Mind you, it takes some doing to get a view of the Ocean . I think I would have to go upstairs now and take a look from the verandah up there. Its a grand verandah, wide and deep with rooms opening onto it via French Doors. I think that would give a view across the Caravan Park and River, past North Beach and out to the Ocean. Downstairs is where most of the drinking and eating go on. The hotel is still delightful and the food is good. One can buy brains there. Crumbed brains with $3 buying an extra brain. The OVH has a beer garden and , bars, an old telephone box, statuettes and eating inside and out. Dale Wrd came visiting from Sydney the other day with her Blues PLaying man, ROSS S WARD of WARD’S EXPRESS. We took our lunch out the front where we had a breeze on a hot day. Terrific pub meals and the Visitors Guide to the Bellingen Valley and Waterfall Way.
We are somewhat short of Eateries that are right on the water in Bellingen Shire. ANCHOR’S WHARF in Urunga is one. Friday Nights they have TAPAS with Local Musos playing. Well worth a look. Specially with the River right there. I surely wish the Boathouses from Chinatown weren’t being demolished – one at a miserable time. When I first started coming to Urunga and then when I moved here to live in the early 70s, we had boathouses and jetties and boats for hire and plenty of deep water swimming round at the Lido near the Caravan Park.
Anyways – nowadays we still have Anchor’s.
The Highway has been very busy again this year. I haven’t seen it like it for a long time. Stuart Watson, the Fiddler who came down from Gladstone for the Raleigh Rumble said that he thought the road trip might be back on people’s agendas. We also have the loony 50 kph speed limit through town which banks it up. The Lions did a fine job of putting the boats back up. Its signs like the one there that still light warning lights inside of me. Everything looks a little tatty. A little neglected. They paint out one thing in a blue that doesn’t match and then leave it like that. Interesting times in which we live.
Round here at the corner of the Old Highway and Valery Road is a large hole where the Feb 2013 floods washed the road away and there is not so much aas a warning sign. Just rotting red and white crime scene tape.
Congrats to all the people , under Buster Barnett’s tireless ‘whiphand’, who have worked and worked and brought the Museum back into existence better than ever before.
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 22 April 1893
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 September 1930
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 4 July 1936
SMH OCTOBER 1940
I went to Crazy Day on Saturday and I LOVED it. Back to roots size festival. Got me thinking once more of the small fund raisers and the small festivals like my beloved AZALEA Festival and the URUNGS SPORTS WEEK.
Then I figured there must be even older celebrations and fund raisers in my equally beloved HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA so I am going for a hunt this morning and see what other ideas we can come up with for raising money for the BELLO HOSPITAL and other worthy causes. See what Ideas we can come up with for simple pure FUN.
FUN IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Okay then, Back into the bowels of the NLA Historic Newspapers and lets see what ideas we can reclaim from the past.
IDEAS FOR FUN AND/OR FUND RAISING IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.
|A steamer ride to the North Beach|
|A Cricket Match with Deep Creek.|
|A day at the Races|
|Novelty Flower Show.|
|A Scottish Fair|
|Belgian Day on the Bellinger|
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,
Lorraine Hood This green was named after my father Fred Spinks in recognition of 26 hard years of being on the committee of the UBC. His family really hope that the plaque honoring his services, which is mounted at the green, is replaced somewhere. Those 26 years of service cut into a big part of our family life and left us fatherless for many hours during our childhood!!!
I found some snippets re a revolutionary invention in the early 1950s. It was right here in the Bellingen Shire and has vanished into the Ether.
U.S. Bid For Invention. (1951, July 19). Barrier Miner
World Salvation Seen In New Invention. (1951, July 17). Morning Bulletin
Electricity plan investigated. (1951, July 17). The Courier-Mail
CHEAP POWER PLANT CLAIM.
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888-1954), Tuesday 17 July 1951,
With my recent wondering about URUNGA and what looks like neglect to me, followed by the SEA LIDO RALLY I am taking a retro look at the Papers to see what its been like – previously. Surely some of the good can be brought into the present. A seaside town with no swimming. Get a Grip ! WHY do people say “ ah well the effluent flows into the lagoon from the Sewage Treatment works” . What sort of explanation is that ? Hello ! Its 2011.
