THE TWEED BETWEEN 1869 AND 1892

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SOMEWHERE IN THIS PERIOD JOHN BELL SUSTAINED THE INJURIES THAT TOOK THEM SOUTH TO LAURIETON. WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM ? “THEY” SAY IT WAS AN ACCIDENT IN THE CANE.

1872 http://www.family.joint.net.au/indexnew.php?mid=1&cid=43

DISTANCE 566 MILES NORTH OF SYDNEY 

MAIL CLOSES AT GENERAL POST BY CLARENCE RIVER STEAMERS, AND BY SAILING VESSELS
AS OPPORTUNITY OFFERS
MAIL ARRIVES AT POST TOWN SUNDAY 4 P.M. AND BY SAILING VESSELS AS OPPORTUNITY
OFFERS
MAIL LEAVES FOR SYDNEY TUESDAY 8 A.M. AND BY SAILING VESSELS AS OPPORTUNITY
OFFERS
MAIL ARRIVES AT SYDNEY BY CLARENCE AND RICHMOND RIVER STEAMERS, AND BY SAILING
VESSELS

ROUTE BY CLARENCE AND RICHMOND RIVER STEAMERS, KYNNUMBOON.
 
INCLUDES NORMAN AND JOHN BELL AT KYNNUMBOON.

from the BRISBANE COURIER TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER 1877 page 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1368785

The heat had been intense but was now intermittent with a sky ominously overcast. They had had showers and a thunderstorm had passed over.

The sugar mill mentioned in this article is called the ABBOTSFORD SUGAR MILL but I haven’t so far found another reference to it. Certainly the only Mill on the Tweed now is the CONDONG mill. Down at the TWEED HISTORICAL SOCIETY, there is an image of BELL’s Wharf which I shall purchase next time I am there. When I first looked, I didn’t realise the presence of the Bells in this area. The article in the BRISBANE COURIER of 1877, speaks of field operations and crushing going on ‘ merrily’. They have a complement of 20-25 men and in the field they are supervised by Mr Byrne and in the crushing by MR BELL. I shall approach the Murwillumbah Hospital one day and see whether they have any records that might explain the ‘accident’ which invalided John Bell. This Mr Bell at the mill might or might not be John. It is a year before his marriage to Mary Ann McNeil. There may well have been other Bells here  but Norman is not likely to be one of them because his children are being born down south by then. 

There was also an ascent being made to the top of MT WARNING to have a display of fireworks on the summit for CHRISTMAS. We seem to be somewhat lacking in vision in 2008. They were making a picnic party of the excursion with several gentlemen from Brisbane expected to attend.

The COLONIAL SUGAR REFINING COMPANY was acquiring land for extensions.

Two public schools are noted; MURWILLUMBAH and JUNCTION.

 

In 1879 and 1881, Tenders were taken for the conveyance of the MAILS

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article899633

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 16 August 1879, page 3.

Nerang Creek and Murwillumbah, to Mudgeraba and Tallebudgera, by horse, twice a week, for one or two years.

 

and http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article819901

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 17 September 1881, page 3

Lismore and Kynnumboon or Murwillumbah,

once a week.

3. Lismore and Tirrania, once a week.

84. Lismore, Wollongbar, Alstonville, and BallinB,

once a week.

85. Kynnumboon or Murwillumbah, and Tumbulgum

three times a week.

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In 1882 JOHN WAUGH was manager of the COMMERCIAL BANK in MURWILLUMBAH.  

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3453268

The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 25 November 1885, page 3

Constable Biffin, of the New South Wales police, deposed to the arrest and search of prisoner at Murwillumbah, on the 22nd Sep-tember. He deposed to the jewellery produced being that found by him in prisoner’s boxes.

READ ON FOR A FELONY IN INSOLVENCY AND YOUNG ADOLPH GROSSMAN

 

 

IN 1887 A ROYAL MAIL COACH ran from TALLEDBUDGERA TO MURWILLUMBAH daily except for MONDAYS at 7 am. and one from MURWILLUMBAH TO TALLEBUDGERA daily except for MONDAYS at 12.30pm.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3461689

TWEED ROADS, &c http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1332348

IN 1889, MRS BLEKINSOP’s EMPLOYMENT AGENCY in BRISBANE was seeking a cook and a laundress for an hotel in MURWILLUMBAH

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3492278

The Brisbane Courier Monday 11 February 1889, page 2.

