"Run No. 153"

Acres - 27,000 acres

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Shelley story

Rankin Bros - (As per Greville 1872 Records).

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Bombowlee Creek Hotel


Before This. Honor the Chief Justice and a jury of four. BRADLEY AND OTHERS V. KEIGHRAN. - This was an

action for a trespass, brought by the plaintiffs; who are the executors of the late Mr. William Shelly, to recover compensation from the defendant for permitting his sheep to feed on a portion of land alleged to belong to the station of the plaintiffs called "Bombowlee," in the Tumut District. There was also a count in the declaration alleging special damages by reason of the defendant's sheep having fed on the land in question, on account of which the plaintiff's sheep were obliged to remove onto lowlands in the lambing season, in consequence of which several of the lambs died, and the sheep were diseased with the rot.

The defendant pleaded not guilty, and that the plaintiffs wese not possessed. The SOLICITOR-GENGERAL and Mr. Fssur1a appeared for the plaintiffs-Messrs. BnoADoIRuar and Micus? for the defendant. - It appeared that the late Mr. William Shelly, about 18 months since, took possession of a station run - in the Tumut District called "Bombowlee" and the defendant, some short time afterwards, took possession of another station adjoining the plaintiffs'.

The piece of land in dispute is called Wianga Plain, and the cattle of Mr. W. Shelly from the period he farmed and afterwards, were led on this plain; and the sheep had regularly fed up to the time the trespass complained of was committed by the defendant's sheep; that about seven years back, the defendant had trespassed on the land in question, when it was decided by Mr Bingham, the Commissioner of Crown Lands, that Plain belonged to the run of the plaintiff, and the defendant removed his stock the defendant's cattle had been seen for a long period in small numbers; but never a full herd; there was also a hut erected on the land, by the defendant, which was ordered by the Commissioner to be removed, and which was done accordingly.

In September of last year, the defendant brought his sheep on the Wianga plain, during the lambing season; in consequence of which the plaintiffs' sheep were obliged to be removed to another place, which was low ground, and several of the sheep were in consequence diseased with the foot-rot, and several of the lambs died; the loss was about fifty, which were, estimated at the value of 3s. 6d. for lambs, and 8s; for sheep.

On the part of the defence witnesses were called to prove that the defendant had occupied Wianga plain with his cattle for upwards of eighteen years and that the boundary of defendant's station included the Wianga plain, and that when the plaintiffs' cattle came across Wianga Creek, they were separated, and taken across the creek, on to Bombowlee Station; that when the defendant came to the station he had about 600 head of cattle; that the Commissioner ordered the hut to be removed further back, because the shepherds should not have the facility of communicating too much; the sheep of the defendant were not removed. . .

On the defendant's case being closed, the Jury informed His Honour that they had made up their minds as to the verdict. they intended to give, and that they would not trouble either the. SOLICITOR GENERAL to reply, or His Honour to sum up.. - His Honour then ordered the verdict to be taken, which was for the plaintiffs, damages. 751., The Court adjourned until this day, at ten o'clock. - (Ref- Sydney Chronicle (NSW : 1846 - 1848)(about) Previous issue Thursday 23 March 1848).

1848 - 153. Shelly Wm., estate of, (per Susannah M. Shelley.) Name of run, "Bumbowlee". Estimated area, twenty-seven thousand acres. Estimated grazing capabilities, one thousand two hundred cattle, or nine thousand sheep. Bounded on the west by the Tumut River, commencing half a mile below Mundongaldgee hut, extending along the Tumut River to the lower end of Cockatoo; then by a tier of ranges running over to a creek called "Kilimacat", crossing that creek one mile below Shelly's Kilmacat sheep station; on the north by the "Pine Mountain" and "Wianga Range"; on the east by two miles of the Brangle Creek, commencing at the Black Swamps; then by a tier of ranges extending to a flat called the "Spring Sheep station"; on the south a line of hills, and ranges, which separate the run from "Broughton's" and "Whitty's" runs. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 16 October 1848).


It is notifiod for the information of all persons concerned, that under the provisions of the Crown Lands Occupation Aot of 1861, claims have been made by the persons enumerated in the subjoined list:

John E. Bridle, Tumut ;

Laurence Darook, Gilmore ;

Robert Wilson, Tumut; - (Ref- Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 13 November 1872).

1873 - PRE-EMPTIVE LEASES.-The claims of the under mentioned persons for defined pre-emptive leases have been approved of:-

Henry McFadden,

Samuel Watson, and

Henry Henty, Albury;

Augustus Frazer,

D. S. Anderson, and Alexander Frazer,

Armidale; Thomas Venables,

Boorowa: Charles H. Knight,

Corowa; E. M M'Laurin, jun.,

Mathoura: John Furnessy,

Deniliquin: Charles M'KLees and F. W. Parker,

Conargo; John Campbell,

Hay; John O'shanassy,

Moama; M. H. Hall,

Aberdeen; G. C. H. Farquharson,

Tamworth; C. Woodward, Goonoo Goonoo; Joseph Lowden, Tumbarumba;

E. N. Rankin, Tumut - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 19 April 1873).

1876 - The Late Flood in the Tumut River. ON Friday, the 22nd September, the Tumut River came down in a higher flood than has been seen here for over twenty years. Rain fell on Thursday with steady persistency; a strong wind set in after nightfall, and between the guests perfect torrents poured down. The roaring of the stream gave warning that it was fast rising; but few residents anticipated such an inundation as took place. It was no doubt owing to the deep snow on the ranges being melted by the warm rain that fell on the previous day and night that the flood rose with such rapidity, and the affluent of the Tumut known as the Little River, especially, was greatly swollen from this cause.

The scene on Friday morning was a striking one. The sky was still covered with gray threatening masses of rain clouds, though later in the day the sun shone out and they dispersed; and the turbid waters rolling in a mighty volume down the bed of the stream also spread far an wide over the adjacent flats.

At an eariy hour many repaired to the bridge, intent upon rendering assistance to all requiring sad, and helping to save stock in danger of being drowned. Chief among those who thud manfully and kindly exerted themselves may be named Messrs.

M. M'Namara,

M. Downing,

M. Kelly,

H. Hoad, jun.,

J. O'Mara,

G. Stevenson,

J. Purcell, and others.

The flood waters rapidly spread over Bombowlee lanes, so as to preclude passage from the bridge, except on horseback or by boat, to the different residences there. Among those likely first to suffer from their premises being invaded by the rising waters were the families of Mr. M. Kelly and Dr. Verschuer, and accordingly successful exertions were made to rescue them from their peril, and bring them safely across the bridge to town.

We are glad to say that the flood caused no sacrifice of human life; and although direful rumours of great destruction of stock were at first current, these proved to be in a great measure exaggerated and unfounded. It is said that Mr. S. Piper lost five or seven head of cattle out of a mob of forty; that some horses of Mr. E. G. Brown's are missing; that a working bullock belonging to Mr. Anderson perished; and that Mr. M. Quilty and Mrs. Cassidy each lost one or more calves.

