Sharpes Creek

~Sharpes Creek~


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1856 - OUR GOLD FIELDS. - (From the Goulburn Chronicle.)

Adelong.-With the return of settled fine weather, these gold fields are reviving. We believe that the returns have never been so great in proportion to the population employed. About 150 men are at work on the old Adelong fields. Several applications for water privileges have lately been entertained by the Commissioner. E. Talbot is busily employed in cutting a race two and a quarter miles long, with water head for two sluices. The contract for cutting, we believe, is 70. Several parties have crossed the ridge into the main Adelong, and are very successful. As this creek is very extensive room for many hundreds is now provided. In Sharpe's Creek, a few parties are doing moderateingly well, say about 10 per week per man; but water is getting scarce.

Reedy Flat.-A party of three men from the Ovens, Smedley, Dougherty, and another, have been very busy during the week in washing up the old stuff. Several hundred ounces have rewarded their laborious exertions. They have obtained the right of bringing water from the head of the Gilmore to the Reedy Flat, about six or eight miles, with water for three sluices. The contract for cutting is 250. The old hands now see the prize they have missed.

Tumberumba and Tarcutta.- About 100 men are at work here with varied success. We understand that an opportunity will be afforded to the miners in the Murrumbidgee district to rid themselves of their accumulated gold before the 31st December, by an armed escort as far as Goulburn.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 20 December 1856).

1871 - MARRIAGE. - On the 21st October, at the residence of the bride's ancle, Adelong, by the Rev. A. Pennycook, Mr. Thomas Vietch, gold miner, of Sharpe's Creek, near Adelong, to Miss Margaret, second daughter of the late Mr. John Wignall, farmer, Lancestire. England.- (Ref- Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875)(about) Previous issue Thursday 2 November 1871).

1872 - ANOTHER NEW GOLD-FIELD. - Tin: following proclamation appears in the Government Gazelle, published yesterday : By his Excellency Sir Alfred Stephen, Knight, a Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Chief Justice of the colony of New South Wales, administering the Government thereof.

In pursuance of the provisions of the Gold-fields Act of I860, I, Sir Alfred Stephen, administering the Government aforesaid, with the advice of the Executive Council, do hereby proclaim that the following shall be doomed a Goldfield within the meaning and for the purposes of the said Act, that is to say,- County of Wynyard, parish of Nacka Naoka. The gold-field on Crown lands within the watersheds of Sharp's and Nacka Nacka Creeks, from the sources of those creeks downwards to a line east and west crossing the Nacka Nacka Creek at the south boundary of Henry J, Sharpe's conditional purchase of 6O acres, portion 15, parish of Nucka Nacka. To bo called the "Sharp's Creek and Naoka Nacka Gold-field." - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 24 April 1872).

1907 - The Gundagai "Times" says that a Dingo Suppression Association is being formed at Sharpe's Creek. It is proposed by the board to subsidise the dingo associations when three are formed to embrace the whole of the dingo infested section of the district. Such an association has already been formed at Tomorroma to take in that section of the district, and, in addition to the proposed association for the Sharp's Creek locality, it is desired to form an association embracing the country between the Goobragandra and Tumut rivers. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 16 October 1907).

1905 - IN THE TUMBERUMBA DISTRICT. - TUMBERUMBA, Thursday - further bush fires are reported to be raging at Copabella on Monday and Tuesday, and spreading to other properties On Tues- day night a high wind sprang up, and was followed by a thunderstorm, but very little rall fell Numerous proofs at a forthcoming that the bush fires have been caused by phosphorus bait's laid for rabbits. In one instance Mr Henry Vickery, a well known resident of Tumberumba, who has lately taken up land near Sharpe's Creek, stated that he saw the phosphorus which had been laid for rabbits suddenly burst out in flames in various places about 10 chains from his house and set fire to the grass, while the main fire was over a mile from the place. The occurrence was also witnessed by his wife and daughter and an employed man. Other reliable reports, which are similar in effect, are to hand, proving that phosphorus will not endure heat, and if it has not been properly strained and dissolved grains will ignite.

Unless desive steps are taken by the proper authorities a pestilcnco is likely to arise through the great quantity of stock burnt, the decomposed bodies of horses, cattle, sheep, kangaroos, rabbits, etc, lying huddled in heaps The water will also become contaminated, thus jeopardising human life. Not with standing reports to the contrary, the damage done by the fires in the whole of this district is very great, many settlers, etc, being left completely destitute. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 13 January 1905).

1909 - HETHERINGTON v HETHERINGTON. - Mr. Perry appeared for the petitioner, Alice Martha Hetherington, who sought a divorce from Roderick Hetherington on the ground of desertion. The marriage took place at Sharpe's Creek, near Adelong, in December, 1899, according to the Church of England rites. Petitioner gave evidence of acts of cruelty on her husband's part, and at the close of the case a decree nisi, returnable in six months, was granted. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 8 September 1909).

1929 - FRANTIC APPEALS. - ADELONG IN DANGER. - ADELONG, Wednesday. - Disastrous bushfires, blown by westerly winds, are devastating a great part of the country surrounding Adelong. Commencing at W. Harnett's property, Yaven Creek, a fire soon burned through whole paddocks, sweeping on to Mount Hugel. After destroying both places it consumed 2000 acres of Grady Bros. grazing property, and is still sweeping on. Menacing the whole countryside. Men and provisions are being hurried from Adelong. The excessive heat precludes successful work till night time. Graziers are frantically mustering their stock and endeavouring to place them safely out of range. Later the wind changed, and is driving the fire towards Adelong. The whole of Sharpes Creek has been burnt out, and the fire is threatening "Condonblonga Station," only four miles from Adelong. The town is sending frantic appeals for men. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 10 January 1929).

1939 - House Destroyed - A serious fire occurred at the hamlet of Sharpe's Creek in the Adelong district on Tuesday night. The house of Mr. Ted Whitley was deatroyed, but other buildings were saved. It is understood that Mrs. Whitley left a candle burning whilst she went to another room to see her children. When she returned the place-was on fire. - (Ref- The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 31 January 1939).

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