about 20 couples putting in an appearance. It constituted a surprise, organised by the people of Blowering and Yallowin. Mr. H. Stanfield supplied the music (violin). Mr. A. Hartshorn, as M.C. kept his army in order. A capital midnight spread was partaken of. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 9 January 1906 Page 4).


It is hereby notified for general information, that permission has been granted, in accordance with the provisions of the ring barking on Crown Lands Regulations Act of 1881, to any person mentioned in the sub joined list to ring bark certain descriptions o£ trees on portions of land hold by him undet five years pastoral lense, as specified against his name.

MURMUMBIDGE. DISTRICT. M. Sawyer, 14Ga, West Blowering Run, on Water Reserve No. 229G, and northerly; along western boundary of run, west of portion No. 1041, parish of Yellowin. - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Saturday 18 November 1882 Page 1).


Reserve 241 from lease for water supply, notified 9th May, 1877, county Wynyard, parish Wereboldera, 160 acres. Within the late resumed area of West Blowering Holding No. 18A., notified 11th July, 1885. - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Saturday 15 August 1891 Page 4).

1894 - Land Notes. - (Gazette No. 30, Jan, IS.) - FORFEITED CONDITIONAL LEASE

Notice is given that the undermentioned conditional Lease and all-rights attached thereto, are hereby declared forfeited through breach of conditions; but for future shall not take effect until the expiration of thirty clear days after this notification:— Gundagai Land Districts.

3188:—Nicholas Carberry, 780 acres, section 52, county Buccleuch; parish of Bungongo, partly within resumed area of Cotway Holding No. 249:

3206— Commercial Banking Company, of Sydney, 81H acres, section 52, county Buccleuch, parish Bungongo not within that pastoral holding.

3227— Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, 405 acres, section 52, county Clarendon, parish Nangus, within resumed area of Nangus Holding No. 002a.

4583—Commercial Banking Company , of Sydney, 441 acres, section 52; county garden, parish Burra, not within any pastoral holding.

8319—Australian Joint Stock Bank, 640 acres, section 48, county Buccleuch, parish Childowla, not within any pastoral holding.Tumbarumba Land District.;

S06—John Thomas Whitehead, 779 acres, section 82, county Selwyn, parishes Bingenbrong and Lea, partly within resumed area of Bringenbrong Holding No. 88a. 1563—Bank of Australasia, 750 acres, section 52, county Selwyn, parish Tooma, within resumed area of Tooma Holding No: 310.

Tumut Land District.

1090—Australian Joint Stock Bank, 281 acres, section 52, county Wynyard, parish Wereboldera, within resumed area of West Blowering Holding No. 18.

1091—Australian Joint Stock Bank, 420 acres, section 52, county Wynyard, parish Wereboldera, within resumed area of West Blowenng Holding No. 18. - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 16 January 1894 Page 4).

GADARA - Messrs. B. F. Wilkinson and Company, Tumut, sold by public auction. a farm at Gadara, adjoining the Gilmore Flour Mill, near Gilmore railway station. The purchaser was Mr B. Downing, proprietor of the Killarney Hotel, who paid £1055, or at the rato of £7, per acre.

A market garden, of 3 acres 3. roods 1 perch, adjoining the Gilmore Flour Mill, now occupied by Chinese at a yearly rental of £12, was passed at auction at £80; but sold privately for £150;. being at the rate of £40 per acre, the highest price realised for land in this district for many years. The purchaser was Mr. H. Whatman, proprietor of the Gilmore Hotel. - (Ref-

Births.- At Blowering, Tumut River, on the. 4th July, the lady of J. C. Whitty, Esq. of a son. - (Ref- The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 11 August 1847 Page 3).

1856 - Birth. - At Blowering, Tumut River, on the 1st instant, the wife of Edward George Brown, Esq., of a son. - (Ref- The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 19 March 1856 Page 3).

West Blowering, from J. C. Whitty, to E. G. Brown. - (Ref- Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1860 - 1864)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 8 August 1860 Page 2).

AT THE LAND OFFICE, TUMUT, On Friday, 28th January. COUNTRY LOT. Lot A, 40 acres, county Bucccleuch, parish Blowering, adjoining the south boundary of Messrs. Brown and Shelley's portion No. - 62 of 50 acres and the west boundary of G. Selley's conditional purchase portion No. 44 of 40 acres; exclusively two rods each 1 chain wide. Upset price, £1 per acre. - (Ref- The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle (NSW : 1864 - 1881)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 5 January 1881 Page 4).

1881 - HORSES One hundred and eighty horses from East Blowering, passed through town yesterday, enroute for Wilcannia; Mr. John Ilett, owner, in charge. - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Saturday 17 September 1881 Page 2).

THE Containing 1414 Acres of Freehold Lands. THIS PROPERTY is most contrally situated, it being midway between Tumut and Gundagai, and well watered by the Tumat River and Brungle Creek, and without exception is one of the Grandest Proportines for Agricultural or Pastoral purposes in the Colony. TERMS AT SALE. - (Ref- Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1908)(about) Previous issue Saturday 23 October 1886 Page 5).


The following selections were taken up at the undermentioned land offices on Thursday

Gundagai, - Robert Owen, 220 acres,

Darbalara ; John Alfred Withers, 100 acres,

Tarrabandra; William J, Slade, 200 acres,

Money Money; Thomas Broueliton, 60 acres,

North Gundagai; James Hawthorne, 50 acres, Claris,

Tumut.-Malthew Sawyer, 110. acres,

Wereboldera; H. L. Harris, 320 acres,

Blowering; Bank of New South Wales,

Adelong, 40 acres,

Bogong ; W. B. Smith,120 acres,

Adjinbilly; J, Shaw, 50 acres,

Tumut; A. Iiunkiu, 50 acres,

Brunglo J P. Geary, 40 acres,

Wyangle ; D. Herlihy, 40 acres,

Cooleman, and W. A. Lampe, 41 acres,

Talbingo; D, Leary, 200 awes, - (Ref- Southern Argus (Goulburn, NSW : 1881 - 1885)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 9 August 1881 Page 2).

1891 - IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES -Probate Jurisdiction - In the Will of PETER BEATTIE, late of West Blowering, near Tumut, in the Colony of New South Wales, Farmer, deceased. APPLICATION will be made after fourteen days from the publication hereof, that Probate of the last Will of the above named deceased may be granted to GEORGE TOSICK BEATTIE, of West Blowering aforesaid, Farmer, and JOSEPH LAMBERT, of East Blowering near Tumut aforesaid, Grazier, the Executors named in the said Will. Dated this sixteenth day of March A.D. 1891.

ALFRED J ROBERTSON, Proctor, Tumut. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 17 March 1891 Page 1).

By N. EMANUEL. 158 Pitt-street, Sydney. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.-PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the Will of ELI JANE HARVEY, late of Bago, in the district of Tumut, in the colony of New South Wales, Widow, deceased.

APPLICAUON will be made after fourteen days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will of the above named deceased may be granted to CHRISTOPHER HARVEY and EDWARD HARVEY, both of Bago aforesaid. Farmers, the Executors named in the said Will. Dated tahis sixteenth day of March. 1991,

ALFRED J. ROBERTSON, Proctor, Tumut. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 17 March 1891 Page 1).


A very successful hare drive took place on Saturday, the 7th inst, at West Blowering Station, the organiser being Mr. A. H. Watts, the popular manager. The shooters and drivers numbered about 30. The former of course, were armed with the most formidable weapons, while the drivers carried stock whips, tin pots, bells for the purpose of terrifying the hares from their places of concealment. By night 207 hares were slaughtered by the shooters, Mr. T. Bridle being top scorer with 27, and Mr. E. OJdy 26. At night about 15 couples met at Mr. E. Lindbeck's homestead, where dancing was indulged in till the stroke of 12 warned them that Sunday was at hand, and all disporsod to their respective homes, well satisfied with the destruction they had wrought.

This has been one of the mildest winters on record, no snow having fallen on the mountains worth mentioning. Stock would have had a hard time had the winter been severe. The autumn drought seemed to dry all herbage up on the lowlands, and in consequence stock were forced to the mountains for the winter. The spring has just started in our river paddocks and sheep have already benefitted by it.

An accident that might have been attended with fatal results happened to a young man named Charles Bridle. Whilst crossing the Tumut River on a chair at Boraig, the wire rope that it runs on broke at one end, letting the chair and its occupant into the river, but. being a good swimmer, he lost no time in reaching the bank. As the water in this mountain stream proved too cold to be plea sant at this time of the year, the chairman who so hastily vacated his seat can thank a good constitution far his rapid and complete recovery.

Efforts are being made by our principal residents to obtain a grant for the construction of a bridge connecting East and West Blowering, In winter time, when the Tumut River is strong and vigorous the West Bloweringites, who produce a lot of corn, wheat, wool, etc., are simply isolated, having a raging river before them and towering hills behind, effectually blocking all possibility of vehicular traffic. We wish our friends all success in endeavoring to obtain this much needed structure. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 20 August 1897 Page 16).

YALL0W1N. - (from our own correspondent.)

The weather has been exceptionally hot and dry during the past week. A heavy thunder storm passed over on Thursday last, but only 23 points of rain fell, which will do a lot of good to the wheat and maize crops, particularly the former, which just now requires light showers to prevent the grain from becoming pinched while it is developing. The maize crops look very promising so far, but if the hot, dry weather continues much longer, farmers must be content with a poorer crop than last year. Many of the old hands remark that they have never seen a worse spring about here, and it is much too late to expect a good spring now.

Shearing is in full swing at Yallowin and West Blowering. Both places expect to cut out in about a fortnight.

Four thousand sheep, the property of Mr S. White, of Merybidinija, passed through Yallowin yesterday en route for Boraig, where they will remain during the summer mouths.

A cricket match is to be played next Saturday on the East Blowering wicket between teams representing East and West Blowering. Msssrs. P. H. and S. Wilkinson, of Yallowin, have started a stud herd of Hereford cattle, having procured some of the best strains from well known herds, introducing some of the well-known local strain. Their herd comprises thirty cows and heifers and two bulls, which by their pedigrees should equal any stud herd up country, and by judicious breeding I feel sure they will have no trouble of disposing of their increase in those parts, as the Hereford strain has for many years held supremacy in the mountaius over any other breed, being excellent for beef, heavy, hardy, and mature young. So I wish the Messrs. Wilkinson every success in their new undertaking. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 3 December 1897 Page 24).


we are without a doubt having one of the mildest winters on record 18th July and as yet no snow, and the frosts have not been very hard so far. The rain up to date for the month has only been 45 points. We must have a large amount next month to insure against a good spring.

The sale of occupation leases at Yarrangobilly, which took place at Tumut a short time since, was a pronounced success financially as far as the Government is concerned, Mr Arthur Pether being the purchaser at a big sum above the upset price. This gentleman can be fairly termed 'The King of the Mountains' as he must be the owner of something over 100,000 acres of mountain I country.

It is a great pity that the road from West Blowering to Yallowin is not classified, as there would be some chance of getting something done to this part of the road which is really in a bad state. I believe there has been 750 pounds voted for the West Blowering bridge and it should not be long before the tenders are called and let us hope that the next step will be to improve our road.

Most of the wheat crop here is up and and looking well. Farmers will soon be getting their ground ready for the next maize crop. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 5 August 1898 Page 16).

- SALE OF IMPROVEMENT LIASES. Improvement leases of the undermentioned Crown lands will be offered for sale by public auction on Friday, 1st September : — District and Place of Sale — Parkes. Bulderodgera resumed area No. 431, County Kennedy, parish Burrill. Block 632, 2500a ; improvements—ringbark ing £7 10s, fencing £16 5s, tank £50 (Crown property) ; annual rent, £7 16a 3d. County Kennedy, parish Mickibri. Block 633, 4100i ; improvements — ring barking and scrubbing £190, dam £10, ringbarking £17 10a, fencing £37 10s C Crown property) ; annual rent, £25 12s 6d.

Improvement lease of the undermentioned Crown lands will be offered for sale on Friday, 8th September: — District and Place of Sale — Tumut. West Blowering late leasehold area No. 18a. County Wynyard, parish Wereboldera,

Block 316, 210CH ; improvements — grubbing £20, race £1, fencing £19 2s 9d (Crown property), grubbing £75, ringing £6 15s, yards £4, fencing £1 (property of leasee of West Blowering); annual rent, £51 4s 6d.

District Hillston North; Place of Sale — Hillston. Coan Downs abandoned resumed area No. 24. County Blaxland, parish Yara East.

Block 224, 17,600a; annual rent, £4 17s lpd

Block 225, 20,480a; annual rent, £7 2a 3d. County Blaxland, parish Bundure South.

Block 226, 16,-J00a ; annual rent, £4 8s lid.

Block 229, 16,000a ; annual rent, £5 Us 2d. County Blaxland, parish Bundure.

Block 227, 16,000a ; annual rent, £4 8a lid.

Block 228, 16,000a ; annual rent, £5 lls 2d. County Blaxland, parish Mt. Solitary.

Block 230, 20,400a ; annual rent, £7 10s.

Block 232, 19,800a ; annual rent, £8 5b. County Blaxland, parish Yara.

Block 231, 12,800a ; annual rent, £4 8s lid. County Blaxland, parish Mt. Hope.

Block 283, 4900a ; annual rent, £2 0s 10d. County Blaxland, parish Gonn.

Block 234, 15,800a : annual rent, £6 lls 8d.

Block 237, 17,800a ; annual rent, £6 33 8d. County Bkxland, pariah Nombinnie

Block 235, 17,800a ; annual rent, £7 8s 43 Block 236, 16,400a ; annual rent, £5 13s I'd. Improvement leases of the undermentioned Crown landB will ba offered for sale on Friday, 16th September: — District Hillston North; Place of Sale — Hillston. Abandoned resumed area of Roto No. 116. Improvements, the property of the Crown. County Blaxland, parish Mahurangi.

Block 263, 13,6()0a j nnnnnl rent, #5 }3b 4.d, County Blaxland, parish Mahurangi East.

Block 264, 13,200a ; annual rent, £5 10.i. County Blaxland, parioh Mat'akana;

Block 265, 10,600a ; annual rent, £4 7a 61 Block 266, 13,100a; annual rent, £5 9a 2d. County Blaxland, parish M&takana South.