There may have been other casualties of which we have not heard, but on the whole the loss of stock was comparatively trifling. The damage and destruction of property wrought by the usually placid and beautiful river as it came roaring down in its swollen strength, though serious and vexatious enough, was not so great as might have been anticipated. Of course much fencing on the Tumut plains, on the Bombowlee flats,, on the racecourse paddock, aud in other places, was either borne away or heaped up in strange piles of wreck and confusion with other debris; some of the new culverts in the Bombowlee lanes were considerably injured, and the force of the current may be judged from the fact that under one of them a great butt of a tree was lodged, which it took four horses to drag away. We regret to learn that a good many crops over which the flood current swept were utterly destroyed, the soil being washed away. Among those who thus suffered were Mr. T. Eggleton, Mrs. O'Neil, Mr. J. Carr, and others.

In some places, however, where the crops had been early sown, and which were only covered by the stiller backwater, we understand that the effects of thc flood in thoroughly irrigating and enriching the soil have been actually beneficial. It seems, therefore, that the moral contained in the proverb as to its being " an ill wind that blows nobody any good " may be applied to a flood also; nevertheless, we trust that the Tumut River, which, after its great outbreak, has retired quietly to its bed again, will remain there for many years to come.

The subjoined further particulars are forwarded to us by a correspondent, who writes from Blowering as follows:- We are, from our situation, naturally exposed every year on the approach of spring to be more or less flooded by the melting of the snow which colorless hooded by the melting or the snow which is let during winter on the ranges towards Kiandra; but it is admitted by the oldest residents here that the inundation we have just witnessed far exceeds any of its predecessera. Considering its magnitude, however, the immediate losses sustained here aro comparatively small, although heavier ulterior losses are likely to ensue from the farmers being compelled to devote their attention now to replacing fences carried away around their crops already in, which would otherwise be employed in preparing the ground for further crops.

At the southern extremity of Blowering proper, along tho banks of the river, the the farms of Messrs. Leader, Ryan, Sullivan, Osmond, and Bourke; but in these, beyond the soaking of crops, washing away of small portions of fences, and in one (Ryan's) the falling in of about two acres of the embankment, no serious damage has been done.

Coming next to Mr. P. Halloran's two farms (one lately purchased from his brother), the destruction of fences has been rather heavy, about 120 rods having been washed away, two crops of wheat partially rooted up, and the remainder damaged almost beyond recovery. A quantity of potatoes also, heaped ia a paddock, have been scattered about in all directions. Mr N. Johnson's selection, on the flat beyond Halloran's, was entirely under water, but in no other way damaged.

At Mr. C. Oddy's, some fifty or sixty rods of fencing were knocked down, and great damage done to the grass in his paddooks by the large amount of sand swept over them in some places nearly a foot deep. His wheat crop, too, was under water and partially rooted up. The water here surrounded the dwelling up to the verandah, and at one time preparations were made for an exodus by the family.

1876 - TUMUT. April 29 - .

On Sunday night last a favourite little mare the property Mr Joseph M'Gowan, of this town, received some serious injuries by the hand of some scoundrel who, it is hoped for the sake of justice, will soon be discovered, and that he will be set with the punishment he justly deserves. It appears that the mare had been placed in a shed near the stable to be ready for a jounrney next morning. The injuries must have been inflicted with a sharp instrument; and I have been informed that this is the third injuries have been inficted on horses belonging to the same person. I see by notice in the paper: that Mr M'Gowan has offered a reward of 10 pounds for information that will lead to the conviction of the offender.

It is intended that the return cricket match between the Adelong and Tumut Cricket Clubs will take place in Tumut on the Queen's Birthday. I believe that athletic sports are to take place at Bombowlee on tho same day. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 6 May 1876).

1876 - At the last farm Mr. G. Johnson's, the northern boundary of Blowering, a large amount of fencing is washed down, and the extensive wheat crops laid under water. From the other side of tho river (West Blowering), I have been unable to gather any particulars, excepting that at Mr. Bridle's farm a long line of newly erected fencing has been carried away, and this year's crop of corn greatly damaged by the water running into the shed. The three boats belonging to Messrs. Oddy, Johnson, and Bridle, which are our only means of communication with tho opposite side of the river when it is swollen, are I understand, luckily saved. In concluding these sort details, I cannot help expressing my satisfaction in witnessing the large amount of equanimity with which the several losses have been submitted to,-Tumut Times. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 7 October 1876).

1876 - The following is from the Gundagai Times: -"The farms of Messrs. Dowell and Smith, on Bombowlee, and of Ah Foot, on Tumut Plains, have suffered considerably from the attacks of caterpillars. Several farmers have had to dig deep drains around their crops in order to protect them from the invaeion of these peste. The caterpillars, having feasted on the wheat and oats, make their way to the more succulent cornstalk, whioh, unlosa it be too forward, they eat entirely out of the ground. The Emull bhds formerly alluded to as performing such signal service for the district in checking the advance of the insect army are deserving of more than a pausing notice. Where they came from is a mystery. We cannot find that they were ever seen here till this season, when they appeared in numbers sufficient at times to blacken the sky. and their ceaseless twittering could be heard a mile distant They are somewhat larger than a sand-martin, of a uniform bluish colour, with red breasts and white-tipped tail ' and wings, - (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Saturday 22 January 1876).

1877 - On Monday last Mr. William Bridle was engaged in inspecting a stack of hay at a farm on the Bombowlee Creek; he was in the act of drawing a handful from tho stack when he felt something moving in the hay; upen opening his hand he found to his horror that he had grasped a young snake, of a dull lead colour, which, upon being released, quickly glided from his sight. Somo time elapsed before Mr. Bridle felt certain that he had not been bitten by tho reptile, especially as his fingers were bleeding; but on finding some burrs in tho hey, he became reassured and no harm resulted. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 28 May 1877).

1877 - TUMUT.June 12.

The weather during the last few days has been rather changeable, and we have had a good amount bf rain. In deed the river is now running bank to bank and if we have any more rain it is probable that we shall have a flood.

Sickness is very prevalent at present, and a large nnmber of young cliildren have been, attacked with that dangerous disease diphtheria,, from the effects of whioh á few have already succumbed.

The sports in connexion with the Cricket Club and the Oddfellows Brass Band were held at the Agricultural and Pastoral Association's Ground on Saturday last. A worse day could not have been selected, for the rain came down in torrents during the whole afternoon, causing it to be any thing but pleasant for those who were intending to display their pedestrian performances, as the course was more like a quagmire than anything else that I can think of. The attendance could not have numbered more than fifty; only those who were deeply interested in the results venturing to put in an appearance. The sports were principally shorn of their interest owing to the fact that the £10 handicap fell through, on account of insufficient acceptances only three of the required number paying up the second eventt. This does not speak in very glowing terms of the manner in which the men were handicapped, when only three out of an original sixteen considered they had any show. These were W. Howard, W. M'Laren, and M. Fitgerald. Appended are the results of the different events.