1889 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3494704
The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 10 April 1889, page 4

Customs officer R. B. Downie, stationed at
Tallebudgera, reports to the Collector of
Customs, under date 4th April, that during
last month he patrolled the border from the
Murwillumbah Crossing to the Tweed River
Heads. The roads, especially between Talle-
budgera and the border, are in a very bad

state from the recent heavy rains. During the
month there arrived by coaoh from New South
Wales five passengers, while seven passengers
left for New South Wales during the same
period. A good number of swagmen have
been going over to the Tweed in search of
work. The country in the neighbourhood of
Tallebudgera is looking exceedingly well, and
there is plenty of grass and water.

 

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1891 JANE HARRISON v JOHN HARRISON
he Brisbane Courier Thursday 19 March 1891, page 3
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3523756
 

 

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GoldCoastHistory 1851 – 1900  http://www.goldcoast.com.au/about-gold-coast/gold-coast-history-2.html

Joshua Bray – (1838-1918) http://www.tweedhistory.org.au/murwillumbah/bray.shtml

ABSTRACT In March 1864 Samuel returned with his wife and child, shortly after them Joshua Bray joined them and they became partners. In 1865 Joshua returned to Tumut and became engaged to Rosalie (called Gertrude). He returned to the Tweed with a carpenter who built him a house of pit saw timber, Joshua named the house, ‘Kynnumboon’, an Aboriginal name for the land on which it was built. Joshua and Gertrude were married in Armidale NSW, they then went by gig to Singleton, train to Newcastle and boat to Sydney for a short honeymoon. They returned to the Tweed going by boat to Brisbane, Qld. and then rode down to the Tweed on horseback.

NEW SOUTH WALES SHIPWRECKS http://oceans1.customer.netspace.net.au/nsw-wrecks.html

Byron. Wooden screw steamship, 145/99 tons. #101024. Built at Terrigal, NSW, 1891, as a schooner; reg. Sydney, 75/1891. Lbd 96.2 x 20.4 x 8.1 ft. Sprang a leak in a gale and abandoned off Lake Macquarie, off Nine Mile Beach, Red Head, NSW, 24 May 1896. The Newcastle lifeboat rescued the crew. See also topsail schooner Condong and barquentine Karoola lost in the same gale.  [LN – 99 tons],[ASR],[MR],[SAN],[BNN]
@ Wrecksite known, south-east of Redhead Point.

NEW SOUTH WALES SHIPWRECKS http://oceans1.customer.customer.netspace.net.au/nsw-main.html

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Murwillumbah http://www.smh.com.au/news/New-South-Wales/Murwillumbah/2005/02/17/1108500197934.html

ABSTRACT

Sugarcane was first grown in the valley in 1869 as free selectors began to take up land. However, two years later, a visitor noted that the river was covered on both sides by dense scrub with but a few dispersed dwellings. One of the selectors – Joshua Bray (the future police magistrate) – is said to have adopted the name ‘Murwillumbah’ from the local Aborigines. It is thought to describe either a good place for camping beside the river or a good place to catch possums.

The townsite was surveyed in 1872. The post office was transferred from Kynnumboon (just to the north) in 1877, the school was transferred from Tumbulgum in 1878, a courthouse was built and the first bank was established in 1880. The first sugar mill in the area also opened in 1880. A ferry service replaced the punt in 1888. However, settlement remained limited until the railway arrived in 1894 from Lismore via Mullumbimby

Cane Farming – Getting Established http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Museum/History/Content/sugar1.aspx

 

Sunshine Sugar http://www.sunshinesugar.com.au/sust_energy.htm

 

Cane cutter knife c.1950s http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibition/objectsthroughtime/caneknife/

 

TWEED RIVER MANAGEMENT PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

November 1998 http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Waterways/pdfs/rm_bankmanagementplan.htm

 

Kynnumboon Bridge, Queensland Rd,Murwillumbahhttp://www.aussieheritage.com.au/listings/nsw/Murwillumbah/KynnumboonBridge/5422

 

THE NORTH COAST TRAIN LINE AS IT ONCE WAS 

Casino – Old Casino 6/11/1905
Old Casino – Lismore 19/10/1903
Lismore – Mullumbimby 15/5/1894
Mullumbimby – Murwillumbah 24/12/1894
Murwillumbah – Condong 24/12/1894

http://fang.omni.com.au/trains/Murbah.html 

 

Australia’s sugar industry

By Robert F. McKillop

http://www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRa.htm

 

 

 

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