Block 267, 12,300a ; annual rent, £5 2s 6d Block 268, 15,600a; annual rent, £6 10a. County Blaxland, parish Mahurangi East,

Block 269, 19,200a ; annual rent, £8. County Blaxland, parish Mahurangi.

Block 270, 13,600a ; annual rent, £5 13a 4d. County Blaxland, pariah Back Wallandra.

Block 271, 11,100a; annual rent, £4 12s 6d Block 272, 11,100a; annual rent, £4 12a 6d. v; Abandoned resumed area of Uranaway No. 144. County Blaxland, parish Oneida,

Block 273, 12,130a ; annual rent, £5 Is Id

Block 274, 6880a ; annual rent, £2 93. County Blaxland, parish Salamagundia.

Block 275, 5740a ; annual rent, £2 7s lOd. County Blaxland, parish Wilga.

Block 276, 13,200a ; annual rent, £6 103. Abandoned resumed area of Boto No. 115. County Blaxland, parish Wilga. Block 278, 8200a ; annual rent, £3 8s 4d. County Blaxland, parish Wallandra.

Block 279, 18,500a ; annual rent, £7 14s 24 - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 25 August 1899 Page 38).


The marriage of Mr Sydney Wilkinson one of Tumut's respected townsmen and aldermen youngest son of Mr. Jas. Wilkinson, of Yallowin with Miss Ethel Sorensen, of Woollahra, eldest daughter of Mr. N. 0. Sorensen, was quietly solemnised at St. Mathia Woollnhra. on Wednesday last, the celebrant being the Rev. Mr. Gillett. The bride was led to the altar by Mr. A. H. Watts, of West Blowering (in unavoidable absence of her father) Mr. J. T. Wilkinson, of Springfield, acted as groomsman. The bride looked charming, attired in a tasteful dress of cream cashmere, with silk maltese lace trimmings, and white chiffon fischu, edged with bebe ribbon; white horse-hair hat, trimmed with chiffon and white ospreys, and she wore a pearl necklace and diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom, being attended by two bridesmaids — Miss Lily Sorensen (bride's sister), who wore a dress of cream cashmere, trimmed with white silk, white leghorn hat, trimmed with moire ribbon ; and Miss Barbara Atkinson, who wore a pretty dress of whito silk and hat to match. Each bridesmaid wore emerald heart brooches, set in pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. After the ceremony the wedding party adjourned to Matupi House (residence of the bride's parents), where light refreshments were served.

The happy couple left by train in the evening for Katoomba, amid showers of rose loaves, etc., and the hearty good wishes of their friends. The bride's travelling dress was of fawn cloth, trimmed with silk ostrich boa, hat and gloves en suite. We wish our young friends every happiness and prosperity in their future life. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 16 April 1901 Page 3).


We are informed a race meeting is to be held in Mr. Last's wire paddock at Adjunbilly tomorrow, for grass fed horses only. The meeting is being promoted by Mr. Bailey.

At Adjunbilly on 19th and 20th, they had 11in. of rain, and the grass is springing luxuriantly, winter feed is now assumed.

On Tuesday night last about 8 o'clock Mr. Hugh Naughton, whilst driving home from town in his sulky, met with a severe accident at Spice's Flat, the turn off to the West Blowering road. The highway is being cleared there and a log was left partly pulled off the road. The sulky struck the log and was capsized. Mr. Naughton was thrown heavily to the ground and his left leg was broken just above the ankle. The horse dragged the sulky up the road on one wheel. Mr. Naughton's cries brought Mr. Jas. Stanfield and his son to the rescue. Mr Thomas Stanfield went up along the road and found the horse and sulky.

He then sent to Mr. Dwyer at Mr. Colboun's residence for assistance but, finding no one at home save Mrs. Dwyer and Master Lambert, the latter with Stanfield got the sulky righted. Mrs. Dwyer came to the sufferer and bound up his leg, and young Stanfield drove him in to the hospital. Dr. Mason at once attended to him. Strange to say several accidents have happened on this flat What with logs and blind stumps, it is very dangerous of a dark night, and should receive the attention of our local road superintendent.

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday last the death occurred of a four-year-old daughter of Mr. Denis Dunne. The poor little sufferer had for sometime past been paralysed and was attended to by Dr. Mason who advised her parents to take her to the Sydney Hospital, but getting no benefit there she was brought home to Billipaloola about four weeks ago. Dr. Mason gave her medicine to alleviate her troubles, but said she had abscess of the brain and what he called away at any time. The little one by reason of her infirmities, was a great favorite of her bereavad parents who did all they could for her restoration to health; but Fate decreed otherwise, and the relentless Reaper claimed her as his own. The funeral took place on Monday last. Mr. T. W. Hoas did the duty of undertaker, and the Rev. Father O'Dwyer officiated at the grave. We tender the bereaved ones our deepest sympathy. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 27 March 1903 Page 2).

1903 - Lost in the Bush. OUT ALL NIGHT.

Our Gilmore correspondent furnishes us with particulars of a night's experience in the bush endured by a resident of that locality. Four young men, viz., James Back, A. Back, and T. and A. Connolly, went, with rifles, out last Sunday morning wallaby shooting.

They went over the hill towards Blowering and were on the West Blowering property in the evening, when some wallabies hove in sight lower down towards the river. Mr James Back essayed to go after them; but his companions demurred, thinking that it was too late, and as a heavy fog hung over the range they started for home. Jimmy, as he is colloquially known, went to have a shot at them, and it appears, tarried in the hope of shooting one, until the shades of ebon darkness surrounded him; and he immediately felt the impending danger of being unable to find his way home. Alas! such was the case; for he wandered about over hills, gullies, and through thick and dense scrub, but was unable to find any track to Gilmore. Luckily, however, he had matches, and he lit a large fire, and having two pairs of trousers on, he took off the outer pair which were very wet and placed them near the fire to dry. Being very tired, he soon surrendered himself a willing captive to the overtures of Somnus. On awaking in the morning he found that his extra pair of trousers were almost completely burnt. It can be better imagined than described what consternation reigned in his home, for his father and mother felt sure that some accident must have befallen him. Search parties were out nearly all night scouring the bush, but could find no trace of the missing one. Early on Monday morning a number of the neighbors set out to look, and about 9 o'clock they found 'Jimmy' making his way home, none the worse for his nights outing. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 1 May 1903 Page 4).

WATTSFarm 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.


The following is a record of the biography of Mr T. Wilkinoon, sen., whose death at Yallowia we recently recorded and the particulars were written by Mr S. F. Wilkinson at the dictation of his father sometime before the date of his demise:— I was born at Liverpool, N.S.W., on 20th January, 1824, and lived there until eight years of age. There were only time or four business places in existence then. The present benevolent asylum was used as a hospital, under Dr Hill. My father was a farmer on George's River, two miles from the town, My mother was drowned in the river when I was seven years old, through getting capsized out of a log canoe she was taking across.

There wore no houses in Goulburn when I came through on my way to Gundaroo, but on Mulwary River there was a Police Station, hotel and store.

Later on a number of convicts were put on to alter the road. On a hill the side of where the present town of Goulburn stands I saw two skeletons of men hanging on a gallows, and learned that they had been gibbetted for murdering a man named Roche, an overseer for Broughton, who lived on a Government grant near the present town. It was all convict labor those times. The first Governor who visited Goulburn, Governor Bourke, had the skeletons removed. Men were hanged in those days for stealing sheep and cattle 1 stayed for nine months at Guadaroo, 12 miles from Lake George, which was dry excepting one small swamp, where the water was a few inches deep. All lands were then owned by the Grown, and people's flocks and herds ran where they liked. Terence Aubrey Murray claimed one end of Lake George, where he ran a dairy and milked 300 cows, sending the butter to Sydney. Scrubby ridges about the land were swarming with wild cattle. M'Leod was the only sheepowner. BlackJellows were very plentiful, but they were pretty well civilised.

In 1838 I left Guadaroo, and rode up to Tumut, accompanied by Boyd, who drove a bullock team. My sister came up side with Boyd's wife in a cart. What were termed settled districts extended as far as Bomen in this direction, We struck the Tumut River at Darbalara, where Trecillia had a cattle station. Wagra was held by Osborne, and Brungle by Eatherine, each of whom owned cattle. We crossed the river above the Tumut racecourse, the crossing being known as Mundong.

There was no town then. The first store was opened a few months after I got there by a man named Cams. Where the Police Station now stands was & thick cluster of saplings and a big cattle camp.

There was only one station on Gilmore, which was owned by Shelley. At that time there were no defined boundaries to any of the stations. From Darbalara up this way there were only 12 stations, owned so follows:—

Tooth owned Tarabandra,

Broughton Gocup,

T. Boyd west side of Gilmore,

G. Shelley from Westwood to the head of the Gilmore,

Rose Springfield and Werebobolda,

W, Shelley Bombowloe,

Broughton Mundonga,

Troys Killimicat,

UTEachrin Brungle,

Osborne Wagra, and

Trecillia Darbalaia,

We lived 18 months on the Gilmore, at the place now known aa Rosebank. The Gilmore Greek was dry from end to end of 1838 until the middle of 1839. Wheat was then worth £2 per buahel and hard to procure at that.

We took up a license for a holding on the Gilmore, but a dispute arose with Shelley as to the boundaries. We were ordered to move by Commissioner Bingham, who possessed great power at that time. We built where O'Brien's house now stands and had one crop of wheat which was half smut.

My brother John was with me then. We had about 70 head of cattle. Bingham moved our license over to Yallowin. That was in June, 1840, and we were the first there. We settled on the flat, and put in a crop of wheat at the top end of it. All wheat was ground by hand flour-mills, the nearest mill worked by power being at Yass.

Mr. M'A.ligtor was the only man who grew wheat for sale, and this was on a farm on Gilmore Creek where Korn now resides.

Cultivating was done with the old swing plough drawn by bullocks. All crops were reaped by hand and threshed with flails. Rations were served out in wheat and each man had to grind his own flour.

We bred cattle at Yallowin, fat bullocks then being worth 20s per head in Sydney, and hard to sell at that. Two-year old fl were worth 10a, 3 yrs lls, and 5 and 6 year old store bullocks 20a. We paid about £25 a year for our squatting license. We could hire good men for £12 a year. Whitty used to pay his men £5 a year, and gave them a 2 year old filly each. He was one of the best employers at that time.

Dr Clayton owned East and West Blowering in 1839, and about two years later Whitty bought the property.

There were no fences existing anywhere. Our cattle grazed from Tumut to Lobb's Hole.

Davis had Yarrangobilly run in 1840.

There had been stations on Long Plain, Tantangra, Coolamon and Currnngorambla, but they were all deserted on account of the snow.

In 1850 we took our cattle up to Long Plain (I was in partnership with W. Bridle, sen. then). We thought we could dairy there, but the 6th of March, 1841, snow fell, and this disgusted me, go we oame back to Yallowin, leaving our cattle at Loag Plain, where 80 of them perished in the snow, - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 22 July 1904 Page 48).

GEORGE ADAMS' WILL. In reference to the will of the late George Adams, proprietor of "Tattersll's," probate of which was grunted by the Full Court on Tuesday, reports the Hobart "Mercury" of thursday last, the personalty under it has been sworn at £130,000. As to the real estate it just escaped coming under the provisions of the Act patisetl last session imposing probate and succession duties on real as well as personal estates. The value of tho real estate therefore has not been returned, for probate purposes. If it had been, the Tasmanian Government revenue would have further benefited to the extent of £12.000 to - £15;000, the amount being variously estimated. The deceased's real estate in New South Watas is even larger than in Tasmania. It is not known what the total amounts to.

The annual entertainment in connection with St. Michael's Literary and Debating Society will be held in "the Oddfellows' Hall to-night. Messrs. Pitt, Son, and Badgery; in conjunction: with "Messrs: Wilkinson and Walker, offered by auction at Tumut, on Wednesday, "West Blowering," with 9550 acres and a frontage to the Tumut River; and "Jouama," Yarrangobilly, 32 miles from Tumut; Drought resisting country of 8,000 acres. No bid was forthcoming for either, but a private sale of "West Blowering",will probably be completed.

A notification appears in this issue, - signed by the local bakers; that on and after today the price of bread will be 2pd per, loaf (cash) and 3d per loaf (booked). - (Ref- Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1874 - 1905)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 6 December 1904 Page 2).


The funeral of the late Mr. John Morgan who passed away on Monday last, took place on Tuesday afternoon. The cortege was a lengthy one, many of his friends paying the last sad tribute to one who was so faithfully and gallantly served his couutry in the battlefield, and who is a private citizen here was held in his esteem. The very Rev. Father O'Dwyer, P.P. officiated at the grave. Mr.H. W. Hoad was the undertaker.

At the monthly meeting of the Gilmore Progress Committee last week a letter from the Road Superintendent was read, stating that he was about to lay out some forming between the 7 and 7-1/2-mile pegs on tho road Tumut to Batlow. It was decided to represent to the Minister for Education the necessity of appointing a sewing mistress at the school and also to bring under the notice of the Department the dilapidated state of the school building and fence which needed immediate attention.

The committee vetoed a motion, proposed by Messrs J. Naughton and J. T. Butler, in favour of the revocation of the proclamation declaring the lands within the Federal Capital site territory reserved from sab or lease. It was resolved to request the Minister for Lands to withdraw from lease and throw open to c.p. Reserve No. 1729, together with adjoining Crown lands. Mr. Naughton, who proposed the motion referred to this reserve as a breeding ground for rabbits but Mr. W. Carter contended that it was the duty of the lessee to undertake the destruction of the pest.

The Roads Engineer is to be advised of the dangerous state of a culvert in on the east bank of the Gilmore Creek, close to tho Rosebank factory.

Mr. Badgery of Pitt, Son & Badgary, Sydney, acting in conjunction with Messrs Wilkinson & Walker, Tumut offered the West Blowering Estate, also Jounama Estate, Yarrangobiliy, at O'Dea's Royal Hotel, on Wednesday, but no offers were received for either property. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 2 December 1904 Page 2).


A most enjoyable social was held at Mr. has. Guy's residence, West Blowering, on the night of Friday, 30th inst. Miss Ruby Guy sent out the invitations and about 20 couples joined in the mazy dance till daylight did appear. At midnight a sumptuous spread was laid out and ample justice was done to it. The music was supplied by Messrs Beattie Bros, (accordeon and concertina) and Messrs Stanfield Bros, (violins). Mr. W. Stanfield carried out the duties of M.C. During the night several songs were sung. Mr. Chas. Guy rendered that old song "Break the news to mother"; Mr. A. Morris gave "The picture that no artist can paint"; Mr. T. Stanfield sang "Chlorine." Dancing after a splendid breakfast was partaken of and the members of the company dispersed to their respective homes well satisfied with the night's enjoyment.

