Category Archives: URUNGA

SAME DAY OFF

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We have two dogs here. They lie about and they hang their heads. I am impressed by it. They stretch and look yearningly towards a distant horizon.

DSCF6213 This looks like truly being a day off. I am without inspiration. I have Margaret Throsby on the radio due to the intermittent 2BBB reception I have here. Shabbos days suit me with Margaret Throsby on Classic FM and then Richard Fydler on  the other ABC, having conversations. When the Earth begins to shimmer and I am in a period of non-normal re-establishment, then the ABC steadies me. Walking on solid ground. The NORCO man has just delivered the hay for the horses and the dogs have given their mandatory pack dog bark.  My mind is still out on the river where my body hasn’t been for a very long time.

We have quite a network of waterways here. I had been planning to go on the WATER RAT and take a good look about but the Water Rat has disappeared. It was only in the last month that I found out it had been washed away in the 2009 floods – along with many other things.

water ratThis one old site shows some details of the Water Rat Cruises – as they were and the image has my parents seated on board waving.

http://www.coffs.tv/coffs/attractions/outdoor/WaterRatRiverCruises.htm

or http://www.bellingen.com/mainogabuna/urunga_activities.htm

The fact of the WATER RAT being washed out to sea is one of those things that has created the shimmering ground for me. Have a look at it. Secure. Steady. Like the African Queen. It was supposed to be here when I came back. How am I to enjoy the River without her ?

 

Well the Water Rat is gone – possibly more disturbing for the owners than for me. The Hobies are in Ulmarra and I am left with the Access Dinghies on the Kalang.  (Kalang being the Southern Arm of the Bellinger). Not only that but the Black Cat is making itself at home in here – along with the dogs and the chooks.

As for me, I am left then with Rod Stewart, I suppose. He does have a rousing crowd in the background.

 

I live a very timid life. I take photographs in a timid manner. I look at the river askance – timidly.  I write timid blog entries and host Facebook Pages in a timid manner. I really think I need Humphrey Bogart rather than Rod Stewart.

I wonder what TIMID actually does mean. From my favourite aged dictionary which I  found at the red Cross Market in Murwillumbah :

TIMID: timorous and shy. wanting courage. faint-hearted.  from the French and Latin – timidus, timere = TO FEAR.

DSCF6088No matter. The Sailing Club is here and its a new world to me. I have, in the past, been on river in tinnies and rowboats and wooden boats and lilos – now is the time for the Pirates. They fly the Pirate Flag at Sail Urunga. And those dinghies looked pretty good to me.

Pirates are OK.

 

 

 

ONE DAY OFF

 http://www.bellingencourier.com.au/

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PELICANS IN URUNGA JUNE 2010  
   

I have been active now for several days in a row. I, therefore, put the brakes on now. I shall shabbos the day.  I would perhaps do well to add to my “METHINKS SHE DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH” site, due to my being irritable and tooshy, Lolling about in the Raleigh sunshine bemoaning the state of the world. I have attempted to restrict my righteous indignation to the METHINKS blog.

Now, lets see where the thinking leads.

We went down to the River on Sunday to watch the boats. Sail Urunga is underway and Sailability is coming.  I didn’t go out on the boat but that’s what I would like to do next.

Sail Away Days. I hadn’t thought I would need the special access dinghies but due to collapsing knees, it looks like I shall. I had planned to be rowing on the water. In Ulmarra, Edwina was lining us up for the Hobey Craft she had but we left before using them.

In front of me are the access dinghies, so I guess that’s where I begin.

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http://www.sailability.org/clubs.cfm#Australia

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pedal boats

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CHRISTMAS WEEK

I am not successfully ‘ doing’ Christmas this year. I successfully DID my 60th birthday and that’ has been a fine satisfaction – but Christmas has me ‘stonkered’. The MOB from Armidale have gone South to the family of the daughter-in-law – way up back of Eden.  Kati B and IMM are in Bellingen and within one month of the baby’s coming. 17th January its due. And We are in Ulmarra.