Maiden Plate of £2, with a sweep of who to go to the second man; 100 yards - D. Rankin, 1 ; G. Hill. 2 ; W. Howard was left at the post, and Rankin got by far the best of the start. Handicap Flat Race, for acceptors in Queen's Birthday Handicap, price £2- W. Howard, 16 yards, 1; W. M'Laron, 14 yards; 2; M. Fitzgerald, ll yards, 3 ; won with.comparative ease. Putting the stone, prize 15s-This event was won hy D. Fitzgerald; who threw the 561b 16 feet 3 inches. Handicup Flat Race for boys under 14 years ; 100 yards ; prize 10s -J. Regent, scratch, 1; D. M'Lennan, 7 yards, 2; fifteen . started for this event, and it resulted in a beautiful race between first and second. Throwing tho cricket ball at a stump; 30 yards; price 10s- P. Malone. Handicap Hurdle Race; over six three feet jumps; 200 yards ; priée £2-M. Fitzgerald, 12 yards, 1 ; A. Davis, scratch, 8; J. Moon, 0 yards, 3; won with the greatest case. Handicap Flat Race for all comers ; 180 yards ; prize £1-G. S Hill, 6 yards, 11 VV. M'Laren, 4 yards, 2 ;. J. Moon, 8 yards, 8; good race for second place.

The annual ploughing.matches in connection with the Tumut Agricultural and Pastoral Association were held at Mr. Henry Hoad's farm, Bombowlee, on Tuesday, the 5th instant. Today was fine, but the attendance was not very large, although a good deal of interest was taken as to the decision of the judges. The events were originally intended as three in number, but the boy's prize not filling, and were reduced to two. The prices offered were very liberal, as will be seen below; and it was hoped that some of tho ploughmen from the surrounding districts of Adelong and Gundagai, would have put in an appearance on the occasion, but this was not the wise. ' In the first event, for all comers, there were 'five entries; and the work done would have been a credit to any district. Tho ploughing of Messrs. ' Naughton, Vickerey, and Godfrey: was exceedingly good, and it is generally believed that 'the fbrriier would liavo obtained the first prize if he had'not made a mistake in the number of his furrows. In the second event, for those who have never compétèd for are advertiised prize there weré - only three entries ; but, the, ploughing does not call for any remark. For the best time-out our old-friend Mr. H. Hoad was deservedly awarded the prize. The judges were: Messrs. j.Sununers, J. Atkinson and J. O. M'Laren, ánd it is almost needless to say that the awards gave a universal satisfaction. Appended are the results: Match for all Comers; first: prize £lO second Mr E Vickerey; Tumut Plains, 1 G; Godfroy, Gocup, 2; Messrs. J; Naughton, H. Hoad sen., and Purcell all competed: Match for' nil ' those who have not competed for an advertised prize; first prize £6; second prize, 3; Fóord, jim.? "Turntit, Mr E Bridle; Bombowlee, 2; W. Bono, Coolac; 3; For the best turn-out-at work on the ground. First prize to Mr, Henry Hoad sen, Bombowlee. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 16 June 1877).

1879 - TUMUT.Saturday. [Herald.] - David Emery, at Gilmore, and Henry Bridle, at Bombowlee, working at wheat stacks, were respectively bitten by black spiders. The worst symptoms of snake bite ensued, but the men are slowly recovering. Emery's father died years ago from spider bite. - (Ref- The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)(about) Previous issue Thursday 16 January 1879).

1881 - TUMUT. MONDAY. - Arthur M'Donnld, of Bombowlee, farmer, was burnt out of his house on Friday night. He and his wife escaped in only their night clothes. The origin of the fire, is unknown. The neighbours saved the crop from catching fire.

A gentle rain fell yesterday, and extinguished many bush fires. A cool wind is blowing this morning. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 11 January 1881).

1881 - DEATH - RANKIN.- August 10, at Finley's Hotel, Spencer Street, Melbourne, George Rankin, late of Bombowlee, Tumut.aged 56 yours. Requioscat in Peace. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 27 August 1881).

1883 - NEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS - It is proposed to establish Public schools Glenwood, near Ginninderra, and Bombowlee, near Tumut- - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 17 March 1883).

1883 - AUCTION SALE. - Last week Mr. Brown sold a farm of 45 acres of land, situated at Bombowlee, tho proporty of the late Henry Wood, for the sum of £511. The farm is distant about 1.4 mile from the town, and is poorly watered and timbered. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 9 June 1883).

1883 - DEATH RANKIN - September 2, at Bombowlee, Tumut, John Rankin, aged 67 years. R.I.P. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 8 September 1883).

1884 - GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - FENCING - Bombowlee, fencing, Eborliu and Brashier, 6s. 6d. per rod. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 5 January 1884).

1884 - FENCING - Bombowlee, fencing, Eberlin and Braahier, 6s 6d per rod. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 12 January 1884).

1888 - TUMUT, Webnesday. - A large brick cottage, at Bombowlee, the owner of which is absent, was wilfully burnt to tho ground last night. Sometime since the kitchen of the same house was burnt. The police have a clue to the culprit. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 1 March 1888).

1889 - TUMUT, FRIDAY. - Patrick Dwyer, formerly a compositor, fell from a bullock dray at Bombowlee to-day, and the wheel passed over his body and killed him on the spot. The driver of the bullooks did not notice that Dwyer hnd fallen till he had gone 30 yards from tho spot. The deceased was suffering from the effects of drink at the time. The body was brought to the lockup. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 9 February 1889).

1889 - SERIOUS FLOODS AT TUMUT. [By Telegraph.|(from our correspondent.) TUMUT, Tursday. The heaviest flood for years occurred this morning. The water is within two and a half feet off the highest flood on record, and is still rising. From the bridge to the piles bordering on the Bombowlee Plains is a sea of water. Thn Government boats have done good service in rescuing people whose homes are surrounded by water. Distress guns are being fired from several quarters the bridge stands the strain still there is scaricely any vibration. Direct communication with Gundagai is cut off i ho «mull bridgo at Windowie crossing has canted on end throuah drift timber wedged under the plunking. One hundred and eixtj -eight points of ruin fell last night, making 242 points for the two days. It is still showery, but the temperature is coolor. The flood has been gradually subsiding since 2 o'clock this afternoon A further slight rise is anticipated when the snow water reaches here. To-night the weather is fine again, but unsetted - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 11 September 1889).

1889 - The Tumut Country. (FROM OUR REPORTER.) - BOMBOWLEE ESTATE. - This was originally the property of the Rankin Bros., and was at one time used as a sheep and cattle run. On the decease of certain brothers the property was divided among the family; there still, however, being left to Mr. Angus Rankin a magnificent freehold estate of 10,000 acres, besides a leasehold run. There are on the property about 12,000 sheep, 900 head of cattle, and 100 head of horses. The cattle are mostly Durhams, and the horses hacks and draughts. About 2000 acres of the estate are on the Bembowlee Plain, a fertile alluvial deposit, about 10ft deep, of vegetable mould, watered by the Tumut Biver, and Bembowlee and Killimicat Creeks. Abundance of water may also be obtained anywhere on the plain by sinking 12ft or 18ft. During the past year 100 acres of this rich bottom land have been let to Chinese tobacco-growers at £2 per acre per annum; and sufficient water for their crops has been obtained by them in wells 12ft deep. There are, in all, about 600 acres of this flat leased ; and the other 500 acres are rented by Euro- peans, whose principal product is maize; the yield of which has been as high as 100 bushels per acre. Not withstanding the drought of the past season, Arthur Levett, one of the tenants, will garner ABOUT EIGHTY BUSHELS PER ACRE.

