RUN NO. 156
Tumblong (Cootamundra-Tumut) After name of property on which station was built
157. Stuckey Peter. Name of run, Willie Plumah. Estimated area, sixty thousand acres. Estimated grazing capabilities, five hundred cattle and eight thousand sheep. On the north and east by the Murrumbidgee River, commencing at the junction of the Tumut with that river downwards (with the exception of the land marked out by the government for the township of South Gundagai) to an imaginary boundary line about one mile to the north of Adelong Creek, running from the Murrumbidgee River to the Port Phillip road, then by that road to where it crosses the Adelong Creek on the west by the Adelong Creek upwards to an imaginary boundary line between the Messrs. Johnston's and my run and on the south by an imaginary boundary line running from the Adelong Creek to the junction of the Tumut and Murrumbidgee rivers, and dividing my run from those of Messrs. Johnston, Broughton, and Tooth.
158. Stuckey Peter, junior. Name of run, "Mathara". Estimated area, sixty thousand acres, Estimated grazing capabilities, fifteen hundred cattle. Bounded on the north by a line running west for about ten miles from a marked tree on the river, at the junction of the Gulpha Creek with the Edward which line forms the south boundary of Mr. Boyd's, Deniliquin run; bounded on the south by a marked line running west from the Red Bank Gulph Creek for about ten miles which line forms Messrs. Lowe's and Throsby's north boundary bounded on the east by the Edward River which stream forms Mr. James M'Laren's west boundary line and bounded on the west by a line. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 16 October 1848).
Antill Henry -
Fuller Benjamin -
Neiberding Isabella -
Wilson Matilda - (Ref-Adelong Crossing Polling Place).
Darbarlara - Adelong , - Front page
1913 - FERTILE COUNTRY.COOTAMUNDRA TO TUMUT. - ITS FUTURE PROSPECTS. (BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.) -
Few districts afford a more picturesque setting than that Berveil by the railway from Cootamundra to Tumut. Th0 Vn° "Tv iZ " distance ot 0Ü miles through country that possesses splendid uplands and is alloyed with rich and fertile flats, worthy of far greater use from the stand point of cultivation than they leeche at the present time.
The line as it leal es the main Southern railway. at Cootamundra descends to Bawral which has an altitude of DUO feet above sea level. Here wheat growing is leeching some attention, and the crops me loolung splendidly as the result of the recent rains, and it is like that record helds will be obtained Then line turns and goes past ino Biding!, at Muttama Mongolong, and V.-iiiibiilgec There are glimpses of some more paddocks, watered by creeks which are gil en o\c¡ to piistoial .iiirsuits
Occasionally a well kept houiestcul SoaksTin on the scene and the i .Hue of J.c country is made all the more so by the evidence of such progress Cool.u is ii town with borne pietenslons and the only olio be- ti! oen Cootamundra and Gundagai Toi till i icason the Hain idles aw.15 considerable time here. In fact there are few branch lines on which the speed isless than this one the average rate for the journey being U miles per hour, so that a liberal allowanco is made for any extra traffic that may be anticipated. As Gundagai is approached the prevalence of thistles in many of the paddocks draws attention to a pest that is becoming a general menace to farmers and pastoralists.
Past Gundaghi the Murrumbidgee sweeps along on its way to the south west, and to the irrigation plots at Yanco. Just now the river is running a full stream and the fact that its waters are being put to use down on the plains, and billions of gallons are being held in the dam at Burrenjuck, is a matter for satisfaction. In view of this it is all the more difficult to understand why more use is not made of the river for irrigating purposes along the banks of its upper reaches.
Gundagai overlooks the river and the long tressel bridges which span the flats and the Murrumbidgee are an evidence of the flood wittel s that come down from the mountains at times it recalls the sinister disaster that overtook old Gundagai years ago, when the town, which was right on the banks, was swept away in one night with the high waters.
The Gundagai district has developed considerably of late years, and there is a good deal of general farming carried on but grazing still commands a good deal of the country. The town is rich with associations of the old gold mining days, and there is still some fossicking done by the old miners.