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Living within some health frameworks determines a fair percentage of my lifestyle and sometimes I forget about it and when my body doesn’t come on the ride my mind and dreams want to take it on,  my Spirit sits down in a corner, discouraged. Internet life is SO good. When I find going out a bit tough then, the electronic door opens and I have the world right here with me.

I haven’t done Christmas Cards. I would be lucky this season to ‘ think my way out of a paperbag’. The mail today, however brought two cards – one from my very old and legally blind Auntie Jean, whom I have loved since I was a baby and still do,  and the other from ‘Your Old Postie’.  Took me all the way back to childhood in Belmore. A card from the Postie. That’s why I LOVE villages.

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When I woke this morning and entered the FaceBook world, My niece, Cassandra Pomroy, was online on chat and while I was here in Australia with friesian cows and galahs, she was in Brixton, London with SNOW all about her. CP is off adventuring in Europe – in love with London. She was working in a cinema but the work visa is run out and now she is at a vego co-op.

She sent me the backyard snow photo on the left.

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The Leader of the MOB once set a thought off in my mind. Well, actually , he sent thoughts off in my mind most of his life and still does and this was one of the ones which has helped me in many situations ever since. I don’t recall the words but what it said to me was that all the ingredients of Christmas were a part of the process and all of them were needed for the memories.

That being so, then it doesn’t so matter what I FEEL about today or Xmas Week – I just put it in the Mix and it will one day settle into whatever it is meant to do.

The white egrets across the road with the black cows and our trip to Iluka. Izzy and I went to Iluka – and liked it. There were pelicans at Iluka I like pelicans. I guess I won’t know what this Christmas is about till all the parts have been added up and the Whole becomes greater than the Sum of its Parts. Pelicans with a new Camera in an hitherto unvisited North Coast Village.  We also have the background theme of WAITING for the Kati B’s new baby. Her first Baby.

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And 50 Scrabble Games on Facebook going at all times with people from all over the World – excluding Canada and the USA.

I took myself down south to Bellingen for her Baby Shower. I had never been to one before. I was from the Hippy and liberated Feminist era and we didn’t DO baby Showers. Kati B is much the same but the Good Friends  she has made since she came home to Bello wanted to hold one and they did. Kati B and IMM lived for years in the middle of Sydney and liked it . Now they are back in a Country Town and have some Good Friends.  We did baby Shower in the afternoon.

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Next day, Hannah had organised Barefoot Bowls at the Bello Bowling Club. Babies and Children and beautiful young parents and pregnant girls. Much as it was when we first came north in the 70s in the  Hippy Train – but now integrated and solidly part of the community. The towns are coming back to Life. It was Hot and just as Summer in Bello should be.

Little ones with names like Echo and Jet.

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Its 1 1/2 hours from Bello to Ulmarra and its 80kms back to Coffs Harbour which is what we did the next day or so. Izzy is a Mac Man and the Mac Shop is on the Pacific Highway in Coffs. He has had his little Mac G4 for 5 years and it had begun to resist the latest internet advances so we hopped into the Starwagon and now he has the latest Mac.

Already, it seems to have re-ignited his academic interest in his Melinda and research is back on. Suits me – I find myself very peaceful back in the 19th Century.

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We turned into Red Rock and Corindi – 2 more villages i hadn’t visited before. I have lived on the North Coast since the early 1970s with a brief break to return to Sydney from 1987-1994. These villages are the ones I have seen signs to for many years but not turned off the Highway to explore.  Now that I seem to be North Coast ‘ doomed’ for the moment, I am Exploring.

I think I spent one night in red Rock in 1973 with Tony Bahles. A sleep in our Commer Van when returning from Brisbane but that memory is just a flash. Then, gentle English Tom at Brigalow once asked me to come for a ride on his motor bike for a pie at red Rock- that’s about 10 years back but I was too timid and didn’t go.

Now my interest has been re-awakened by the Red Rock Stories that the Hegedus Family tells me when I am down at the Wide River Cafe.