After a good bit of coastal travel between Brisbane and Bateman’s Bay – I am left wondering. Why take away all that was good about the past to treat the uncared for present and create a future without history. Many of these other little towns have reclaimed their heritage and brought it back to life as well as incorporating it in modern developments.
There are some excellent URUNGA tales which are simply being lost. Lets dig ‘em out and see what they are. Check the PEGUMS’ new PILOT HOUSE book “ Crossing the Bar” at the Library in Urunga or Museum in Bello. We have a fascinating history.
PS. I do not apologise for any duplication of data from earlier posts.
Back to other times :
URUNGA : THE LITTLE TOWN THAT TIME FORGOT. TOWN OF SWIMMERS. LET US SWIM !
|The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Thursday 17 November 1870
|"SWIMMING." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) 29 Dec 1926: 11
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 13 July 1927,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 December 1932,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 May 1939,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 13 September 1952,
Took the Baby to the Library today in Urunga and bought the first Xmas present ever for her. I am home with the 7Mate HD TV shows. In the afternoon, that means a run of series from the 70s and 80s. Nostalgic and rather odd.
Its raining a little and the temperature is soothing. I wonder when and where libraries first came to the Valley.
From the NLA NEWSPAPERS:
The Sydney Morning Herald. Tuesday 7 February 1911
At the ninth annual meeting of the Raleigh School of Arts, Mr. R. Scott was re-elected president, Messrs. J. Sullivan and A. Craig; vice-presidents, and Mr. R. Napier secretary,| treasurer, and librarian. During the year a new library and reading-room were erected, the main ball lined and ceiled, and a stage erected.
The Raleigh School of Arts is just down the way in the now tiny village of Raleigh on the Bellinger River. The actual area covered is quite large but the heart of settlement is gone now. The School of Arts is just called the Hall and still stands as does the church nearby but the railway station is not used and many houses are gone. No timbermills are left or wharves.
The Norco Factory is still operating and the School. The truckstop is gone but there is a Winery, Wilair Building Supplies, Harfield’s 2nd hand goods and round the back on Shortcut Road is the Industrial Estate inc the Council Depot.
Urunga Library is hexagonal. So is the PreSchool behind it – methinks. AND the Information Centre up on the Highway. They were all built in the same era so there must be a common theme or a common architect of the time.
AS THEY SAY.
THE NEW BELLBOTTOM . Keep your eyes out for one of these in bello shops or check the contacts below.
just a glance over the week. Its GLOBAL CARNIVAL WEEK. I am not saying anything about it. Let it speak for itself. Restraint of Tongue and computer keyboard for me.
I am NOT going. Probably won’t be going to visit the family in North Bello either. Read their spiel. Check their FACEBOOK page, talk to the people of the town and lets see what comes out of it all.
I was rather stunned by the scale of preparations. Went, as usual, to GROWERS’ MARKETS last Saturday only to find it moved along to the town end of the Showgrounds due to the Global Carnival constructions. Massive and each day adds a little more.
Bellbottom Media The first issue of bellbottom hit the streets of Bellingen today. Find your copy at: Hearthfire, Kombu, Geckoz, Alchemy, Vintage Nest, The surf shop, The video shop, Federal Hotel, Amelia Franklin Coffee Roastery, Heartland Didgeridoos, The Prov, Guru Food, Sis De Lane, Big Skye Gallery, Nexus Gallery… plus more.
Amongst interviews and reviews etc, is the lift out BELLBOTTOM EVENT GUIDE. Very neat. All on recycled paper and coming out monthly.
I am including a sample of the EVENTS Page.The graphics are excellent. I like the look of this one. Then again, if you have been served by Maggie Quirk, you will know what a sweetheart she is.
MY SISTER. MY BROTHER. ME. IN URUNGA IN THE 50s.
I am booked on the Grafton train on Wednesday. Heading to Sydney to visit my sister and brother. I was married to a railway man. He was a fettler and then a thermit welder when they were changing the tracks for the XPT.
This week I pay $40 app for a return journey on a pension – first class with window seats. I take the Grafton train because there are fewer people on it at this end than the Brisbane or the Casino. Railways are Controversial matters here on the North Coast.
I shall see what I can find.