A large additional area of this rich land will be leased this year. On the property are also extensive areas of rich forest country, in every way suitable for raising barley, wheat, and fruits. Much of the hill land is a volcano red soil, well adapted for grapes. Pigs grow and yield well. A few trees planted in Mr. Rankin's garden are the very pictures of health, and yield crop after crop of fruit all through the summer. Walnuts ought to be largely cultivated; as the trees grow and produce well. There are few trees more profitable than the walnut. Its only drawback is that it is a little long in coming into bearing.

The flat country is SUBJECT TO FLOODS, which usually happen in the months of September and October, after the melting of the snow on the mountains. Mr John Macgregor is manager of Bembowlee Estate. To him I am indebted for much valuable information.

The TUMUT AND BEMBOWLEE PLAINS, - and surrounding hills are fair examples of the character of the mountain regions of this part of the colony. They stretch westward and southward to the Victorian boundary. The valleys contain the richest alluvial and vegetable deposits; and the hills are of a good class of volcano soil. Gold, silver, and minerals are to be found in the rocks. Large quantities of valuable timber are still growing; but much good timber has been destroyed by ringbarking and burning. There is room in this vast country for an immense population.

The Tumut and Bombowlee Plains alone, would, under proper cultivation, and in the hands of Europeans with families support a population of 10,000 souls, and still have room for more. Tobacco-growing and maize-growing are great improvements upon the old methods. But they are only instances of what might be accomplished under a proper system of cultivation and irrigation. In a country so prolific of fruits, a great industry might be started in the growing and preserving of fruits of numerous descriptions.

To the production of grapes for wine-making there need scarcely be any limit; while the produce of the dairy, in butter and cheese, should be an important industry. The breeding of horses, cattle, and sheep need not be abandoned, but could be largely increased. To accomplish all this an improved system of cultivation is necessary, and improved laborsaving machines and implements should be introduced. A greater knowledge of the science of agriculture in theory and practice is urgently required. Moreover, the country needs opening by means of railways. Such a grand country wants only enterprise, and a community of industrious, economical settlers, to turn it into a garden. Nature has done her part. It remains for man to do his.

There is NO LACK OF WATER to irrigate large areas. Even during the recent dry season the streams have been running strongly, and there are many sun-baked valleys and flats into which one week's work of a few men could turn a reviving stream. Yet in no instance have I seen any attempt at irrigation by gravitation. Now, pumps are not required to lift the water out of the stream. The fall is so great that a small dam would answer every purpose. Then, again, the flats, as I have said, are full of water; and by pumping, or perhaps by artesian bores, the water in inexhaustible quantities might be brought to the surface for irrigation purposes. If the flats are so moist as not to require irrigation, the surplus water contained in them might be conveyed by pipes to spots where it is wanted. Then, again, there are innumerable places where extensive reservoirs might be constructed for the saving of flood water for less favored districts. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 20 April 1889).

1890 - DEATH. - RANKIN.-July 23, - at Bombowlee, Tumut, Angus Rankin, aged 72 years. R. I. P. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907) (about) Previous issue Saturday 2 August 1890).

1890 - PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS - Miss Annie Hamilton, Public School, Bombowlee - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 16 August 1890).

1891 - Braving the Elements. - During the terrific storm which swept acress the north-eastern portion of our distriot last Saturday night week, a party of lime burners living in a hut on Bombowlee Creek met with an unpleasant experience. The roof of their tenement was carried off by the gale, but the occupants only tucked themselves tighter in the blankets and lay till daylight did appear, with the wind roaring around and the rain coming down in torrents. A sharp attack of rheumatics was the result to one of the party. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 31 January 1891).

1892 - Tumut.November 21. - Anglican Concert.-The musical entertainment whioh had to be postponed on the Prince of Wale's Birthday on account of the heavy rain came off on Wednesday evening last, and proved at great a suuccess as the promoters anticipated.

Spraying Demonstration.- On Tuesday last Mr. L. Shepard, from the Department of Agriculture, gave an interesting exposition of tree-spraying in the présence of a party of orchardists and others at Mr. W. Bridle's orchard at Bombowlee.- (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 26 November 1892).

1893 - DEATH.-An old resident, William Henry Green, died at Bombowlee rather suddenly from blood poisoning. Deceased had been very ill, but felt himself yesterday and was working in his garden on the Wednesday previous to his death. He was 51 years of age, a widower, and leaves a family of eight children. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 14 October 1893).

1896 - TUMUT. -A few acres of very heavy wheat on Bombowlee are promising 40 bushels per acre. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 19 November 1896).

1898 - Who says that the Chinaman must go. The Tumut " Times" remarks:-Mr. Ah Chee, of our town, as our readers are a ware, purchased from Mr. R. M. Shelly, some few months back, the Westwood Estate, for ¿5,600. He has now secured from Mr. F. Kinred two splendid farms on Bombowlee, about 120 acres in all, for which he paid ¿"18 per acre. He also purchased last week the Club House hotel property, Gundagai, for the sum of ¿3100. Thus he has spent since the beginning of the year ¿10,860 in freehold properties, and has paid for the lot in cash. Mr. Ah Chee's great success in business is attributable to his energy and perseverance, and we doubt if there is a more levelheaded man in the district. He is one of the most liberal supporters ol public movements or charitable under takings that we have in the district. - (Ref - Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 3 September 1898).

1900 - CASUALTIES TO AUSTRALIANS.TUMUT, Sunday. - Trooper E J Morris, of the New South Wules Imperial Buslinien, whose death is reported from South Africa, vulunteed for service from here. Trooper Morris's parents, who reside at Bombowlee, were apprised of his death by a wire from the Premier. The late trooper was much respected the last letter we heard from him spoke of his good health. Trooper Morris is the only Tumut volunteer who has died, although 30 men from here were accepted for service. - (REf- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 10 December 1900).

1901 - BOER PRISONERS. LONDON, June 3. - (Some Boer prisoners are going to the Barbados, West Indies.) TUMUT, Monday.

On Wednesday last Trooper Roland Eggleton, of the Citizens' Bushmen's Contingent, returned home from South Africa after an absence of 12 months. He was invalided through a fall from his horse. At Bombowlee Bridge, which was spaned by an arch containing the words " Welcome Home," with other décorations, Trooper Eggleton was met and presented with an address and a gold curb chain by Mr. W. Bridle, J. P., on behalf of Bombowlee friends. A procession, consisting of about 75 hörsermen and 60 vehicles, headed by the Tumut Brass Band, then onto Tumut, where Trooper Eggleton was presented at the Royal Hotel, by the Mayor (Alderman Blakeney), with an address nutt a gold medal, on behalf of Tumut. An adjournment was made to O'Brien's Hall, where toasts were honoured and the usual speeches were delivered. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 4 June 1901).

