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.
In the NATIONAL LIBRARY of AUSTRALIA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ON SITE, There is a projection of planned Railway Networks. They would have linked EAST/WEST as well as North South. Sadly, it hasn’t happened.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 27 January 1908, page 4 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14933273
Way back in 1954, Bellingen was already being dominated by Coffs Harbour in certain areas.
MORE BELLINGEN SNIPPETS FROM NLA.
Red Cedar Now A New Currency
The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 1 November 1947
The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 2 October 1954
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 23 February 1954, page 7, 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18411431||