The Man Who Wasn’t There… or was he? | Bellingen and Urunga Museums

The Man Who Wasn’t There… or was he? | Bellingen and Urunga Museums.

The Man Who Wasn’t There… or was he?

Local Histories –
World War 1 era –

The Man Who Wasn’t There…or was he?
Frederick Manning Whatson of the 1st AIF and the North Russian Relief Force.

Our story begins in 1891. In that year, 18 year old Amy Florence Jay of Bellingen married 23 year old schoolteacher Frederick Whatson, who taught at the Thora and Sunny Corner schools.
On the 31st of December 1898, their first child, Frederick Manning Whatson, was born.

The family eventually moved out of the Bellinger Valley, as Frederick Snr was transferred – possibly to Orchard Hills near Penrith in Western Sydney.

In 1914, the “War to end all wars” broke out, and on the 5th of May 1918 the young Frederick Manning Whatson, now a 19 year old clerk, arrived in Sydney to enlist in the Army.

Flood Warning – Bellinger River


Issued at 8:04 am�EDT on Monday 10 January 2011

Flood Warning Number: 2

Up to 85 millimetres of rain has fallen during the past 40 hours to 8 am this morning [10/01/2011]. The Bellinger River at Thora is currently 3.1 metres with minor flooding.

Further heavy rain is forecast for the next 24 hours which could produce further rises.

At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

Thora – reach 4.0 metres around 1:00 pm this afternoon [10/01/2011] with

minor flooding

Bellingen – exceed minor flood level (3.7 metres) at 10:30 this morning


– reach 4.5 metres at 2 pm this afternoon, with minor flooding.

Urunga – Remain below minor flood level (at this stage).

FloodSafe advice is available at

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecast see

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 11am today [10/01/2011]

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River Date/Time of Observation

Bellinger R at Thora 3.02m steady 07:45 AM MON 10/01/11

Never Never Ck at Gleniffer 1.71m steady 07:36 AM MON 10/01/11

Bellinger R at Bellingen Br 2.83m steady 07:48 AM MON 10/01/11

Kalang R at Kooroowi (Scotchman) 1.67m steady 07:47 AM MON 10/01/11

Kalang R at Newry Island 0.01m steady 07:18 AM MON 10/01/11

via Flood Warning – Bellinger River.