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Izzy was booked for 4 gigs in a row and I decided to go to just one – my favourite – the Wide River on Sunday. Good idea – however , Sunday Rained and it was a washout. That’s the sort of Xmas I am having so far. “Almost but not Quite” sort of a season.

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However, in this adding up of the parts to discover the greater whole , I am driven to treat my naturally depressive, eremitic nature very consciously.  Humour is one of the elements. The POST CHRISTMAS SALE at RETRAVISION in the week BEFORE Christmas was pretty funny.

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For Beauty and Sheer Pleasure, there is Summer Fruit. Izzy won a tray at the SQUATTER’S REST JAM NIGHT. We have also discovered the NORTH STREET FRUIT MARKETS under a house in North Street near Carr’s Creek. Good fruit and vegies and excellent prices. The fruit looks good on Andrew’s wooden table that he has lent us.

This could well be a retrospective Season of Joy for me.

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We found the VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL RESTAURANT yesterday. Someplace in the back streets. I found their site on Facebook and it looked like a good crew and so it proved to be. Kati B likes beer gardens and counter lunches and the Clarence excels in them. I have more to try. I did like the Crown Hotel  on the river in Grafton but last time we tried to eat there we encountered very poor service and the ‘cannot feed a vegetarian’ treatment. We actually left and went round the corner to ROCHES’ FAMILY HOTEL which fed us very well and was busy. Then there is our own ULMARRA HOTEL which has a beer garden right on the River, top cooking and great service. Brekkie and lunch 7 days a week and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

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I have 4 round balls from JACK A DANDY. That’s Ulmarra’s gift shop with Paul in charge. They are Xmas balls even though we don’t have a tree this year. There is one white bear for the baby coming in January. Danged depression.

I hang in one day and then another and the emotions will make sense again soon for me and the white bear.

FOLLOWING UP ON PAST IMAGES

These are simply images and thoughts arising from the imagery.

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Each day I take my lunch at the Wide River Cafe. Not on Mondays due to its being closed on Mondays. I take the Cold Remedy , read the newspapers, chat with the Andrew and the girls and generally enjoy a daily routine which I don’t recall having before. Its not hectic in Ulmarra at lunchtimes although the BUSHFIRE BRIGADE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS are there and were doing an “exercise’ yesterday to make sure that we were all firesafe.

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While I am in the Village, I spend some time in ULMARRA BOOKS and BRIC A BRAC, chat for a while with our GentleMan BookMan and, in general, just indulge in the sheer pleasure of a book shop of this size and nature. This one is a treasure trove. I always enjoy being in the hands of an Expert, no matter what field it is in. In this shop I am guaranteed EXPERTISE in its most agreeable form.

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I have lived for four years in a tiny cottage. Exquisite with wonderful views of the Bilambil Valley – but tiny. Now I live in a HOUSE. A house which my family come to visit.  Last weekend, my daughter, Kati B and I spent the evening at the card table from Dolores, playing YAHTZEE. A ruthless game night it was.

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COLD AND WINDY

Following a few warm and pleasant days, the cold winds come from the west. They brought the brolgas out into the paddock opposite. Blue Brolgas, Jenni at Wide River told me. Thats because they’re grey.  The fridge is once again supposed to arrive today.After 2.30pm. Yesterday I purchased 2 beds and they are to come on Monday. I am feeling very DELAYED this week. Kati B couldn’t get anyone to feed the horses on Saturday so she’s off till next weekend and the Sunshine People are likewise postponed and here it is COLD and WINDY.

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No matter. I have work to do. The Net is allowing a little more access than is usual. I can work on my father’s 2/3 Pioneer site. I can continue unpacking and decorating. And I can wait for the Fridge. 

AFTER THE FLOOD

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I AM looking for the big birds this morning but they are not there. The waters are still there a little but that’s splendid. Wetlands it is. Traffic is back on Coldstream Street. I rather liked the boats and the young newspaper boy delivering on his pushbike through axle deep water.

Time for some reflection.

