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George Jones

1876 - At our local Land Office the following selections were taken up on Thurday;

A.B. Shaw, 10 acres, Toomoorooma; - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 4 November 1876)

1890 - The Wagga Tragedy. - THE MISSING MAN RICK. - WAGGA, Saturday: - The Police have returned to Wagga after searching the Tomoroma district for the body of Jacob Eick, which search was started on May 16. They joined the local Police and black trackers, and went twenty-five miles along the Adjinbilly Creek to its junction with Bag Creek. They examined the waterholes, which were full, and baled them out. On Wednesday week they went to the place where Eick and Smidt camped, and found a small bottle and gold speci men, and examined the tail races, this being a mining district. On Sunday one party found a small quantity of hair in one of the excavations. The earth hole was baled out and the place thoroughly searched, but without success. They then went to the place where Kick and Smidt worked on New Year's Day. The miners consider they did not give it a fair trial prospect. Eick was not seen alive after this. As far as can be gathered, Smidt went to Tumut with a waggonette, when it is stated Rick picked up with another man in Gundagai, and left with him in the train for Victoria. The Police will pursue the traces of Smidt, which are only very slight. They hope, however, to be able to report success shortly. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 7 June 1890).

1892 - NSW SOUTH WALES. - GUNDAGAI, Feb, 18). The following are the stock movements for the week; Tuesday, 11,000 sheep, Mandumuh Station to Tomorroma Station, E B Donkin owner, A, Hilder in charge; Thursday, 6,500 sheep, Bland to Wyangle, Thomas Keefe owner James Keefe in charge; 6,000 sheep, Pomingalarna enroute to Braidwood, H. F. Mandrell owner, W. Hush in charge -, Friday, 1,000 sheep, Cuchumbla enroute to the mountains, F. J. O'Donnell owner, James Otter in charge. - (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Monday 15 February 1892).

1902 - BUSH FIRE. - THE OUTBREAKS IN THE GUNDAGAI DISTRICT. - GUNDAGAI. Tuesday. - Owing to the continuous dry weather bush fires are still prevalent details in connection with the Bongongo fire show that close on 7000 acres of grass and many miles of fencing were destroyed. The fire started on P Kiley's Red Hill station, and travelled a distance of eight miles to the boundary of Messrs Pierse Brothers' place, Tomorroma. A few head of stock were lost. The fire jumped Adjungbilly Creek and got onto Mr Jones's property, burning a considerable portion of his grass, but with difficulty his residence was saved. Mr Kiley lost 4000 acres of grass Mr Biffen about l5OO acres, and Mr Jones 600 acres.

The bush fire near Adelong, from Billapalap station to Upper Adelong consumed about 20,000 acres of grass and many miles of fencing. Mr Robert Wiles while engaged on a fire on Saturdav 1ast was injured by a burning tree. The fire which broke out on Mount Horeb station was checked before much damage was done. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 12 February 1902).

1907 - Around Tumut.A special correspondent writes: - Pastoral matters in Tomorroma, Jeremiah, Bongongo, Red Hill's, and other districts situated from 20 to 25 miles east to north of Tumut, are at present, and have been for sometime, in such a condition : to cause sheep and cattle owners considerable anxiety. The greater portion of the miles of hilly country between Tomorroma and Mr. G. J. Graham's Bongongo Station, is densely covered with dead wood, and some time must elapse before it can be cleared; tetill, nearer Bongongo great headway is being made in the direction of burning off. Despite tho untiring efforts to overcome the rabbit pest in these parts. Brer Rabbit flourishes to an alarming degree. Last winter is spoken of in the districts named as having been an exceedingly wet one; but being followed by an unusually dry summer, and almost droughty winter the 3 year, the outlook for pastoralists is very far from being encouraging.

Cattle have been dying in all directions from the want of suitable nourishment, while the mortality among sheep flocks has been alarming. Not only has the want of grass been the cause, but in many instances the dreaded lung worm has added in thousands to the dead list.

Messrs. Graham, Patrick Kiley (Red Hills), and J. Last (Fernhill) have been, perhaps, the greatest losers in the matter of sheep; still they take their loss philosophically, and hope for better times Mr. Kiley informed me that, although his lambing was fairly good, a great number have since died. "As you drive through the paddocks," said he significantly, "see how many sheep-there are without their lambs." In the course of between a 50 and 60 mile drive I rrgulary alighted from the - vehicle on many occasions for the purpose of assisting almost dying sheep and lambs to their feet. They all appeared to be perishing from absolute weakness. As a matter of fact, nearly the whole of the southoin districts appear to be suffering the illeffects of the dry Summer and summer, and among some, of the greatest sufferers have been the people interested in dairying business.

On the other hand, should the late frosts of August be conspicuous by their absence, the recent rains will have a beneficial effect, for even now a pleasing sight is witnessed in all directions, for the hills and valleys present a verdant hue. The distressing part is, however, that one Severe frost will reduce this delightful appearance to a dirty grey, the young grass will be cut back to the roots. - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 7 August 1907).

1938 - BOUNDARY RIDER KILLED. TUMUT, Wednesday. Allan Wade, 28, a boundary rider at Fairview station, 20 miles from Tumut, was fatally injured when he was thrown from his horse, which reared and fell on him, fracturing his skull. Wade was taken to the Tumut District Hospital by the Gundagai Ambulance, and died without regaining consciousness. He leaves a wife and three children. -(Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 27 January 1938).

1952 - PUSS KNEW WAY HOME - SYDNEY, Friday. A cat led to safety a man who had been lost in the bush since last week-end. The man, Derrell Pierce Chute, 35, left a timber mill in thick scrub at Tomooroma, about 20 miles from Tumut, last Sunday. Police and civilians have been searching for him for five days. Early this morning Chute found a cat caught in a rabbit trap. He left it go and followed it. The cat led him out on to a track. Chute followed the track to a homestead, about five miles from the timber mill. - (Ref- The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 5 January 1952).

Tomooroma Polling Place

Bailey Georgina -

Kiley Margaret

Kiley Patrick -

Woods Thomas - (Ref- NSW Electoral Rolls 1903 - Hume Division).

This report is submitted in good faith. All endeavours have been made to make all entries authentic and correct. For any corrections and additional valuable information, maps and photos you may have please contact John

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