1901 - The Tumut Flood. WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. Tumut, Thursday- - The flood in the Tumut River recently has in many pases been destructive to property on the low-lying flats, as well as loose soil being washed away to the depth of the plough. Among those who suffered loss from the river overflowing its banks are : — Mr. James Howe, Petfield, fully half an acres of corn: Mr. F. Arantz. same localitv, 4ft of water on parts of his farm, necessitating replanting of whole; Mr. G E. Green, and other farmers, along Little River; Mr. A. M'Lennan, more than half of promising crop near Tumut Bridge; Dr. Mason, nearly 70 acres, and a quantity of soil at Bombowlee; Chinese gardener, Tumut Plains, £50 crop seed potatoos. Besides having done a vast amount of damage the deluge, has been instrumental in ridding many holdings of rabbits.

Fully 2000 rodents were killed by a band of hunters at Mr. Harris' Wermatong Station, to say nothing of a number drowned. Some 60 hares were also knocked over, as well as a number of snakes. On a log in Gilmore Creek eight rabbits, two hares, and four snakes had found a perch and were destroyed by the discoverer. Reports from Lacmalac state that the flood in Little River was the greatest for 15 years, . and extensive damage was done to the crops and ploughed land. A part of 11 willing hands killed 126 rabbits on one holding, and 962 in all, besides whioh hundreds jumped into the stream. - (Ref- Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)(about) Previous issue Friday 15 November 1901).

1902 - TUMUT, Friday - A boy named Carrington Killalee, of Bombowlee, was yesterday bitten by a tiger snake. Strychnine was injected in the wound by Dr Fitzpatrick and the lad recovered. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 4 January 1902).

1906 - Our Tumut correspondent wires:- Mr. Jns. M'Greger, 64, manager of Bombowlee Station for Dalgety and Company for many years, has died mainly from heart failure. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 18 April 1906).

BOMBOWLEE ESTATE. Particular attention is drawn to the adverrtisement of the sale of this Estate, whilch is being offered in lots at O'Brion's Hall, Tumut, on Wednesday, 8th August, 1906, by 1. C. Young & Ca., Sydney, in conjunction with S. F. Wilkinson & Co., Tumnut. - The estate has been subdivided into Maizo and, Tobacco Lots, Mixed Farming and Grazing Areas, every class of purchaser being provided for, and it is claimed that this is the pick of the proporties yet offered for Closer Settle clients.

1906 - DROWNED WHILE FISHING. At Bombowlee Creek - yesterday afternoon Thomas Keefe; jun, was accidentally drowned. The deceased was trout fishing with others, and was left fishing in a deep hole. It is presumed that the unfortunate young man slipped off the smooth rocks at the water's edge. - (Ref- The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 7 February 1906).

1906 - Bombowlee Estate, near Tumut, has also been sold. It is to be cut up for closer settlement. When at Tumut last werk, the Premier (Mr. Caruthers) expressed a wish to buy a block on this estate. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 16 May 1906).

1906 - The district is a thriving one, being in direct railway communication with both Sydney and Melbourne. The annual rainfall for the past 20 years is 32 inches, so droughts are unknown. The climate is a perfect one, and anyone in searoh of land should have a look at the Estate with which very easy terms are being offered. - (Ref- The Maffra Spectator (Vic. : 1882 - 1920)(about) Previous issue Thursday 5 July 1906).

1906 - TUMUT. - The balance of the blocks on Bombowlee Estate were sold privately on Wednesday and Thursday. The total purchase money amounted to £43,460. All are well satisfied, and it is considered one of the finest subdivision sales held in the State. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 10 August 1906).

1906 - TUMUT. - About 500 people attended the subdivision sale of Bombowlee, estate, submitted by J. C. Young and Co., in conjunction with Wilkinson and Co., auctioneers. Ten out ot 33 lots were passed. Prices realised up to £25 per acre. - (REf- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 9 August 1906).

1906 - The subdivision sale of the Bombowlee Estate, - which will be conducted by Messrs. J. C. Young and Company, Sydney, in conjunction with S. F.Wilkinson and Company, Tumut, tákes place at Tumut on August 8. To those in search of dairy, agricultural, mixed farming, or grazing areas, this estate is worthy of inspection. The Bombowlee flats, of about 2,000 acres, with frontages to Tumut River, are reported to be equal to anything in the State, and the vendors' intentions are to sell right out. The grazing areas, which have been very judiciously subdivided, will be found to be very high class fattening or wool growing country, beautifully watered, highly improved, and will carry well in all seasons two sheep to the acre. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 1 August 1906).

1906 - TELEGRAMS - NEW SOUTH WALES - PUSH FOR THE LAND. SYDNEY, Friday,,. - The whole of the blocks in Bombowlee Estate, Tumut, comprising 9669 acres have been sold, the total purchase money, being £44,935, Twenty out of 34 bocks were bought by residents of the Tumut district, while ten went to Victorians. - (Ref- Morning Post (Cairns, Qld. : 1897 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 11 August 1906).

1906 - BOMBOWLEE SUSDIVISION SALE. Messrs J. C. Young and Co report having conducted the above very important sale at Tumut on Wednesday, the 8th August, in conjunction with Messrs S. P. Wilkinson and Co. There mas a very large attendance of buyers. including a number of Victorians, South Australians and buyers from various parts of the state. Bidding was brisk, and every block sold, the sale being the meet sussessful of the kind ever held in the state. There were 33 lots and the pricess paid ranged from 1pd IOs per acre to 25pound - (Ref- Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle (Vic. : 1882 - 1918)(about) Previous issue Saturday 18 August 1906).

1906 - HARRIS-BRIDLE. - An interesting wedding took place at the All Saints' Church of England, Tumut on November 7, when Miss Dulcie Maud, eldest daughter of Mr. E. G. Bridle, .T.P., of "Rosevale," Bom bowlee, Tumut, was married to Mr. Hugh Harris, of Corryong, Victoria. The Kev. W. D. Kennedy officiated, and the church was prettily decorated with flowers by friends of the bride, and included a large florar wedding bell.

The organist, Miss Beale, played the "Wedding March," and the choir, of which the bride was a member. Bang "The Voice that Breathed O'er j Eden" and the "Deus Misereatur." The bride's wedding dress was white silk, trimmed with silk applique, and she wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a choice bouquet. The bridesmaids were Misses Ella and Ada Bridle (sisters of the bride), and they wore costumes of cream silk, trimmed with lace and insertion.

Mr. Hamilton, of Corryong, acted as best man. After the ceremony, the wedding party, about 80 in number, adjourned to "Rosevale," Bombowlee, where breakfast was partaken of in a marquee erected for the purpose. The Rev. Kennedy presided, and the Mayor (Alderman Hugh M'Namara) occupied tho vice-chair, when the usual toasts were honored. Mr. and Mrs. Harris left on that afternoon's train for the honeymoon trip to Melbourne, the bride's travelling dress being of dark blue canvass voile, trimmed with Parla Insertion and velvet ribbon, with biscuit colored hat adorned with pale pink roses and forget-me-nots.

The presents received were numerous and useful. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 14 November 1906).

Sales of Property.BOMBOWLEE

The important subdivision sale o£ the famous Bombowlee Estate, 2.5 miles from Tumut, for closer settlement purposes, took place at O'Brien's Hall, Tumut, on August 8, on. account of Messrs. A. W. Lynch and Company, the auctioneers being Messrs. J. C. Young and Company, Sydney, in conjunction with. Messrs. S P. Wilkinson and Company, Tumut.

