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The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW : 1898 – 1918), Friday 27 January 1911

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The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW : 1898 – 1918), Friday 18 December 1914,

1 The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW - 1898 - 1918), Friday 18 December 1914,



The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW : 1898 – 1918), Friday 8 December 1916

The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW - 1898 - 1918), Friday 8 December 1916The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW - 1898 - 1918), Friday 8 December 1916 2 The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW - 1898 - 1918), Friday 8 December 1916 3


Here in 2010, the rain keeps falling so I am settling in and taking a look through the NLA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ONLINE.

I thought I would take a look back 100 years to May of 1910.

GEO SHORT The Advertiser Thursday 5 May 1910

The Advertiser (Adelaide,… Thursday 5 May 1910

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 3 May 1910, page 10

Our Bellingen correspondent writes:-Matters in connection, with the Bollinger River Jockey Club are progressing favourably. The course has received considerable attention, and the committee is preparing for the inaugural meeting in June next. The club has a substantial membership.’

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Thursday 5 May 1910

urunga blacks The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 5 May 1910


The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 11 May 1910, page 13


BELLINGEN (Bowraville) -Owing to the refusal of Mr Grimwood of Windsor, to accept the position of clerk of the Bellingen Shire, Mr Phillimore of Mudgee,has been appointed and has accepted the position.


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)

Wednesday 11 May 1910

liberal apathyThe Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 11 May 1910 

The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 18 May 1910, page 11


The news that the proposed bridge across the rlver at Bellingen had been made a national work and that Its construction will be provided for on next Estimates has been received here with great satisfaction Besides being of immense benefit to settlers andothers on the northern side of the river the proposed bridge will result In a new portion of the township coming into promlnence as there Is practically no land now available on the southern side for building purposes.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 11 May 1910, page 11.



The Presbyterians have arranged to run a market day and Scotch fair at the end of June to raise funds for general church purposes. The Rev. F. E. Yarnall, who bas been minister in the charge for the past three months, has left, and the Home Mission Committee has appointed the Rev. A. Sutherland Brown to take his place.

The Methodists are holding a tea-meeting and concert on the 2th Inst in aid of the trust fund. The church, which faced the main street, a good business site, has be in moved further back, and the ground on which it stood has been leased. The church Is being fitted with an acetyline lighting plant.

On May 25 the annual ball in aid of the R.C. Church is to be held, with a Juvenile ball on the following night.

Brigadier Jago, of tho Salvation Army, is ‘spending about a fortnight in the district in connection with the Army’s social work. He has visited Dorrigo, Never-Never, Gleniffer,Fernmount, Bonville, and other district centres, conducting meetings and lecturing on?what the Army is doing tor the poor and the needy in the cities of the Commonwealth. .

The Sydney Morning Herald… Monday 16 May 1910, page 8.

toby 125 The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 16 May 1910

toby 125 The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 16 May 1910

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 31 May 1910,

DAIRYING The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 31 May 1910

The Sydney Morning Herald… Wednesday 4 May 1910

bar harboursThe Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 4 May 1910


Here, I sneak in one from March 1910.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 29 March 1910

rooster mcfadyenThe Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 29 March 1910


The BARDS OF BELLO night at Guru Foods was a pleasure. I read in Pip Wilson’s Facebook Comments, that Marti Guy has been emceeing and organising it since it started. Seems she also places the ad in the COURIER-SUN each month as well, at her own expense.

Its on the last Friday of each month. As stated previously, the April Bards were at GURU FOODS.  Free admission. Suited us well. I had my frappe drink with ginger and assorted other goodies. Amy makes the desserts as well as handling the cooking and this week the choice was Banana and Honey cake or peach and cardammon cheesecake.

The Bards covered a wide range of moods, genres and tastes. I haven’t been to a poetry reading since U.Q. (University of Queensland) for Izzy’s farewell from AUSTLIT and that’s a few years back now.  Iz wore his maroon beret from ULMARRA which he wears for MCing. The next night he wore it to the JAZZ at the RSL GOLF CLUB where he was asked to remove it. Forgot it was an RSL Club. I thought they were also supposed to observe a silence in the evening but that didn’t happen and there was some pretty heavy language from one member of the band. Ah well.


I had to leave earlier than I would have liked due to fatigue, but as I was leaving, Craig was showing some of his preparation for a World Challenge in Nimbin. Marti was standing at the door listening carefully. I shall follow up on the details.