The Railway Line crosses the River at Urunga and at repton. That’s the Urunga Rail Bridge behind the young couple. I come from a long line of Rail People – trams and trains and buses as a dodgy entrant. It was my cousin Julie Bell who drove Sydney buses We go back a long way on the Ready side to the trams of early Sydney. My own Poppa Bell was on the trams as well. Then, in the 20th Century, came the aforementioned former husband.
I am looking for images I have of trains and stations etc. I have never had my camera with me at Central Railway Station so that could be interesting if I am still interested in anything after 8 1/2 hours. The last time I saw my Mum was at Urunga railway Station as she farewelled me on my great venture to the Gold Coast which turned into life one the Tweed and the discoveries about her family – the Bells, Macleods, Mackays etc in Tumbulgum and Condong.
I have oddments of photos of train journeys and I shall trawl the Net as well.
The URUNGA HISTORICAL SOCIETY which is being restored to life after the 2009 floods trashed the town has posted a Heritage Walk Brochure.
GREAT WHITE TRAIN. URUNGA, Thursday.
The Sydney Morning Herald… Friday 3 September 1926,
GREAT WHITE TRAIN.
The Shire President (Councillor H. A. Lansdowne) will extend a civic reception to the Great White Train on its arrival in Urunga on Wednesday next. Commencing on Mon-day, there will be a shopping week in Bellingen and Urunga, and a shield is being given in each-town by the Australian-made Preference League for the best-dressed window.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 12 November 1928, page 12
The Story Of Our Travelling Post-Offices SOMEBODY POSTED A COW (LATE FEE) The Sunday Herald (Sydney,… Sunday 29 October 1950
AN ARTICLE EXPLAINING THE MAIL TRAINS OF NSW.
The Story Of Our Travelling Post-Offices
SOMEBODY POSTED A COW
By GORDON COLEMAN
ALMOST half the mail handled by Australian post-offices is sorted in mail vans as New South Wales
express trains roar through the night at 50 to 60
miles an hour.
THIS is the way the Post
office saves time in de-livering letters for all parts of the Commonwealth.
New South Wales is the only State with this system. The reason is its geographical position in the Commonwealth and the length of its railway network.
All sorts of articles are sorted and once a cow technically became late fee (overweight).
The 74 specially selected officers who operate the five main lineT.P.O.s have good cause to be proud of the branch’s record, for not one man has been charged with pilfering since the inception of the service nearly 80 years ago.
The T.P.O. service starts at the Mail Custodian’s room, Central Station, where 10,000 bags approximately II million articles are handled daily.
The room is connected to Sydney’s 23 platforms by a network of tunnels and lifts.
The T.P.O. itself is the mail van attached to express trains.
Each van is a large mail room staffed by men who must know the location of 4,500 towns and villages in the State.
To assist them remember these names the Department prepared613 stories. Each story was named after a central town and included all post-offices served by the central district office.
On the Northern T.P.O. to Glen Innes there are 143 central and1,000 district post-offices.
A short story to cover Aberdeen and its six small district offices
Aberdeen: Davis (Davis Creek), the Dean of Aberdeen,fired darts into the brook (Dart-brook) that were made of rough shell (Rouchell Brook) (UpperRouchell). When the darts burst there was à danger in the field(Dangarfield) so the Dean advised the spectators to watch the game from the brush on the hill (Brushy Hill).
WHEN I joined the North Coast T.P.O., and accompanied the first shift from Sydney to Kempsey, grey-haired, jovial. Mr. L.B. ("Tim") Young was in charge.
Mr. Young has travelled more than 14 million miles during his 33
His assistants were Messrs. Gordon Donovan and Jim Fordham.
They had been working in the van for three hours when the train left at 8.15 p.m.
The bag rack was "dressed" with180 bags and the sorting bench was covered with letters, packages and parcels.
This post-office is travelling at 60 miles per hour, but you’d never guess it by looking at the sorters.
"Tim" Young was sorting into150 pigeonholes.
The majority carried no town identification, but he said, "You get to know where they are."
As the train gathered speed I was
tossed from side to side.
"It’s rougher in here than in a carriage," said Gordon Donovan."I hope you don’t get train sick like some of our chaps who have. had to toss in the job because they were sick for the whole journey."
When the train reached the North Coast line it was much rougher.
1 hung on with both hands for hours, but the T.P.O.. men were standing firm footed and swaying with the van as the express roared through the thickly timbered north coast country at speeds of from30-60 m.p.h.
