THE BATTLE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

Many country newspapers followed the format of including columns on the various small settlements in their district of circulation. They kept their readers up to date with most events and items of interest by gathering news from the Towamba valley and surrounding districts. These snippets are from these columns and give the reader an idea of everyday events in these locations.

Westward view of Towamba's first bridge. Towamba Police Station in
centre background, Towamba General Store foreground to the right with
possibly Towamba Hotel in background. No date but pre 1919 flood.

Photo courtesy C. and G. Clements

LOOKING BACKWARD

The 'Twofold Bay and Maneroo Telegraph' is first published in 1860 a few short months before the 'Twofold Bay and Maneroo Observer'.
1892. The first copy of the newspaper the 'Pambula Voice' is published. The founder is Mr. William Daniel Pfeiffer of Pambula.

* Ivy Arnold (eldest daughter of George Arnold) married Eugene Harold McCarthy, who built Pericoe hall.

* Eden founded in 1834

* The first sale of land in the township of Eden was in 1843, March 9th. Mr. Benjamin Boyd first purchaser. At the same time he purchased land at 'Nullica' which became known as Boyd Town.

* Towamba Cemetery dedicated on 11th June, 1886.
* 'Tuamba' one of the Imlay brothers' stations, possibly in the Towamba valley.

View eastward of Towamba-Eden Road. Arnold's house in foreground,
Slattery's farm, 'Limerick Vale' on left, Towamba Butter Factory in centre and manager's house last on right.


PERICOE
NEWS
BURRAGATE
NEWS
ROCKY HALL
NEWS





TOWAMBA NEWS

October 2, 1860
'Twofold Bay and Maneroo Telegraph'
CROWN LANDS SALES.

* Sales of Crown Lands will be held at the undermentioned place on the day stated.
EDEN (at the Police Office) on MONDAY, 12th NOVEMBER.-Suburban Lots. County of Auckland: 25 lots (2 acres to 3 acres 2 roods 25 perches) at Sturt, on the Towamba River, about 12 miles south-westerly from Eden, parish of Towamba, allotments 1 to 6 of section 1, 1 to 8 of section 2, 1 to 7 of section 3, 1 to 4 of section 4. (Upset price, 3 per acre.)-Town Lots. County of Auckland: 26 lots (2 roods each) in the village of Sturt, parish of Towamba, allotments 1 to 10 of section 7, 1 to 3 and 8 to 10 of section 8,1 to 10 of section 9. (Upset price, 8 per acre.) See Government Gazette, No. 177.

April 15, 1861
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
* That dreadful epidemic, diphtheria, has made its appearance in our midst. We have only yet heard of two cases, one an adult, the other a child; but we may naturally anticipate that it will spread. The population of Towamba is increasing, and if the Government could only be prevailed upon to render the road passable between that place and Eden, there is not a shadow of a doubt but that the township of Sturt would be a township indeed.

'The Manaro Mercury, and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser'
3 April 1863

Caution. I HEREBY CAUTION all parties from using or otherwise interfering with any working bullocks branded SB off rump, 7 off side, BN both sides, my property, anyone doing so after this date will be prosecuted. AXEXANDER BINNIE, Towamba.

November 17, 1866
'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'

* Forms for the Registration of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages are to be had free of charge at the Police Office in Eden, Panbula, and the Post-office Bega. The Attention of the public is called to the clause in the Act, rendering all parties liable to a penalty of 10, who do not register Births, within 60 days, Deaths and Marriages within 30 days.
C. D. HAYS,
District Registrar.

January 21, 1869
'Empire'

* REVOCATION OF TEMPORARY RESERVE.-The reserve at Yuglamah, Towamba River, has been revoked, the intention of forming a village in the locality having been abandoned.

'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'
8 October 1874

Eden.-On the first instant a very old resident was consigned to her last resting place: the wife of Mr. James Roberts, senior, formerly of Eden, recently resident at Towamba. A large number of people testified their respect by attending the funeral.


April 19, 1875
'The Sydney Morning Herald'

* WANTED, a nursery GOVERNESS, for the country, Protestant, to assist in needlework. For further particulars apply, stating salary, to Mrs. John Alexander, Pericoe, Towamba, Eden, Twofold Bay.

October 2, 1876
'The Mercury'

WILSON-CONN.-On August 21st, at St. John's Church, Darlinghurst, by the Rev. Mr. Hayden, R. Wilson, Esq. of Towamba, New South Wales, eldest son of the Rev. R. Wilson, Senior Colonial Chaplain of Tasmania, to Laura Jane, eldest daughter of the late W. G. Conn, Esq., of Queensland.

October 2, 1876
'The Mercury'

CROSSIN-TAIT.-On 7th September, at the residence
of Mrs. Robinson, by the Rev. L. Campbell, William Patrick Crossin, of Oatlands, to Jane Tait, of Jericho.


May 21, 1878
'The Sydney Morning Herald '

* TUTOR wanted for the country; Church of England; must teach music. Apply by letter, stating terms, &c, to John Alexander, Pericoe, Towamba, via Eden.

July 5, 1879
'Australian Town and Country Journal'

MARRIAGE
PARKER-PLUMB.-June 19, at Eden, by the Rev. W. Baker, George Parker, of Towamba, to Eliza, daughter of Mr. Thos. Plumb, of Eden.

July 26, 1879
'Australian Town and Country Journal '

* W. B. (Towamba) asks -I bought 200 acres of land 23 years ago. I lived upon it and improved it. At that time I was a married man and had no home on the ground for my wife to live in, and I rented a house 50 miles, away for her accommodation. Is it legal for me to select land adjoining it without my wife residing on the freehold; I lived there, but she never did?.-Yes.

March 8, 1882
'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'

Marriage: MARTIN-DUNN.-March 6th, 1882, at the Union Church, Wolumla, by the Rev. W. Baker, Samuel Martin, of Towamba, to Eliza, daughter of Mr. James Dunn, farmer, of Wolumla.

'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'
25 November 1882

Information. - For the last time: "Towamba"; perhaps you may have seen the name in the papers? Perhaps you will not see so much "Towamba" again, at least for a few months after next Tuesday, when Rixon and Macleod intend to give away Towamba to the highest bidder. But before business begins on Tuesday, some "phizz" has to be opened, and General Sir E. Suttle is to marshal an attack on Tell-the-Karver at the school of Arts entrenchments. Noon for the hospitality; a brief hour, and then "Gentlemen, the terms and conditions of sale are etc," The next we shall hear of Towamba will be in connection with the T. Hotel, the T. School of Arts, the T. Store, the T. Jockey Club, and may be the "Towamba Gazette." Without joke, a large settlement about Towamba is only a work of time, and we expect not a few people know as much about this as we can tell them, and will try to back their belief at the sale on Tuesday.

'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'
15 September 1883
Eden
,-At the Police Court, on Tues- day, before Messrs J. P. Keon, P.M. and J. W. Lees J.P., John Hopkins sued S. Martin, of Towamba, for 6 for a bullock slaughtered by defendant with complainants consent in August 1882. The evidence was of a most conflicting nature complainant averring that he bought from defendant five bullocks which he paid for, but only received four, the fifth being the one killed by defendant. On the other hand the defendant's case was that six head were bought, but only five were paid for, and that five were actually taken away by plaintiff, the sixth (unpaid for) being the one killed by the defendant. Under the circumstances the Bench non- suited the plaintiff, so as to enable him to bring the case on again when he is able to obtain the attendance of Michael M' Carthy, the man who was with him when the cattle were driven away from Towamba.


'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'
4 February 1885

Eden
.-Burton has just finished his contract on the Eden-Towamba road, making a fine easy gradient, and saving a couple of miles. Mr. Postle is so satisfied that he has let him another contract on the same road. Lawler and Whelan have also a contract on that road, which when completed will make it not only the shortest but easiest route to Bombala, with good "turns out," and carters ought to avail themselves of it. The copper mine at Reedy Creek, near New Building bridge, is doing well, specimens of which may be seen at the A. J. S. Bank, Eden. Some of the more sanguine ask fabulous prices for shares-but it will not realise what they imagine, though it may be good. Twofold Bay may at last, boast of a resident blacksmith, Mr. Henry, late of Cobargo, having set up a forge near Mr. Charles Peisley's Hotel. Mr. Harrison of the Nullica Saw Mills is busy building a good sized steamer to carry timber. I believe he is also cutting timber for lengthening the wharf, some 4000 being granted for same. We had a flying visit from the gentleman deputed to carry out the Bombala-Eden railway survey, who rode down for the purpose of viewing the general features of the country, piloted by Mr. C. Roberts of Towamba, who, better than anybody else, could point out to him, being thoroughly conversant with every inch of land in that part of the district, the most accessible route. Some little excitement was caused by an old gentleman of the name of Boyd having come by the Sunday night steamer, people who are in possession of jumped land thinking that they would have to give up their land.- Correspondent Bombala Herald.


'The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser'
14 February 1885

Towamba
.-A correspondent says:- " You will no doubt be pleased to hear that we have succeeded in forming a Progress Committee in this locality, and are sanguine of its future success. The following gentlemen were elected:-Chair man, Mr. R. Bridle; Secretary, Mr. S. Martin; Treasurer, Mr. T. Hite; Committee, Messrs John Richards, C. J. Stiles, D. Gilpin, H. Richards, M. Corcoran, J. Mitchell, G. Martin, W. Purnell, H. Bridle, J. Smith, W. Ryan, with power to add to the number. The terms of member's subscription are 2/6 per annum to defray postage, advertising, and other expenses. The first committee meeting was held on the 7th, and was well attended. Several matters of importance were discussed, and it was resolved to forward a petition to the Minister for Works, requesting a grant of 1,500 for the completion of the Towamba-Eden road."

