Category Archives: BRAITHWAITE

MID NORTH COAST TRAVELS

FLAME TREES AND JACARANDAS BIG RIVERS
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CROWN MOTEL GRAFTON
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BELLINGER SHIRE COUNCIL AND MUSEUM

While other elements of the family are travelling far and wide, we took a trip down the Mid North Coast. First stop was the CLARENCE , the huge river of which I have known so little till this year. I don’t know of any family contact in Grafton but it was RICHARD CRAIG (not known to be connected to us) who having escaped Moreton Bay as a young convict ,lived for a time with the Aboriginal People of the Coast and then having found his way to white settlement led the first known party of white folk back over the mountains to the Clarence.  Also one of the Sanders Lads, my Great Uncle,brother of Grandfather John George Sanders, was named CLARENCE MACLEAY SANDERS.

From Grafton we went South to the BELLINGER which IS significant to the Family. BRAITHWAITES are early settlers in this town. Joyce and Bruce Bell spent their honeymoon in Urunga at the Mouth of the Bellinger and the family have lived on Bellinger since the early 1970s and married into local families.

Kati B and IMM live there now as do the BRAITHWAITES – Doreen and Gordon.

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KALANG HILLS

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HUT MUSEUM IN MACKSVILLE ON THE NAMBUCCA.

From Kalang on the Bellinger – well actually on the KALANG which is one arm thereof – we took a day trip to Bowraville and MACKSVILLE where my father BRUCE SANDERS spent childhood holidays at the home of his cousins, the ROWE family.

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WATER RAT RIVER CRUISES AT URUNGA ON THE BELLINGER.NOV HPLS GRAFTON TO PORT MACdays 4 065
METHODIST SECTION OF URUNGA CEMETERY  LOOKING OUT TO SEA OVER THE LAGOON.

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BOATSMAN’S COTTAGE SOUTH WEST ROCKS

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FROM the Bellinger we went south to South West Rocks to see the Boatsmen’s Cottages where one of the Sanders went to live after the mouth of the Macleay was changed. Took a look at TRIAL BAY GAOL and then came on through KINCHELA on the MACLEAY, the Macleay being one of the major rivers in the family history,

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A RESTORED HOUSE IN KINCHELA.
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HISTORY OF KINCHELA CREEK.
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ACROSS THE MACLEAY NEAR KINCHELA
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SMITHTOWN HALL

On the Macleay past Kinchela is SMITHTOWN. Pete Lawson from PASPALUM wrote a song about SMITHTOWN his home song and its on the STICKY GRASS PUDDING PASPALUM CD.

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FREDO PIE SHOP FREDERICKTON

We pressed on for lunch to Frederickton, where the SANDERS family and many connections are laid to rest. Lunch, I decided was worth a try at FREDO’s PIES even as Vegetarians. Haven’t seen it for a good few years and it is expanded without losing any flavour at all. Good Seating, delightful service and a range of vego pies which perfectly suited our taste. That on top of all the meat varieties. For dessert – GRAMMAR PIE with REAL CREAM.

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Thence to FREDERICKTON CEMETERY. I was told years ago that it was because of flood danger that the Cemetery was set here on the hill and not on the flat ground near the river in Kinchela and other low lying areas.

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EDRED SANDERS

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TRAVELLING THE MID NORTH COAST

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BRAITHWAITE CONNECTIONS

Now my children are BRAITHWAITES.

Thanks to their Father ROBERT LESLIE BRAITHWAITE I have the following links :

 

THESE LINKS CONNECT TO THE BRABYNS, MILLS, MADDALENAS, KNIGHTS, VIDLERS, BRAITHWAITES, SULLIVANS.

 

    • ONE OF THE BRAITHWAITE ANCCESTORS WAS JOHN BRABYN AND “John and his daughter Jennifer Ann returned to  Sydney with the family silver which was John’s heritage, sailing on the ship “Hercules“. ” THIS WAS THE SAME VOYAGE AS THE ONE ON WHICH ANN MORAN SAILED AS CONVICT IN 1801.

BELLINGER NOTES FROM THE NLA NEWSPAPERS

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BELLINGEN BRIDGE 2008

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article692605

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE : COASTERS IN 1847.