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Its less than a month ago that the Quinns from ILNAM ESTATE WINERY were in the garage of LINDEN LEA helping us to load the ALPHA TRUCK for the move. Lachlan and Mark proved to be as good at packing as they are at being friends and that’s rather good.

The rain is back this morning. I seem to be suffering from post flood traumatic stressed syndrome.  Overreacting to the slightest drop of water. The empty cattle trucks are heading east this morning. I don’t know whether they are planning to bring the cattle back down onto this grazing land or not – as yet. Flocks of birds are flying over. Hundreds of water birds. 

 
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Soon as we had moved in here, I was off to Armidale. This is part of our intention to embrace this area. The autumn trees were in full colour up there and the nights were cold.

Armidale also has a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre which seems to work very effectively. I think that by the time people find themselves in that situation, they begin to take it very seriously indeed.  Cold and Detoxing are not easy companions.

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Fortunately, I was there for celebration – not for detoxification.

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Celebration did mean KidsWorld. That was an experience. It did keep the Kids busy for 2 1/2 hours.

   
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Driving back down the Mountain was somewhat more intimidating even than Kids World. At the time we didn’t know that we were driving into the prelude to the next flood. The roads were mist and rain obscured. It was cold and bleak. Within the week, the Dorrigo Mountain Road was again closed due to flooding and landslides. A few years back I drove through the Tallimoble Fires not knowing that just behind me the Highway was being closed and this was similar.

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We wrapped that trip up with lunch at URUNGA before I caught the train back to Grafton. URUNGA is our HOMETOWN. We eat at the cafe in the arcade and IT IS GOOD.

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URUNGA AND THE FLOODS

As is usual, the news bulletins lasted the duration of the crisis and then took their cameras off to newer fresher disasters leaving the DAMAGED to take care of themselves. Via my sister,  I have heard a little more. Difficult to imagine. One of the houses which has been condemned is nowhere near the sea or the river. 

floods-09This was no ordinary flood in Urunga…….80 cars were flooded and heaps of homes. Nearly all the shops had water through them… the museum, preschool and under Tambar Ct …. all the flats in Orara St … the whole of Newry Island was evacuated and heaps of homes had water through them… Julie and Steve had 7 ft of water through their house and it came from across the road. They said it happened so fast they felt lucky to have got out….they lost their car and the house has been condemned….there are heaps of people the same.

From S.P. 

floods-dorrigo-2Image from RTA of DORRIGO BELLINGEN ROAD. 

Bit hard to take in. My thoughts are with the Urunga and Bellingen people and even with Coffs Harbour, our traditional “enemies”. 

VALE BRAD

It seems that it was indeed Brad.  I am only getting this from my Facebook kids so far but they say it was a heart attack. My sister told me about Liz Allen and Kerry Marsh also passing away and these are sad times in URUNGA. Years back when I was teaching at Urunga, we lost several people in a cluster like this and the grief counsellor was called in to address the school and spoke of the Angel of Death HOVERING over the town. I found that a little disconcerting.

Turning away from the jokes, It is sad. Brad kept Staffies and Tyrone, a big pit bull. Our Staffie, Odin, who was gentle and timid and kindly by nature, always flared up when in sight or smell of Ty and then battle would ensue. We couldn’t leave the pair of them off at the same time. They were both rascals. 

Urunga is one of those small towns which breed one million tales of eccentricity and humour.  I shall get to the stories bit by bit. But not today. 

BACK FROM KATI B’s 30 BIRTHDAY

Following a Christmas which was surprisingly pleasant – I took off South to Kati B for her 30th and for Xmas with The Kids. I live on the ‘glorious’ Gold Coast/Tweed. Gateway to the Tourist Destination of Australia. Foto to the right is said Gateway. The Portal. A few years back, the astounding decision to close the railway line from Murwillumbah to Casino was taken and now we all hop onto assorted petrol consuming coaches and hurtle through the countryside, in an out of wee villages and along narrow roads to meet at Casino Railway Station and take the XPT to destinations South.  I have a curious addiction to Public Transport. I have even been known to willingly purchase and consume the Railway Hot Meal option.  The last one I had was labelled – BEST USE BEFORE 2011. Now, there’s a comfort.

