Alexandra Times at KellyGang 16/12/1876

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(see start No 5)


No. 6


From the coal miles it is about four miles to Bridge Creek, where some very good land abuts on the road, and extends for a long distance inland, land that cannot be excelled. It is partly scrubby or heavily timbered, but the greater part open country, this being more noticeable the further you go up stream.

Now comes Mr R Feehan's wild cattle station, which needs no comment, as it is almost utterly useless; then at Screw Creek for reach Mr SJ Laycock’s where we ? sure of a welcome - indeed I do not know what travellers would do but for this gentleman and his good lady, as from the time you leave Mr Carew's at the Krleunda coal miles there is not a house or habitation to be seen by any person travelling on the South Gipps Land main road, and at the squatter's twelve miles ahead, if you ? "old Jack's,” you will be snarled and growled at in anything but a pleasant manner. Mr Laycock has made some improvements, and sown down English grasses. He keeps some fine boats, nets, guns, dogs, &c., which with its splendid situation make this place a perfect Paradise to a sportsman.

Twelve miles further on, through some good land, though the ti-tree grows densely in places, you reach old Jack's, at the crossing of the Tarwin River, where one must be hard to please if he does not regret to part with Jack. In the day time he will give you amusements such as shooting, hunting, and fishing, and as he would scorn to sell any of the game, you will find it on the table all hot, and I'll warrant good; then he regales you at night with stories and reminiscences of past exploits and hair breadth 'scapes, which it put in proper trim would rival Mayne Reid's or Gerstacker's scenes amongst the Indians or the pirates of the Mississippi.

George Black's run, commonly called Tarwin station, lies near. He has about 3,000 acres of purchased land and any amount of back country, and his clover flats could not be beat in the Goulburn valley. He has some of the finest sheep in the district, about 2000 hand of cattle, and 300 horses, and their quality is well known, his yearly drafts being eagerly sought after. The sires he uses are thoroughbreds and Clydesdales of the beat stamp. From Black's station to Waratah Bay, a distance of 15 miles, there is room for hundreds of selecrors, and land fit for either agricultural or grazing purposes. There is plenty of lime to be had for the burning, and as it is close to the lime and marble quarries at the bay, it offers inducements to the selector such as few other districts can boast of.

Gold is found in minute quantities, but the prospecting done is rude - indeed it is like what Government prospectors would do. As an old miner I think no place in the colony offers a better field,. It Is near the famous Turton's and Stockyard Creek, where mining is in a very depressed state just now. Mr Black’s cry to the selector is "Stay away - there is no room for you." My advice is to come. There is good land, good homesteads can be raised, and it is within 12 or 13 miles of a shipping port. For grazing cattle there is it splendid road to Melbourne.

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