The hall was crowded to overflowing, buyers being present from Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, and besides local buyers from all corners of New South Wales.

The Bombowlee Estate comprises 9000 acres of magnificent free hold land, cut up into 33 farms,

varying in area from 42 acres to 914 acres, comprising land suitable for dairying, maize and tobacco cultivation, grazing and mixed farming.

The land is thoroughly watered by the Tumut River (to which it has a frontage of six miles), Bombowlee, Killimicat, and various other smaller creeks, besides numerous tanks and dams and the subdivision has been made with due regard to water and other facilities.

The country is of a volcanic formation, with large areas of extremely rich flats fronting the Tumut River, upon which some of the finest tobacco and maize. produce has been raised continually from year to year; and portions are noted as being amongst the best fattening properties in the south.

The climatic conditions are mild, and the average rainfall for 20 years has been 32 Inches almost drought resisting country. The land is highly improved, ring barked and suckered, and the whole of the grubing portion has lately been fenced, and subdivided with seven wire fence.

The natural timber is principally box, with appletree on the flats. The estate was recently purchased from Messrs. Dalgety and Company by a syndicate, with a view to subdivision.

The sale of the estate resulted £44,935, or an average of £4 12s lld per acre.

Twenty blocks were purchased by Tumut district residents,

ten by Victorians,

one by Goulburn,

one Adelong, and

one South Australia.

The following lots were sold, by auction:-

120 acres, homstead block, F. Taylor, £10 10s per acre;

120 acres, flat, Dr. Mason, £25 per acre;

200 acres, chiefly river flats, Mr. Alston, £12 2a 6d per acre;

167 aores 1 rood, ditto, Mr. Bloomfield, £11 per acre;

102 acres, ditto, Mr. M'luernoy, £11 6s ' per acre;

145 acres, ditto, Mr. Carey (Vic),£11 5s per acre;

133 acres, Mr. Carey, £6 10s per acre;

648 aores 2 roods, George's paddock, Mr. Carey, £3 per acre;

140 acros, £7 10s por acre, T. Carey (Vic); - secured after the auction.

160 acres, ditto, Mr. Higgins, ' :£11 10s por acre;

134 acres, Mr. Murcie, £8 17s 6d per acre;

45 acres, Mrs. Soilors, £6 2s 6d per acre;

74 acres, Mr. M'Douald, £8 2s Cd per acre;

74 acres, Mr. R. French, £6 per acre

492 acres 2 roods, part of Dwyer's paddock, Mr. R. French, '£3 2s 6d per acre;

74 acres, Mr. Lewis (Vic), £8 per acre;

80 aores, Mr. Campbell £7 Cs per acre;

256 acres, Mr. Jackson, £8 Bs per acre;

218 acres, woolshed paddock, Mr. Ranken, £5 17s Cd per acre;

75 acres, £2 10s per acre, Donald Rankin; - after auction.

218 acres, £1 10s per acre, Donald Rankin; - after auction

255 acres, Sawpit Crook block, Mr. W. Carter, £3 12s 6d por acre;

380 acres 3 roods, M'Donald's paddock, Thos. Keefe, £3 per acre;

760 acres, Murphy's paddock, T. Keefe, £3 7s Gd per acre.

The following areas were disposed" of privately on August 9:-

488 acres, Blackhut and dock, P. J. Quirk; - see his death notice below..

760 acres, part of Dwyer's paddock, £3 10s per acre, Dr. H. W. Mason;

598 , acres, Big Hill paddock, £2 5s per acre, T. Cairey (Vic);

707 acres, Walkdon's paddock, "j£2 12s Gd per acre, F. W. King (South Australia);

9l4 acres, Bald Hill paddock, £2 Gs per acre, W. Carter;

661 acres, Red Hill paddock, £2 IBs per acre, Thomas Keefe; 78 and 105 here all round; J. M'Klnnon;

466 acres, Robertson's paddock, £3 per acre, H. M'Klnnon,

Messrs. S. P. Wilkinson and Company, of Tumut, have sold privately Glenbwrnle Estate, Brungle, near Tumut, to 0. E. Jones, of Kybean.

1916 - A Bombowlee dairyman, Mr. J. Withers, has a seven-teated cow, five of which give milk. - (Ref- Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW : 1915 - 1927)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 26 September 1916).

1924 - DEATH of - MR. P. J. QUIRK - An old and highly esteemed resident of Wodonga and district, in Mr. P. J. Quirk, died very suddenly on Saturday night, at the age of 65 years. The late Mr. Quirk was born at The Woolshed Goldfields, near Beechworth, and went to Sandy Creek as an infant, and spent the first 30 years of his life in that district, where his father (the late Mr. John Quirk) was engaged in business. About 1894 he acquired a property at East Wodonga, now known as "Minburra," and resided there at for upwards of 10 years, where he successfully carried on grazing and dealing.

Later, he purchased a portion of "Bombowlee" Estate, near Tumut. and, with his family, left for that centre. As his family grew up, Quirk handed over his Tumut property to his boys, and left for Wagga, where he resided privately. Some 15 months ago deceased had a serious illness, and for several months, his life was despaired of. However, he rallied, but had another bad turn during the end of last year, when his wife died suddenly.

Since then he has resided in turn, with his daughters and brother (Mr. G. Quirk, Wodonga) where he spent the last five years of his life. Referring to the late Mr. Quirk, a former resident of Sandy Creek referred to the departed gentleman as "a splendid horseman, a good sportsman, a truly honorable man, in fact a good all-round Australian," and that description truly sums him up. The man who has just passed away throughout his life was held in highest regard by all who came in contact with him. The burial took place at Tumut on Monday. - (Ref- Wodonga and Towong Sentinel (Vic. : 1885 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 July 1924).

1926 - Bombowlee -January 20: LECTURES BY EXPERTS. - The Department of Agriculture has arranged for the following lectures, under the auspices of the Agricultural Bureau: Veterinary lecture in the Modongo School, at 7.30 p.m., by Ali. F. Whitehouse,B.V.Sc. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 18 January 1926).

1926 - LECTURES BY EXPERTS. - The Department of Agriculture have arranged for the following lectures, under the auspices of tile Agricultural Bureau: Bombowlee: February 2, lecture on "Fruit Drying," by Mr. If. Broadfoot, senior fruit instructor. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 30 January 1926).

1926 - DEATHS 0F 4 PIONEERS. - TUMUT, Tuesday. -

Four deaths have occurred among the aged people of the town and district In the past fortnight. The first to be recorded was

Mrs. Lucy Annette Ibbotson, of Newtown, Tumut, aged SO years.

Then followed Mrs. Martha Potter, of Carey Street, Tumut, widow of the late Albert Potter, aged 69 years.

George Robert Ibbotson, aged 91, of Newtown, Tumut, husband of Mrs. Lucy Ibbotson, survived his wife by a few days only.