I have seen this building which houses GURU FOODS, in many guises over the years. I think Mark St Leon was there at one time and there was definitely Italian. I have forgotten the main name I knew it by which seems silly. I wonder if anyone out there can  fill in the very large gaps for me.

When I started to come to visit KatiB and IMM  a couple of years back, Mel and Woodsy had it – with circus gear and all manner of exciting stock.

Now, the Girls are doing an excellent job of honouring the Ethos.


The Autumn Mornings this year are clear and cool. Last year was the Year of the Floods – but this year is exquisite. The mists rise each morning from the paddocks out front and its crisp and cold. I have rarely enjoyed Autumns and realised this week that it is because I have always feared the  winter.

2010 – and I have determined to simply enjoy these lovely days as they are. The shadows are long and the dew is on the grass.



When I was away on the 2 week round trip to all children and grandchildren, I took  video of the trip down the DORRIGO MOUNTAIN to Bellingen. That was for the SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL Facebook Page. Having recovered from many years of phobia re driving up and down the Mountain, it was interesting. The quality is dodgy as and I have only just discovered Windows Live Movie Maker so Bear with it.


This week I took a drive through the Hospital Grounds at Bellingen and was shocked. The building above is just some sort of demountable and there is a whole batch of them. Shoddy ! 

old bello hospital 
Once it looked like this ! Margaret Glyde has sent SBH a lot of pics from the Past. Where did the elegance and aesthetics go to im 2010 ? The wrought iron went to someone’s house. They contacted us. At least its not taken for granted.

Bellingen Hospital, northern New South Wales, Australia. It has a lovely nature path. - Copy

Pip Wilson posted these images of the BRDH grounds and that was only a few years back. Beautiful grounds, well kept and a fine legacy from Dr Hewitt.   They didn’t look like this yesterday. The Bellingen Health Action Group  is organising something for the Gardens. I shall put their site up here.


Public Notice
Do you love Gardening? 
Do you hate weeds? 
Do you want to beautify the gardens at Bellingen Hospital?

Then Register NOW to be a Volunteer Gardener at Bellingen Hospital

We are seeking more volunteers to add to our growing list.

Diana Saunders on 66550071 or
Barbara Moore on 66551898
for more information and to register.





Looking for Birthday presents today, we took the Young Lady shopping. The YELLOW SHED down opposite the RSL Golf Club was our shop of choice. We knew we wanted books and the Yellow Shed has books and MORE.

It had enough MORE for us to be in there for an hour or so. The Music and massed colour and movement put the Y.L. to sleep. The only complications were – a. too many items to make an easy choice and b. the eftpos failed with the shop filled with eager school holiday tourists.

Kati B and I headed back up into town to get Cash from the BCU ATM ( BANANACOAST CREDIT UNION ). The lad in front of us was so thrilled with the unexpectedly large quantity of money in his account that he near kissed the wall and DID express his love for the hole in the wall. We withdrew our more humble amounts and headed down to the Guru Foods for Lunch. Fine vegetarian food. Beautiful drinks. And I, personally, love the Girls.

kalangWay back in April 1987, we had a birthday party out at Kalang. That party was an outdoor event with Kids from all over the Valley. Cook’s Creek to Urunga.  They included the Kellys and the Poms, the Condons and more. The most successful gift on that occasion was an INSPECTOR GADGET toy. The recipient is now in training as an accountant. I still think he would have made a good detective.

I don’t know where the Cook’s Creek Kids are now. It was a long way out along Kalang and last I heard they couldn’t access their old road.

Last year, Cook’s featured in severe weather readings in April.

Here’s a site which features our weather:

kids 2 schoolWhile looking at the old birthday party photos, I came across this school photograph. It is app. 1986 and the I have included it to show the URUNGA SCHOOL UNIFORM worn by these cousins. The boys spent most of their lives dressed in GREY. The girls – well NSW loves those blue checked uniforms.

The controversial MY SCHOOL site lists these local schools.

Another arrangement of local schools inc

001Life on the Bellinger has always included a lot of fishing for me. There is a far more politically correct element to the Bellingen population but I generally miss  it by an inch and find myself back in Urunga fishing.

MAY 1st sees the first day of the SAILING CLUB which is also going to teach canoe building. I am re-posting that image.

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My Mother, Joyce Bell, on honeymoon in 1948 in Urunga.48 13 honeymoon


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