The wheat crops in and around Blowering promise to give a splendid return. Stripping started on 30th inst. The maze crops, considering the late dry weather experienced look splendid, but another fall of rain would be hailed with delight.

Since the road gang under the superintendence of Mr. Harry Snowden, have been along, the roads from Tumut to Talbingo have been placed in capital condition and our district Roads Engineer is to be complimented on the thoroughness of the work. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 3 January 1905 Page 3).

Gocup News.

Harvesting is now in fall swing, a good harvest is expected.

All the shearing sheds have cat out. The dairying industry ia making steady progress. There are now over 800 head of milk cows being milked, representing 10 dairies. This gives about 8 cows to every adult in this district. Rumor has it that the energetic dairyman, Mr. S. Gordon, intends building another dairy on his Gocup property. Good luok to him. There is room for two more on his land.

Mr T. Myers who recently purchased the West Blowering Homestead and property, intends starting his son with a dairy heard on that place. He will commence with about 80 cows.

A Progress Association has been formed at Minjary. The members elected were Messrs Egan, N. Murphy, H. Godfrey, J. Maidment, 3. Maher, J. Patton, J. Duffy, J. Donoghue and M. McCormick. Mr. Jas. Patton was elected president and Mr. McCormick hon. sec. and treasurer. There are several matters the committee already have on hand, viz: the Minjary mail service, Gilmore flat, telephone, etc. Two well attended meetings have been held in connection with telephonic communication with Tumut. This matter has made speedy progress,through the influence of Sir William Lyne. I think the line will be established not long.

The joint holdings on Meadow Creek owned by Messrs W Meyers, N Murphy and H Hogan, are to be wire netted shortly.

A school concert, arranged by Mr S L Beid, is to take place on Thursday evening. CapL S. L. Reid, of Gocup, is proceeding to Sydney for the military encampment at La Perouse. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 11 December 1906 Page 4).


East Blowering Estate, well-known as the property of the late Joseph Lambert, is the latest announced property for sub-division for closet settlement. It will be put up to auction in Tumut on November 1

1. Areas 479 acres freehold, 6,228 acres G. P. and about 18,600 acres pastrol holding are included in the estate, which is situated 12 miles from Tumut with frontage to Tumut River. Messrs Trebeok, Sons & Co. (Sydney), S. F. Wilkinson & Go and Bland Clayton & Son (Tumut), McEvoy & Co. (Melbourne) are the auctioneers, and Messrs Taylor and Tartakover Tumut, Morgan and Morgan Cootamundra, are the solicitors. <>p>We hear terrible complaints of the totally impassable character of the road on the west bank of the Gilmore Creek, from Mr. Murray's homestead upwards past Mr. R. Marshall's. It is so bad at the present time as to be untraversiblo even on horseback. We trust our worthy Roads Engineer will send a maintenance man at once to repair it.

West Blowering School.

Empire Day was celebrated here by a picnic held at the school. All the children attending the school were regaled sumptuously at 1 p.m., and parents and friends joined in the amusements provided, consisting of footracing, rounders and the inevitable "kiss in the ring." The ladies deserve great credit for the viands provided, and the hearty way they worked to make the proceedings a success. At nightfall an adjournment was made to Mr. J. Higgins' new building, where about 30 couples joined in the mazy dance till daylight did appear. The music was supplied by Messrs Stanfield (2) and J. Higgins (violins). Mr. W. Stanfield carried out with satisfaction the duty of M.C. All speak in glowing terms of the proceedings, and await with pleasure the advent of next Empire Day. The midnight spread was much enjoyed, and West Bloyering, for loyalty, can hold its own against any part of the State. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 28 May 1907 Page 2).

West Blowering.

A dance was held on Friday, May 1, at Mr. E. Lindbeck's, West Blowering, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to the Tumut Cottage Hospital, a deserving institution which all thoroughly recognise here. The lady residents were most energetic and painstaking in the endeavor to make this, their first attempt at a hospital ball a success and nobly they achieved it. The committee consisted of Messrs E. Lindbeck, A. and F. Lindbeck, J. Groves, W. Stanfleld and brothers, Myers Bros, Harrison and sons, A. Tindell, H. Wilson and R. Morris, also Mesdames W. Johnson, J. Groves, A. Tindell, E. Lindbeck, H. Wilson, H. Pether and Misses Myers (2) Bridle (2) and Morris (2). The ball was opened at 7.30 p.m, and about 40 couples attended. Music was supplied by Messrs Harrison (violin and ac cordeon) and Stanfield Bros (violins), and Mr. W. Stanfield carried out the trying duties of M.C. with a courteousness and ability that did him credit. At midnight the company sat down to supper. The tables groaned with delicacies and the way they disappeared was sufficient to say they were highly appreciated. Mrs. Lindbeck and daughters, Misses Bridle (2) and Morris (2) waited on the tables. Mrs. E. Lindbeck (who is an enthusiast in hospital matters made a splendid four decker cake and disposed of it in aid of the Hospital, Mr. W. Morris being the lucky winner. During the night Mr. E. Myers obliged the company with two recitations " The Man from Snowy River," and " Johnson's Antidote." The doorkeepers, Messrs E. Lindbeck and J. Groves, occupied the position till after supper time. Too much praise cannot be accorded to Mrs. Lindbeck for the energy she displayed on the occasion. It is proposed to make the affair an annual one. The dancing was continued without intermission until daylight when all went home well satisfied with the night's enjoyment. I am informed that a credit balance of £11 10s, after all expenses are met will be available for presentation to the hospital room: mittee, and this, for Blowering, must be considered particularly good. I hope other localities will emulate the example set. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 12 May 1908 Page 2).

1908 - Gadara Shire Council TENDERS addressed to the undersigned and endorsed 'Tender for road Work' will be received up to 2 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, 5th August, 1908, for the following works: —

Contract No. 4, road Tumut to Brungle.

Contract No. 5, road Tumut to Lacmalac.

Contract No. 7, road Tumut -via Plains to Jones' Bridge.

Contract No. 8, road Oddy's Bridge to West Blowering.

Contract No 9, road Tumut to Talbingo.

Contract No 10, road Rosebank to ltiloy't Crossing

Contract No. 11, road Biley's Crossing to Batlow

Specifications, etc., may be seen at the Shire Office, Tumut, L. G. BUCKNELL, Shire Engineer. Tumut, July;27, 1908. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 31 July 1908 Page 3).

West Blowering. - SCHOOL PICNIC.

West Blowering was en fete on 5th inst, the occasion being the holding of the public school picnic. A splendid programme of races and other pastimes were provided for the children.

Messrs J. Higgins and J. Groves, assisted bv Messrs Blades. Lindbeck and others, had a big task in bnml in getting off the many events for the little ones. The two first nnmod gnnilenien limdo tip top handi cappBrf, wbo both worked bard and rendered valuable assistance. Messrs Blades, McKey, Lindbeck, Myers and E. Higgins made the selection of prizes for each race, which were numerous, Udefu), and apuro[ riiite. The amount spent on prizes was £5/14/-, loss l'l/3 for expanses. The other boys race was won by Ilerbmu Lindbeck, with James Higgins second. The next boys race went to Tommy Myers, Kevin McKay being second. Many other boys races were run during the day too numerous to record here. Then the first girls race was won by Emily Myers, Jessie Myers second. The second race was won by Edna Lindbeck, with Ivy Myers second. The girls were elso kept well occupied with other races. All tho children on the ground received a prize of some sort. The sports were also provided for adults, such as the hurdle race for men, which was a 'cake walk' for Arthur Lindbeuk, T. Stanfield being second. Then there was the egg-and-spoon race, which was an easy win for Tom Stanfield, with Arthur Lindbeck second. Hitting Turk's bead was the married men's event, which caused a little excitement, and was won by E. Higgins, with E. Lindbeck second. Oh The nail-driving contest, for married ladies, caused much excitement and merriment, and was won by Mrs, E. Lindbeok, who did not forget 'to strike the nail' on the head each hit. The needle race for young ladies was won by Miss Ivy Bowden with Miss May Bowden second.

Picnickers were present from Tumut, Batlow and Bombowlee and there was a good gathering. The day turned out fine, but was rather warm during the afternoon. Although there were not many trees near to afford abundance of shade, Mr. E. Lindbeck assisted by W. Bailey erected a nice, spacious bush shed, which was much appreciated, and underneath this the luncheon was partaken of. The catering was done by the parents and friends. The ladies were most attentive to the wants of the children, who sat on the grass while adults sat around tables, which fairly groaned under the weight of good things, and a though two sumptuous repasts were served tbero were plenty of eatables of all kinds as well as sweets.

Parents and friends of the pupils all worked indefatigably to promote success. Mr Blades, the teacher, deserving special mention for the way in which he carried out his multifarious duties as secretory, etc., in connection with the picnic. All spent a most enjoyable time and it was nearly dark before the pleasure-seekers departed, all being agreed that the West Blowering picnic of 1909 was a marked success. At night, to conclude the programme, a party was held at Mr. G. Bridle's place where a most enjoyable time was spent dancing being kept in full swing till daylight. Excellent music was kindly provided by Messrs T. B. and D. Stanfield (Bros.) and W. Tindall. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 12 November 1909 Page 2).


Messrs Hain & Searight, conjointly with Messers Badgery Bros report the sale, on account of the executors of the estate of Badgery of East Blowering Estate Tumut district comprising 6767 acres freehold and 10,100 acres occupation license, with all stock, etc Purchaser is Mr W W Killen, of Merribee, Barellen. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 30 December 1910 Page 5).

CHIEFLY PERSONAL. Mr. and Mrs. T. O'Dea reached Sydney on their return from Ireland a fortnight ago, and last week Mr. O'Dea spent a few days among his old friends Tumut.

Mr. W. Rooke, of Adelong, was brought into the Tumut Hospital last week. He was believed to be suffering from typhoid. Mr. Stan Whiting, the first typhoid patient from Adelong side, is on the road to convalesence. He also is an inmate of the Tumut Hospital.

Mr. W. Whiting, of Clearmont sustained a severe crushing to his right hand through a large piece of timber falling on it while he was unloading a waggon. It will be another three weeks before he will be able to resume his vocation.

Last week the body of Mrs Denton, mother of Mr Sid Denton, Waterworks Engineer at Tamut, was found in the river at Dubbo, The old lady, who was subject to fits had been missing from her home for three days previously and it is concluded that while in one of these seizures she fell into the river and was drowned.

Miss Gwendoline J. Davies daughter of Rev. E. Davies, Presbyterian Minister of Tumut, was successful last year in obtaining 1070 marks over the number required to qualify herself for 2A classification. She is now in her last year in the School Teachers' Training College of this State.

On Thursday afternoon last Mr Fred Qddy was the unfortunate victim of a very serious accident. With Mr. E. Stanfield he was sawing up a heavy fallen tree for posts for a fence they had taken a contract to erect, and was on the downside of a hill at West Blowering. The log had previously been sawn at the small end, and before they broke through their end the log rolled and was on top of Mr Oddy before he could rise to his feet. It went right over his body crushing his left arm and fracturing it in two places, and inflicting other painful injuries to his face head and body. He was brought into Tumut Hospital by Mr W. Stanfield in a sulkey and was attended by Drs. Mason and Browne, who performed the necessary surgery. The patient had a fair night's rest on Friday night, and his condition was much improved on Saturday.

A telegram received in Tumut on Friday was to the effect that Sir William Lyne had broken a blood vessel in the head, was unconscious and that his case was hopeless. Reference to the metropolitan papers shows no mention of Sir William's illness.

Mr. A. Byrne, the young man whose spine was injured through a horse falling on him at Tumbaruniba 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).


The annual school picnic at West Blowering was held on the 22nd September. Excellent weather prevailed and everything was capably carried out under the management of L. C. Blades and J. Groves; and a most enjoyable day was spent by all those who took part, many visitors from Tumut, Gocup, Lacmalac, Tumut Plains, and Brungle being among the throng of upwards of two hundred. The picnic grounds presented a most picturesque appearance, being covered by a luxuriant carpet of grass, while the shade trees stood forth gaily as if they understood all about the gala day. A large sum of money was expended on prizes for the children, all on the ground receiving a very useful prize. The task of handing over the prizes was very kindly undertaKen by Mr. T. Bridle (over £8 was allocted for the picnic;. Races and all Kinds of pastimes were arranged for the children. Messrs J, Higgens, J. Groves, E. Higgins, T. Bridle and T. Myers had a big task on hand in getting off the many events for the little ones and grown-ups; the two first named made excellent handicappers, Mr. E. Higgins a tip-top starter, and the two latter were busily engaged in picking out the prize winners. These gentleman worked hard and rendered valuable assistance. The ladies were most attentive to the wants of the children, who were arranged in a ring on the grass, and although two sumptuous repasts were served, there were plenty of eatables of all kinds, as well as fruits and sweets. Parents and friends of children all worked indefatigably to promote success- -Misses T. Bridle, G. Edwards, T Myres, E. Higgins, J. Bowden deserve special mention for the way they carried ous their multifarious kindnesses in connection with the picnic.

The following is a list of some of the events of the day Boys race, T Myers 1, James Higgins 2; second boys race, H. Bridle 1, It. McKey 2; girls race, E. Myers 1, J. Myers 2; second girls race, Bertha Hartshorn 1, Ivy Myers 2; ladies race, Mrs. T. Bridle 1, Miss Hogan 2; second ladies race, Miss Ivy Bawden 1, Miss Myers 2; the next ladies race was won by Miss Hogan, with Miss L. Myers second. Guessing com petition. Mrs. T. Bridle 1, Mrs. J. Bawden 2; stepping contest, Mrs. Bawden 1, Mrs. Myers 2. Before the pleasure seekers dispersed, Mr. Blades, in a few well-chosen words, thanked the company for their co operation in making the function such a pronounced success. Tho response of the parents showed they evinced a deep interest in the school. As for the teacher he was pleased to know that the parents worked so harmoniously with him. Three cheers were heartily given, then the happy gathering dispersed, all being agreed that the West Blowering picnic for I'.liO was a record one.

