Category Archives: PORT MACQUARIE

HEAVY RAIN AND LOST COUSINS AND THE BOXING DAY SWIMMING CARNIVAL

DSCF9355 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.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16343591

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.

swimming carnival The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 29 December 1926, page 11

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.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16283731

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 15 January 1926, page 12

drown rescue The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 15 January 1926, page 12
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16333515

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.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16371932

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 13 July 1927, page 14

seawall The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 13 July 1927, page 14
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16470157
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.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17591481
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 May 1939, page 7

The footbridge is approved and so are dressing sheds.

lido The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 25 May 1939, page 7
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1823864

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 November 1951

sale pilot houseThe Sydney Morning HeraldSaturday 10 November 1951, page 29 ___________________________________________________________________

COFF’S HARBOUR.

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.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14776498