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BELLINGER CEDAR IN 1847

NORTHERN CEDAR.-On Monday last we noticed the arrival of some extraordinarily large logs of cedar, by the new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, Market Wharf: Since then we have learnt that one-half the cargo (30,000  feet cedar) is the produce of only one tree, the parent of the immense logs first noticed. This interesting specimen of Bellinger produce yielded about 15,000 feet sawn timber, and realised in Sydney upwards of one hundred guineas. The purchase, we believe, has been made for the China market; and as the quality of this cedar is correspondent with its magnitude, it will tend, we trust, to increase the growing repute of Australian cedar with the Celestials.-S. M. Herald, August 19. 1847

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article692605

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693044

THE SCHOONER . VIXEN. -We are happy to state that this vessel, which has for some

time past been given up by most persons as lost, arrived in the harbour in safely on

Tuesday evening. Captain Stevens informs us, that after leaving this port for Newcastle

on the 17th July, he experienced nothing but heavy gales from the westward, and was

driven to a distance of about four hundred miles off the land, which he did not make

again until the 7th ultimo, when be spoke the ketch Brothers, of Sydney, (being then

off the Bellinger River) in a very distressed state, but could render her no assistance, as

the gale had not abated. Captain Stevens then bore up for the Richmond River, and 

from thence has brought on a full cargo of cedar.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693881

The new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, and which arrived in Sydney a few weeks since,

has been purchased by Captain Hovenden, of the schooner Harlequin, for the sum of  £905. –

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 July 1848, page 2. News 2766 words

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article710635

 

A new three-masted schooner called the Helen arrived in Harbour on Wednesday

last, from the Bellinger River, having been built there by Mr. M’Donald, for Messrs.

Inder and Tebbutt, of Sydney. She is about 90 tons builder’s measurement, and her di-

mensions nr:- 73 feet over keel, 17 feet beam and 7 feet depth of hold. She has on board

45,000 feet cedar

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 26 July 1848, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article711021

 

The Phoenix, from the Clarence River,

was compelled to seek shelter at the Seal

Rocks on Saturday last, from the southerly

gale, and remained there twenty-four hours.

The schooner Secret, from Moreton Bay, and

the Jane Scott, from the Bellinger River,

were lying there wind-bound on Sunday

morning

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680322

MURDERS BY THE BLACKS.- Intelligence was received yesterday, in Sydney, from the Bellinger River, dated the 17th inst. stating
that Daniel Devlin, His wife, and Dennis Cheyne, all living on John Robertson’s cedar cutting station, had been inhumanly murdered by the blacks. The same letter also states that a civilized black, who had been living for a considerable time with Commissioner Massie, had been decoyed away and murdered by the Maitland tribe on the M’Leay River. The white population of these districts are said to be out in pursuit of tbe savages. The particulars may be expected in Sydney in a few days. Mrs. Devlin has left a child nine months old. Her parents
reside at the Five Islands.-Herald, Mar. 30. 1846

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article702844

 

The Star of China has made a fair passage of fourteen days from Auckland, notwithstanding she had experienced exceedingly
had weather along the coast. She was off the Bellinger River on the 23rd instant, having been driven out of her course by south-west
winds and strong northerly currents. On Friday last, she was compelled to seek shelter in Seal Rock Bay, where she remained about
thirty hours ; and on Sunday put into Port Stephens, from whence she sailed on Tuesday morning.

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 2 June 1849, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article700673

The master of the schooner Fama, David
Dennis, was drowned at the Bellinger River,

on the 22nd July, by the capsizing of a boat

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 September 1849, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article695589

THE STEAMER ” PHOENIX.”-A rumour has been in circulation, since the arrival from the

Richmond River of the ketch Pelican, that the Phoenix was on the bar at the Clarence. The

news was communicated by some blacks to one of the passengers by the Pelican, but in the

absence of more authentic information we would hope that the rumour is without foundation.

People’s Advocate, March 16.-Rumours were rife in town last night that the Phoenix steamer,

now 14 days overdue on her return trip from the Clarence to Sydney, had been wrecked on her

passage thither. We give the rumour as it reached us, and believe it to have originated in

a report of the blacks, of their having discovered some bags of flour and other articles of a description likely to have been an up-country cargo, on

the line of coast, floated ashore between the Bellinger and Richmond Rivers-Bell’s Life,

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 20 March 1850, page 2.

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READ ON AT THE LINKS ABOVE FOR MORE BELLINGER TALES. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA. BRAVO !

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more tales of BELLINGEN and the 19th Century in the Colony on :

http://melindakendall.wordpress.com/

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THE BRIDGE AT GLENIFFER (NAMED BY A CRAIG ANCESTOR) NEVER NEVER CREEK GLENIFFER VALLEY

 

http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne%27s-heritage-web-site

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THE BELLINGER IN THE NLA NEWSAPERS

THE family of the father of my children is a BRAITHWAITE as are they with a long history in BELLINGEN NSW.

So – tonight – some snippets from the NLA.

SHIPPING NEWS A STORM AT SEA

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article670437

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 23 November 1844, page 3. News

 

THE SCHOONER BONNIE DUNDEE

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680149

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 25 March 1846, page 2