'Pambula Voice' September 1893
TOWAMBA
* Mr. Martin Arnold will open an opposition blacksmith shop in Towamba.


'Pambula Voice' August 2, 1895
TOWAMBA

* Licensee of the Towamba Hotel has vacated the hostelry before the expiration of his lease, owing to dull times. He is now renting the Church of England grounds to start a butcher's shop. It is hoped that he won't turn the church into a butcher's shop.


'Evening News'
13 April 1897
DISEASES OF THE EAR.
OTITE MEDIA ACUTA
.

There are no diseases of the ear that are more generally presented in conjunction with local symptoms than those inflammatory attacks which occur in the middle ear. The pain is established nearly in an instant, and with marked intensity. It not infrequently happens that the climax of the pain is reached at midnight, after a gradual increasing during the day, and when this stage arrives the symptoms shown are the most important which the disease develops. It is not a sensation of heaviness and deafness that is felt, but a lacerating and excruciating pain, which the sufferer describes as though inflicted by the sharp points of various instruments penetrating the brain and dominating the most sensitive part- a pain which more than words can express establishes the anxiety of fear.
The following case, out of many which have come under my observation, occurred to Mr. Binnie, of Log Farm, Towamba. Mr. Binnie consulted me in March of this year, suffering from discharge from the right ear, which was going on for the past seventeen years. He one night experienced an acute inflammation of the right ear, which was accompanied with agonizing pain, lasting the whole time without the possibility of an hour's rest being experienced. I ordered at once the application of eight leeches on the part where the most pain was felt. After that the pain slightly ceased, but again returned during the night time with the sharp throbbing in the deeper part of the ear, accompanied with slight dizziness, faint ness, a sick stomach, and increasing deafness. Not withstanding all the efforts, the symptoms lasted for several days, and during the whole time the pus was continually discharging from the ear.
On examination, I observed a large perforation on the interior, portion of the tympanic membrane, and a small polypoid negelation filling that space. The discharge which it contained was copious and offensive, while the hearing in that ear was much aggravated. Mr. Binnie could only hear the tick of the watch two inches distant from the left ear, the right being useless for the purpose of hearing. I removed the polypus. After the ear had been thoroughly cleansed the ocular inspection revealed the polypus had sprung from the promontory, having found its way, filling the space of the opening of tympanic membrane. The meatus was very red and tumefied. The portion of the membrana tympani which remained was distinctly visible, the superior portion being sound, and the inferior portion of its quadrant destroyed by ulceration. When the air was forced into the tympanic cavity with Palitzer's method, a bubble mixed with tenacious mucous was observed to bulge outward through the perforated membrane. This maintained till the mouth was opened when the mucosity, with the mixed bubble, again fell inwards. Mr. Binnie attended to my treatment regularly, and within the first fortnight of the terrible pain there was manifest improvement; the discharge had lost all offensive less, and the symptoms of dizziness, of faintness, of painful throbbing, and unbearable fullness in the ear, the acute paroxysm, the stiffness of the neck had all left him. The stump of the polypus disappeared. The following letter speaks for itself :
- Log Farm, Towamba, N.S.W., 4th June. 1898.
Mr. P. Stanich.
Dear Sir, - Just a line to let you know how I am. My ear has stopped the discharge, and there has been no pain. My health is very much better since I came home. The discharge did not stop at once, but kept getting less every day. Thanking you for your kindness and good treatment to me when in Sydney - I remain, Dear Sir, yours faithfully, ALEX. BINNIE.
Dr. Stanich, Specialist, Ear, Nose, Throats, Epilepsy, or Falling Fits. 20 years' practice in New South Wales. Dr. Stanich can be consulted at 84 Elizabeth-street, near King-street, Sydney.

'Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal'
13 April 1897
To-Day's Telegrams.
(From our Correspondent.)
Bitten by a Snake.

* At Towamba, on Saturday, the wife of a selector named Bollman, was bitten by a black snake. She was taken to Pambula for treatment, and is now out of danger.

'Pambula Voice' January 21, 1898
WYNDHAM

* Our correspondent writes: Miss Jane Power, who accidentally burst a blood vessel in the head on Sunday week at Mr. Beresford's, Burragate, is improving rapidly under Dr. Meeke's care.
* A sister and two brothers of the late Ada Williams who died under such sad circumstances on Christmas Day of typhoid fever, are now suffering from the same malady. Latest reports state that they are on the mend.
* Another correspondent writes: Miss Grant of 'Sandy Creek' is just recovering from a serious illness.

'Evening News'
8 January 1898
DEATH FROM SNAKEBITE.

* A death, from snakebite has occurred at Towamba. Two brothers named Johnson, whose parents reside, at Towamba, were after a hare when it took refuge in a log. The boys blocked up the hole and proceeded to split the log with axe. When a sufficiently large hole had been made the younger boy put in his hand, intending to drag out the hare. He was immediately bitten in two or three places. Thinking it was the hare, the boy took little notice of it. Soon after, however, he became ill, and commenced vomiting. He was conveyed home, and everything possible was done for the little sufferer. A doctor was sent for from Pambula, and the lad taken along the road in a buggy to meet him. It was too late, however, for on arrival at Burragate the boy succumbed. Upon the log being cut open the hare was found dead, and beside it was a tiger snake about 6ft long.

'Pambula Voice' April 8, 1898
TOWAMBA
* Mr. W. H. Wood, Member for the district, visited Towamba recently but he did not address the electors.
* The lad, Collins, who was injured in our late races has recovered sufficiently to be removed to his home. A subscription list on his behalf reached about 6.

October 6, 1899
* The Federal Capital: TOWAMBA suggested as a suitable site.

'Barrier Miner'
Monday 13 February 1899
ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES.
[BY TELEGRAPH.]

A Roadside Tragedy.
John Mitchell, senior, a farmer, left Eden, on the South Coast, for his home at Towamba on Saturday, driving a buggy. Subsequently he was found dead by the roadside with his skull smashed. It is presumed that he fell from the buggy.

'Eden Free Press and Eden District Advertiser'
8 March 1899

Mr. H. Bridle, of Towamba, has secure the contract for building the provisional school at Pericoe.
A wedding took place at Eden on Saturday, the contracting parties being Mr. George Lewis, of Pipeclay, and Miss Parker, of Towamba.

'Eden Free Press and Eden District Advertiser'
22 March 1899
There was considerable excitement on board the Italian warship on Sunday in consequence of the supposed total loss of one of the officers, who, it appears, had gone for a solitary stroll along one of our country roads. It seems that some how on the track he must unconsciously have turned round, anyhow he lost his bearings, and by his non-appearance at sunset, caused great consternation among his fellow officers, who were apparently oppressed by the fear that he must have been captured and devoured by cannibals. The ship's searchlights were kept going during the evening, and search parties were organised. Ultimately the missing man turned up, having been discovered undevoured some miles from town, and proceeding along the road towards Towamba under the impression that he was re turning to Eden.

'Evening News'
6 October 1899

A surprise party was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Weatherhead at their residence, Nungatta Station, on September 29, by some of the residents of Towamba, Perico, Wongrabel, Buldah, Bombala, and Bondi. There were about 50 people present, and they were heartily welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Weatherhead. Tea was at once set, and served by the promoters, and then the party adjourned to the music-room, where dancing held sway till midnight, when the party adjourned to the dining-room, where supper was served.
The toast of the evening, 'Mr. and Mrs. Weather head,' was drunk with musical honors. The merry party broke up by the singing of 'Auld Lang Syne.' Songs and recitations were rendered during the evening.

March 16, 1900
* Mr. J. Martin, J.P., has been appointed Coroner for this District, in lieu of Mr. C.A. Baddeley, J.P., resigned.

'Evening News'
17 March 1900
LOST IN THE BUSH.

PAMBULA, Friday. - Mr. Simon Gordon, sen., J.P., left his home at Lochiel on Friday last on a visit to his son at Towamba. He got astray in the bush, and he was last seen in Towamba district on Monday morning. His horse and sulky were found jammed between two trees near the road. Several police and dozens of local residents are scouring the country without success up to the present. Mr. Gordon is about 80 years of age, and has a very wide circle of friends and relatives in the district.

'Examiner'
17 March 1900 Next issue
A SAD PLIGHT
.
Simon Gordon, of Lochiel, over 80 years of age, who has been missing since Sunday, was found this morning near a creek on his son's selection at Towamba, within a hundred yards of the farmhouse. The old man, it was stated, had subsisted on water for six days.

'Delegate Argus and Border Post'
21 July 1900

Mr. F. Peisley, of Bombala, had a narrow escape from drowning while attempting, to cross the river at Towamba last Thursday. The stream was very much swollen from the recent rains, but not being aware of any danger, Peisley drove in at the usual crossing-place. The horse soon got beyond its depth, and was carried down about fifty yards, when it came to shallower water and succeeded in reaching the bank in safety.


October 12, 1900
* Federal Capital Site... Orange, Yass and Southern Monaro considered to be equally suitable as sites.