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WAITING FOR THE  COUNTRYLINK COACH AT TWEED CENTRO. SALUBRIOUS INDEED.

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Once on board the Coach, the economic sanity of the coach use is evident. Wedged in,we were. They didn’t even show us a video this time. In fact they didn’t do any of the usual friendly greetings. Ah well ! Casino saw me on the train and in the Day Sitter. First Class on my pensioner voucher. The Gentleman at Murwillumbah Railway Station has specially booked me into the DaySitter. He is truly a GentleMan, the Countrylink Man at Murbah. I like to get my tickets there. The entire station sits there immaculate and unused except for his small booking office. Be that as it may, he takes time to make sure the seating suits me and is without fail courteous . I do not however think I will take the Day Sitter again. 

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Quote of the Day:
Houses should be more like ovens. Self-insulating and self-cleaning!
–rdude
(while cleaning room)

KATE’S BIRTHDAY

Today Kate is 30 years old.  he celebrated in Kalang and Izzy and I took lunch here fresj from our garden to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE.

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Izzy picked the Lebanese cucumbers and chives and chillis from the garden and I practised my banana chair skills whilst reading one of the books Mad O’Brian has lent me. We had planned this  for yesterday but the invite to lunch at Panorama Drive caused us to postpone it for one day. Both days were equally delightful.

 

Tomorrow I take the coach and train South to Urunga to be picked up by the Kids and then we all gather to celebrate Christmas AND Kati B’s 30th.

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CASSANDRA POMROY IS GOING AWAY WITH NO WORD OF FAREWELL

SHE has, however , left these stunning creations on her FACEBOOK for those of you who are her FRIENDS and she does know how to make and sustain friendships. Off to Britain. Her male sibling is in Germany and her cousin Kati B weeps for losing her cousinal twin.

MEANING OF LIFE THINGS EN MASSE

 

 

URUNGA IN THE NLA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS.

My parents came to URUNGA in 1948 for their honeymoon. Met, fell in love, were engaged in 3 weeks and married in 3 months. Stayed married for 53 years when my Mum passed away. Every Christmas holidays we spent in URUNGA. Then in the 1970s, we began to move one or two at a time from SYDNEY north to URUNGA and make our homes there. That led to marriages and births and then on to all the makings of an extended family life. Careers and deaths and etc, etc, etc. This morning I decided to take a look at URUNGA in my beloved NLA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS. There seem to be only 116 entries for URUNGA but we will see.

Unfortunately, quite a few of these mentions refer to other matters. The NLA DIGITISATION PROJECT is a beta version – warm to my anarchistic, socialist, non-capitalist soul – provided free of charge unlike many of the historical sources which require financial reimbursement for public information ( usually sugar coated in their explanations of why this is necessary but the outcome is the same as being unable to afford a dentist). What the NLA does is offer the scans of the newspapers along with a column on the left of electronic transcription which is often gobbledygook. Then, without any obligation to do so at all, you are invited to assist them in this massive project by a wee bit of editing or tagging or commenting.

When it comes to URUNGA, the first entries refer to such things as LACE, or electronically translates ORANGE into URUNGA. Nevertheless, onto the next articles.

The first article I find which actually mentions URUNGA appears to refer to a horse in the SUBURBAN HANDICAP in, I think, Melbourne.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1599378

The Argus Monday 9 October 1916, page 5. Detailed lists, results, guides

Then  later in 1916, an A.S. ATKINS of URUNGA is listed as dying of illness during WWI.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1590293

The Argus Friday 12 January 1917, page 8. Detailed lists, results, guides

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The Argus Saturday 19 January 1918, page 21.

GEMBROOK, URUNGA.-Comfortable Accommo-

dation, farm produce, nice position, near sta-

tion, fern gullies. – E. Smith.

I suspect this URUNGA in Melbourne papers is someplace in Victoria and not OUR URUNGA. The other URUNGA which is mentioned often is a ship of some description which I shall look at some other time.