Leaving Gundagai, and passing through granite hills, the surroundings increased in beauty. The emerald green of the pastures form a vivid contrast to the conditions prevailing a few weeks ago. The fact that the country has been cleared so extensively shows that it must have been heavily stocked at one time. In seasons like the present, with clover and cocksfoot over a foot high in places, it must have been very productive.
Tumblong was once known as Adelong Crossing, but the confusion with the town of that name led to its less euphonious title. Mount Horeb is portion of a big pastoral holding, and stretchng away from there are a line lot of flats. Some of these were recently sold and as much as £32 10s per acre was received for them. Dairying is extensively followed in this locality, and the fact that there is such splendid land available should see an extension of the industry. Mount Horeb is also famous for its herbes, and some fine specimens have been produced there.
Adelong, noted for its mining and its dredging plants, is only eight miles away from this station. It is a centre of a district capable of a greater agricultural production, and it is likely that there will be a large increase in the area under crops in the near future.
Reka is the highest point on the line, being 1290 feet above sea-level, this siding being only nine miles from Tumut, the terminus. In between these two points there is an array of country suitablo for fruit growing, dairying, and general farming. Gilmore Siding is the key to one of the most beautiful spots on the line. It is the starting point of the coach journey to Batlow and Tumbarumba. Just now it presents a picture of rural contentment. The paddocks are knee deep with grasses, in which the stock luxuriate. The willows on the banks of the creeks are at their best, having just burst into leaf, and the creeks are running full streams.
The village of Gilmore is approached over a bridge that spans a rapid running stream, in which the villagers enjoy the luxury of trout fishing. Near by the village smithy nestles under the weeping willows, and the merry music of the anvil recalls some old world scene. All around and the hills. At the post-office the coach stands ready for its journey up the mountains to Batlow and Tumbarumba. Dairy farming is one of the principal industries here, and there are one or two large farms. The natural pastures seem to be the only means of sustenance for the herds, but there are a few patches of lucerne. There are few silos or other means of storing fodder for a dry spell, but as a rule the seasons are not so variable to necessitate any precautions in the minds of the farmers for this purpose. Oats and maize are staple products, and grow to perfection.
The town of Tumut is one of the oldest in the State; it recalls the days of gold-mining in the Australian Alps, when Kiandra (Irat won fame. It has quite an English setting. English trees and hedges are soon on every side. The Tumut River, which comes out of the hills that rise to Kosciusko's rugged heights, is one of the prettiest streams in the State. It's willow lined banks make it a popular tourists' resort, while the fishing it provides adds to its popularity. The climate is an ideal one, and English fruits can be grown to perfection. It was here that tobacco was first grown in the State, and it is interesting to note that there is a revival in the cultivation of the leaf. Maize does exceedingly well on the rich flats, and generally attains great height and yield. Apple growing is increasing, and the district claims Batlow as an example of what can be done in this direction. Summer fruits grow very well.
While this tract of country is largely taken up and divided, It is realised that there is room for much further development and with a more intensified system of farming, a greater production will be assured. As it is, means of communication are somewhat slow; and the tardiness with which the railway to Tumbarumba and Batlow is being built from Wagga, shows the lack of a proper realisation of the value of these remote, cornors of the State on the part of successive Governments. - (REf- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 6 November 1913).
1915 - HEROES OF -THE DARDANELLES. PRIVATE G. FRANK (Tumblong). Died of wounds. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 28 June 1915).
1916 - RACECOURSE OR FARM? - The Gundagal Land Board last week, dealt with the question of whether the Adelong Crossing (now Tumblong) racecourse should be revoked and made available for settlement. The proposal was opposed by the trustees, who called a number of witnesses in support of the desire and necessity of retaining the area, which is 100 acres in extent, as a racecourse reserve.