'The Sydney Morning Herald'
22 October 1900
The distribution of salmon trout fry has necessarily been restricted. 10,000 salmon trout ova were received from Tasmania in August, and the fry hatched there from were distributed in the undermentioned waters:- The Macquarie and Campbell Rivers, and streams at Orange, also two tributaries of Fish River, the Belabula and Nepean Rivers, Blackheath Creek, Long Swamp Creek near Lithgow, and the creeks in the valley of Govett's leap, in the South Coast district (Paddys, Clyde, Moruya, Bega, and Towamba Rivers, and the upper waters of the Tuross), Cabramatta Creek, the head waters of Middle Harbour, the Murrumbidgee (a stream at Berridale, near Cooma), and a creek at Germanton.

February 6, 1901
'Southern Star'

A quiet wedding was celebrated on the 26th ult. at St. Barnabas' Church, Sydney, when Mr. J. H. Jones, of Lithgow, was married to Hannah, oldest daughter of Mr. Clements, of Towamba, Eden. The bride (in the absence of her father) was given away by her cousin, Mr. C. Thornton, of Annandale, and was attired in a gown of soft white silk, made with a transparent yoke and profusely trimmed with Valenciennes lace and insertion. A prettily draped fichu, chiffon toque, and shower bouquet completed the costume. The little bridesmaid, Miss Minnie Cordner, was also in white silk, and was the recipient of a gold brooch from the bridegroom. After being photo graphed the happy couple left for their future home at Lithgow amid showers of rice and good wishes from their friends. The bride travelled in a reseda biege, with guipure lace and insertion. Numerous presents were received, including many from Eden and Towamba.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
20 February 1901
EDEN-MONARO.
TOWAMBA

* Mr. Austin Chapman, federal candidate, addressed a large meeting here last night. Two hundred miners were amongst those present, and the candidate was warmly welcomed. Mr. Earl presided, and a vote of confidence was carried.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
19 June 1901
WOLUMLA
,
The weather continues dry, with cyclonic winds. Heavy losses of stock in Towamba and other parts of the Bega district have taken place.

'The Sydney Morning'
Friday 11 October, 1901
SOUTH COAST
EDEN

* Four tins of salmon trout consigned by the Fisheries Department to the Eden and Nethercote Progress Association for liberation in the Kiah and Towamba and Yowaka rivers arrived per the steamer Allowrie this morning. The young fish were in good condition, and were at once conveyed to their destinations. Complaint is made of the destruction by dynamite of rainbow trout in the Yowaka River.

'Australian Town and Country Journal'
14 June 1902

* Over 1100 wallabies have been trapped by Mr. M'Leod at Towamba since last Christmas. Rabbits are also increasing very fast in the district, and unless some steps are taken to keep them down, they will soon be the worst pest the district has ever known.


'Evening News'
24 August 1901
THE RAIN
OVER 6 INCHES IN 24 HOURS

The Government Astronomer has received reports from several stations in the south-east that are not marked on his chart, which shows that the heavy rain was general in those parts. At Wyndham, between Bombala and Pambula, the downpour on Thursday was phenomenal, 6 inches and 66 points being recorded in twenty-four hours. At Bemboka 618 points, Towamba 508, and Burragate 418, were the next highest records. All these places are situated on or in the vicinity of Wog Wog and Towamba Rivers, which unite, and find an outlet in Twofold Bay.

'The Cobargo Chronicle'
13 December 1901
COASTAL AND OTHER PARS

(From our Exchange.)
Two shocks of earthquake felt at Towamba last week.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
Monday, 14 April, 1902
PAMBULA

* Tom Doyle, who recently had one of his legs broken in four places by a fall of stone while working with a road party at Towamba, is progressing favourably in Pambula Hospital

'Freeman's Journal'
28 June 1902

* A family near Towamba has trapped over 1100 wallabies during the past few months, killing them for their skins. An opossum hunter in the same vicinity (Pericoe) also succeeded in trapping 200 opossums in one week, 60 being captured in one night. The skins are of the highest market value just now, as the opossums have their winter coats of fur.


July 18, 1902
Pambula or "Pambula"

* .. we believe that the old aboriginal name was pronounced "Pamboolah"' meaning "large water" after the sheet of water which then existed at the back of the present recreation ground. Efforts have been made by the local Progress Association to induce the Government to adopt the one name in all departments, but so far without success.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
6 October 1902

* Whooping cough is still very prevalent in the southern portion of the district. Half of the scholars in the Towamba school are affected. Influenza also is prevalent.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
11 October 1902
SOUTH COAST.
BEGA

* A lodge of the G. U. O. O. F. has been opened at Towamba with 55 members. (Grand United Order of Oddfellows)

'Illawarra Mercury'
Saturday 11 October 1902

* The young man Tindall, injured at Towamba in a wrestling bout, has recovered in Bega Hospital. For some time a nurse had to be in constant attention on him night and day.

December 13, 1902
'South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus'
EDEN

* Mr. T. P. Shelley intends shortly to test the Tasmanian market with a trial shipment of horses Arrangements are being made to publicly celebrate the 19th inst., the anniversary of Bass's discovery of Twofold Bay.

'Evening News'
19 February 1903

* The weather has been exceedingly hot at Towamba during the past week, the glass recording 102deg in the shade; and at Pericoe it was even hotter.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
27 February 1903
EFFORTS AT PAMBULA
.
* A fund is being inaugurated locally to assist the drought sufferers, and an entertainment is being organised at Towamba with the same object.

March 28, 1903
'Delegate Argus and Border Post '

* The first Eden show, which eventuated on the 17th and 18th inst.; was, according to the 'Propeller,' a huge success. There were a large number of exhibits, and a large marquee did duty for a pavilion. The attendance on the first day was about 790, and on the second between 800 and 900. The prize for the 'best dressed and most prepossessing young lady' fell to Miss Martin, the Towamba postmistress.

'Evening News'
23 April 1903

* A young man, named Herbert Greer, has had part of two of his fingers blown off through his gun bursting near the breech during the progress of a hare drive at Towamba, near Candelo.

February 5, 1904
'Bombala Times and Manaro and Coast Districts General Advertiser'

* Mr. H. Beileiter has been fortunate enough to recover his clarinet which was lost in September last in Donnelly's Creek, near Towamba. The instrument was found in the sand of the creek and is very little damaged.

March 29, 1904
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
SOUTH COAST.
EDEN

Mr. Roland Stevenson, a well-known farmer of Wangrabelle, died at Towamba today from injuries sustained in a buggy accident while on his way home from Eden last week.

July 23, 1904
'South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus'
EDEN.

* Mr. J. Hines has the work of moving the Burragate factory to Towamba.
* A painful accident occurred in Towamba on Wednesday, to Mr. John Heartneady. While driving a nail it flew from the wood, striking him in the eye, injuring him very much. He was taken to the Bega Hospital.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
6 August 1904
ELECTORS DISFRANCHISED.
TOWAMBA

* There is much indignation here at the wholesale disfranchisement of electors. Three-fourths of the adult population are not enrolled, while many who are on the roll have no rights; many have rights who are not on the roll.


'Australian Town and Country Journal'
23 November 1904
Dame Durden's Post Office.
Towamba, near Eden
.
Dear Dame Durden,-We take your paper, and I very much like to read the "Children's Page," and I saw a letter in it some time ago from my cousin, Daisy Bourke, so I thought I would try and write one myself. I am not a very good writer, but will try and do my best. I will tell you about a very funny thing that happened to my father one day when he was felling a tree, which was an old dead one, and he had with him our two dogs, and when the tree fell with a crash out jumped an opossum out of an old spout. He turned about to find some place to got out of the reach of the dogs, and, seeing no where to go, turned, and before my father knew what it was about to do, it ran up his legs and sat on the top of his head. It was a dreadful time for poor dad, as the opossum had knocked his hat off when it was getting up, and the dogs were jumping and barking round him, trying to get the opossum, and it nearly pulling all his hair out trying to hang on. But a happy thought came to dad, and he walked as straight as he could over to a tree, which was a good bit away, and the opossum jumped on to the tree, and left poor dad with his head on, although it was scratched a good bit. Dad said he was never in such a silly fix, as he was afraid to move, as the dogs made the opossum hang on so tight it hurt his head. Dear Dame, I have one little sister, nearly 1 years old, and she is such a funny little girl. She hurt her heel, and said, "I hurt my foot's elbow." Her name is Beryl. I have one little brother, Dudley. Now, I have written enough this time. If you think my letter is good enough to print, I will write again. With love to all the Court,
I remain, your true friend,
Keith Parker (age nearly 10).

'The Bega Budget'
11 November 1905
TOWAMBA.