At night some of the picnickers, and participants from Gilmore, Brungle, Lacmalac and Tumut, wended their way to Mr. G. Bridle's residence, all bent on a jolly good time at the Basket Social. Fully 25 couples participated in the night's amusement which was commenced shortly after dusk, and was kept up in full vigour till the wee hours of the morning. At about midnight adjournment was made to the festive board which was daintily arranged, and fairly groaned under the weight of good things, which reflected much praise on the ladies-Mesdames T. Bridie and E. Higgins and the Bridles for the excellent manner in which they performed their duties. Mr. W. Stanfield was a very efficient M.C. The Stanfield Bros, provided excellent music, and were assisted in the morning by Mr. Tindall. Songs were nicely rendered by Messrs. Connolly and Mr. Stanfield, and a recitation by Mr. E. Myers. The proceeds are to be devoted to auditions to the School Library and School Fund.

On Friday, at Gundagai, the fertile "Dalkeith Estate" will be offered at auotion in suitable farming blooks.

On the last day of September this year the Co-operative butter Factory manufactured two tons more butter than for the corresponding day of last year; although for the month there was a falling off. However, the reoovery has been wonderful, and the supplies are so heavy that the manager (Mr. Bradley) expects that over fifty tons of butter will be manufactured this month, As last week the output was ten tons. Mr. Bradley says that the dairying industry is now firmly established here, and the supplies should be continuous now that the farmers are going in for the making of ensilage. He thinks that the prospects would be even better if the farmers would persevere more with lucerne growing for he believes that where maize can be successfully grown any fodder should succeed. The soils of the Tumut Valley and the Hunter are very much alike, and the Hunter is famous for its lucerne. Pipers, Tobaccos, Cigars, Cigars Cigarettes and all Smokers' requiste at bedrock prices at W. W. Burkin shaw's.

There has been great demand for land at Batlow. Through Messrs S F. Wilkinson & Co several blocks changed hands privately, the last to go being Mr. Wm. Garter's area. It is stated that only one block of the large number placed in the hands of agents for sale remains unsold. Quite a fair number of new settlers have been introduced into the district from differ entparts of tbe State during the past two or three years.

Special lines in Fountain Pens (the labor-saver), from 1/8 to 12/6. W. W. Burkenshaw'S, Adelong.

Speculation has been rife amongst pastoraliats as to the cause of the abnormal mortality of sheep in the local P.P. District, and although a few might have had their suspicions as to the cause, it rests with Mr. John McKinnon, of Wyangle, for the kudos of solving the mystery. A sheep died on his property last week, and be discected it for examination. In tho cavities of the horn he discovered two large bots (of a different species from those found in horses). They were boring into the substauce. It is evident that bot eggs entered the head of sheep thnough the nostrils or the mouth, and after coming to life worked their way through to tbe ears. MR. Nioholls, of Willie Ploma, says he has known sheep on his run to die with bots in the basin. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 4 October 1910 Page 2).


A freshet occurred in the Tumut river on Wednesday, when it rose 2ft, due to the rain and snow in the mountains on Tuesday.

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.

Gin a body meet a body - Gangin' to the kirk

If a sneeze unduly — need a body smirk,

Better far to say '-ma brither

Dinna1 look so dour,

We'll our'a oor coughs' and colds ttaegither ' Wi' 'Woods' Great Peppermint Cure.'

Weather prophet Ogg, Brisbane, forecasts for the remainder of the year: — There will be occasional periods of great warmth long before December, There maybe a pinch of very dry weather in September, but a monsoon is expected to operate early in October, and whilst it will not be a powerful one, it may rain to follow in November, and by the middle of December it is anticipated that most of the afflicted areas will have their troubles tided over again. Ogg warns us that wind and damp will damage crops, but that otherwise a record yield may be anticipated. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 27 September 1912 Page 2).


The late Mr James Claffey, of West View, Gilmore, whose death was briefly reported in our last issue, was a native of Goulburn, was born in the year 1841, and with his parents, when quite a boy, settled at Lacmalac for a short time. There in the year 1869, be married Miss Mary Barry and they took up thier residence at Blowering.

Finally he selected the pick of the land on Gilmore Creek, to which he has been adding up till the time of his death. A few years ago he also bought a valuable property at Westwood, where two of his sons are residing. Mr Claffey was one of the old pioneers and by his steady habits, honesty, great knowledge of farming and hard industry, together with his worthy wife, built up one of the finest properties in the district. He was a staunch Catholic and good supporter of his church. It was about six months ago when he first complained of feeling unwell. He consulted Drs. Mason and Browne, and and later on an operation was performed at the Tumut Cottage Hospital, after which he returned home and, feeling so well, he started to work again; but his health again failed him about six weeks ago, when a trained nurse was called in and all that could possibly be done by the doctors and nurse to prolong life was done for the poor sufferer, but to no avail. A loving husband and kind father will be sadly missed from the home. Mr Claffey leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons (James, William John, Alfred and Augustine), and three daughters (Mrs Maber of Gundagai, Mrs M J Mclnerney and Mrs S Arantz), one son five years old and a daughter (Mrs Thomas H Naughton) having pre-deceased him, eight grand children, four sisters and five brothers to mourn their irreparable loss. He passed peacefully away at 2 o'clock on on Monday morning, after re ceiving ministrations of his Church, all the family being at the death bed. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday afternoon at the old Cemetery was very largely attended. Mr. J. Elphick carried out the duties of fun eral director in a very creditable manner, and Rev. Father McDonell officiated at the Grave. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 April 1913 Page 2).


On Wednesday last, the combined Blowering West and Yellowin Public Schools held a highly successful picnic at the Blowering West Sohool. The picnic was largely attended by local residents and visitors from surrounding districts. There a great number of events, and among those most worthy of notioe were : Old Buffers Race, won by J. H. Lindbeck. Two dead heats were ran in this race, which was finally decided by a toss - The Ladies Nail driving also created considerable amusement, the winner being Mrs Hartshorn, and the "booby," Mrs J. Graham Young Ladies Race Miss E. Myers 1 and Miss I Myers 2 Married Ladies Race.- Mrs F. Adams (Tumut) Young Men's race. Mr. Fred Lindbeck In addition there were numerous children's events. The teachers desire to express their thanks for the generosity of those who assisted the picnic financially or otherwise. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 30 September 1913 Page 2).


A hut occupied by Ah Soon ("Smiler"), at West Blowering, was destroyed by fire on Sunday week last at about 7.30 p.m. It was a two-room structure, built of very inflammable materials, and was valued at about £8. It was left in charge of Mr J Stanfield, sen., who said he put out a fire that had been used in the morning, in the fire-place, by putting water upon it, and he locked the hut up at bout 10 a.m., then drove to Tumut, returning same night and finding the place destroyed,

Edward Mantel informed Constable Cahill, who went to make an investigation, that he saw from his his house, on opposite side of the river to the Chinaman's, a smoke coming out of the chimney as if a fire had just been lit at 7.30 p.m., and about 20 minutes later be noticed a blaze coming through the roof. The building was demolished in a few minutes. He did not notice any person at the hut or in the vicinity at the time,

Constable Cahill was of opinion that the fire had not been properly extinguished by Stanfield, who was in the habit of keeping kindling wood in the fireplace, and possibly that may have caught light, causing the conflagration. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 6 October 1914 Page 2).


Mr F. J. Bourke received a litter from the Tumut War Chest Committee, asking if Blowering would be pleased to take a stall on fche 2gdh Imfc. He decided to call a meeting, and after a talk with some of the West Blowering folk, they agreed to do fche sHtne. Both gatherings were a complete success, and a joint meeting was held on Friday afternoon at the school, many journeying quite twenty miles to attend. It was unanimously decided to provide the stall as requested, the name to be 'Blowering Variety Stall.' Already substancial fcial donations in money, bags of corn, young heifer, sucking pig, cakes, dray load of ferns, pair of ducks, sheep, etc, are pouring in eggs, flowers, potatoes, bottles of jam and anything whatsoever in that line will be thankfully received. One of the young lady collectors has already received 125 numbers for the sucking pig. On both sides of the river from Mr Theodore Lampe, at Talbingo to Springfield, a wave of enthusiastic support is assured, to try and provide additional comforts (or tbe brave men at the front). Mrs F. J. Bourke was appointed general treasurer and, Mr N. Crook general secretary. The stall will be under the verandah of Messrs E. Wilkinson and Son's offices. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 September 1917 Page 4).

1918 Mr. Jas Denning, who has had a long illness and under went several operations, is at ' Woonoona,' West Blowering again looking quite his normal self. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 January 1918 Page 3).


THE first of a series of socials to be held at West Blowering, in aid of the R.C. Church Garden Fete (Blowering and Tumut Plains Stall), (to be held on December 26, took place at Mr. E. Higgins residence on Friday night last. The threatening weather militated against the attendance.

The secretary, Mr. John Groves, was unable to be present owing to sickness, and his duties were carried out by the treasurer, Mr, Dave Stanfield, The floor was in excellent order and Mr. Jas Higgins directed the dancers, whilst Messrs D. Stanfield, W. Tindall and J. Higgins supplied the music. Refreshments were served at midnight, followed by the drawing of raffles. A cake, donated by Mrs. F. J Bourke, of East Blowering, was won by Milton Haydon, who redonated it and it was auctioned and reauctioned by Mr. Geo. Bridle, eventually falling to the bid of Mr. C. A. Oddy. It realised £2/17/6.

Dancing was afterwards resumed and continued with unabated vigor till the wee small hours. The gross proceeds from the function were £5/5/6, and the expenses 11/6. The treasurer has handed £4/14/- to the treasurer of the Blowering and Tamut Plains Stall. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 24 September 1918 Page 2).


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).

JACK'S LAST MUSTER. West BlowerinG: Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jelf,— My father has been taking the 'Manner' for some years and I take great interest in the letters and poetry,some pieces are very nice. It has been raining constantly. This is a great drawback to the farmers in pulling the corn. We had a great fall of snow on the 21st of last month. The Tumut River 10ft 11in. I have left school now. We are milking three cows, and got a fair drop of milk; we make about 2LB of butter a week. Would some of my cousinss kindly forward me the piece of poetry. 'Jack's Last laster.' — Your fond niece, Gladys Higgins. (If the piece is sent in I'll publish it.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 July 1916 Page 12).

Mr. Tim Quilty of 'Riverview' West Blowering, had another bad turn early in the week, and was brought into the Tumut Hospital. The changeable weather of late has affected his health a great deal since he returned home from Lewisham Hospital. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 7 September 1917 Page 3).

THE LOVELY TUMUT VALLEY. West Blowering, Tumut. Dear Uncle Jeff,— This is my first letter to the 'Banner.' I am sending in a piece of poetry to the 'Banner,' which I would like you to publish. Father and some of my brothers are busy pulling corn, and my other brother is nearly finished putting in the crop. I have a little bay pony and would like you to give it name for him, please. I have not ridden him yet, as he is quite young. We had some beautiful rain up here awhile back, and it made -everything look nice and green. You can get a nice view of the Tumut River from our place. There are willows and all sorts of shrubs along its banks. — our fond niece, 'Bluebell.' (Call the pony Tom.)


Rev Father Lchanc, who has been granted 12 months leave, on account of continued ill-health, is at present spending a few weeks in Tumut parish. Before he takes his departure he will be presented with a small token of the appreciation in which he is held by the Tumut parishioners.

1919 - Marriage There was a large gathering at the Catholic Church, on Wednesday morning, 30th inst to witness the marriage Miss Muriel, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Snowden, of Newtown, Tumut, and Edward John Higgins, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Higgins, of West Blowering. Rev. Father Sharkey, assisted by Rev father Lehane, was the celebrant. As the bride, on the arm of her father, advanced to the altar Mrs. O'Mara; presided at the organ, played 'the 'Wedding Martch.' During the ceremony Mrs. P. Madigan sang Millard's 'Avc Maria'. The bride's gown was of white crepe de chine. She wore the orthodox wreath and, veil and a gold cross and chain (gift from the bride groom), and carried a beautiful bouquet of white cactus dahlias. The bridesmaids were Misses Pearl and Miriam Snowden (sisters of the bride), frocked in white fugi, and wearing aerophane hats to tone and gold pendants (gifts from the bridegroom). Two little train bearers, Esme Higgins (sister or the bridegroom) and May Whittacker (cousin of the bride) wore dainty white silk frocks and tulle caps, also gold broodies (presented by the bridegroom). The wedding breakfast was held at the residence of the bride's parents, Father Lehane presiding. The usual toasts wore honoured. A splendid array of presents, handsome and costly, were displayed in the drawing room, and several cheques were also rocoived with the messages of congratulation. - (Ref- The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942)(about) Previous issue Thursday 15 May 1919 Page 30).

MRS. J. CLAFFEY. Mrs. J. Claffey, an esteemed pioneer of Adelong district, passed peacefully away at her residence, West View, Gilmore, on Wednesday week, at the ripe old age of 80 years, her late husband having predeceased her six years ago. Deceased was born in Ireland, and her parents died when she was very young, leaving her with two sisters (Mrs. Keihone and late Mrs. Engelin, of Gundagai) to face the battle of life. They came to Australia, and in 1869 the subject of our obituary was married to the late Mr. James Claffey at Adelong, by the late Rev. Father Twomey. They first settled down at Blowering, and after wards selected land at Gilmore, where they established one of the best home steads to be found in the district, and resided there until their demise. Members of the family, mentioned hereunder were at the bedside when the fond and devoted mother passed peacefully away— Mrs. J. C. Malier (Brisbane), Mrs. M. J. M'Inerney, Mra. S. F. Arnetz, Messrs. James, son and daughter predeceased parents. There were also 13 grandchildren. The fine old lady will be sadly missed by a host of neighbours. The funeral, which took place on Thursday last, was one of the largest that has left the locality, the remains being laid to rest next to those of her late hus band and daughter in the Catholic portion of the old cemetery. Rev. Father Sharkey officiated at the grave. - (Ref- Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932)(about) Previous issue Thursday 14 August 1919 Page 35).


The late Mr James Claffey, of West View, Gilmore, whose death was briefly reported in our last issue, was a native of Goulburn, was born in the year 1841, and with his parents, when quite a boy, settled at Lacmalac for a short time. There in the year 1869, be married Miss Mary Barry and they took up thier residence at Blowering.

