Australian Town and Country Journal at KellyGang 16/10/1875 (3)

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The navvies term an important element of our population at present. There are some fine brawny fellows among them and it does one good to see them dispose of a quart of beer. There is a roadside inn which, I am told, keeps a 5 horse team going with barrels of "Stringy,” as they term it, for there gentlemen's consumption.

The earthwork is about finished up to the site of the terminus at Deniliquin.

South Deniliquin is built upon a narrow peninsular forged by the river and a lagoon nearly a mile in length running parallel to it; at present there is only a foot bridge across this lagoon to the terminus.

At the meeting of the municipal council, the may or notice to move that steps be taken to have piles driven at once to form the foundation of a bridge in a line with Napier street. That the Railway company would have a pile-driving engine here shortly, and the work could be done for £50. The council offer a reward of £10, supplemented with £25 from Alderman Davidson, for the conviction of the person who has wantonly destroyed some of the trees planted in the public street. A lawyer's letter from Inspector Broom was reed, demanding 10s change, said to be due to him. He had sent £1 to pay common fees for two horses of his own. and 10s was retained for two others, said to be Government horses. The report of the committee authorising the offer of a premium of £25, for the best design for a Town Hall was adopted.

A branch of the London Chartered Bank of Australia, was opened here on September 30th, under the management of Mr W A Orr. A Branch of the Bank of New South Wales was opened at Jerilderie, on 25th August, under the management of Mr R R Landale. There is very little building going on here at present; house rent is at an enormous figure.

Mr Hay, (our member) visited Deniliquin during the week, and was well received, as he deserves to be by all classes. We were hoping to have had a visit from the Premier, Mr Robertson, but it seems they used him up in Melbourne.

The arbitration case between Sir John O'Shannassy and the D and M Railway Co. is to come off to-morrow, at Mathoura.

They are preparing for a wholesale slaughter of kangaroos on Thule and Cabroon stations, owned by Messrs. Wolsely, Gibbs, and Co. It is estimated there are 10,000 kangaroos on the two stations, each consuming as much grass as two sheep. About 40 men are employed digging pits, erecting fences and making traps for their destruction

The Assize Courts open here on the 23rd inst, when some horrible cases will be tried, an addition to which was made at the Police Court this week. The Supreme Court cases are expected to last a week or ten days.

I should probably have had to record another death from drowning but for the gallant conduct of Mr John Ledwidge, a young gentleman living at Wanganlka. The man could not swim, and was helplessly struggling in the current when Mr Ledwldge made the hazardous, but successful attempt to save the drowning man. What makes the act the more graceful is his reticence on the subject.

Oakley Rorden, one of three men committed for trial for stealing tobacco, died in Deniliquin Gaol. He had been at tended by Dr Noyes, but the usual inquest was held, the jury being six prisoners and six free men, who found that deceased died from congestion of the lungs.

The public school has been closed the past week, In consequence of the prevalence of scarlatina in the town.

A number of men are employed attempting to launch the new steamer Wileannia, which got aground in a Billabong, near the Darling, mistaken for the river.

As to stook movements, it would take all your paper to record them. The country is alive with them; fat and store, some going back, some coming forward. There is a good market and good feed everywhere they go. Our corporation want a seal, and I fancy a sheep eating a wheatsheaf would not be a bad device. About 30,000 have crossed here this week and about 1000 bales of wool.


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