A general meeting of the Towamba Progress Association was held at the local hall on Saturday night last. Mr. J. Hartneady occupied the chair. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Correspondence was read as follows: - From the Public Works Department (through W. H. Wood, Esq): In reply to your letter of the 24th ultimo, stating that certain land near Towamba through which the road to Yambulla at present in use runs, has been sold, and the purchaser intends to fence same, thus blocking the traffic: I have the honor to inform you that the maintenance men have been instructed to clear a bye-track.
With reference to your letter of the 7th August last, urging the construction of a culvert and approaches at the township of Towamba, on road from Eden to Towamba: I have the honor to inform you that the Minister has approved of tenders being invited at once for this culvert, and instructions will be issued accordingly. With reference to your letter of the 22nd August, presented by you from the Towamba Progress Association urging the clearing of the road from Towamba to the cemetery, I have the honor to inform you that it is reported this is a fair track, following a sound granite ridge which has been sufficiently cleared by the residents for all reasonable requirements, and it is not the practice of the Department to grant moneys for improvements to country cemeteries. The Minister cannot see his way to approve of any expenditure on this road. With reference to your letter bearing date 8th August, presented by you from the Towamba Progress Association applying for a grant of 150, for the purpose of road from Kelly's store across Towamba River, terminating near the Public School, I have the honor by direction to inform you it is reported that the existing improved road is sufficient to meet all legitimate traffic requirements, and the Minister cannot therefore see his way clear to sanction a grant as asked. With reference to your letter of the 10th August, presented by Towamba Progress Association, urging the construction of a bridge over the Towamba River at Towamba, on the road from Towamba via Bondi to Maharatta Bridge, I have the honor to inform you that it is not considered the extent of traffic and the obstruction caused by the river justify the very large cost of a bridge, and the Minister cannot therefore see his way to accede to the request. With reference to your letter of the 8th August respecting the dangerous state of culvert in front of Police Station on road to Yambulla, and urging the erection of hand rails, I have the honor to inform you that instructions have been issued for this work to be carried out. From the Postmaster-General: - With reference to your communication of the 8th August last, asking, on behalf of the Towamba Progress Association, Towamba, for a delivery of telegrams within a radius of one mile of the local post office, I desire to inform you I have had inquiry made in the matter, and enclose herewith a copy of a report submitted by the Deputy Postmaster-General, Sydney, together with a recommendation by himself and the secretary to the effect that the delivery applied for would not be justified, and this recommendation has been approved. After some discussion about the last matter it was resolved that the following letter be forwarded to Mr. Chapman: - I have been instructed by the Progress Association to thank you for your efforts in connection with our application for the delivery of telegrams within a radius of one mile of the Towamba post office. With reference to the report as submitted by the Deputy Postmaster-General, and on which our application has been re fused, we wish to say we are of the opinion that (although our re quest may not be justified) we have been over-ridden with individual influence in the matter, inasmuch the interrogator has to some extent been misled. It was resolved that the secretary draw up a petition to be signed by all concerned in the construction of a traffic bridge across the river, and forwarded to the Minister for Works through Mr. W. H. Wood, M.L.A. It was decided that application be made for the suspension of the Act with regard to the registration of dogs for the Towamba district, owing to the incessant increase of rabbits. Subscription lists in connection with the School of Arts movement were laid on the table by the secretary, and it was decided that a public meeting be convened for the 25th inst. for the purpose of electing a committee to carry out the work.
A plain and fancy dress ball in aid of the local band took place on Monday last, and notwithstanding the flooded river and the inclemency of the weather during the day it proved very successful. A school picnic which promises to be a big thing takes place on Monday, 13th inst.

'The Bega Budget'
16 December 1905
TOWAMBA.

* We have been enjoying some beautiful weather for the past fortnight, sunshine and showers alternating; and although we were not faring too badly, this change has been much appreciated.
* The fair sex are still in charge or the cricket pitch. Lower Towamba and Towamba ladies played a return match on the former's ground on Saturday last. Of course, where the ladies are, the boys are sure to be, consequently there was a good gathering and a very enjoyable day was spent. The visitors, who were entertained by the home team at an excellent dinner provided by Mrs. Kennedy, won the game by about 40 runs. By the way, our bonny lassies apparently mean to outdo the brethren who at one time so eagerly defended the stumps. Seemingly, we have turned some what topsy-turvy, and we don't know whether it is woman's franchise that brings this about; but the ladies have to some extent taken the men's place in the cricket field, and I venture to think were it not for our few enthusiasts who work untiringly to keep the ball rolling, cricket in our midst would soon be doomed to oblivion. Mr. Check, the well-known entertainer, had a bumper house here on Friday night last in the local hall. A public meeting, re the School of Arts movement, convened for Saturday, 2nd inst., lapsed for want of a quorum. The Progress Association fortnightly meeting on the same evening shared a similar fate. A meeting for the purpose of forming a rifle club was held at McKee's Hotel on Saturday night, but nothing definite was done.
* The committee of the athletic sports met on Saturday last at McKee's Hotel for the purpose of electing officers to carry out the necessary work on Boxing Day. The following were appointed: Handicappers -- Messrs. Young, Arnold, Dickie and McCloy; Judges - Messrs. R. T. Doyle, R. Alexander and J. T. Dickie; starter- Mr. H. Rankin; marksmen - Mr. J. Hartneady.
* No less than three weddings are to take place next week. On Tuesday, Miss L. Kennedy, second daughter of Mr. W. F. Kennedy, of Lower Towamba, and Mr. A. Hiles of Queanbeyan, are to be united in the holy bonds of matrimony. On the following day, Miss. A. Lindall and Mr. T. Lawson, and Miss A. Sawers and Mr. W. Power will be married.

'The Bega Budget'
3 January 1906
From Our Correspondent.
TOWAMBA.

A very pretty wedding took place on Tuesday, December 19th, at Lower Towamba, when Mr. A. E. Hylos, of Bungendore, was united in marriage to Miss A. Helena, second daughter of W. F. Kennedy. The ceremony was performed by Rev. R. Penty, of Pambula. The bride, who was given away by her father, was becomingly gowned in soft white silk with Paris lace and silk yak trimmings, the usual veil with wreath of real orange blossoms being added. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of white roses and maiden hair fern, the gift of Mrs. J. T. Mitchell. Misses Hilda and Amy Kennedy, sisters of the bride, were bridesmaids, and Mr. Arthur Hyles, brother of the bride groom, acted as best man. The bridesmaids looked charming in white Swiss muslin and pale blue sashes. The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a gold heart pendant, the bridegroom to the bride gold watch and chain, the bride groom to the bridesmaids gold initial brooches. After the ceremony the many friends of the family sat down to a sumptuous breakfast provided by the bride's parents. After the usual toasts were duly honored, the happy couple amidst showers of rice and rose leaves departed for Pambula, en route for Bungendore, whither they intend residing. The bride's travelling dress was grey silk voile, hat and parasol en suite. The young couple were the recipients of many valuable presents. Amongst those present were: Mr., Mrs. and Miss Mitchell, Mrs. and Miss Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Solomon, Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker, Mrs. and Miss Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. H. Roberts, Misses Cunnington (2), Mrs. McCloy, Mrs. and Misses Hazelgrove, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Rankin, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Harris, Mrs. Alf. Robinson, Miss Alice Martin, Messrs. Stevenson and U. Hazelgrove. Foot races were held here on Boxing Day, but owing to the terrific heat there was not a good attendance. A ball in connection with the local jockey club was held in the Lyceum Hall on the 26th instant, and was a success beyond expectation, fully forty-five couples being in attendance, including visitors from most of the neighbouring towns. The music was supplied by Mr. W. McDonald (violin), assisted by Mr. W. Ryan, Vassal Cope and Mrs. W. Kennedy (piano) and was all that could be desired. The duties of M. C. were allotted to Mr. H. Richards who was not lacking in his efforts to keep the dancers continually on the move. At midnight a break was made in the dancing to do justice to an excellent supper provided by Mrs. W. F. Kennedy. After supper, dancing was resumed and continued until the small hours of the morning, when all departed for their respective homes perfectly satisfied with their night's enjoyment.

March 31, 1906
'South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus'

* A young man named Beasley, who almost severed his toe last week at Towamba, had the member amputated at the local Hospital.

September 26, 1906
'The Bega Budget'

* Edward Hazelgrove, the victim of a gunpowder explosion at Towamba recently, was taken to Sydney for treatment. The sight of an eye was injured.

November 27, 1907
'Southern Star'

* Mrs. Parker, of Towamba, who has been in Bega for some time under Dr. Stead, is returning to her home.

July 24, 1908
'Evening News'

* The residence of Mr. M'Donald, at Towamba, was destroyed by fire.

August 15, 1908
'The Bega Budget'

* Mr. Jas. A. McDonald, late of Towamba, has purchased a good property within a mile of Murwillumbah, and is delighted with the district.