Finally he selected the pick of the land on Gilmore Creek, to which he has been adding up till the time of his death. A few years ago he also bought a valuable property at Westwood, where two of his sons are residing. Mr Claffey was one of the old pioneers and by his steady habits, honesty, great knowledge of farming and hard industry, together with his worthy wife, built up one of the finest properties in the district. He was a staunch Catholic and good supporter of his church. It was about six months ago when he first complained of feeling unwell. He consulted Drs. Mason and Browne, and and later on an operation was performed at the Tumut Cottage Hospital, after which he returned home and, feeling so well, he started to work again; but his health again failed him about six weeks ago, when a trained nurse was called in and all that could possibly be done by the doctors and nurse to prolong life was done for the poor sufferer, but to no avail. A loving husband and kind father will be sadly missed from the home. Mr Claffey leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons (James, William John, Alfred and Augustine), and three daughters (Mrs Maber of Gundagai, Mrs M J Mclnerney and Mrs S Arantz), one son five years old and a daughter (Mrs Thomas H Naughton) having pre-deceased him, eight grand children, four sisters and five brothers to mourn their irreparable loss. He passed peacefully away at 2 o'clock on on Monday morning, after re ceiving ministrations of his Church, all the family being at the death bed. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday afternoon at the old Cemetery was very largely attended. Mr. J. Elphick carried out the duties of fun eral director in a very creditable manner, and Rev. Father McDonell officiated at the Grave. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 April 1913 Page 2).

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).


Master John Halloran, son of Mr and Mrs P. Halloran, has been appointed as clerk of the Tamut Savings Bank,

A public meeting was held at Mr F J. Bourks's on Wednesday night to consider how best to augment the funds in connection with the Sergt Gus Keown Home Building Fund. The meeting was a large one. Mr. J. P. Sullivan, J.P., was elected to the ohair, and said that the meeting had been called by Mr F. J. Bourke in response to a letter received from Mr J. T. Clout, the hon sec of the fund, who wrote that owing to the big oost of materials they had not sufficient funds to complete the work.

It was decided by the committee to ask those who had so kindly helped before if they would do so again. The chairman said the object was one that called for their whole hearted enthusiasm. Blowering had done its share on every occasion up to date, and he felt tat they would all again respond to the call.

Apologies were received from Mr and Mrs T Quilty, Mr and Mrs Lampe, Mr and Mrs Wm Morris, Mr and Mrs Slone, Mr W. Patterson, Mr and Mrs J. Hargasaves, Miss 0. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs J. Wilkinson, Mr A. H. Watts, Mr and Mrs W. Johnson and Mr and Mrs H. Myers. All signified their wish to loyally assist. Proposed by Messrs F. J. Bourke and P. Halloran that a day's sport and a dance in the evening, be held. Carried unanimosely. The meeting then set to work on the various appointments and preparation of programme and in two hours had all practically completed, viz : Date of holding, Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m: hon treasurer, Mrs F. J. Bourke; joint hon secretaries, Messrs Hugh Hauls and F. J. Bourke; ladles' oommittee, the ladies of East and West Blowering gent's committee, Messrs J, P. Sullivan, Oboe Danoiog, R. Heyden, J. 0. Johnson, D. Stanfield, H. Harris, J. T. Wilkinson, F. P. Oddy, 0. Bridle, H. Naughton, P. Halloran, J. Halloran, A. H. Watts, B. Hayden, H. Johnson, A. Sloane, W. Patterson and A. Myers; collectors: ladies, Springfield, Mrs 0. Wilkinson; East Blowering, Miss Mary Bourke; West Blowering, Miss Maud Myers; gents, East Blowering, Mesers F. J. Bourke and F. P. Oddy; West Blowering, Mr E. Myers; Yellowin, Mr H. Harris. In obarge of muBio, Mr D. Stanfield. - Obarges of admission : To ground 1/, ohildren 6d; to dance, gents 8/, ladies 2/; dance at Mr F. J. Bourke's. The programme is a fine one, and includes horse events, footracing, etc. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 13 April 1920 Page 2).


SMALL FARM, situated 14 miles from Tumut. 90 acres Freehold, divided into three paddocks, well watered. Suitable for small dairying or for maize growing. Apply MRS. B. BAWDEN. West Blowering.- (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 21 June 1921 Page 2).


In our issue of Tuesday last brief mention was made of the death of Mrs. Eggleton sr, which occurred at her residence, West Blowering, the previous day, at the ripe old age of 86 years. Deceased was born at Pambula in this State, later removing with her parents to Queanbeyan, where she married. Subsequently coming to Tumut with her husband over 50 years ago, and living in this district ever since. Her husband predeceased her many years. To the union there was issue of two sons and five daughters. One of the former survives, Thomas, of Blowering, and the daughters are Mrs. Danvers, Mrs. G. A. Johnson, Mrs. W. Jeffery, Mrs. D. Hudson and Mrs. G. Dowsett. The funeral took place on Tuesday last, many old friends and relatives following the remains to the Old Cemetery, where they were interred, Rev. A. G. Rix (Church of England) officiating at the graveside and Mr. Jas. Elphick capably performing the mortuary duties. The pall-bearers were Messrs Raymond, Edward, Alfred and George Johnson (grandsons of deceased). - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 12 April 1921 Page 2).

Mr M. Ryan a well known Tumut identity who was born at Blowering, passed away a few days ago, after suffering for a long time. Some time back he was taken to Sydney for treatment, and was in a hospital there for nine weeks, his case being found to be hopeless, and he was sent back again to Tumut. Deceased is survived by his widow, two daughters (Mrs. Garland, of Yass, and Mrs.H. Grant, of Coonabarabran) and two sons (Mac, of Binnaway, and the gallant V.C. hero, Jack, of Wyalong). One son Leslie, died a number of years ago. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 30 June 1922 Page 27).

At a public meeting at West Blowering on Sunday afternoon last it was unanimously decided to hold a dance in aid of the Tumut Hospital on Wednesday night, Oct, 22 (the date of sports), at the home of Mr. Edward Higgins sr, which has been kindly offered for the purpose. Tickets are to be printed and sold, gents being charged 3/, and the ladies to supply refreshments. It was decided to ask the ladies to make up one basket for the picnic, and a separate one for the dance. Good music will be provided and, as the cause is an excellent one, it is confidetly expected that there will be a record attendance, and that not a ticket will be left unsold. Dancing will continue till 4.30a.m. Tumutites (and other "ites") with cars should certainly patronise this function, and see for themselves what Blowering can do. A capital Idea would be to put tho afternoon in at the school picnic and sports, and be on the spot tor the dance at night. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 30 September 1924 Page 5).

1910 - SOCIAL.

Last Saturday week splendid sport was had by a party at a fox drive through Messrs E. H. Lindbeck's, G. Bridle's and J. Oddy's properties on West Blowering. After three drives had been undertaken, rain fell so heavily that the sport had to be discontinued. Nine shootists and 11 drivers were engaged, and altogether 7 foxes were captured. At night a dance was held at Mr. G. Bridle's residence, about a dozen couples having a good time till close on midnight, Messrs W. Tindull, A. Tindall, Stanfield Bros and D. Christian supplying the music. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 28 June 1910 Page 2).

1910 - WEST BLOWERING This part of the district is beginning to present a splendid appgarance like the 'Emerald Iale.' The crops are growing rapidly, and are 4£iris ;above ground. The weather has been neirly all that could be desired for the growth of the grass, which, if the cloudy weather continues, will be good cow pasture. Dairying will soon be in full swing and stock on the whole look remarkably well at the present time. Great havoc has been, made with poor 'Master Fox' by poisoning and shooting, but still they are plentiful in some parts. Rabbits up this way as well as everywhere else, are giving bunny a 'hot time,' and they are making good money.

The friends Mr. L. 0. Blades, school teacher, West Blowering, will be pleased to learn that he has qualified for promotion, by being very successful in the recent examination of teachers. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 29 July 1910 Page 2).


Another step in the right direction has been made here, a number of parents, including Mrs. T. Bridle, Mrs. Bowden and Mrs. Higgins, and Messrs J. Higgins, J. Groves, T. Bridle and L. Blades having met at the West Blowonng school on the evening of the 23rd inst. in connection with the holding of a school picnic, near the above school, on 22 nd September nest, followed by a basket social at night, which is to take place at Mr. G. Bridle's residence. The proceeds of the social are to be devoted towards a school fund, etc. At the meeting, Messrs J. Groves and Les. C. Blades were elected joint secretaries of the picnic and social. Then the meeting adjourned, each and all leaving with the resolve to forth their strenuous efforts to make the function a success both for the youngsters and adults. A right royal time is expected. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 26 August 1910 Page 3).


The sale at auction is announced by Messrs S F Wilkinson & Co. to take place on Wednesday, 26th inst, of Mr J G Ussher's specially graded dairy herd, dairying machinery and appliances, farm stock and fjlVminfT i/iinlnmpnk nnvf.innln.vt: nf wliiph appear in our advertising columns This offers a rare opportunity for dairymen in quest of high grade cows to increase and improve their herds, and of farmers and others requiring good farm stock and modem machinery, all of which is in first-class order. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 January 1910 Page 3).

1910 - FIRE On Saturday last, on a vacant piece of land south of Mr. W. Stanfield's holdings, a fire sprang up. Luckily Messrs. B. Stanfield and F. Burton were near at hand, and by strenuous endeavors succeeded in subduing the flames. As everything then was ignitible it was fortunate assistance was at hand, otherwise West Blowering would have been all in flames. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 January 1910 Page 3).


Messrs. Irwin and Searighfson jointly with Messrs. Badgery Bros., Sydney, report the sale, on account of the executors of the late C. L. Badgery, of East Blowering estate, Tumut district, comprising 6767 acres freehold and 10,000 acres occupation lease with all stock, etc. Purchaser is Mr. W. W. Killen, of Merribee, Barellan.

In Gundagai Pastures Board district, according to last year's returns, there ware 12,802 head of horses, 4117 being draught, 3254 light harness and 4881 saddle horses. The number of sheep was 291,801, an increase of over 8 per cent on the previous year's return. Of cattle there were 51,989 head, a decrease on the previous year.

Messrs E. Wilkinson and Son are offering for sale at auction on 28th inst Mr. Georgo Beatty's West Blowering farm of 340 acres (100 acres freehold and 240 acres C.P.), with frontage to the Tumut River. It is for absolute and bona fide sale, the owner being about to leave the district.

An application has been lodgod at the Tumut Crown Lands office by Francis Halloran for conversion of his C.L. of 1403 acres into a CP, ph, Cooloman. James Andrew Baitell, of Batlow, has applied for 108 acres of an original conditional purobase, ph Selwyn, co Wynyard, Annual leases have besn applied for by Mary Forgu floii, of 100 acres, phs Hindmarsh and Wondalga, co Wynyard, and by William S. Watson, of 250 acres, ph Minjary, co Wynynrd.

New maps are availably at the Crown Lands Offices for the ph. of Nacka Nacka, co Wynyard, and ph, of Tumbarumba, co Selwyn. - Block available for original homestead selection on 2nd February, 1911:— 88 acres, per 282, ph Blowering, co Buccleuoh, capital value £616 at £7 per acre, annual rent £7 14s, bucvey fee £3 16s lid ; estimated value of improvements, felling .£5 143, fencing £& 19s 7d; about 5£ miles from Tumut; water supply, permanent water in Piper's Creek; average annual rainfall 82 inches; character of land, soil, timber, &o., flat and undulating, good alluvial and fair loamy soil, about 34 acres cleared of timber, the balance openly timbered with apple, box, gum and stringy-bark. Annual rent £3 per cent of capital value. The value' of improvements and interest is payable in 4 equal yearly instalments, the first instalment being payable 12 months from the date of application. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 6 January 1911 Page 2).


It becomes our melancholy duty to record the demise, at the age of 55 years, of Mr James Bowden, of West Blowering, whioh occured at his residence at 8 p.m. on Saturday last, the cause of death being carokiomia of the liver. The poor fellow had been a long and patient sufferer from the fell disease, he had been attended by Drs. Mason and Browne, who did their best to alleviate his troubles.

Another landmark from West Blowering has gone to that land "where the wicked ceasa from troubling and the weary are at rest." Deceased was an old resident of Tumut, quiet, inoffensive and unobtrusive character, and his loss will be felt by his many friends, for whom he was ever ready, in his time, to do a friendly turn. His sorrowing wife, while life remained in her husband, had hope, and was anxious to get him down to Sydney for treatment; but was strenuously advised there was no possible chance of recovery, as his trouble was too deep seated to permit of success. Be leaves behind him a sorrowing wife, three sons and five daughters (one Mrs Tozser, of Adaminaby) to mourn their loss. His remains were interred in the R.C. portion of the new cemetery on Monday last. Mr Jus Elphick was the undertaker, and Rev Father Slattery read the last sad rites at tbe grave. We tender the bereaved our deepest sympathy. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 30 May 1911 Page 2).


It becomes out painful duty to record the passing of another old pioneer in the person of Mr. Richard Rivers of the Federal Estate, Gilmore, whioh occurred at the ripe old age of 74 years, at his residence on the 17th int., at 5 o'clock in the morning, the cause of death being gallstones and liver complaint supervening.

The departed one was born at Ivy Bridge, Devonshire, England, on April 19, 1837, and came out to Australia alone at the age of 16 years. The first part of his life was spent on the gold diggings in Victoria, where he toiled strenuously with varying success.

He was married at Richmond, Victoria, on June 28, 1859, to Miss Annie Taylor Jones, a native of Littleton, Gloucestershire, England, who was born on 18th April, 1840. The result of the marriage was 11 children — nine sons and two daughters. Three of the sons predeceased him. Those living are Charles William (Tumut), Henry Morris (Glen Innes), Richard Edward (Junee), Robert Taylor (Queensland), Arthur Albert (Cootamundra) and William Edward (Gilmore). The two daughters are Mrs. H. J. Quarmby (Batlow) and Mrs. F. Davis (Tumut). All the sons married save William.

He has two brothers and two sisters living, two in England and two in Melbourne. After leaving the goldfields he took up a selection at Glenthompson, in the western district of Victoria; sold out there and went managing a station for Robertson Bros., Tarran Tarran, Victoria.

In 1876 he selected a holding in Riverina on which he lived 17 years, and at the same time he managed a station for Mr. Thomas Robertson, of Toganmain.