The land is at present held under lease by Mr. Bootes from the trustees. Surveyer Newland reported in favor of throwing open the land for settlement, and valued the improvement on the land at 'i37/12]/; he did not consider the present or prospective requirements of the place warranted the retention of the area as a racecourse. The board recommended the revocation of the reserve, and that the trust accounts be adjusted and all the surplus money be handed over to the Treasury. - (Ref- Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW : 1915 - 1927)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 July 1916).
1916 - STATE SHARE-FARMTNG. - The Minister for Lands yesterday made available the names of the successful applicants for Government share farms on the Forest Vule Estate, near Wyalong.
The committee dealing with the applications consisted of Mr. W. G. Ashford, Minister for Lands (chairman), and Messrs. G. Valder, Director of Agriculture, and Hugh Ross, Chief Inspector of Agriculture. Upwards of 160 applications were received, and in view of the excellent qualifications possessed by many of the applicants for farms the committee found it impossible to accept a number of very promising settlers who would otherwise have been accepted promptly.
The following were the successful applicants:-Messrs. Jack Price, Porepunkah, Vic; H, J. nambling, j. W. Wilson, Barellan;, F. B. Nllon, Cootamundra (returned soldier); E. Langdon, Stockinbingal; W. J. Davis, Kangiara, via Bowning; Mark Pearson, Oaklands, via Narrandera; Fred Lee, Molong; Abo Balley, Wombat; A. E G. Walker, Wattamondara; Chas. Luff, Tumblong; H. Harris, Lockhart; Michael Nolan, Grong Grong; A. Wales, Euroka, Bimbi; William A. Kemp, Grawlin, Forbes;
P. W. Barton, South Gundagai; A. A. Bland (returned soldier)
Daniel Croke, Grenfell; D. R. Grant, Tullamore; P. Walsh, Wallendbeen; Cyril Day, Bogan Gate. There were applications from only two returned soldiers, both experienced farmers, and they were allotted a farm each. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 20 January 1916).
1918 - HOW THE TROUBLE STARTS. - Two little girls, daughters of Mr Parnell, engineer, were fishing, for yabbics in nell, engineer, were fishing for yabbles in a dredge hole in Tumblong Creek, Gundagai, when Jessie Parnrll, aged six, fell in. Her three-year old sister gave the alarm. The body was recovered in a short time, but life was extinct. - (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Saturday 19 January 1918).
1921 - TUMBLONG TRAGEDY, -
The High Court, to-day, refused to give Peden to appeal against his conviction for alleged wife, murder at Tumblong.- (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Tuesday 8 November 1921).
1921 - TUMBLONG MURDER APPEAL. ..... Notice has been lodged by Mr. J. A. Harvey, solicitor, of an intention to apply to the High Court of Australia for leave to appeal in the case of Arthur Bryce Peden, who was convicted at the Central Criminal Court of murdering his wife at Tumblong on May 7 last. The accused was tried twice, the 'jury' disagreeing on the first occasion, and an application for leave to appeal was refused by The State Court of Criminal Appeal. The evidence in the case was largely of a circumstantial nature. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 8 October 1921).
1922 - TRAGEDY. - The inquiry into the Tumblong tragedy was commenced to-day before Mr Justice Street, who is acting as a Royal Commissioner. The case is expected to last some days.- (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Tuesday 14 February 1922).
1922 - Tumblong Tragedy PEDEN RELEASED. - Mr Justice Street, who recently, held a special investigation into the Peden case, has reported to the Governor that the additional evidence put before him has raised a substantial degree of doubt as to accused's guilt as to entitle him to the benfit of it. He referred especially to the very serious doubt raised in the new evidence as to whether Mrs Peden's wound was a suicidal or homicidal one.
His Honor added that if he were a juryman, after hearing the further evidence, he would have given a verdict of not guilty. Mr M'Kell, the Minisier for Justice accordingly recommanded his release on Tuesday - subsequently approved by the Governor. Messrs, A. M'Donald and J. A. Hamey, solicitors, were so certain of Pedon's innocence that they took up his case free of cost. They say that if the question of payment had entered the question they would have charged about £1000 each for their services. Peden's experience has been nerve wracking, and when the news of his release was communicated to him by the governor of the gaol he almost collapsed. It was some time before he was sufficiently recovered to leave the prison. - (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Thursday 2 March 1922).