October 14, 1908
'The Bega Budget'

TOWAMBA.
Towamba, at present, presents a pleasing appearance, everywhere being clothed in a mantle, of lovely green. Farmers are busy with the plough, and dairymen are beginning to smile once again. Some of our fanners are fighting great battles with bunny. Mr. Alex Binnie, of Log Farm, is fighting him for all he is worth, and has just wire-netted about 60 acres of his cultivation land to cope with the pest. During a visit to Mr. Binnie's place, I was shown some fine samples of ensilage made from green maize. These are preserved in large jars, and have the natural appearance of the growing maize. The crop was sown in 1905, cut and stacked in1906, and opened last year. Besides having stacks of this fodder, Mr. Binnie also grows large quantities of mangold. The Jersey herd on this farm is looking in prime condition, and the milk yield is far ahead of a number of dairies here, as the cows milked, number twice as many as any other. Mr. Joseph McKee is offering for sale the goodwill etc., of the local hotel. If successful, Mr. McKee will return to the Royal Hotel at Nimitybelle. On Friday night, the pupils of the Lower Towamba Public School, gave a concert in the local hall. The building was packed, and every item received rounds of applause. Great credit is due to the teacher, Miss Ashton, for the clever way in which she had trained the children, and the result must be highly gratifying. This was the first attempt by this school to arrange anything of the kind, and sets an example which much larger schools might follow with advantage, and thus raise money to buy prizes for the children. Teachers may invariably depend upon the hearty co-operation of the parents. Your scribe will not particularise the various items, but gives here with the programme: - Cantata, 'Soot and the Fairies'; duet, ''Butterflies Gay,' Maud McLeod, and Mercia Dickie; recitation, 'How Jimmy 'Tended the Baby,' W. Hazelgrove; trio, 'Buy a Broom,' G. Hazelgrove, E., and R. Dickie; duet, 'I Love You,' Lena Dickie and Ron Aston; dialogue, 'The Proposal,' Miss Aston and V. Hazelgrove; action song, 'Hi Ching a Ling'; duet, 'List to the Convent Bells,' Evelyn Mitchell and K. McLeod; dialogue, 'Shadowtown,' six little girls; solo, ------ Mr. H. Duncan; duet, 'The Very Worst Girl in the School,' G. Hazelgrove and Lena Dickie; duet, 'Always in the Way,' Eileen and Reggie Dickie; trio, 'Dame Durden,' K. McLeod, R. Aston, and J. Mitchell; physical drill display, pupils; recitation, 'Mrs. Mc Sweeney at the Dentist's,' Miss Aston; song, 'Where are you Going My Pretty Maid'; dialogue, 'The Woman's Rights Question'; action song, 'The Handkerchief Song,' pupils; God Save the King, the audience. After the concert, the hall was cleared for the ball, which also proved a great success. The music was supplied, by Messrs. W. Ryan, and Mrs. J. W. Dickie (pianos), Messrs. C. Fairweather, and D. McDonald (violins). Mr. H. Richards acted as M.C. The proceeds of concert and ball amounted to about 12, which will be devoted to the purchase of school prizes. The catering for the ball was excellently carried out by Mrs. McKee of the local hotel. A programme of sports will be run off here at an early date, proceeds in aid of the Bega and Pambula hospitals.

December 9, 1908
'The Bega Budget'

* John McDonald of Towamba proceeded against John Heartneady under a section of the Crimes Act for maliciously cutting a fence. Mr. Rogers appeared to prosecute and Mr. Bland appeared to defend. After a very lengthy hearing and the examination of a number of witnesses the case was dismissed. The case excited a remarkable degree of interest.

March 17, 1909
'The Bega Budget'

* The case of G. E. Hyde, of Towamba, charged with forging a cheque for 30, was heard at Eden recently, and adjourned till last Saturday, bail being refused.

'Delegate Argus'
10 September 1909
Orange Blossoms.

'Hear the chiming of the bells, silver bells; What a world of melody their sound foretells'! MRS M'DONALD of Towamba, was joined in holy wedlock to Mr. R. Roberts, of Delegate, at Towamba yesterday week, Rev. Father Kenny officiating. The bride was most becomingly attired in a rich grey costume most artistically trimmed. The hat was a creation of white and pink roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Mary M'Donald, daughter of the bride, was dressed in white mauve with pink. Mr A. Cunnington officiated in the capacity of best man. The elite of Towamba assembled in honor of the occasion. After the ceremony the happy couple were entertained at the house of Mr Donald M'Donald, son of the bride, where a sumptuous repast was prepared and partaken of by their numerous friends and relatives. The happy couple were next entertained by Mr. Hugh Rankin, brother of the bride. On Monday evening the friends and relatives of the newly-married couple gave a send off, which took the form of a ball and supper at Mr A. Cunning ton's hall when dancing was kept up until the small hours, when the bride and bridegroom started on their honeymoon amidst showers of confetti and rice, and good wishes. List of wedding presents not to hand.- Magnet.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
9 November 1909
THROWN FROM A BUGGY.
PAMBULA, Monday.
* Miss Ivy Mitchell Towers, of Towamba, was thrown out of a buggy on Saturday afternoon. Her hair caught in the spokes of the vehicle, and she received severe scalp wounds, also a rugged wound over the eyebrows.

'The Bega Budget'
13 July 1910
Liberalism at Towamba.

A meeting was held at Towamba on Saturday for the purpose of forming a branch of the Liberal and Reform Association. Messrs. W. Weatherhead and W. Boot of Bega were present. There was a good attendance and Mr. Boot was elected chairman. After briefly explaining the object of the gathering, the chairman suggested that a secretary should be appointed, and on the motion of Messrs. Arnold and Martin, Mr. Percy Alexander was unanimously chosen. Mr. Arnold proposed and Mr. Martin seconded, "That a branch of the Liberal and Reform Association be formed in Towamba"' (Carried.) The following officers were then elected: President, Mr. Percy Alexander; committee, Messrs. G. Martin, G. Keys, W. Ryan, J. T. Mitchell, D. Binnie, G. Young, G. Arnold, J. H. Ryan. Two vacancies were left on the committee in case Burragate Liberals should decide to join instead of forming a separate branch. As Pericoe is throwing in its lot with Towamba, it was thought Burragate might do the same. Mr. Alexander proposed a vote thanks to the chairman which was carried by acclamation. In acknowledging the vote Mr. Boot pointed out the method by which thorough organisation could be brought about, and urged every Liberal (not only the committee) to join in the work of securing a record vote at the election for their nominee - the Hon. W. H. Wood.

January 14, 1911
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* Mr. George Dark, well known here, is taking over Mr. Harold McCarthy's blacksmithing business at Towamba. We wish the new proprietor success in his venture.

'The Southern Record and Advertiser'
21 January 1911
TOWAMBA.

(From our Correspondent.)
* The most prominent occurrence in our midst this week is the splendid down fall of rain, which we were beginning to need, although we have had a fair season; from Thursday morning to this morning, Saturday, we've had 940 points, and it's still raining. The river is flooded, but not enough to interfere with the new bridge under construction, though there's a culvert washed out near the factory on the Towamba to Eden road. Some slight damage to maize crops through the rain and wind, causing it to fall to the ground. The local blacksmithing and wheel right business has changed hands once more, Mr. G. J. Dark being the present proprietor, and having procured the service of one of Candelo's best trades men (Mr. Charles McCarthy), we hope to see the business prosper.

'The Southern Record and Advertiser'
28 January 1911
TOWAMBA

(From our Correspondent.)
My last to you consisted of rainy topics. The rain continued well into this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday being beautifully fine. Saturday evening inclined to be showery. Upwards of 11 inches of rain were registered in all.
With the approaching shire election we have in our midst some of the prospective candidates. Councillor Alexander of C. riding, Imlay Shire, addressed a fair audience in the local hall last night, and in a short but comprehensive, speech explained what the Council has been doing, which appeared to me, and, I think, to most fair minded citizens, that the Councillor in question is a non-talkative but a practical man. Mr. Geo. Keys and Mr. Jas. Morgan, who are both contesting the riding as candidates, each in turn addressed the rate-payers, and were received with quite an amount of enthusiasm. Preparations for the coming races are in evidence. We see some local steeds looking fit and fine. The races take place on February 9.

'The Southern Record and Advertiser'
Saturday 4 March 1911
TOWAMBA.

(From our Correspondent.)
The bridge work still forges ahead, slowly of course, owing to the continued showery weather, which is a great impediment to painting operations, but at the same time, a great boon to the district. The official opening of the bridge has been decided to eventuate on the 6th of next month, and with weather permitting should be Towamba's day out. Rabbit canning is still alive, and so are the rabbits! very much so. Mr. Inglis, the travelling expert, gave a very clear and comprehensive address to a small, but very interested body of citizens at the hall last night. Mr. Jno Hearnbready occupied the chair, and very keen attention was paid to the lecturer. Mr. W. Beasley asked what distance rabbits could be conveyed to the works. Mr. Ingles replied: 30 miles each way, which gives a diameter of 60 miles, and can be worked at that radius. Councillor Geo. Keys explained that rabbits could be carried at a cost Id per pair for that radius of 60 miles. Mr. G. Dark asked Mr. Ingles if he had had experience in canning fruits in conjunction with meat works, and was answered in the negative, but Mr. Inglis failed to see why it could not be carried on in the same premises. Mr. H. Kranstuyver, of New Buildings, is engaged canvassing for shares for the company, and so far, has almost 2,000 shares applied for. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rixon are the proud parents of a first and only son. Mr. and Mrs. George Parker, ditto, of a first and only daughter, and all concerned are doing well.

'Southern Star'
October 18, 1911

Mr. "Jack" Shelley, son of Mr. Thos. Shelley, of the Kiah, is to marry Miss. May McKee, of Towamba.

Pambula Voice' April 21, 1911
TOWAMBA
* The corn is ripening very quickly this year, and crops will be on an average with last year.
* Most of the people are suffering with a mild from of influenza; mild as it may be, it is a most distressing complaint. A good many have had to lay up for two or three days with it.
* Mrs. T. Hill, who was doing business for Mr. Robinovitz, of Eden, has closed, owing to Mr. Robert Binnie purchasing Mr. Robinovitz''s business in Eden.

Friday 4, October, 1912
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
SLIPPED ON AN ADZE.
BOMBALA,

* An unmarried man, John Umback, aged 40, farmer, living at White Rock, 20 miles from Bombala, met with a serious accident on Wednesday, while engaged building a shed on his selection. He was squaring a post with a very sharp adze, when he slipped on the instrument, gashing his kneecap to the bone.
The unfortunate man bound up the wound as well as he could, with portions of his clothing and improvised a splint for the leg. Being alone, he had to crawl painfully two miles through bush before he could get aid.