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1906206

The Argus Saturday 8 March 1924, page 13. Family Notices

Percy Brown’s mother, ELLEN BROWN, died in Geelong.

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3847469

The Argus Tuesday 5 April 1927, page 17. News

SWEPT OUT TO SEA.

TWO MEN IN ROWING BOAT.

Dredge Seaman Drowned.

SYDNEY, Monday – A telegram from
Urunga, 305 miles north from Syd
ney, states that two members of the
crew of the dredge Bellinger, who were in
a rowing boat, got into difficulties at the
entrance to the Bellinger River on Satur
dav afternoon Charles Butt, a single man
and a native of England was drowned and
Duncan Dees suffered so severelv from im
mersion that he was admitted to the dis
trict hospital

The men set out from Urunga to row to
the dredge, which was moored near the
north bank of the river. The tide was
running so strongly that no headway could
be made, and the boat was swept seaward
Llfe-savers threw lines from the break
water, and Dees managed to scramble
ashore. A heavy sea, which was running on
the bar upset the boat and Butt was car

ried away and not seen again.

 

EARLY RADIO DAYS.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1213438

The Canberra Times Friday 20 May 1927, page 12

RIVALS IN RADIO GOOD OR BAD ANNOUNCER

From Urunga, North Coast, came
word: “Canberra programme clearly
heard by large audiences, including all
the children.” A message from Young

stated: “Congratulations and apprecia-
tions on Canberra broadcast. A great
number of townspeople were delighted
with the transmission.”

So there you are-apparently every
listener claims the right to hear for
himself and express his own opinion
emphatically

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3977357

he Argus Monday 24 December 1928, page 6. News

STRANDED STEAMER NAMBUCCA.

SYDNEY, Sunday.-The position of the steamer
Nambucca, which ran aground on the south
spit at Urunga (Bellinger Heads) on Thursday night
is favourable, and the master (Captain Gould) is
hopeful that the vessel will be refloated at high

tide to-morrow mowing;. The vessel is in a pro

tectedl position, and has moved into deeper water
as the result of the several efforts made so far

to refloat her.

The Nambucca is a twln-screw wooden steamer
of 415 gross tonnage, and is owned by the North
Coast Steam Navigation Company

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1019963

The Canberra Times Thursday 28 November 1929, page 2.

FIRE AT URUNGA

Buildings Destroyed

URUNGA, Wednesday.

A block of buildings was totally des-
troyed by fire to-day . Four buildings
were involved, including Brldge’s store.

The bucket brigade prevented the fire
from spreading.

FOR MORE URUNGA NEWS CHECK THE NLA WEBSITE.

  • A GYPSY MOTH AEROPLANE ATTEMPTS TO TAKE OFF FROM THE GOLF COURSE. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2268435 IN DECEMBER 1929
  • The Courier-Mail Tuesday 17 April 1934, page 13. News 215 words

    … SOUTH EXPRESS HELD UP Goods Train Truck Derailed GRAFTON, April 16. The Brisbane to Sydney express tram Is held up to-night at Raleigh as the result of the derailment of a truck on a goods train between Urunga and Nambucca. The axle box on a truck attached to the’ Taree-South Grafton goods train…

     

    ABORIGINE’S DEATH Post Mortem Ordered SYDNEY, Wednesday.

    The Canberra Times Thursday 28 February 1935, page 2. News 79 words

    … ABORIGINE’S DEATH Post Mortem Ordered SYDNEY, Wednesday. The police have been informed that Ernest Taylor, 53, a full-blooded aborigine, rigine, after having dinner with his family at Urunga last Sunday night, suddenly collapsed and died, and that a. doctor declined to give a certificate of death….

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The Canberra Times Wednesday 28 December 1938, page 3

Shark Victim Feared

SYDNEY, Tuesday.

Daniel, Grahame. 19. of Deervale,
near Dorrigo, disappeared whilst

swimming in the surf at Northbank,
two miles from Urunga.