The last death was that of Mr. Charles Sylvester Byrne, of "Bushy Park," Bombowlee Creek, Tumut, aged 82 years. Deceased was at one time an Auctioneer, of Tumut, and years ago ulled raauy important public positions in the town, including president of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, secretary and afterwards chairman of the Tumut Turf Club, president of the Amature Racing Club, secretary and afterwards chairman of the Farmers and Settlers' Association, chairman of the Gundagai Pastures Protection Board, besides many other minor offices. He is survived by a widow, two sons, and two daughters.

The aggregate ages of the four pioneers was 322 years. - (Ref-The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 30 June 1926).

1927 - TUMUT- Mrs Pearce wife of Mr Sidney George Pearce grazier of Argalong and Bombowlee died on Sunday night at her town residence Merrivale street Tumut after a short illness She was 54 years of age. (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 11 October 1927)

1928 - TUMUT.-The death has occurred of Mrs. McLennnn. of Bombowlee, at the age of 78 years. Mrs. McLennnn lived In an historio house, which was once visited by the busn rangcr, Ben Hall. The house Is now being demolished._._______ (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 21 June 1928).


A steam is rising like a cloud above the paddocks all new ploughed

The wind off Kosciusko is like wine of vintage old

For the winter's coming slowly. In the lanes around Bombowlee

And the poplars are the last to don their gown of russet gold

So vivid is the young green glass, the sky

Is Just like sapphire glass,

And the hills are blue as Indigo beneath a silver gauza

While the winding river sighs and grieves,

she miases nil the willow leaves. She teased and played with as she bore them onward without pause

The night with silver sandalled feet comes early dawn the day to greet,

And allows dance on leafy carpeta patterned large and bold

For the sunshine goes but slowly from the lanes around Bombowlee

The popalar lanes of Tumut that are big and fine and old.

MARY ROCHE.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 7 July 1928).

1929 - APIARY AFIRE.HEAVY DAMAGE. RESULT OF EXPLOSION. TUMUT, Saturday. - A fire occurred at Mr. George H. Bassett's apiary, at Bombowlee, two miles from Tumut, two buildings and their contents being destroyed. The damage Is estimated at £3000.

One building contained £1700 worth of honey, £100 worth of »\'ax, a quantity of machinery, and several vehicles. A motor car was driven from the burning building in flames, but the flames were extinguished. All the property was uninsured.

The outbreak was caused through the filling of the tank of a petrol engine whilst a kerosene stove was burning 12£t away. An explosion immediately followed, enveloping the whole place in flames, with which it was impossible to cope. All the property was destroyed in a few minutes.

Mr. Lloyd Bassett was burnt about the face and arms whilst saving the burning motor car. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 11 March 1929).

1931 - MAN SHOT IN THE BACK. TUMUT, Friday. -

While he was clipping the glass round a tennis court at Bombowlee, Bernard Robinson was shot in the lower portion of the back! with a pea-rifle. On Jumping up, another bullet flew over his head. It has not been ascertained where the bullets came from, or who fired the shots. An X-ray at the Tumut Hospital failed to locate the bullet. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 16 May 1931).

1932 - WATER DIVINING. TUMUT, Wednesday. -

The Tumut Co-operative Dairying Company, Limited, after engaging Mr. R. R, Nolan, a water diviner and a well-boring engineer, located water at a depth of 55ft, close to its factory, and near the Tumut railway station, which will give a permanent supply of 40,000 gallons a day. Much money previously had been spent without success. The present scheme will save the company thousands of pounds a year. It has been using the town water supply.

1932 - Mr. S. G. Pearce, of "Risdon", Bombowlee, Tumut, met with phenomenal success by striking water, by divining, at 39ft deep, flowing at the rate of 10,000 gallons a day. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 11 August 1932).


Ray Dickenson, the 7-year-old son of Mr. S. F. Dickenson, a dairy farmer, of Bombowlee, Tumut, was kicked on the head by a draught horse. The skull was fractured, and death took place after the boy had lingered for 12 days. - (Ref - The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 16 August 1932).

1932 - MAN DROWNED. IN 4 INCHES OF WATER. - Farmer's End. SYDNEY; September 13. -

Walter David Collison (33 years), a farmer, of Bombowlee, Tumut, was drowned in four inches of water. He left home at 8 o'clock in the morning to repair a fence, and his body was found lying face downwards in a watercourse in four inches of water. At the inquest medical evidence disclosed that Collison had been drowned following an attack of syncope. - (Ref- The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 14 September 1932).


Power to locate underground water channels and to predetermine the quantity of water and its depth was demonstrated by Mr R R Nolan with a divining rod A flow of 4500 gallons a day on land owned by Mr. A. W. Lynch, of Bombowlee, was struck. The guaranteed supply of 3000 gallons a day was found between depths of 60ft and 70ft the depth forecast by the diviner. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 26 November 1932).


With the Early Clearance variety,; Mr. J. Butler, of Bombowlee, won the Tumut A. and F.. Association's seed maize competition. The judge was Mr. W. D. Kerie, senior agricultural instructor of New South Wales Department of Agriculture. He states; that during the last couple of years there has been a change in the district from maize growing to dairying owing to the better prices, ruling for dairy" produce.

This was reflected in the reduced entries for the competition! The rainfall was much below the average, and there was a severe frost in mid-March which hastened maturity. Consequently: yields were light; and the grain badly, pinched The entries "were sown on the farms of Messrs. J. Butler, E. E. Vickery and C. C Campbell, representative of three important sections of the Tumut Plain, Gilmore, and Bombowlee district.

Yields at Mr. Vickery's were not included in the results, as frost and dry weather were particularly severe in that locality. The results were:

J. Butler, Bombowlee, 98 bus.;

C C Campbell, Gilmore, 48 bus. 20 lb.; av. 73 bus. 38 lb.

Department of Agriculture's Kennedy.-J. Butler, 76 bus.;

C C. Campbell, 54.28, av. 65.14.

Department of Agriculture's Funk's Yellow Dent.

J. Butler, 80 bus. 25 lb.;

C C. Campbell's, 48.15, av. 64.20.

E. E. Vickery's Murrumbidgee White.-

J. Butler, 70 bus. 40 lb.;

C. C. Campbell. 52 bus. 18 lb., av. 61.29.

J. Butler's Golden Superb.-58 bus. 46 lb.;

C C. Campbell. 504, av. 53 bus. 55 lb.

C. C. Campbell's Murrumbidgee White.-

J . Butler, 53 bus. 14 lb.;

C. C, Campbell, 46 bus., av. 49 bus. 7 lb.

Mr Butler planted on November 16 in rows 3 ft. 9 in. apart, the seed allowance having been two or three grains to each 32 inches. Although the land had been devoted to tobacco for one year, maize previously bad been grown on it for 20 years in, succession. -

At Mr. Campbell's farm planting was carried out on November 16, the same" spacing' having been adopted as on Mr. Butler's plot. The soil, which was an alluvial loam of comparatively poor quality, bad been flooded, before it was ploughed in August. - (Ref- Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 9 August 1933).


Arrangements have now been made for Mr. E. B. Joyce, of Eidswold. Queensland, to give a demonstration in dehorning under the auspices of the Graziers' Association, at the municipal saleyards, Cootamundra, on Monday, December 17, at 10 a.m., being followed on Tuesday at the same hour by a demonstration at Mr. A. W. Lynch's Bombowlee station, Tumut. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 7 December 1934).