He then left Riverina and purchased West Blowering. On this he effected substantial improvements, and planted one of the best orchards in the district, and was just getting matters into working order and battling with the low prices then obtaining for stock, when, from a temporary inability to meet the obligations to the vendees of the holding, he was evicted therefrom. But nothing daunted, he leased his present Gilmore property, of about 1100 acres, which he finally purchased.

He was a man of undaunted courage and thoroughly understood the A.B.C. of pastoral and agricultural colonial life, took a deep interest in the dairying industry, being one of the oldest shareholders in the Tumut Butter Factory and a director of same for a number of years. He combined pastoral and agricultural pursuits, and success attended his efforts. He had always been a consistent supporter of our Tumut A. & P. Association occupying the proud position of president, and for about five years was a district representative on the Looal Land Board.

About three years ago he sustained an injury to his foot occasioned by a fall from his horse and the breaking of a bone whioh caused it to decay. Taking urgent measures, he sought the best advice in the metropolis and was compelled to submit to the amputation of his left foot just below the ankle, but being of a strong constitution, medical skill came to the rescue, and the pedal addition proved much to his satisfaction and the delight of his many friends. Increasing age, however, brought him increased trouble, and about 10 weeks ago he was confined to his bed and at times suffered excruciating pain. Drs. Mason and Browne were most assiduous in their attention to him during his trying illness and his worthy wife and his exemplary son (William) never left him, attended to his every wish and gave him all the oomfort it was in their power to bestow, but, in spite of all, the inexorable reaper claimed His own, and peacefully there passed from earth a fond husband, an exemplary father, and much loved grandfather, relieved at last "of life's weary load."

No earthly clinging,

No lingering gaze, No strife at parting,

No more amaze;

But sweetly, gently,

He passed away

From the world's dim twilight

To endless day,

He was a worthy Briton, honest to a fault, and his cheery presence will long be missed by those who had the benefit of his acquaintance. He was one of those we can ill afford to lose and his departure leaves a void in the community. His mortal retrains were interred on Sunday last in the Church of England portion of the new cemetery. It was one of the largest corteges we have seen for years, there being no less than 57 vehicles and over 50 horsemen, besides others who proceeded on foot to the graveyard. The pallbearers were Messrs Charles, Henry, Edward, Arthur and William Rivers, and Mr. F. Davis. Mr. James Elphick worthily carried out the mortuary arrangements, and Rev. Ross Edwards officiated at the grave.

Those who presented floral tributes were Mr. and Mrs P. Naughton, Mr. and Mrs G. Whatman and family, Mr and Mrs F. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. W. Purcival, Mr. and Mrs A. Davis and family, Mr. and Mrs W. Rivers, and Misses Vera Whatman, Dulcie Davis, Laura Hibbens, Elsie Rivers, Olive Rivers. Keith and Nelly Rivers, Eiss Hilda Boston, and Mr. A. Rivers. Mr. Robert Rivers (Queensland) was the only member of the family absent not arriving in Sydney till the day of the funeral. We tender the bereaved ones out deepest solicitude in this their dark hour of trial. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 26 September 1911 Page 2). Digitisation generously supported

DEATH OF MR. CHARLES ODDY. Tumut has lost one of oldest and most respected residents in the person o£ Mr Charles Oddy, whose death occurred at his residence, West Blowering, yeaterday, at the ripe old age o£ 75 years, the cause of death being heart failure following on senile decay. As far back as 1841, he, with his father, John Oddy, came to Tumut. At that time Messrs George fcJaelley and Thomas MoAlister went largely into dairying, and Mr Oddy's father was their principal milkman and for a time shepherded sheep for Mr. George Shelley. The deceased when he grew up started farming at Tumut Plains on what was then Crown lands.

Later he went to the Kiandra gold rush just after it started, did well and came back and selected the home where he died in about 1905 he married Miss Eliza Osmond, sister of Mr James Osmond, who at one time ran the Star Hotel in Tumut. The result of the union was 5 sons, viz: Alvie, John Charles, Frederick, George and William, all of Tumut (George accidentaly buuo mumuiij, uuu twu uuiugmurs, via ; Mrs J Johnson, Tumut, and Mrs J Reardon, Coolgardie. The whole family wore always a most invited,and have atwaya been respected for the good character they have always striven to maintain the departed and his estimable wife were always noted for their kindly hospitality, and the one time occupant of the vacant chair will be deeplv missed in the locality where he lived so long.

The funeral takes place this evening at I o'clock, the place of intermont being the Church of England portion of the new, cemetery. We tonder the bereaved ones our deepest sympathy: — Call not back tho dear departed, Anohoreu sal e whoro Btorms are o'er, On tho borderland we left him, Soon to meet and part no more. Far beyond this world of changes, Far beyond this world of care, Wo Bhall find -our missing loved one in our Father's mansion fair. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 6 December 1912 Page 2).


MR and MRS. JNO HIGGINS, of West Blowering, desire to tender their grateful thanks to Drs Mason and Browne for their skillful treatment, and to the matron and nunes at the Tumut Cottage Hospital for their kind and attentive nursing of their infant while an inmate of that institution. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 21 January 1913 Page 2).


Mr. McGirr, M.L.A. has received the following correspondence: — Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 23rd September, 1914. Sir, I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of a communication, dated 11th instant, presented by you from Mr. M. Higgins, of West Blowering, in regard to the appointment of a teacher to West Blowering Public School, and to inform you that a teacher has now been appointed to the chargo of that school. I am etc, P. Board, Under secretary. - (Ref- The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951)(about) Previous issue Friday 2 October 1914 Page 2).

SNOW AT BL0WERING. West Blowering, Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jeff, This is my first letter to the, 'Banner.' We are getting a lot of rain up here this winter, also snow low down on the hills. One of my uncles has gone to the war; he sent us a post card from Egypt. He expects to be called to France soon.— Your fond nephew, Jack Higgins (12 years). (Blowering is a pretty place at any time. It should look simply lovely under snow.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 July 1916 Page 12).

TUMUT. - (From Our Own Correspondent.) - Monday, March: 29.

Recently the annual sports in aid of our Tumut Hospital were held at Rule's Point, also a dance at night. As a result the sum of £25 will be handed to the secretary of the institution. Following is a list of events and winners: — Boys race under 14 years, Clarrie Reece; boys race, Jack Bell; handicap, 100 yards, R. Beattie 1, W. Dunn 2; throwing at wicket, Arthur Yan; ladies' race, Miss Higgins 1, Miss M'Gregor 2; ladies nail driving race, Mrs Lampe; boys apple race, Claire Reece; medley race, L. Booth 1, H. Harris 2; flag race, L. Booth; barebacks hunt, L. Booth and W. Dunn divided; open hunt, Henry Harris 1, R. Harrington, W. Dunn and Mr. Duffy tied for second; pony hunt, F. Cribb, T. Crubb and Quinn divided; rescue race, L. Booth; best buckjump rider, Henry Harris; hack race H. Harrington 1, Henry Harris 2; pony race, Jack Simms 1, Los Herrington 2; waltzing competition, Mr and Mrs. Reece.

On Saturday night, the 1Oth inst two fires occurred at Bloweriug within an hour. The first, a shed containing 80 tons of hay, at West Blowering, owned by a returned soldier, Mr. E. Myres; and an other about a mile distant, a shed belonging to Mr. E. Higgins, containing 30 tons of hay.

Mr. Walter Campbell, son of Mr. F. Campbell, of Red Hill, and returned soldier, has purchased the Brungle estate, owned by the late Mr. D. M'Kinnon. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 2 April 1920 Page 41).


On Nov. 22 at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Johuson, West Blowering, their second daughter, Miss Bertha Flotonoe, was married to Mr. Alfied Augustus, son of Mr. and Mrs. I G. Lefevre, of Tumut Plains, Mr. L. Viokery being best man and Miss Doris Vera Johnson bridesmaid. After the wedding all gathered round the breakfast table, which was prettily decorated and attended to by girl friends of the bride. After full justice had been done to the good things provided, the Chairman Mr. 0. E. Burgess wished Mr. and Mrs. A, A. Lefevre all good luck. The bride groom responded and thanked all for their kindness and goodwiehes. Appreciative speeches were also delivered by Messrs L. Vickery, S. Denton, G. A. Johnson and B. B.Johnson. The bride's dress was of soft white muslin, insertion and lace trimmings, with overdue of shadow lace. The brides maid was prettily attired, and carried a basket of forget-me-nots and the lily of the valley, and received from the bridegroom a nice gold bangle. Mr. and Mrs Lefevre immediately left to catch the train for Sydney. The bride's travelling dress was of mole I orepe-de-chene, with pale blue crepe de-chene and white lace trimmings and hat to matoh. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 8 December 1916 Page 3).


The marriage of Miss Elsie Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Groves, of West Blowering, with Mr. Henry R. D. Connell, son of Mr. Henry H. Conneil, Chamber Magistrate, Sydney, was solemnised at the Roman Catholic Church, Tumut, on Wednesday last, Rev. Fr. Devine, P.P, being the celebrant. The bride was attended by her sister (Miss Agnes) as bridesmaid, and Mr. Robert Connell (brother of the groom) was best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the newly-wedded pair took car to Cootamundra, where the train was caught for Sydney, for their honeymoon. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 16 August 1921 Page 3).

A NEW HOME. Hawksview, West Blowering.

Dear Uncle Jeff, — I am writing from a new home. I had a very merry Christinas, and I hope you had too. There is going to be a dance at our place and then a tennis match over at my aunty's and a picnic after it. We are only milking one cow. We have a little white heifer calf, and. would you please give a name for it. Would, one of the 'Banner' cousins kindly send in the song, 'Just After the Battle, Mother.' — Your fond niece, Kathleen Bridle (12 years). - (Call the calf Lily. Don't you meaa 'before' the battle.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 20 January 1922 Page 12).

DOWN AMONG THE FRUIT. Hawksview. West Blowering.

Dear Uncle Jeff,— -This, is my second letter to the 'Banner.' I am writing from a new home. I like living down here. It is better than up at Adaminabv because it is warmer. I like going back to school again. There are only 28 children going to our school. We are down here among all the fruit, which I think is the best place to be. The fruit is not ripe yet. Love to aunty, and the 'Banner' cousins. — Trixie Bridle.- (Think of me when you are eating the fruit, if you may perhaps be able to spare me,a nibble.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 27 January 1922 Page 12).

NAMES FOR EVERYTHING. - Hawksview. West, Blowering Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jeff, I suppose you have forgotten me, because it is such a long time since I wrote to you. We had a slight fall of snow here about three weeks ago. It has been raining nearly ever since, and there are small creeks running everywhere. We are milking two cows, and we call one Cherry and the other Clementine. A poddy calf we call Katie and we have a little bulldog pup, we call Poodley. — Your fond niece; Trixie Bridle. (When I am short of names l shall come to you for some, Trixja-. Thanks for the ridles.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 August 1922 Page 12).

WHO'LL WRITE TO KATIE? - West Blowering, via Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jeff, It is a long time since I last wrote to you. I am twelve years old and am in the sixth class. I have a little sister going to school and she is in the third class. There was a great flood here, which came down suddenly. It washed a lot of the road away and the dairy farmers had to make a road at Mr Fred Oddie's to take the cream into the factory. Would some of the cousins write to me, please ?. Did you go for a walk on Wattle Day? We did, Miss Meaker our teacher took us for a walk after lunch. We all got some beautiful golden wattle. We took some home and decorated the school with the rest. We play tennis at school and have great fun. The school dentist is in town. I have to go in on Monday to have my teeth done. I have a little pony broken in and I call him Genty. — Your loving niece, Kate Higgins. (Hope you enjoyed yourself, Kate, with the school dentist.All the nineteen went for a walk on Wattle Day and the people thought it was a wattle tree on legs when they returned.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 25 August 1922 Page 12).

A GOOD CATCH. West Blowering. via Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jeff, — Our school holidays are nearly ended, and I am sony. I am setting 15 rabbit traps. In one rabbit trap I first caught a young rabbit, and then I set it again, and caugut a big brown snake, nearly 5ft. long. We have finished carting hay now, and are cutting saffron thistles. Did you get any presents for Christmas, uncle? I did — a gold tie pin, a self filling fountain pen and 5/. The grass is nice and green about here now. Would you ask some of the 'Banner' cousins to send in the song, ' Peggy 0 'Neill.' I would like some of the cousins to write to me. Love to aunty, the 19, and your self.— Kind regards from Ken Johnson. (Five-feet of brown snake is a good catch,! Ken. Did you skin him? Did you use your new fountain pen to write this letter?) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 25 January 1924 Page 13).

TRIXIE'S FAMILY. Roadside. West Blowering, via Tumut.

Dear Uncle Jeff, It is six months since I last wrote to you and I hope you have not forgotten me? I have a new baby brother, and we call him Albert William Clyde. He was four months old today. That is nine in our family now. It will soon be as many as yours, uncle, because one and nine make nineteen. Two brothers and one of my sisters are up at Adaminaby staying at my grandmothers. My father has been up at Curransra this last two months: My other brothers are busy making a bon-fire tree for Empires night. I suppose the 19 will be wanting crackers for Empire night. It will cost you a lot of money for them. I like reading the Children's Page. I have not seen a letter from cousin Harry for a long while now. That was a good I letter from Tummy Tufnut. I had to laugh at it. I will try and get my photo taken and send one to you. Because a good many other cousins are sending you their photos. You must have a good few photos now uncle. With love to you, aunty, and all the cousins. — From Trixie Bridle. (It seems a long six months Trixie, since you wrote. You are pretty good at arithmetic with your 1 and 9, but look out you don't make a slip and have a family of 91!! Give my kilid regards to Albert William Clyde, and us soon as he can grasp essentials, or a pen, tell him to writ to Uncle Jeff! - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 23 May 1924 Page 12).

West Blowering

A public meeting was held at the West Blowering School on 17th inst. in connection with the annual picnic and sports. There was a large attendance, and Mr. John Higgins was voted to the chair. The following resolutions were carried :-(1) - That the annual school picnic and sports be held at the school on Wednesday, October, 22; (2) that Mr. H. Minchin be secretary and treasurer; (3) that each pupil be 'first' presented with an acceptable gift, and that the winners of the various events - receive money prizes; (4) that collection lists be given to each family; (5)- that each family bring a basket of provisions; (6) that, notwithstanding the money calls on one's pocket at the present time in connection with the various "Queens," etc., all put forth a special effort to make the day a real success, and thus give the, children a happy time ; (7) that a vote of thanks be passed to Mr. F. L. Baker, and other business people in Tumut who so materially assisted in making last year's picnic such a success. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 19 August 1924 Page 5).