He was swimming not far from the
beach when he threw up his arms and
sank. , It is believed that he was
taken by a shark

 

  • http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2641536 URUNGA BECOMES THE SETTING FOR EVENTS WHICH LEAD TO A CAPTAIN OF THE 9th DIVISION BEING COURTMARTIALLED. IT APPEARS THAT SAID CAPTAIN AND AN AWAS STAYED AT THE SAME HOTEL ON THE SAME NIGHT. 1942

 

  • URUNGA DONATED THE REMARKABLE SUM OF 33 POUNDS TO THE CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR THE SOLDIERS. THE COMFORT FUND. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2649258 The Canberra Times Thursday 16 September 1943, page 3.

 

  • IN THE 1940s THE URUNGA SOLDIERS ARE FEATURED IN CASUALTY LISTS. They include the Vaughan boys and Marting and Lowe.

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2635012

The Canberra Times Monday 9 July 1945, page 2. News

ARMED HOLD-UP OF

OLD MAN IN HUT

NEWCASTLE Sundav.

Armed with a pearifle and a hand-
kerchief over his face a man held up
Richard Strange, 72, in a hut in the
bush three miles from Urunga, on the

North Coast, on Saturday evening.

“This is no joke. Stick them. up.
Your money is in your pocket,” the
bandit is alleged to have said.

Strange ran into his hut and he
told the police that two shots were
fired, one entering the roof.

Detective Pollick is investigating.

Strange told the West Kempsey
police that he had £10 in his trouser’s
pocket at the time but he had not

been robbed.

He said that the intruder was about

l8 years old and of medium build.

WHO WAS THAT YOUNG MAN ?

DEATH.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article969388

The Argus Wednesday 5 September 1945, page 2

COLLIE.-On September 3, at Urunga,
North Coast, New South Wales, Frederick
Charles, son of the late Joseph and Jessie

Collie, beloved twin brother of William Rus-

sell.

AND TO WRAP IT UP, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSONS INVOLVED WERE ONLY COMING TO URUNGA EN ROUTE TO KEMPSEY, THIS IRRESISTIBLE WEDDING PARTY;

WEDDINGS.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1115503

The Courier-Mail Tuesday 5 September 1933, page 18. News

Knauer-Whitmore.

At St Mark s Church of England
Warwick on August 19 the marriage
was solemnised by Canon Neal of Mr
V C (Jim) Knauer (second son of

Mrs K Knauer Frederickton Kemp
ey New South Wales) and Miss Edna
Lilian Whitmore (eldest daughter of
Mrs Whitmore Commercial Hotel
Warwick) Miss M Anstey presided
at the organ. The bride wwho was
given away by Mr R W Potter (Bris-
bane) wore a gown of old gold romaine
made on directoire lines and on the
shoulders a series of frills were ar
ranged to form epaulettes. Her pale
gold filmy veil was inlet with gold
lace and she carried gold and red
flowers. Her two sisters, Misses N
and I Whitmore who were the
bridesmaids wore tomato red frocks
with turbans of old gold Romaine
They carried muffs of red and gold
flowers. Mr O Free was best man
and Mr Cliffoid Walsh (Adelaide) was
the groomsman. The reception was
held at the Commercial Hotel On
leaving for Brisbane and Urunga en
route to Kempsey the bride wore a
travelling frock of navy blue with a
hat to match in fur felt.

1smokinglady002 VERY DASHING INDEED ! WINNER OF SAHARY SEAL OF APPROVAL.

AND IN TRUE URUNGA TRADITION – UP THERE WITH OYSTER CUTS IN THE FOOT AND SANDLFY BITES IS THE STORY OF THE FISHHOOK.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1167453

The Courier-Mail Tuesday 6 February 1934, page 12

FISH HOOK IN EYE

Man May Lose Its Sight

GRAFTON, February 5.

A Sydney visitor to the seaside re-
sort at Urunga, Mr. J. Highbrow, may
lose the sight of one eye as the result
of an accident whilst fishing.