Laurence Sidney Piper, 29, son of Israel Piper, manager of Goobragandra Station, was killed while out shooting. His body was found half way through a fence in the bed of Bombowlee Creek, with frightful head injuries, a charge of shot having entered the side of the head. Death was apparently instantaneous. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 18 August 1936).

1937 - IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES- Probate Juilsdictlon in the Will of WIILIAM HUNNISET FOORD of Bombowlee near Tumut In the State of New

South Wales Farmer deceased-Application will be made after fourteen days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will and Testament dated the 19th day of May 1937 of the above named deceased mav be granted to HARRY DOUGLAS FOORD and

FRANCIS WILLIAM FOORD the excutors, named In the said Will and all notice may be seen at the undermentioned address All créditais In the district of the deceased are hereby required to send in particulars of their claims to the undersigned N B MACKENZIE and ORR Solicitors Turn it Sydney Agents Messrs HOBBS and STONHAM Solicitors 8 Pitt street Sydney - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 29 June 1937).

1938 - TUMUT.-Herbert Collison, aged about 40 years, single, who lived with his mother on a farm at Bombowlee, a mile from the town, was found dead. - (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Thursday 10 February 1938).

1938 - A tree in Bombowlee Avenue, Tumut, which was claimed by local residents to be the tallest poplar in the world, was uprooted and blown across the main thoroughfare. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 11 November 1938).

1938 - MORE TREES - In one country town Tumut residents have been roused by a proposal to remove some splendid street trees to make openings for shop fronts. There Uecs are Tumut's chief glory. There are some grand planes, silky oaks, elms and kurrajongs, which are the real beauty of a town set amidst green hills. Poplars on the Bombowlee Flats near the river, have no rivals in this State. Hardly less inspiring are the willows along the snow fed river. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 12 August 1938).

1938 - POPLARS OF TUMUT - Landscape Makers. By "Waratah." -

There are some towns which call us back again and again. The call may come from the people, the scenic beauty, or pleasure resorts. Sometimes it is from the parks and gardens and fields.

Tumut's call is that of the trees. It's splendid poplars have no superior in this State, and there are also its elms, oaks, and willows.

Go where you will in search of landscape beauty the rugged grandeur of the Blue Mountains, the soft, rolling plains of Bathurst, or the silver lined and green-bordered sea- scapes of the south coast, where the blue of the ocean is so intense-there is nothing to surpass the panorama from Hospital Hill.

Tumut. - It is not merely the ever-changing play of colour along the hillsides which makes this picture so enchanting. Alternating shadow patches of purple and gold are thrown on the landscape screen when the sky is flecked with fleecy clouds. On bright, sunny days in springtime it is all shining green, with mauve and grey shadings along the ridges. There is beauty, too, in the gentle contour of the tree-topped slopes, which is balm to the heart of an artist.

Away to the south there is another note of majestic splendour, where the frowning blue cliffs of Talbingo Range look down. In the middle foreground runs the willow-lined river, snow-fed and gushing over rapids until it spreads out below the township into a silver stream.

But through all is the dominant note of the poplars. They divide the landscape into a series of splendid pictures, each complete in itself and suitably framed. First, the poplars of Bombowlee, just over the bridge, known and discussed wherever tree-lovers gather-for their height and girth. Like giant sentinels they stand, and their scintillating leaves can be seen far and wide. More poplars are seen to right and left, some in groups, singles, and long files of them dividing paddocks. Poplars harmonise with the slender church steeple, giving an English setting, poplars along the hills and flats until they meit into a hazy blue distance, way out towards Brungle and Gundagai.

There is an old-world atmosphere about it all, and both the green of the springtime or the burning lights of autumn seem to belong to older climes. Certainly, it is something alien to the rest of the State. Softness and colour blending are the keynotes. But it is the poplars which are indelibly imprinted on the mind. Their call will not remain unanswered. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 10 December 1938).


Desmond Morrah, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Brain, of Hobart, to Alice Neator, eldest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. N. Lynch, of Bombowlee, Tumut, New South Wales. - (Ref- The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 4 October 1939).

1940 - Mr J N Lynch of Bombowlee Tumut who was in the city a few days ago stated that conditions in his district were very favouiable. There had been he said a particulaily keen demand by Riverina buyers for all classes of cattle Mr Lynch's homestead is regarded as one of the finest in the Tumut district. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 19 January 1940).


The marriage was celebrated In Sydney on Thursday last of Desmond Morrah, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Brain, of Hobart, and Alice Nestor, eldest daughter of Mrs. Lynch and the late Mr. A. N. Lynch, of Bombowlee, Tumut, New South Wales. The best man was Mr. Rob. Murdoch, Sydney, formerly of Hobart.

Mr. Brain is in Ingleburn camp as a gunner in the 9th Battery, 2nd/5th Field Regiment, A.I.F, and expects to leave shortly on active service abroad. - (Ref- The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 19 June 1940).

Penfriends -

Irma Rudy (9), Kendall Street, Thirlmere (would like girl pen friend interested in reading).

Lesley Smart (12), 16 Pellisier Road, Putney (would like penfriend in Queensland).

Myrilla Blackmore, "Dimboola," March Road, Orange (would like penfriend living on an island).

Patricia Morgan (13), Campbell St, Newbridge.

Kathleen McGrath (12), "Vinewood," Bombowlee, Tumut (would like an interstate penfriend / interested in stamps and music).

Barbara McDonald (13), 23 Arthur Street, Homebush (interested in films, music and basketball).

Thelma Connors (10), 92 High Street, Maitland. -

Veronica Simmonds (ll), 89 Wambiana Street, Nyngan.

Jennifer Smith, 23 Cliff Street, Yass (would like girl penfriend interested in sport and stamps).

Phyllis Smith (14), 3 Oaks Avenue, Cremorne (would like boy pen-friend). - (Ref- The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953)(about) Previous issue Sunday 16 April 1950).

J Slavin appealed against the recommendation of the Tumut Land Board In respect of Edwin G Bildle special lease application and appellants application for a special lease. The land the subject of appeal was 14 acres fronting Tumut River and suitable for maize growing i in lodged a prior application, but the board recommended Bridle's application at a rental of £1 per acre for 14 years.

Slavin appealed mainly on the question of Priority and the merits According to the evidence Slavin held no land whilst Bridle held 1663 acres fronting Tumut River of an average value of £5 per acre. It was contended on behalf of respondent that the area was inaccessible except to Bridle, who had constructed a bridge across a branch of Tumut River to provide access to his land The Court dismissed the appeal, holding that the land the subject of appeal was on the, evidence, Inaccessible to Slavin.)


The death has occurred of Mrs. Honeiale Walsh, of Bombowlee, in her 91st year. She was the widow of the late Mr John Walsh, who died 35 years ago. Although infirm, her Brain faculties were unimpaired. For many years Mrs. Walsh had cherished the wish that she would not live after attaining her 9Oth year. She died seven days after. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 17 October 1935)

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

James (America),

John (Gundagai),

Patrick and

Thomas (Tumut); and two daughters, Miss B. Walsh (Bombowlee).- (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 18 October 1935 Page 36).

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