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).

1925 - GADARA SHIRE COUNCIL - (Continued from last issue)

Secretary, Literary Institute, Batlow, asked the Council's approval to plan of verandah to be built on the north side o£ the institute building at Batlow.- Crs. Crain and Godfrey moved that the plan of verandah be approved of, fee to be paid, and verandah to be erected the whole width of footpath, viz. 16ft. from building line.--Carried.

Israel Piper, manager for W. W. Killen, applied for the Council's permission to cross road with telephone line.-Granted, subject to the line being erected to Engineer's approval, on motion of Crs. Wilkinson and Herlihy. J. W. Lewis applied/for the Coun cil's permission to cross the Brungle road with a telephone line.- Permission granted, subject to the line being erected to the satisfaction of the Engineer, motion of Crs. Godfrey and Herlihy. Decided, on motion of Crs. Crain and Godfrey, to point out to the P.M. General (through Mr Parker Moloney, M.H.R.) the fact that several trees have been felled on the Gilmore road by telephone men, and to ask that in future before any trees on the roads are interfered with the Council's permission be obtained.

The Shires Association asked the Council to fill in petitions in connection with the alteration of franchise for shire elections, protesting against the alterations, also asked that the local Members be asked to oppose the Bill and support the petition. Crs. Godfrey and Wilkinson moved that the petitions - be sent in with the Council's seal attached and that the local Members be written to as suggested.-Carried.

Decided, on motion of Cr Godfrey and Wilkinson, to insure the Shire motor car for £100.

Dept. of Health asked if anything further had been done to select a site for a sanitary depot at Batlow. - Crs. Crain and Godfrey moved that the Dept. be advised that a site has been selected by the Progress Assn. and ask that an officer be sent along to approve of same.-Carried.

W. Constantine, Camden, forwarded a copy, of the Camden Newspaper giving a report of work carried out by him in the destruction of prickly pear with his noxious weeds eradicator.- Decided, on motion of Crs. Crain and Benson, to procure 20 gallons of the weed eradicator, same to be delivered at Adelong as soon as possible.

Decided to receive deputation from Adelong re destruction of St. John's Wort at Sharps Creek at 2 p.m. on next meeting day, the secretary (Mr. Frank Roche) to be advised.

C. G. Roberts, Trida-Menindie Railway, advised that the Council's notices re noxious weeds on his property at Batlow had taken a considerable time to reach him, stated the work he had carried out on his place and regretted that the Council. had found it necessary to prosecute him. - Crs. Herlihy and Crain moved that the matter of prosecuting Roberts be left in the hands of the President, with a view of having the summons withdrawn; if Roberts would give the Council authority to have the weed destroyed at his expense.-Carried. N. B. Mackenzie reported that T. Dunn had been fined £5/11/- at the last Court for not dealing with St. John's wort on "his land at Newtown,-Tumut.

R. A. Lester, on behalf of F. Back, Gilmore, forwarded a copy of letter sent to the Lands Dept. objecting to the proposed road through Por. 203, Ph. Batlow.- To be advised that Mr. Back will have the opportunity of putting his objections to the proposed road before the Land Board when it is dealing with this matter on motion of Crs. Herlihy and Heffeon.

R. A. Lester, on behalf of W. Kell, Lacmalac, drew attention to the bad state of a gate on the road leading from Tumut to his place, at the N.W. corner of Por. 304, Ph. Mondongo, and asked if the Council would take steps to have the gate removed, and also to have the road running along the northern boundaries of Portions 310, 312, 271 and through Por. .266, 341 and 45, opened.-This matter was left in the hands of Cr. Herlihy to make an inspection and report to next Council meeting, on motion of Crs. Crain and Benson.

Lands Dept. forwarded a copy of letter received objecting to proposed road within Por. 121, Ph. Ballow, until the question of fencing in finalised by the Council.- Decided, on motion of Crs. Herlihy and Wilkinson, to advise the Lands Department that the matter of fencing has been adjusted with Mr. Mouat.

A deputation, consisting of Messrs Nicholls, Piper and Withers, waited on the Council and drew attention to the bad state of the Bombowlee Creek road, and asked that the Concil try and have same attended to. The deputation withdrew after being thanked for attending, and Crs. Herilihy and Godfrey moved that the Engineer be asked to have the drainage of the Bombowlee Creek road attended to, Cr. Herlihy to have the matter of straying horse attended to.-Carried.

N. B, Mackenzie, on behalf of W. J Frost, applied for the Council's consent to the closing and purchase of road between Porp. 2 and 3, Ph. Killimicat.-Crs. Crain and Godfrey .moved that the application be advertised in one local paper, 10/- fee to be asked for, and Engineer to inspect.-Carried.

N. B. Mackenzie wrote for the Tumut Common Trustees, asking that the Council meet the Trustees and inspect water which runs on to the Commons land, with a view to having the water turned back to its original course.-This matter was left in the hands of Crs. Godfrey, Wilkinson and Herlihy, on the motion of Crs.: Crain and Benson.

N. B. Mackenzie, on behalf of R. Crain, Grahamstown, asked the Council to grant an exchange of land in old road on south of -Por. 60, Ph. Gadera, for land required for road through Por. 60.-Decided, on the motion of Crs. Godfrey and Wilkinson, to make application for a survey of proposed new road, and to recommend that the land in the old road be granted to Mr. Crain as compensation!

A petition of residents of Yellowin asked the Council to have something done to the road at Yellowin, from the 16-mile peg to Yellowin.-Decided, on motion of Crs Crain and Wilkinson, that two men be put on this road- for two weeks to repair same.

A petition of residents of Upper Gilmore asked that the Council have repairs effected to the Gilmore road from the 10-mile peg to Upper Gilmore. The Gilmore Agricultural Bureau drew attention to the bad state of the Gilmore road through Rosebank property, and a point between the 95 and 100-mile pegs. Crs. Godfrey and Crain moved that this road receive attention by a couple of men to make it fairly traffickable.-Carried.

Thos. Sullivan, Gilmore, asked if the Council would have the entrance to their lane attended to, as it was in bad order, and offered, on behalf of himself, C. J. Purcell and J. Broughton to pay one man's wages for one day each.-Crs. Crain and Benson moved that Mr. Sullivan's offer be granted: with thanks and a letter of thanks to help with the work.-Carried.

Grahamstown Progress Assn. drew attention to the crossing leading from main Mt Horeb Road to the Church of England at Grahamstown, and asked that same be piped. This matter to be attended to when the road gang is working in that vicinity, motion of Crs. Crain and Benson.

The Secretary, West Batlow Progress Assn. asked that some work be done on the Wondalga White Gate Road near 17-mile., peg.-Road to -receive some attention, motion Crs. Godfrey and Crain.

Plan of subdivision of Blowering Estate, supplied by Mr. T. Wilkinson, showed that the position of the Tumut-Kiandra Road had not been altered by the subdivision, and it was decided, on the motion of Crs. Crain and Wilkinson,- to advise the District Surveyor to that effect.

The Lacmalac Agricultural Bureau asked the Council to put a pipe culvert in at the 7-mile peg, also one in the lane between the school and Macadam's boundary.-Crs. Godfrey and Wilkinson moved that the pipes be put in where suggested and the holes in road near Stevenson's be filled in.-Carried.

Adelong Progress Association drew attention to the bad state of Travers street, Adelong, and asked that it be attended to.-Crs. Crain and Benson moved that the grader be sent to Adelong and Travers st. be graded, etc.-Carried.

Decided, on motion of Crs. Godfrey and Crain, to make application for a survey of proposed deviation of the Gundagai road near the Gilmore Creek (Tumut) bridge. The report prepared by President and officers in connection with application for assistance from the Main Roads Board for 1925 and 1926-was adopted, on motion of Crs. Herlihy and Wilkinson.

The Main Roads Board advised that the Board's attention had been called to the existence of open water crossings on the Talbingo Road which were impassable in wet weather, and asked if the Council desired to apply for assistance to construct culverts or bridges at these points.-Crs. Wilkinson and Godfrey moved that the Board be advised that.the Council considers it more important to have the road attended to first, that the crossings are bad but traffic is very rarely held up. Carried.

Shires Association asked Council to decide what was to be done with the commission payable to Councils under the Main Roads Act, as the Union of L.G. Auctioneers had lodged a claim for a percentage of this commission.-Decided, on motion of Crs Crain and Herlihy, to advise the Association that the Council intends allowing the commission to go to the General Fund of the Council. The Local Govt. Dept. advised that the administration of the 1923 24 and 24-25 . Commonwealth State road votes has been taken over by the Main Roafls-Board. Main Roads Board wrote in connection with the Commonwealth cum-State road votes-asking for fur ther particulars to be supplied relating to grades and specifications of the work proposed to be carried out.-The Clerk read the reply sent to-the Board, and.it -was decided, on the motion of Crs. Crain and Herlihy, that the question of the Micalong roadwork be taken up by the President at once, he to get all the information required by the Board and take same to Sydney and go into matters with the Board and give a personal explanation of the cause of the delay in supplying the required information.

Crs. Crain and Herlihy moved that any other road matters requiring at tention be dealt with by the President when in Sydney.-Carried.

On the motion of Crs. Herlihy and Wilkinson, it was decided that a rough plan of the Broken Cart road be prepared showing where the Council require work carried out, to be subsidised to the extent of £10.

Crs. Wilkinson and Godfrey moved that a maintenance man be put on the road from Tumut to Jones Bridge for a time to carry out some necessary repairs.-Carried.

Pipes on the Wondalga Road. Crs. Benson and Crain moved that two men be engaged to put in four sets of pipes on the Wondalga Road. -Carried.

Crs. Crain and Benson moved that the Engineer supply the residents of Yaven Creek with a list of the timber required for bridge over the Yaven Creek to enable them to get to work procuring same, Mr. J. McEvoy to be asked to sign contract for constructing the required bridge.-Carried.

F Lawson to be given permission, to remove tree near the Church of England, Adelong, on motion of Crs Benson and Crain.

On the motion of Crs. Crain and Herlihy, the matter of procuring harness required for the sanitary depot at Adelong was left in the hands of Cr. Benson.

Cr. Herlihy advised that a representative of the "Sydney Morning "Herald" intended making a trip from Tumut to Canberra in the near future and on motion of Crs. Crain and Godfrey, it was left to Cr Herlihy to wire or write to this gentleman suggesting that he postpone his trip for a little time, making it fit in with that of the District Surveyor's. -Carried.

Mrs. F. J. Windridge, of the Wynyard Hotel, Tumut, on Thursday received an urgent summons to Manly to the bedside of her father, Mr. Theo Witts, formerly of Adelong, who she was advised was seriously ill.

A scheme is on foot to establish a farm training college at Norfolk (England) under the care of Mr. W. Potts, late principal of the Hawkesbury College, N.S.W., for the purpose of giving six months training to English youths desiring to emigrate and go on the land in Australia. The scheme is being sponsored by Mr. Tilderi Smith, a big hearted and extremely wealthy Australian Pastoralist. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 18 August 1925 Page 1).


Fire at the residence of Mr. Kevin McKey, Killalue, West Bloworing, 10 miles south of Tumut, destroyed the four roomed weather-board detached portion of the residence, with its contents. The building had been used as the West Blowering post oflice and telephone exchange. When he was awakened in the early hours of the morning, the fire was too far advanced for Mr. McKey to reach the telephone to call assistance. Mr. McKey battled with the flames alone, and saved the front portion of his residence, of brick construction. Tho building destroyed was: valund at £300 and was insured for £150. There was in addition ininsurance of £65 on the contents and £35 on a radio set. The cause of the fire is a mystery. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 12 October 1934 Page 12).

Mr. and Mrs. M Higgins, of West Blowering, also suffered befeavement in the death of their son, at Valmar hospital; The boy was one of twins about a week old. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 17 July 1936 Page 34).


The total rainfall for 1937 was 2915 points, against an average of 32 inches per annum. A depot has been established by the. P..P. Board at Tumut for the free dis tribution of poisoned bait for grass hoppers. Eagerly sought, three tons of the mixture has been handled in a very short time. The pest is breeding uv millions in some parts of this terri tory, especially at West Blowering, according to the council's inspector. The bait, however, is proving very effective where the breeding-beds can be located. Terrific heat prevailed over the past week. Alarmed at the heavy consumption of water, the shire council discussed the question at last meeting. The engineer reported that the electric pump had been working 22 hours a day, and that 8,000,000 gallons had been pumped into the reservoir in the past month, thus proving the daily consumption of 200 gallons a head for the town's population.

At the shire saleyards fat bullocks made £6/5/ to £7/10/; cows, to £6/4/; heifers, £5/5/; vealers, £3. Stores: Hereford steers, 20 months, good condi tion, £3/5/ to £4; heifers, same age, £3/2/6; mixed steers, 2 yrs., £3/10/; cows and calves, £3/7/6.

Since Christmas week excessive heat has prevailed the temperature reaching over 100 deg. for several days in succession. Several thunderstorms occurred, and the rain registration for this month is 62 points. Stockowners are experiencing a rather bad time, with dry weather and the grasshopper plague. The pests have proved very destructive. A further match decided in Tumut District Cricket Association's competi tion is: — Gocup, 210 (P. Hogan 59 retired, F. Hillier 54, H. Watson 27 retired, C. Hillier 26; J. Herring 4/32, T. Eopa Z/H), defeats Batlow 3, 65 (J. Wallace 28, T. Ross 18; P. Hogan 4/25, W. Hillier 4/3% B. Hillier 1/4), by 145 runs. In the 'Colin Tisch' cricket cup, Argalong, scoring 101 (F. Bichcy 55 n.o., W. Venables 18), d. Bombowlee, 82 (W. Piper 14), by 19 runs. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 January 1938 Page 41).

Tumut: Isabel Helen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Myers, of West Blowering, and Harry, youngest son of Ald. and Mrs. H. W. Sawkins, of Marrickville. - (Ref- The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 28 July 1939 Page 16).