1922 - WOMAN'S SUDDEN DEATH. GUNDAGAI, Tuesday. - Ivy Luff, aged 23, died suddenly at Tumblong yesterday. At a post-mortem inquiry, it was ordered that the stomach should be sent to Sydney for analysis. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 8 November 1922).
1922 - ACCIDENTALLY SHOT.GUNDAGAI, Monday. - Another tragedy, the third within a short period, occurred at Tumblong, 10 miles from Gundngai, yesterday afternoon. Harold Collien need 31. married, with 3 children, used the butt end of a loaded pea rifle to separate two fighting dogs, when the weapon exploded the bullet entered Collien's stomach. He was taken to Gundagai Hospital, where he died this morning.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 4 July 1922).
1923 - A BULLOCK'S SUICIDE - A Polled Angus bullock ran amok on tho road from Tumblong to Adelong. It charged two horses and a motor bus laden with school children. No one was hurt. Wire netting alongside the road prevented it from reaching some other children in a paddock. Later the beast charged a solid post, and injured itself fatally, dying 10 minutes later. - (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Thursday 6 September 1923).
1923 - Steer Competition. - The chairman of the Australian Meat Council (Mr J B Cramsie) Sydney Show C W Bootes (Tumblong New South Wales) each 10 guineas . - (Ref- The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)(about) Previous issue Friday 18 May 1923).
1923 - ENGAGEMENTS. - The engagement is announced of Girlie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Johnson, Mundarloo Estate, Tumblong, to Frederick L B. Artlett, elder son of the late F. H. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 1 August 1923 Artlett, of Sydney, and Mrs.W. S. Brown, Parramatta. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 1 August 1923).
1924 - INJURED AT PLAY. GUNDAGAI, Monday. - A ten-year-old boy, Mervyn Sibthorpe, was playing on the railway line at Tumblong when the door of a truck fell on him, breaking his leg and arm. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 1 January 1924).
1925 - PROPOSED RAILWAY.TUMUT, Friday. - Considerable interest is being taken in the southern districts in the agitation begun by the Tumut Tourist and Progress League for the construction of a railway connecting Canberra with Melbourne, via Tumut and Tumblong. The proposed line would save eight hours on the journey from Melbourne to Canberra. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 16 May 1925).
1926 - A MAN OF MARK - FATHER OF 26,- Mr William Manns, of Gundagai, who was the father of 26 children, and who had descendants numbering over 100, died on Wednesday. He went to the Gundagai district 60 years ago; and settled at Tumblong. He was 91 years of age. Mr Manns had vivid recollections of the bushranging days in the Guudagai and Adelong districts. He was a clever farrier, and was often called on in the old days to shoe the horses of bushrangers, whom he asserted paid him handsomely. - (Ref- Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) (about) Previous issue Saturday 14 August 1926).
1935 - PURE-BRED JERSEY COWS - Tests in New South Wales - ALBURY (N.S.W.), Wednesday. - In the New South Wales tests of pure-bred Jersey herds for 1934 Riverina owners were successful. In ten dairying districts in the State there was only one that submitted more pure-bred cattle recording in the Riverina, which submitted 352 head, of which 300 were Jerseys. The average of 2,417 cows tested in New South Wales was 1031b. of butter fat, while the average for 352 Riverina cows was 1841b.
The following Riverina dairymen had four or more cows which averaged more than 2601b. butter-fat:-A. R. Martin (Wagga), l8 cows, averaged 4001b. fat;
Mrs. B. M. I. Scott (Tumblong), 10 cows, 37Blb. fat;
G. Chapman (Coreinbob), 13 cows, 3451b. fat;
R. Farrar (Leeton), 5 cows, 3411b. fat;
F. E, Brookes (Tarcutta), 4 cow3, 3341b. fat;
T. J. O'Brien (Tumut), 4 cows, 3221b. fat;
Welfare Farm (Yanco). 0 cows, 2011b. fat;
Wagga Experiment Farm, 7 cows, 2851b, fat.- (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Thursday 1 August 1935).
