Category Archives: HISTORICALLY

THE BELLINGER RIVER FROM THE NLA NEWSPAPERS

THIS WEEKEND : THE BELLINGEN RIVER FESTIVAL.

MANTOVA.pastoral‘Bellingen pastoral’ 1937

RANDOM LINKS FROM THE TROVE. THE BELLINGER RIVER.

Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW 1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, LOGGING

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71679626

Coastal Districts of New South Wales. (1887, February 12).Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 – 1907), p. 25.

Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, BUSH SCENE

Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW 1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, BELLINGER

Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, 2 BELLNGER

Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, FERNMOUNTAustralian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, TOWNAustralian Town and Country Journal (NSW 1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, RALEIGHAustralian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887, DROGHER

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63616045

Notes and Sketches on the Bellinger River, N.S.W. (1891, January 3). Illustrated Sydney News .

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page5710172
(1906, March 28). Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 – 1907), p. 30.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1158928
OBITUARY. (1932, February 24). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 15.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18423980
REPTON BAKERY FLOODED. (1954, July 15). The Sydney Morning Herald

11 OCTOBER 2011 : ON THE eBENCH EARLY IN THE DAY

BELLINGER RIVER LINKS

MCGRATHS HUMP

Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Saturday 3 January 1891

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1891 ‘Notes and Sketches on the Bellinger River, N.S.W.’,Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872)  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63611959

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Good Morning to you all. Now that I have been home almost a week, some of the semblances of comfort have resumed their usual positions in my life. The man I live with has gone to work. The daughter and the Cheery Redhead are to go to Singing in Bellingen and I have time to sit at the eBENCH quite early in the day and return to Yaaning rather than problem solving or quick posts. Today, Pearl from ABC POOL in Bellingen is coming to visit. She has baked a cake for me. We are going to talk about my memories of the BELLINGER RIVER. At the end of this month, the Inaugral BELLINGER RIVER FESTIVAL is to be held and people are gathering tales and pictures and whatever else they can.

Pearl rang me the other day to see whether I would like to talk with her and having said YES, I have come to the conclusion that I know very little about the River especially further up in the Bellingen area. I do a lot of scrounging through the old newspapers and a lot of googling and I have listened to many people over the years, but I don’t actually know a lot, myself.

Well, that’s how it seems to me right now.  I do, however, know that History is often wiser when gathered in small pieces from various sources.

What is happening on the Bellinger River today will become part of its history tomorrow.  Now, that’s a comforting thought.

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REGATTAS, CARNIVAL ETC  ON THE BELLINGER.

REGATTA The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842 - 1954), Friday 6 January 1911, race The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Friday 6 January 1911 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,
ARNE BORG The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Monday 18 February 1929, urunga The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 29 December 1926
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 18 February 1929,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16532055

I wonder where the Carnival was held.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 29 December 1926
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16343591
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ODD HISTORICAL CRIMES IN THE AREA

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Saturday 10 December 1859

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18641414

DOUGHBOY The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW  1843-1893), Saturday 10 December 1859

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Tuesday 5 October 1886,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page277239

PIRATE  1886

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Tuesday 26 August 1890,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18993150

FERRY MURDER The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW 1843-1893), Tuesday 26 August 1890,

Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 12 April 1902,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61387002

MORAN. Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW 1889-1915), Saturday 12 April 1902,

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901-1929), Monday 29 July 1912

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59233047

CINGALESE The Register (Adelaide, SA  1901-1929), Monday 29 July 1912

CYCLONES AND US.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14761658
THE RECENT CYCLONE. (1906, March 26). The Sydney Morning Herald
 
tasstormThe Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Monday 26 March 1906  
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24204212
CYCLONE AND FLOODS. (1928, February 17). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas)
 
cycThe Mercury (Hobart, Tas.  1860-1954), Friday 17 February 1928,  

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16535308
CYCLONE. (1929, March 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)

 
cyCLONE The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Saturday 2 March 1929  
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27213716

PEOPLE FLEE FROM FLOODS. (1954, July 15). The Mercury(Hobart, Tas )

 
floodsThe Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860-1954), Thursday 15 July 1954  