November 1, 1913
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* A sad drowning fatality took place at Towamba last Satur day, at about 3.30 p.m. 'Mavis Beasley, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Beasley, with other children, were bathing in the river near a deep hole. Poor little Mavis got out of her depth, and it was over half-an-hour before the body was recovered. Every effort was made to restore respiration but to no avail. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents. Mr. Beasley was in Eden when the trouble took place. Constable Dunn was on the scene at once and rendered event assistance.

'The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser'
26 September 1914
ACCIDENTALLY SHOT.

* Mr. Gerald Mitchell, 25, son of Councillor and Mrs. J. T. Mitchell, of Lower Towamba, accidentally shot himself on Wednesday, and died the same day from the effects of the wounds received. He left his home with a breech -loading gun, and it is surmised that in getting through a fence the hammer caught and caused the charge to explode. When he was found the deceased was unconscious, and remained so to the end.

'Singleton Argus'
11 March 1919
DELUGE AT EDEN.
'Man's Tragic End. '

An unprecedented flood is reported from Eden, on the south coast. Within one week 33 inches of rain fell on the hills, at the foot of which the town lies. The river at Towamba also rose; with remarkable rapidity to a height of 15 feet higher than any former flood, and converted Towamba Valley into a gigantic sea. A tragic event occurred. A man, whose name is yet unknown, and who had apparently been washed down stream, was observed clinging to a swaying telephone pole, the top of which projected a few feet above the seething waters. He climbed the pole, and grasping the wire on either side, remained thus supported nearly an hour, during which the onlookers were powerless to render the slightest assistance. Finally, a large tree floating down among the debris caught the wire and submerged the pole, and with it the distressed man, who, engulfed in a torrent, was seen no more.

The Southern Record and Advertiser
22 March 1919
Snips and Scraps.

* A good fencer is a handy man since the flood. Fox skins are selling at 16s 6d each.
* Towamba Bridge, swept away by the recent flood, cost about 6000 a few years ago.
* Asked by a Sydney magistrate what her religion was, a woman replied 'Housework.'
* Great institutions are always the work of a few individuals, and their destruction is the work of the mob.

September 3, 1920
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
WHALES CAPTURED
INCIDENT IN TWOFOLD BAY

EDEN

* Yesterday, at Twofold Bay, Master Whaler George Davidson and his crew of Kiah whalers effected the capture of a couple of right whales, the value of which is estimated at not less than 750 to 800.
Early yesterday morning the whales, were observed in Snug Cove, where they were bailed up by a number of killers. Signals to the station at Kiah River soon brought whalers on the scene, and George Davidson made fast to one of the whales, which endeavoured to make off, but was kept in check by the killers. For some time the conflict was confined to Snug Cove, the whale at times passing close to the wharf, which was crowded with spectators. Ultimately the harpooned whale broke away, and, with the whaleboat in tow, worked round Cattle Bay, thence to Boyd Town and towards East Boyd, where it succumbed to the combined attacks of the whalers and the killers
.
George Davidson then made fast to the second whale, which had remained in, the vicinity of its mate. The line, however, broke, and the whale went outward round South Head until, headed by the whaleboat and launches, it turned backward, as if intending to rejoin its mate. Ultimately George Davidson made good with another harpoon, and, lancing repeatedly, scored with a kill at about midday. In the chase and capture of the second whale one killer only, participated, the others being busily engaged appropriating their share of the whale first captured.

'The Sydney Morning Herald'
6 October 1920
LOST IN THE BUSH.
ELEVEN DAYS WITHOUT FOOD
.
On the morning of last Friday week, September 24, William Parker, a former resident of Towamba,- essayed to travel on foot about eight miles across thick bush country from Nethercote to the Eden-Towamba road on his way to Towamba. Not arriving at his destination within reasonable time, inquiries were made throughout the district without satisfactory result. Search parties were organised, as many as 40 persons scouring the bush for several successive days without being able to trace his whereabouts. Yesterday the search was given up as futile. All hope of discovering the missing man alive was abandoned. This morning, however, Mr. Tom Hite, sawmiller, of Towamba, was drawing logs some miles out in the Jingera Ranges when he saw staggering towards him a man who proved to be Parker. He, it seems, had despairingly sunk down exhausted the night before, but the next day, bearing timber-getters in the vicinity, had struggled to his feet and staggered forward with his last remaining strength about 60 yards to reach them. His appearance was wretched in the extreme. Lost and foodless for 11 days, weakened and worn out by almost incessant walking through rough and mountainous bush country, he was reduced to a walking skeleton. His face and body were terribly lacerated, and most of his clothes were torn off as the result of forcing his way through dense jungle scrub, which left him almost nude. After drinking some hot tea and eating lightly he revived, and later was taken to Towamba, where his relatives reside. He is well known throughout the district, and is 65 years of age.

'The Sydney Stock and Station Journal'
5 November 1920
100 YEARS OLD.
* On Saturday evening relatives and friends of Mr. George Martin assembled at Towamba, South Coast, to congratulate him on attaining his 100th birthday. Mr. Martin has all his faculties, and takes fairly long walks unattended.

'Magnet' January 19, 1923
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
102 YEARS OLD
DANCES A JIG
ENTHUSIASTIC CENTENARIAN
* At Mr. Chapman's meeting at Towamba, in the Eden-Monaro electorate recently, Mr. George Martin, who is 102 years of age, moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Chapman, who, at the close of the meeting, offered the old gentleman a lift in his motor car. "I won't bother you, thanks," replied the centenarian, "I have only a mile and a half to go", and he then danced a jig in the roadway to show his agility.


Friday 25 September, 1925
'The Sydney Morning'
A CENTENARIAN.
LATE MR. GEORGE MARTIN.

* Mr. George Martin, senior, Eden district's centenarian, and Towamba's "grand old man", died at his home at Towamba yesterday evening, aged 104 years. Had he lived till November 28 he would have attained his 105th anniversary of his birthday.
Until within the last two years Mr. Martin enjoyed good health, and on the occasion of the last Federal election, walked unassisted a mile to record his vote, as he subsequently said, in favour of the present member for Eden-Monaro, Sir Austin Chapman. Mr. Martin was a native of England, and came to Eden nearly 80 years ago, and lived in Towamba 73 years.

TOWAMBA
* Had visiting picture shows at local hall.

'The Southern Mail'
22 January 1926
A Prolific Hen.

How is this for a record? A hen belonging to Mr. Frank Scanes, of Towamba, laid away, sat on 39 eggs, and brought out 35 chickens, all of which are doing well. The hen is an Orpingto-Rhode Island Red cross.

July 15, 1927
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* Mr Dave Farrell, of Towamba, recently had his leg crushed against a tree by a bullock waggon, and the limb had to be amputated.

February 3, 1928
'The Bombala Times'

* Mr. J.H. Ryan, of Towamba, has leased his property to Mr. C. S. Logan, and has gone to live in Sydney.

'Magnet' March 1929
* Towamba village still called ' Sturt' . (Village of Sturt changed to Towamba on 13-5-1975 in Government Gazette.)

'Magnet' July 13, 1929
TOWAMBA
* One of our oldest residents in the person of Mr. Allan Laing has been in failing health for some time. His condition is very low and is causing anxiety to his relatives and friends.
* Mrs. R. Brownlie who has been an inmate of Bega hospital is, we are sorry to say, still very ill.
* Mr. H. Richards, who went to Sydney for eye treatment is by latest report, much improved.
* Mr. Bert Green, returning home to St. Mary's last week after spending a months' holiday with his brother.
* Congratulations to Mr.& Mrs. M. McMaster on the birth of a daughter, their third born.
* Mr. Ken McLeod has disposed of part of his farm. Mr. M. McMaster being the purchaser.
* This winter has been the driest experienced here for years and a few showers of rain would be acceptable. Water tanks are getting low.

THREE WOMEN IN APPLE ORCHARD.
Left - Unknown.
Centre - Florrie Beasley.
Right - Mary McDonald.
No date


'Magnet' September 14, 1929
TOWAMBA
* Mrs. Donald Laing who has been far from well is in Pambula with relatives and is being attended by the local doctors. We hope to hear soon of her speedy recovery.
* In anticipation of a good season everyone is taking a great interest in their vegetable garden. Let us hope weather conditions continue favourable and that they reap a good reward . Aub, our cricket enthusiast, means to have the king garden of the season and with a couple of acres of alluvial flat declares that he will produce vegetables capable of taking prizes at a Royal Show. His slogan is 'Eat more vegetables'. Good luck to him anyhow.

TOWAMBA STORE. c. 1929


'Magnet' October 12, 1929
* Mr. Charles Roberts - Towamba's oldest pioneer at 85 years had a birthday.
* Village of Sturt referred to by Council in Council notes.
* Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Clements - 'Tyrone' Towamba.
* Pericoe and Towamba locals - Beasley, Parker, Love, McLeod, Smith, McDonald, Browne, Binnie, Dickie, McMaster, Logan, Clements.

Towamba blacksmith's shop.
'S. L. Martin General Blacksmith'
on the sign above the door.

No date.

'Magnet' April 12, 1930
TOWAMBA
* Word has been received here that Mr. Tom Legge underwent a successful operation in a Sydney hospital. His many friends wish him a quick recovery.
* Mrs. S. McCauley accompanied by Miss Ida Roberts left for the former's home in Queensland.
* The death of a former Towamba resident in the person of Mrs. R. Bollman took place at Belmore recently.