1936 - Man and Wife Injured WAGGA, Friday.- - A motor car struck a tree on the Kyeamba road, near Tarcutta, to-night when the steering gear broke. George Bodley, of Tumblong Hotel, suffered fractured ribs, a fractured arm, and wounds to the head, and his wife suffered wounds to the face, neck, and legs. Mr. and Mrs. Bodley were returning to Tumblong from Melbourne. - (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Saturday 14 March 1936).
1939 - ROAD REPORTS. TUMBLONG DEVIATION OPENED. - Motorists who intend using the Hume Highway between Gundagai and Albury will welcome the news that the Tumblong deviation is now available to traffic, states the N.R M.A.
The new road commences near Tumblong, about 10 miles south of Gundagai, and follows a course east of the old road to a junction with the Monaro Highway. This highway is then followed to the right, rejoining Hume Highway a few miles north of the Wagga turn-off.
The new road at present has a gravel surface, and a substantial bridge has been constructed over Hillas Creek, A section of very worn gravel surface and a difficult hill, which was the scene of many road accidents, have been eliminated by the new deviation. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 3 January 1939).
1947 - WINNERS OF LAND BALLOT - GUNDAGAI, Monday. - There were 1,332 applicants in the Land Board ballot for 13 blocks, comprising part of the Beggan Beggan and Illawong estates, near Jugiong. The winners were: W. Cooper, Deepwater;
A. C. Jones, Grenfell;
J. A. Rolfe, Boorowa;
H. G. E. Hancock, Junee;
N. F. Norris, Glamarbui;
B. F. Stephens, Gordon;
C. J. Cross, Dubbo;
G. Kilby, Trangie;
A. J. Friend, Galong,
R. C. Neville, West Wyalong;
R. C. Turner, Tumblong,
G. H. Brown, Wagga; and
A. W. Patterson, West Mudgee.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 24 June 1947).
1947 - Body Taken From Bore BROKEN HILL. — After being buried for a month in No. 3 bore on Bootra Station, the body of Harold Arthur Clark. 27, was recovered shortly after noon today. The body will be taken to Wilcannia and an inquest held by Mr. C. Gaiter, coroner for the White Cliffs district. The funeral will take place at Tumblong, nine miles from Gundagai. - (Ref- The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 12 July 1947).
1950 - Orcades Sails For London -
MISSES TEMPE and DOREEN MINTER and LIEUT. DAVID LANE, R.N., and MRS. LANE were among the hundreds of passengers who sailed for England in the Orcades yesterday. Misses Minter and their mother, Mrs. Mervyn Minter of "Bereena" Tumblong, will spend eight months' holiday abroad, and Lieut, and Mrs. Lane, who married last week, will live in Surrey, where he has been posted. Mrs. Lane's parents, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Hawthorne, of Inverell, were among the thousands who packed 13 Pyrmont to watch the Orcades sail. - (Ref- The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953)(about) Previous issue Sunday 30 April 1950).
1951 - £281,000 In Three Wills! -
Probate was granted yesterday of wills disposing of three big estates totalling £281,041. William Sydney Bootes, 90, grazier, of Tumblong, who died on January 4, lett £169,717 to members of his family.- (Ref- NSW BDM Records - 5995/1951 BOOTES, WILLIAM SYDNEY parents WILLIAM & MARGARET in GUNDAGAI.)
Aida Poate, 55, wife of Dr. Hugh Poate, of Bellevue Hill, who died on April 3, left £56.184 to her widower and family.
Bruce William Kerr, 39. grazier, of Armatree, who died on November 5, 1950, left £55,140 to his widow and relatives. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 18 August 1951).
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