BELLINGEN COURTHOUSE CENTENARY

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Letter published today in The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun: Sir, Almost nobody ever wants to enter the Bellingen Courthouse, excepting perhaps officers of the court, and I have my doubts even about their enthusiasm. Most reasons for a person to enter our courthouse involve stress, troubles, and sometimes tears, and this has been so for just on 100 years. For more than a third of the life of our courthouse, my foundations, too, have been in Bellingen clay and loam. I feel that our courthouse is part of me. I’m sure others must feel this way, as well. Under the building’s rusty roof, on the beautiful brickwork (good bricklaying being almost a lost craft in our shire), is the date ‘1910’.
Bellingen Courthouse is one of our shire’s most beautiful buildings, and oldest. We commemorate its centenary this year — or at least, I think we should commemorate it — but, sadly, as far as I know, no commemoration is planned.
Due only to my good fortune, I’ve never been required to sit in Bellingen Courthouse, but that’s not why I love it so. I love it because it is a jewel in our main street, and because it is redolent of a rich history of Bellingen Shire’s legal charges, disputations and fearsome fights, exoneration, hand-shaking and making up, and making amends; a long history of convictions, imprisonment, probable errors of judgment, and many dealings — sometimes acrimonious, sometimes friendly — between a century’s worth of local citizens and pioneers, most of them now dead. I love it because it is a beautiful building, and its brick walls speak to my heart. I love it for its beautiful construction, its history, and its flowering trees in springtime. I love it because local churches provide free tea, coffee and biscuits to anyone, on Court Day (Thursdays). I love it because as I pass by on a Thursday, I see friends and strangers, miscreants and pillars of the society, waiting, smoking and drinking cups of tea while waiting to hear what His Honour will order them to do, or not to do.
How dismayed I am that, in the centennial year of a magnificent Bellingen landmark, the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General (which administers the courthouse), and the Shire Council, have chosen not to repair the rusty, disintegrating roof, nor repair the water leaks that trouble this magnificent building, nor even to celebrate in any way, even with a simple Devonshire tea, an important local centenary of our community. Surely it is not too late for those with more authority than I to correct this oversight.
Pip Wilson, Bellingen

http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2010/07/bellingen-courthouse-centenary.html

AH THE  COURTHOUSE:

Lets see what we can find about it.

My sister  and her husband were married out the back in 1979. I might have some photos of the wedding someplace here.

Yes, That’s one – a classic. Photographer’s shadow in the pic. Bride with long dress and her daughter as flower girl.

ofmurbankl 001 The wedding was held out the back where the toilets are now. It was a the CourtHouse in Bellingen that I first discovered, thanks to the very excellent Clerk, that a woman wishing to use her ‘maiden’ name does NOT have to pay  to do so. Marriage does NOT eliminate her right to her birth name whether or not she has been using it.

I can find very little online about the Court House. Best retreat to my NLA Historic newspapers and see what they have.

 

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FOOTBALL

DSCF7869 I don’t know what football is on this weekend. I am no footie afficionado. The Horse out front knows about as much as I do, so I should think.

I was trying to locate the ‘fixtures’ for the nellibell in bellingen and urunga WURMS sites on Facebook but seems to me there is nothing on this weekend. I am hoping a Fan will post a more accurate observation.

It being a blue skied sunny and warm Sunday, I have the washing on the line and the HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS out to see what happened with Footie of all codes round this area prior to 1955. That’s when the Historic newspapers cease.

1909.

BACK IN 1909, the case of SNOWY BAKER was being discussed.

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15055152

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 4 May 1909.

THE AMATEUR STATUS.

BELLINGEN, Monday.

The case of "Snowy" Baker is being generally discussed amongst footballers. They believe that if the federation’s view is upheld it will ruin country football, as nearly all country clubs contain members who compete for money prizes at sports meetings.

1910

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15152475

The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 13 April 1910,

BELLINGEN, Tuesday.

Mr. E. S. Suters, late school teacher on South Arm, who is going on a farm at Hastings River, was entertained by parents and friends at South Arm and presented with a pair of gold sleeve links prior to his departure. He was also presented, on behalf of the football and cricket clubs, with an inscribed gold medal. He was also entertained by the local lodge of Good Templars, of which he has held office since its origin.

Miss F. A. Moore, of Sydney, has been appointed to the Bellingen Public School as teacher of art-work.

1924

. FERNMOUNT TEAM DON’T GET ON WITH REFEREE POOLE.

Now what’s the story behind that one. I like these snippets. Just behind them, lurk mysteries.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16136566

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 4 June 1924

FOOTIE FERNMOUNTThe Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 4 June 1924

1928

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 8 August 1928, page 15

unionv leagueThe Sydney Morning Herald  Wednesday 8 August 1928, page 15

1939.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17606759

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 14 August 1939

footie riotThe Sydney Morning Herald Monday 14 August 1939

MATTERS OTHER THAN THE FOOTBALL.

A snippet from a young girl in Bellingen in 1936.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23383912

JUNIOR READERS’ LETTER-BOX Did This Happen On Your Birthday? May 17.

The Queenslander (Brisbane,… Thursday 21 May 1936

And from HEATHER DONNELLY aged 14

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23589616

The Queenslander (Brisbane,… Thursday 22 July 1937,

“As you may have noticed I have changed my address since last I wrote. You see. I had the offer of this trip, and as I was born in Bellingen, and had lived in  the surrounding districts all my life. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see fresh country. On a clear night you can see the lights of Sydney in the distance from one point in Lawson.The stations up here are much nicer than the stations up the north coast;they have more gardens and are kept much cleaner.”

ICE ON THE WINDSCREEN AND THIS TIME IT IS FOR ME

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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

1910 FROSTThe Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 18 October 1910

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15164434

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BOTTOM PADDOCK 30 JUNE 2010

MORE FROSTY TALES

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Monday 25 May 1931

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16780368

maize The Sydney Morning Herald 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.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16570696

NORTH COAST MAIZE. R.A.S. CHAMPIONSHIP. DORRIGO AND BELLINGEN. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.) BELLINGEN, Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 18 May 1929

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DSCF7095 EARLY MORNING IN RALEIGH JUNE 30 2010

They tell me its –12 in Armidale.