They flicked letters into pigeon-holes, bundles and parcels into bags, and wrote out despatch notes.
These men have been over the ‘track so often that they can instinctively pinpoint the train’s position although working within the enclosed mail room.
"Tim" Young would pick up a bag, walk to the back of the van and toss from the open doorway as a platform was reached.
His action was mechanical, and
the bag would drop on a barrow or a
slide across the platform to the stationmaster’s office.
"Tim" Young said: "When I was on the South they used to call us the travelling ghost. For years I threw out mail in the darkness to people I had never seen, but I always felt I knew them.
"On the North-west, the boys are in closer contact with people living beside the line in the outback.They see them in daylight. One of them makes up parcels of lollies and gifts which he throws with the mail for the children.
You see some funny mail
matter at times. I have even seen a cow posted late fee.
"That happened on the South some years ago. The cow was discovered when I went to the back of the van to collect some bags.
"The cow remained there until we chased it out at Cootamundra.
"We afterwards learned that one of our own chaps ‘posted’ the cow while we were asleep during the day.
"Our biggest problem is handling letters which people address with a via. We don’t want via on any mail matter. The town of destination is sufficient.
When the train was nearing Kempsey Gordon Donovan picked
up a newspaper and moved to the doorway.
"Must not miss my little blonde,"
Out went the paper, to be caught by a pyjama-clad four-year-old girl who was standing at a tent doorway.
The T.P.O. men had a 10-hour break at Kempsey while a relief staff went on to South Grafton.
In the evening they rejoined the van on the return trip to Sydney.
To save time, the Post-office often has to send mail AWAY
from the point for which it is intended.
For instance, mail for Queens-land loaded at Grafton doesn’t go direct to Queensland ‘. but back towards Sydney for 150 miles
on the North Coast=Sydney mail train while it’s sorted out. Then completely sorted-it’s thrown on
to the north-bound Brisbane Ex-press at Taree.
On the return trip 112 suburban bags were added to the rack,
This enables suburban mail to be delivered direct to its destination without passing through the
City sorters will soon be attached to the T.P.O.s to sort city letters and have them ready for delivery on arrival of the train at Central.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 4 November 1950
JOSEFINE POMROY BOARDING THE SYDNEY TRAIN AT URUNGA
in the 1990s.
NEW DAWN Volume 6 Issue 11, Page c2
Back to MY plans for this week and MY images.
LINKS TO RAILWAY SITES
I missed a good shot today. The local supermart in Urunga had black balloons and streamers flying. The staff was dressed in black and their name labels included one called WITCHY POO. Witchy Poo also had black lipstick and a witch’s hat. I thought it were to do with the footie at first. Then I was at a loss. It was, of course. FRIDAY 13th. They said they had been looking forwards to it for months.
On a less fortunate note, SAIL URUNGA which operates out of the old SCOUT HALL in URUNGA and includes SAILABILITY for the disabled, received distressing news re exiting the premises. Dept of Lands is on one of its takeover missions. There is another Sailing Club around on Atherton Drive but SAIL URUNGA and SAILABILITY don’t have access to it. That’s the Other One up there in the Pic.
What I am not going to do is plunge into discouragement. I am going to do some posts based around inspiring one-liners I have heard over the years. Graeme from up in Coolangatta has a repertoire of sayings. They include:
IF ITS URGENT – DON’T DO IT.
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS – SAY – BLOODY MARVELLOUS.
Tired as I am from hitting the World head on, I am going to say BLOODY MARVELLOUS and see how that changes things,
SAIL URUNGA with all its adventurous spirit and hopes for sailing for People of all ages and abilities no longer has a clubhouse or place to store their boats – BLOODY MARVELLOUS ! The webpage seems also to have disappeared. – Bloody marvellous.
Its less easy to see the Bloody Marvellousness in the injuries to PIP WILSON last week. I shall leave you with that one and hope that someone might have more details or info that can help and wish Pip and his family well.
I shall find as many as I can of Pip’s Links . You will find him, I should think, to be quite amazing. At the moment he is in John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle with very serious head injuries.
I am spoon feeding you the Links , something of which Pip would probably disapprove.
WORDPRESS BLOGS WHICH MENTION URUNGA.
RANDOM WORDPRESS BLOGS WHICH MENTION BELLINGEN.