This dance, was held at Mr. Edward Higgins' residence on Wednesday night, October 22, and proved not only enjoyable to those present but also very profitable to the Tumut Hospital. There was a large attendance and what with the dancing and music, games a huge fire, and an excellent supper, everyone appeared to be very contented. The thanks of all are due to Mr. and Mrs. Higgins for so kindly allowing the use, of their home. for the occasion, as there is no public hall in Blowering. The nett proceeds were £7/19/. Sale of tea donated by Messrs Ed wards and: Co;, the well-known tea merchants, of Sydney, realised £2/1/. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 28 October 1924 Page 3).

1927 - BRIDGE £5473 is the amount of H. E. Ibbotson's (Goulburn) tender which has been accepted for the construction of a new bridge over Tumut River, replacing Jones' Bridge at Blowering. - (Ref- Construction and Local Government Journal (NSW : 1913 - 1930)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 7 December 1927 Page 16).

GOOD OLD SANTA - West Blowering, Tumut.

DEAR Uncle Jeff, — I am eight years old, but I don't go to school. I get my lessons from the correspondence school, and I like them too. Santa Claus brought me three nice presents for Christmas and I got a nice lot of other presents as well. I was in Albury for a holiday two years ago, and I liked it very much. Next time I go to Albury I will call on you, that is if you would like me to. I live on a dairy farm 12 miles from Tumut, and we milk about 32 cows. We have some little calves and pigs; Our fruit is just getting ripe and the birds try to steal some of it. I have a little black kitten arid I call him Satan. He is very fond of playing. — Your new niece, Bessie Johnson. (I am delighted to hear from you,, Bessie, and I would be pleased to see you. The only difficulty is to find me at home as I'm often away.) - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 24 January 1930 Page 20).

A PRIZE WINNER West Blowering

DEAR Uncle Jeff,— Thank you very much for the 2/6 prize. I heard Amy Johnson land in Sydney the other day, and it was very nice. We have a little puppy. He chases the cats and goes rabbiting with Ken. We had some very strong wind and it blew a lot of limbs off the trees. I have four dollies; their names are Billy Boy, Joan, Jean, Mabel. We went to Batlow and saw a lot of fruit lying on the ground. — From your niece, Bessie Johnson; - (I think Batlow is a lovely place. Once took the wrong turning at Wondalga going from there to Tumut. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 27 June 1930 Page 20).

Mrs. Catherine McKey.

There passed away at her home, 'Killaloe,' West Blowering, on the 27th ult., Mrs. Catherine McKey, wife of John Joseph McKey, at the age of 76 years. Deceased was born at Moonee Ponds, Victoria. When a child she went to live in Kiandra with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Higgins. Later she went to West Blowering, where at the age of 21 years, she married John Joseph McKey. The family who survive are: Harry (Griffith), Mrs. John Millay (Gocup), Mrs. David Beattie (Gilmore), Mrs. Jas. Millay (Tumut), Sister Gabriel Mary (St. Joseph's Convent, Wombat), Patrick (Gilmore), P. Kevin (West Blowering). Three sons — John, Frank and Edward — predeceased her. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic portion of the new' cemetery, Very Rev. Dean. Sharkey, P.P., officiating at the grave. The pallbear ers were Messrs. Edward Higgins (brother), Jas. Millay (son-in-law), Harry, Patrick, and Kevin (sons), and Moran Beattie (grandson). — R.I.P. - (Ref- The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942)(about) Previous issue Thursday 15 September 1932 Page 27).

1933 - By the death of Mrs. Rosaline Naughton, wife of Mr. Hugh Naughton, of East Blowering, Tumut, which occurred in Sydney on Saturday, the district loses one of the finest women in all phases of country life. The deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leader, at one time of Tumut Plains and was married to Mr. Hugh Naughton in 1897 her ago at her demise being 54 years. Some little time ago she took seriously ill and went to Wagga on medical advice for an X-ray, upon which she was ordered to Sydney to consult a specialist, who operated. The remains were taken to Tumut and were interred in the new cemetery. Nine of a family (four sons and five daughters), with a sorrowing husband, are left. They are: Mrs. Pickles (Tessie), Misses Dolly and Gladdie, Paddy, Mrs. Frank Webb (Ellen), Garney, Miss May, George and Miss Miriam. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 26 May 1933 Page 46).

1936 - ODDY After but two days in Valmar Privato Hospital, which he entered on April 8, having taken ill the previous evening, Mr. Charles Albert Oddy, of Bowlers' Flat, Tumut, passed away on Friday, April 10, double pneumonia having developed and caused his death. The deceased was the third son of the late Charles Oddy, of Blowering, and was 66 years of age. He had been on the land all his life. He married Miss Mary Bridle, of Bowlers' Flat, and when the latter estate was being wound up he purchased the farming and grazing area from tho executors, and there they made their home and carried on farming, grazing and dairying successfully. There was no child to the union. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 24 April 1936 Page 44).

REQUESTS Would Gay Singer, of West Blowering, forward the words of "Letter Edged in Black" to Cherrie Pie, of Calleeu? Corries, 19-20, interested in pictures, dancing, and sport, are wanted by Marlenc, Bibbenluke. The words of "In a Little. Gypsy Tea room" and "Prairie Moon" are wanted by Happy Bee,. Deniliquin. Would Detective, Albert, please write to Rainbow Trout, of .West Blowering? The words of the poem "Lasca" are wanted by Lone Rider, Condobolin.- (Ref- The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 29 January 1937 Page 20).

1937 - The death occurred at her residence, Blowering road, Tumut, on Friday last of Mrs. Mary Anne Sims, relict of the late George Sims, at the age of 64 years. The deceased was born, at Driffield, England, and came to Australia at the early age of three years. She was married at Adaminaby to Mr. George Sims, and there are five sons and five daughters — Henry, James, Charles, John Edgil, Sarah, Eliza, Mary, Marie and Elizabeth. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 9 April 1937 Page 46).

COUNTRY NEWS - From Our Special Correspondents TUMUT,

Mr Norman Groves son of Mr. and Mrs. John Groves, of Bowler's Flat, was working on the construction of the culvert and road deviation at Janey's Creek, Blowering, when an accident occurred. Mr. Groves was attaching the chains to a large tree, 2ft in diameter, whilst another work man was dragging it away with horses. On becoming stationary, Mr. Groves stepped under an arch formed by the bent tree, when it fell heavily on his leg. The leg was broken in two places below the knee. Mr. Groves is in the district hospital.

The Blowering Farm, owned by Mr. W. Claffey, and which is part of the original East Blowering Station, has been purchased by Mr. Harry Myers, of West Blowering.

The death occurred at the district hospital of Mr Albert Hamilton, aged 55 years, as the result of an accident. He was employed on road construction work at Mt. Adrah, and was bending over the back of a utility truck repairing the platform when an officer in charge of the work, wishing to attend to an urgent matter, jumped into another truck standing close by. He did not notice Mr. Hamblin and backed his lorry. Hearing someone call out he stopped, and found Mr Hamblin pinned between the lorries. The patient was taken to Tumut hospital where death occurred soon after admission from internal injuries. Mr. Hamblin was a married man, his wife and two children residing in Townsville.

A team of Tumbarumba riflemen visited Tumut and met 10 Tumut men on the local range. Tumbarumba proved to be .the victors, with the fol lowing scores: W. Gaylard 75, J. Gar diner 7'5, F. Gaylard 73, A. Gardiner 72, J. Furge 71, W. Gardiner 74, A. Dunn 67, E. Cottam 64, W. Dunn 63, H. Dunn 62, total 696. Tumut: F. Foord 77, J. Venables 74, T. 'Withers 71, W. M' Donald 70, T. Foord 70, A. ?Chishoim 69, W. 'W. Brown 63, H. Foord 60, F. Kinred 59, G. Eobinson 59. Football.— The Railway End Ter rors defeated the Newtown Tigers oa Sunday, three, to nil.

In the tennis match, Gocup v. Catholic Young Men's Society, the latter won 11 sets 76 games to Gocup Js 3 sets 36 games.

Golf Club Trophy: H. Jepsen (26) 64, M. Mulvihill (18) 65, J. Baker (i9) 65, M. Horan (25) 65, A. Kirkman (13) 66, C. Weeden (20) 67, J. Weeden (29) 67. Afternoon results: M. Hardy (24) 63, E. Ibbotson (29) 63, C. Weeden (20) 65, M. Bell chambers (23) 67, H. Engleman (12) 68, T. Elliot (12) 68, K Iverach (19) 69, Dr. Mason (23) 69. Handicap Aggregate, 36 holes: M. Hardy 128, O. Weeden 132, E. Ibbotson 133, R. Jepsen 134, M. Mulvihill 136, J. Weeden 137, H. Engleman 139. Qualifying round for Championship, 36 holes: A Grade, U. Kneebone 158, H. Engle man 163, D. Livingstone 165, T. Elliot 168, W. Clout 169. B Grade, C. Wee deri.172, M. Hardy 177, J. Baker 178, K. Iverach 179. Associates' A Grade Club Trophy: Miss M'Glinchey (13) 54; Mrs. Archer (15) 54, Mrs. Casey (13) 55, Mrs. Smart (17) 57, Mrs. Iverach (17) 58, Miss Bichey (9) 58. Tumut Intermediate High School Sports. — Junior boys' broad. jump, H. Dare; intermediate boys' broad: jump, T. Masters; senior boys' broad jump, B. Masters; bicycle race, D. Hill; in termediate bicycle race, R. Gulliford; senior bicycle race, J. Weeden.

The Railway End Terrors footballers held a social and euchre party. Novelty dances were won by Miss Peggy Dowling and Mr. J. Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Doran, and Mr. J. M'Donald and Miss Watson. The euchre prizes were won by Mrs. P. Plant, Mrs. Mount, Mr. L. Smith and Mr. D. Hayes. There was a profit of £5.

A gift evening was tendered Miss Edith Carroll and Mr. Pat O'Brien in the Gilmore Hall, prior to their marriage which takes place shortly. Dancing and singing were indulged in and a happy time spent Cr. O'Brien presided. His remarks were endorsed to Messrs. A. W. Davis, W. Morgan, E. Johnson, and F. Back. Many useful and beautiful gifts were received by the young couple.- (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 3 September 1937 Page 36).

A HEALTHY SIGN!. In the new telephone books just issued appear nine additional subscribers, at West Blowering. One cannot phone these people because none of them has the telephone connected. Nor is there any sign of work being commenced on the main line extension to serve their properties. It is seldom people have their names in the telephone book before they have the telephone installed, says the Adelong,.and Tumut Times. - (Ref- Goulburn Evening Post (NSW : 1940 - 1957)(about) Previous issue Thursday 28 April 1949 Page 2).

SYMONS - WELLER. - The Engagement is announced of Renee, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Weller, of Kingsford, to Frederick, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Symons, of Blowering. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 10 March 1954 Page 36).

1957 Tumut's Good Season For Crops, Pastures

Tumut seasonal conditions during December were described by the district agronomist, Mr. Nicholson, as 'very satisfactory.' Rainfall was enough to maintain excellent soil conditions, but was not excessive enough to interfere with summer crop sowings.

Conditions since the October rain have been above average for both pasture and crop production. Pastures are flourishing and growth has been remarkable, enough to carry all stock and allow for adequate conservation of pasture hay. Improved pastures containing white and red clover, phalaris and cocks foot are still making vigorous growth. Mr. Nicholson reports 'really outstanding pastures on the West Blowering property of Mr. R. Maybury, who has a mixture of white and red clover, per ennial rye and cocksfoot. Mr. Nicholson urges farmers to visit such pastures and see the quality that can be grown on the fertile Tumut River flats. He anticipates that the area to be sown to im proved pastures in 1955 will show a great increase on previous years. Mr. Nicholson said that about 100,000 bales of pasture and lucerne hay have been conserved already since the spring. Wheat crops will yield up to 9 to 10 bags per acre. Oaten hay yields average one to two tons per acre. Sowing of the current maize crop has been completed, but weed growth is troublesome. - (Ref- The Farmer and Settler (NSW : 1906 - 1957)(about) Previous issue Friday 7 January 1955 Page 6).

1968 - Body near site of dam WAGGA, Friday. — An employee on the Blowertng Dam site today found the body of a man in a forest about half a mile west of the dam. The worker made the dis covery while hunting rab bits with his dog. Tumut police said today that the man is believed to have died when the area was swept by a bushfire in December last year. The body has not been identified, but is believed to be that of a new Australian of about 50. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. - (Ref- The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995)(about) Previous issue Saturday 22 June 1968 Page 7).

1925 - Blowering Assault Case - HOOD ACQUITTED - At the Cootamundra Police Court on Wednesday, before Judge Ferguson, Walter Henry Hood was char ged with inflicting grievous bodily Harm on Magnus Andersen, at Bloweriug. .accused was committed to trial by Mr. Harrison, P.M., at Tumut Police Court on October 6, the depositions being published in this paper. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on Wednesday. Mr. Oliver (Fraser and Oliver) appeared for accused. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 23 October 1925 Page 1).

1910 - FIRE - stubble and grass surrounding the homestead. It burnt right down to the Tumut river and passed over to Mr G Johnson's. It was not until Monday afternoon that the homesteads in the locality were out of peril. The fire still raged through Messrs Denning Bros property, through the timbered country and over the heavily-grassed tablelands; but the fortunate fall of rain during the night and the constant steady rainfall the whole of Tuesday and part of Wednesday relieved all further anxiety. About 6000 acres of country have been burnt out. The rainfall as recorded by Mr. John Weedon at Tumut, was 30pts on Tuesday, 50 on Wednesday and 17 yesterday, registered at 8 a.m. each day. Incalculable benefit has resulted from the opportune fall of rain to the maize-growers. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 January 1910 Page 3).

MOTOR CAR MAN'S TROUBLES On Saturday last a party of tourists from the Upper Murray who passed through Tumut in vehicles for the Yarrangobilly Caves had a unique experience at Talbingo.

In anticipation of the arrival of a motor car, they took their horses (numbering 7) out of the vehicles, aud left them tied up on the roadside (a very 'sensible' precaution, as the result proved). When the car came along, the horses became frantic and broke away, stampeding towards Tumut. One horse was picked up at Wilkinson's, and four others on the track towards Tumut while the remaining two were seen by Mr. W. Kurell jr on Badgery's paddock at Blowering, some ten miles from where they were tied up. The harness was scattered all along the road, and Mr Kurell was called upon to supply sets to enable the party to proceed on their journey. They returned to Tumut on Wednesday evening. One of the horses is crippled and it is thought that its destruction is in evitable. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 January 1910 Page 3).

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