'Magnet' August 2, 1930
* Burragate whooping cough epidemic.
* H. J. South managed 'Nungatta Station' in 1917. Later joined by Mrs. South. In later years about January 1932, they moved to 'Oaklea'. Lloyd South was born at Pericoe 1934.

Old blacksmith's shop. Towamba
Photo K. Clery


'Magnet' June 6, 1931
TOWAMBA
* Miss Jean Parker underwent an operation in Bega hospital Wednesday in last week and latest reports state that she is much brighter.
* Mrs. C. Beasley has returned from several months stay in Sydney where an operation to which she found it necessary to undergo proved successful.
. * Ray Beasley had a trip to Pambula a few days ago and brought back Miss McDonald and Mr. Doyle from the hospital. Mr. Doyle was pleased to be home after several weeks absence.
* Mrs. Hartneady took another bad turn a few days ago but fortunately and happily is improving again.
* Mr. Robert Ingram been at Nungatta for 12 months, returns to his farm at Pericoe.
* Mr. John Mitchell of 'Hayfield'
* Mrs. Fred McPaul and family spending school holidays at their property at Pericoe.
* Mrs. L. Love of 'Elmgrove'.

Arthur Clements and brother.
No date.
Photo courtesy C. and G. Clements
Robinson children. Towamba.
No date.

Photo courtesy M. Mitchell
'Magnet' October 10, 1931
* Mr. A. L. Mitchell of Lower Towamba - son of Cr. Mitchell.

'Magnet' November 14, 1931
* Constable T. Gait of Cowra is spending his annual leave with his parents at Towamba.
* Miss May Parker holidaying with relatives in Bombala and Mila.
* Miss Thelda Hartneady holidaying with friends at Brogo.
* Mr. R. Doyle is not well.

November 20, 1931
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* Mr. Roy Shelley, who is a candidate in the Shire election for 'C' Riding, contradicts in the Eden paper a rumour that if elected his travelling allowance will be from Candelo. Having nominated from Towamba, the allowance will be from there. He adds that he intends to take up dairying on his property there.

'Magnet' December 26, 1931
TOWAMBA
* Here we are again to wish the editor and all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
* Messers E. Carragher and Lionel Roberts and Master Keith Whitby left on Monday last week to spend Christmas in the city.
* Mrs. Sam Legge is down from the north coast and holidaying with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. R. Doyle Snr.
* Miss Merle McLeod has returned from Cann River.
* Miss Bessie Gait has won a 5 prize in the State Lottery. The first prize to come here.
* Mrs. A. B. Alexander who has been staying with Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Alexander for some months, last week returned to Sydney.
* We report with regret that Mrs. Dorron and Mr. W. McCloy have not been well of late. All wish them a speedy recovery.

'Magnet' February 6, 1932
* Mr. J. H. Ryan of 'Glenor'.
* Mrs. S. H. Legge was a Doyle from Towamba. Mr. & Mrs. R. T. Doyle.

'Magnet' March 5, 1932
* Mr. Henry (Mick) Sawers of 'Jerusalem' Burragate. His sons, James Henry and Stan Sawers.
* Mr. James Beasley - daughters - Ida , Florence Isobel, and Thelma
son - Roy Beasley.

'Magnet' May 28, 1932
* Kiah residents mentioned: John Ryan, Edmund Mitchell, J. T. Mitchell of 'Ivy Farm', Mr. Harris, Bernie Doyle, Ted Harris, Sylvie (Sylvester) Harris, Mr. James McMahon Snr., Tom Stevens, Bob Goward, John and Dan Kelly.
* Cochrane's Flat residents: Roger Whelan, Old Mrs. Whelan, Ned Richards, Tom Whelan, Jim and Will Whelan, Tom Powers, (property now owned by Robert Bruce and Tom McMahon), Bill Stevens.

'Magnet' June 18, 1932
* John Ryan's place now owned by Martin McMasters.

June 23, 1932
Delegate Argus

* A crop of about three acres of South African Sorghum grown by Mr. Donald Laing on his riverside farm at Towamba is 12ft. 7in, high.

'Magnet' July 2, 1932
* Severe frosts.
* 7,250,000 possum and koala skins sold over last four seasons of hunting.
* Heaviest frosts seen for a long time.

'Magnet' July 16, 1932
TOWAMBA

* Good steady rain fell last week, 5 inches being recorded.
* Mrs. Hampden Beasley who underwent an operation for appendicitis in Pambula Hospital is doing well. Other patients from here are Mr. Ben Beasley Snr., and Mrs Alex Binnie of 'Log Farm' is an out door patient suffering from a fractured arm resulting from a fall.
* Mr. W. Parker is in Bega Hospital.
* Detective Sergeant Arnold of Sydney is down on a short visit staying with his parents at Pericoe.
* Quite a number of our men are receiving their share of a job on the Kiah Lower- Towamba relief work.
* Mr. Clyde Greer is still nursing a sprained ankle.
* Mrs. L. M. Love and the late Mr. Tom Love of 'Elmgrove'.

'Magnet' July, 1932
* The 'Big Jack Scheme' (Hydro Electricity)

'Magnet' August 6, 1932
* Mr. W. A. Green - Towamba J. P.
* Molly Shelley of 'Glenoak'.

'Magnet' October 8, 1932
* Gladys Maud Beileiter and Arthur Ernest Beileiter.

'Magnet' October 29, 1932
TOWAMBA
* Mr. Alex Binnie of 'Log Farm' has not been well of late.
* Messers J. Dickie and M. J. McLeod have gone off to Sydney for a couple of week's holiday.

'Sydney Morning Herald'
November 6, 1932

DEATH
BINNIE. At his residence, Towamba NSW. Alexander Binnie beloved husband of Sarah aged 74.


January 27, 1933
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
HEAVY RAIN.
More Reports of Damage.

Further heavy rain has fallen on the South Coast and in parts of the south-west.
Following the registration of six inches to Tuesday, Eden received eight inches in three hours on Wednesday. Eighteen inches had fallen by yesterday morning.
Telephone and telegraphic lines went down in every direction. On Tuesday the mall services were held up, and telegraphic communication with Sydney was suspended Discolouration of the waters of the bay, and debris on the beaches indicate that many riverside farms were heavily floodswept, but particulars of the losses are not yet obtainable.
The overdue mail from Towamba was brought in yesterday by the mailman fording on foot the Nullica River, which is still dangerously high, and in flood. Saltwater Creek bridge, on the Prince's Highway, nine miles from Eden, on the road to Pambula, was washed away on Wednesday. Two men had just ridden across, when, on looking back, they saw it break in two.

'Magnet' March 4, 1933
* Mr. & Mrs. F. Rugg left Nethercote to take over the working of Mr. A. L. Mitchell's dairy farm at Lower Towamba.

March 31, 1933
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* Ald. Isadore Ryan, Deputy Mayor of Newtown, Sydney, gave his native town a look over last week-end on his way to visit his brother, Mr. W. Ryan, at Towamba (says the Bombala 'Times.') A shrewd business man, Ald. Ryan has done well for himself since leaving these parts, and in addition to attending to his own affairs he has found time to devote to the business of the Newtown municipality, for which he has been elected Mayor on several occasions. In his young days Ald. Ryan was a candidate for foot - running honors, but he now carries too much avoir dupois to be a menace to the speedy youth of to-day. (Ald. Ryan is a brother of Mr. Frank Ryan, formerly of Candelo, and is himself remembered by many 'Record' readers.)


'Magnet' August 19, 1933
* Mr. South and Mr. Orman leased 'Daisy Hill'.
* Definition of war: A wholesale war, a means of making heroes which, if planned in a smaller way, would produce only murderers.
* Mrs. Ira Parker won 5,000 in lottery.

15 August, 1933
'The Sydney Morning Herald
'

* The 5000 prize in the 146th State lottery went to Towamba, the second prize to New Zealand, and the third to Canterbury.

'Magnet' September 2, 1933
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance, and
the good that we can do.
Old Motto

'Magnet' April 7, 1934
* First Court of Petty Sessions at Eden was held on 7th July, 1847. Mr Charles Nagel was Clerk of Petty Sessions at Eden. Magistrates were O. Brierley, W, Campbell, James S. Walker. James Bisgrove was charged with stabbing one Lawrence Campbell "at a place called Tuamba, in the district of Maneroo".
* "In a list of aboriginals to whom blankets were distributed, fifty-four names appear. These include the famous Genoa Jack and other male celebrities and their wives."

'Magnet' April 28, 1934
* The first Justices of the Peace at Eden court were: W.Walker Jnr. (among others)

'Magnet' April 27, 1934
* Mr. W.A.Keys of Burragate has taken over the farm at Moeyan owned by Mr. H. Binnie and recently vacated by Mr. W. H. Clarke now of Brundee.
* Winter has set in with a vengeance, cold and bleak with heavy frosts in the mornings.
* Mrs. MacDonald returned home after several months holiday in the city accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr.and Mrs. Hines. Mr. Hines is on the staff of the G.P.O.
* We are losing from our midst Mr.& Mrs. Curtis and family who have made themselves very popular by helping and attending most functions. They intend making their home on the north coast.
* Our local anglers have been getting some good hauls of fish in Twofold Bay and intend trying the snapper grounds further out to sea at the weekend.

'The Southern Record and Advertiser'
22 June 1934
TOWAMBA.