BELLINGEN RALLY FOR THE HOSPITAL JULY 24 2010
I went south briefly this week for family reasons. Down to Port Macquarie. I returned with a Niece who has been in the U.K. for a couple of years. She was born in Mt Tom Price to Urunga Parents and they brought her back to Urunga as a baby and she grew up right here in the Shire.
Meanwhile – here in 2010 – I bring her back to the Valley and the rains come. A lot of rains. Again. I am sitting in the Workers’ Cottage on a rainy day and taking a good look at my Historic Newspapers. I am choosing between 3 major topics today.
a. swimming in URUNGA – due to the Sea Lido Issues.
b. rain in the Bellingen Shire – due to the RAIN.
c. surnames of present day fans as they appear in the Historic Newspapers.
SWIMMING. URUNGA CARNIVAL. URUNGA, Tuesday.
The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 29 December 1926
Now that’s way back in 1926. They were able to swim a 100 yards championship and play water polo. I wonder where EXACTLY the Carnival was held.
How does a BOXING DAY SWIMMING CARNIVAL sound to you ? With WATER POLO. Looks to me like there is something to be decided between Urunga and Bellingen ( as usual).
Below are some more stories of URUNGA and SWIMMING.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 15 January 1926, page 12
OCEAN VIEW HOTEL. URUNGA, Tuesday.
The Sydney Morning Herald.. Wednesday 13 October 1926
OCEAN VIEW HOTEL. URUNGA, Tuesday.
The Successful tenderer for the erection of the new concrete Ocean View Hotel at Urunga (with 64 rooms, Is Mr F. C. Schmitzer, of Taree. The new building overlooks the ocean beach, the swimming baths, and the Bellinger River,and is close to the golf links and tennis courts,The contractor Is a returned soldier.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 13 July 1927, page 14
The Sydney Morning Herald. Wednesday 6 June 1928
A boatmen’s cottage Is to be built at the Urunga pilot station at a cost of £888.
The footbridge is approved and so are dressing sheds.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 November 1951
THE NORTHERN RIVERS. SECOND SERIES—VII. A NEW COASTAL, TOWN. COFF’S HARBOUR UPRISES
the country lying immediately north of the Bellinger northern watershed,and , stretching easterly and, somewhat further northerly, is a mad melange of mountains and hills and valleys. When It¡was first melted and mixed In a prehistoric cauldron it was badly stirred with the potStick, and being allowed to cool too rapidly with a Jagged surface, and the waters when they were poured on It afterwards rushed around in a blind hurry and flowed in all sorts of unexpected directions.
0 Degrees Celsius is not what I had planned. Down here on the flats near the Coast, I was mocking Bellingen and Armidale until this morning when the frost settled on the bottom paddock and ice formed on the windscreens. I don’t think it would rank as particularly intimidating ICE but 7 years on the Tweed had left me unexpecting.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
Tuesday 18 October 1910
BOTTOM PADDOCK 30 JUNE 2010
MORE FROSTY TALES
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Monday 25 May 1931
NSW FIRST HYDRO ELECTRIC SCHEME. WHAT HAPPENED TO IT ?
MCBARON’S DAIRY WHICH IS RIGHT NEAR MY PLACE. THE SILO STILL STANDS.
NORTH COAST MAIZE. R.A.S. CHAMPIONSHIP. DORRIGO AND BELLINGEN. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.) BELLINGEN, Friday.
The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 18 May 1929
They tell me its –12 in Armidale.
SUNSET OVER OLD PILOT HOUSE, URUNGA.
I wonder what happened to this skeleton and what implications it could have for the development plans around the Lido and Caravan Park.
SKELETON OF ABORIGINAL. URUNGA, Saturday.
The Sydney Morning Herald… Monday 19 September 1927.
SKELETON OF ABORIGINAL.
During excavations near the Urunga pilot station the bones of an aboriginal were dug up about three feet from the surface. The bones are being forwarded to the University of Sydney. They had apparently been burled for a very long time, but the teeth were in a wonderful state of preservation.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Tuesday 29 June 1937, page 4
|The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864-1933), Friday 13 April 1928, page 13|
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 10 September 1928, page 18
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 16 May 1910, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15143815|
PICTURES OF TRAVEL II. BYRON BAY TO THE BELLINGER.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar. Byron.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 1 November 1927, page 12