* Mr. Alf. Tasker, senr., died suddenly last week.
* Mrs. E. I. Parker is a patient in a private hospital in Sydney.
* Work at the Sugarloaf Mine has been temporarily suspended. Pambula is fighting for a continuous telephone service.
* With only about thirty subscribers (about half the number listed at Candelo) telephones do not appear to be a popular investment in that centre, and the Department is apparently asking for more users in order to justify a continuous service.

'Magnet' July 28, 1934

* Mr. H. Umback at 'Sheepskin'.
* Winter has set in with a vengeance, cold and bleak with heavy frosts in the mornings.
* Mrs. MacDonald returned home after several months holiday in the city accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr.and Mrs. Hines. Mr. Hines is on the staff of the G.P.O.
* We are losing from our midst Mr.& Mrs. Curtis and family who have made themselves very popular by helping and attending most functions. They intend making their home on the north coast.
* Our local anglers have been getting some good hauls of fish in Twofold Bay and intend trying the snapper grounds further out to sea at the weekend.

'Magnet' September 1, 1934
A correspondent corrects a statement which recently appeared in the Magnet to the effect that 'Oaklands' Pambula was built by (afterwards Sir) William Manning, he says that 'Oaklands' was built by Messers J. & W. Walker and that Mr. Manning acquired it by purchase from them.

HUMOUR
GARDENER: 'I want a packet of May West seeds.
SHOP MAN: 'What do you mean?
GARDENER: ' The sort that will come up and see me some time.
* Jones was one of those nervous persons whose imagination, at times, afflicts them with all kinds of ills which never materialise. One afternoon, long before his usual hour for returning from business, he staggered into the house. He was bent forward, he tottered to a chair and still curled into a half moon shape, dropped into it. 'Mary', he gasped. 'It's come at last. There was no warning. All of a sudden I found I couldn't straighten up. I can't lift my head. Hurry for the doctor!'
When the doctor had seen the patient, Mrs. Jones enquired, fearing the worst.
'Is there any hope?'
'Well, Madam', said the doctor. ' It would help a good deal if he will unhitch the third buttonhole of his vest from the top button of his trousers.'

'Magnet' February 2, 1935
WYNDHAM
* Mr. George Edwards who has occupied Mrs. Pheeney's farm for the past twelve months held a clearance sale last Wednesday and has left the district.
* Whooping cough has been fairly prevalent amongst the children of the district, fortunately in a mild form.
* William Rixon and sons hold a special cattle sale on the 9th of February and a good yarding of cattle is anticipated .
* Rainfall for the month of January is registered locally as 341 points.

'Magnet' February 2, 1935
SAYINGS WORTH NOTING
* The greatest human achievement is to be useful.
* Until you attempt more, you will not accomplish more.
* The small deed is better than the grandest intention.
* To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.
* Your own breeding is your best security against other people's ill manners.
* If you cannot do great things you can do little things in a great way.
* A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man.
* A kite flies against the wind, not with it.

* You are master of the unspoken word. The spoken word is master of you. Think before you speak.
* Better to appreciate what you cannot have than to have what you cannot appreciate.
* Make one person happy a day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 people happy, for a time at least.

'Magnet' June 15, 1935
TOWAMBA TOPICS
* Weather conditions continue cold and frosty. A few warm sunny days would be appreciated.
* Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. G. Dickie on the arrival of a daughter.
* Mrs. Doyle was removed to Pambula Hospital last week. Latest reports are satisfactory.
* This is quite a building boom in our town. Mr. A.J. Clements' new house is nearing completion and a new wine saloon is being erected by contractor Thoms to the order of Mrs. E.I. Parker.
* Miss Elva McLeod has returned home after spending some weeks' holiday with her aunt, Mrs. R. McPherson of Eden.
* Mr. & Mrs. Boller's little son Ray is under treatment of Drs.Wing for an injury to the hand.

'Magnet' September 14, 1935
A WORD TO THE WISE
The codfish lays 10,000 eggs,
the lowly hen lays one;
the codfish never cackles
to tell you what she's done;
and so we scorn the codfish,
and the homely hen we prize -
which demonstrates to you and me
that it pays to advertise.


'Magnet' October 19, 1935
TOWAMBA
Light rain has fallen these last couple of days but heavier falls are urgently needed, the cultivation paddocks being so dry that many farmers have temporarily suspended planting operations in hopes of getting rain to help germination of crops.


'Magnet' October 26, 1935
Mr. J. Hartneady of Towamba had a bad turn on Thursday in last week.


'Magnet'
May 2, 1936
KIAH RIVER

* At a well attended meeting held in Kiah hall on the 26th ultimo it was decided to hold a hospital ball on May 29th. Mrs. R. J. Goward is secretary and with a strong committee to help her it should be a wonderful success.
* Heavy frost here this morning, the second so far, which is helping to ripen the maize.
* Dairying is still going ahead in our little centre, all hands are busy making provisions for the winter by filling pits, silo, etc.
* Those who have grown beans have received good prices for the green beans and also for seed.
* Mrs. Ken Rankin is in charge of our subsidised school.
* Mrs. E. H. Harris was an inmate of the Pambula Hospital for a few days last week but is now home and well. Jack Harris and Mrs. Ron Jones are both doing well after some weeks in hospital. They are expected home at the end of the week. We are pleased to see Mr. James McMahon Snr., is about again after his long illness.

'Magnet'
May 16, 1936
READ THIS OUT ALOUD

I had twelve bottles of whisky and my wife told me to empty the contents of each and every bottle down the sink. Being an obedient husband I proceeded to do as my wife desired and withdrew the cork from the first bottle. I poured the contents down the sink with the exception of one glass which I drank. I then drew the cork from the second bottle and did likewise with the exception of one glass which I drank. I extracted the cork from the third bottle, emptied the good old booze down the bottle except one glass which I devoured. I then got out the fourth cork and emptied the sottle down the bink except one glass which I accepted. Then I pulled the cork from the fifth sink and poured the bottle down the glass then I drank some. I pulled the bottle from the next cork and drank one sink out of it then I threw the rest down the drink. I pulled the sink out of the cork and poured the next bottle out of my throat and poured the cork down the sink, all but one sink which I sank. I pulled the next cork from my neck, poured the sink down the bottle and drank the cork which I drank. When I had them all emptied I steadied the house with one hand and counted the bottles which were twenty-four, I also counted them when they came around again and I had seventy-four and as the houses came round I counted them again and finally I had the houses and all the bottles counted. I proceeded to wash the bottles but could not get the bottles in the brush or sink so I turned them inside out except for the corks and washed them all under the taps and went upstairs and told my other half what I did and, Oh Boy! I have the wifest little nice in the world.

'Magnet' February 12, 1938
MOUNT DARRAGH
HOW IT WAS DISCOVERED
(To the Editor) (Some of the words are missing in this letter.)
Sir, I am about to write something here which I never wrote before, it is how I discovered the eminent mountain that bears my name - Mount Darragh. Well, Sir, many years ago, at a point about three miles on the road between Bega and Candelo, many times I have said to companions riding with me "I wonder what that conspicuous point is looking south-westerly from this place on the Bega road to the top of the range that runs for miles north and south ....range on which Mount Darragh....................attention-inviting peak.............and I often used to wonder where exactly the point stood. So, one day when out surveying I levelled the theodolite and turned the telescope in the direction in which my line was to proceed, and I told my men to continue clearing, as I believed I was somewhere in the vicinity of the mountain I wanted to see at close quarters. And my belief was correct, as I soon discovered, for I found that I was at the foot of that marvelous peak. So I started off, and I noticed that I was quickly rising over the top of what is now named Mount Darragh. When I reached the top of that lovely viewpoint, what a sight I beheld! I could see the vast Pacific gleaming in the sunlight, and the intervening Far South area from Mount Dromedary and the Tilba Tilba country to Mount Imlay on the south of Twofold Bay - a glorious panorama. I lost no time in writing to the heads of the Geodetic Branch informing them of my great discovery, and they lost no time in verifying my report and placing my discovery on permanent record. They immediately sent to the district a surveyor named Mr. Taylor, and he and his men felled all the trees on and near the summit and built a cairn on top of the peak whose name, is Mount Darragh, thanks to my discovery...........can be seen from the point on the Bega-Candelo road where I first noticed the peak whose site I was the first to discover. The name of the beacon or cairn must be named after the parish in which the beacon stands.
But my object in writing has reference to a matter that may be of even more importance than the discovery of the mountain, namely the purpose for which the mountain summit may be utilised. I have heard it stated that the Government intends to build an astronomical observatory on the top of Mount Darragh, and if that is done an astronomical station established there will be one of the most important in the world. It has occurred to me that an inquiry per medium of the "Magnet" may elicit authoritative information on the subject; hence this epistle. Thanking you in advance for the space to kindly accorded me.
Yours faithfully,
C.H.Darragh.

Magnet
August 16, 1979

TOWAMBA PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
A short meeting was held on Wednesday August 8th at Towamba School. The most pleasing thing to come from the meeting was a letter from the Geographical Names Board giving its approval for the naming of the creek running through Towamba to the Towamba River, 'Bens Creek'. This name was suggested by the Progress Association to honour Mr. Ben Beasley who after a great deal of service to the local community passed away last year.
It was decided that the Association would assist the local school with the transport of treated pine posts from Rocky Hall. This material is to be erected into fixed playground equipment.