Mr. Highbrow’s companion was pull-
ing the line in when the end of the

line flicked upwards and the hook
entered the ball of Mr. Highbrow’s
rieht eye. The hook was so firmly em-
bedded that surgical assistance had to
be sought, a delicate operation being
performed to remove the barb. The
injured mani left for Sydney to consult
a specialist, but it is believed that he
will lose the sight of the eye.

 

OCTOBER BEGINS

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Back in BILAMBIL after 10 days down south and less than pleased to be here. Seems to me I am destined to become a NORTH COAST NSW specialist whether or not I like it. Despite the endless green desert viewed from STARWAGON and train windows or roaring through the dark night from CASINO to TWEED HEADS in a fully crowded  COUNTRYLINK coach with a DVD of GARFIELD 2 hypnotising the Desperadoes of 21st Century public transport. Some people cross the oceans and some people do fine restaurants in the Cities – and I go up and down the North Coast crossing big rivers. Encountered major heat on day 1 heading south. Unexpected heat. School holidays has begun as well. The familiar Queensland NSW overlap and cars were hither and thithering just like a true Xmas time which it wasnt. We stopped outside the Big Pineapple in Ballina. Avoided the BIG PRAWN which is now a mere shade of pink.  I asked one thing – Iz says I – please don’t stop at TALLIMOBLE. So – with aches in his limbs he stops at BEEKEEPERS rest stop at TALLIMOBLE. With the gravity pulling Eco-Loo.

Why ? Iz ? Says I? WHY ?

Nevertheless , being one to learn from any circumstance – I looked for the Good in the Situation . I am still looking for the good in the situation. They did have a very well embedded table for picnickers and resters. Very strong it was.

I have been Looking for the Good in situations for a long time. I usually find something but its a DISCIPLINE to do so for me. I once knew a man – a young man whose name I shall not at this time use- and it was not a DISCIPLINE for him to LOOK FOR THE GOOD. It seemed to come naturally to him. It was a lovely thing to be close to.

Once when we were sitting at Bondi Beach – I said of a situation – ” I think this is worth a try even though it will be difficult “.

He said – ” Oh ! What  I was thinking was ‘ THIS COULD BE GOOD ! ‘ “

For me, 20 years later – I still expect the Difficult. And in consequence, I frequently get the Difficult.  However – sometimes I get the naturally joyful and unexpectedly good. Like the GATEWAY CARAVAN VILLAGE in Grafton West. 

We headed on down to  Gateway and took up residence in Van 255. Hot enough to swim so it was and I did so.

I am living in a place where I don’t wish to be. The Getting Away breaks that up and takes me back to my HomePlaces and my own People. Time in Kalang and Armidale and family around me. I wanted this time to go south to Laurieton and the Manning and explore there. But Izzy has music which is his passion and so he was back to Bilambil way before me. He had LUFFLEY CAFE in Murbah dressed as a jazz musician and then Sunday at Carool at ILNAM WINERY.

We did spend days in Armidale with my Kinfolk. Makes my step a little lighter and my heart brightens considerably. Then I myself spent more days in Kalang with my girl and her young man. We even did a Tupperware party – a matter which I will not discuss in this time of possible global depression. Suffice to say I do not like rip-offs and am anarchistically disinclined to Tupperware Parties and the people who dwell therein.

We ate brekkie at the BLACK BEAR CAFE in BELLINGEN where Kati B is cooking. Hello Sofi, Dave and Kate. IMM is building Bello houses and making Ortho Chairs from beautiful timbers. And me in sadness is looking for a wee pied-a-terre in my own world where they are. My Mum and Dad’s flat is for rent so i see on the REALESTATE.COM.AU. At a price I can pay – but there is familial complications there which could make things between me and mine more difficult and sad than they now are and I don’t want to risk further estrangement. Sure would like a home base however. And some new routines. I have never been able or inclined to STAY PUT and do the same things over and over. I have been here – stayed here- a wee bit too long.

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One more drive down Kennedy Drive to park in the same carpark and meet the same people and I am thinking of necking myself. As Pat the Rat Gelahar of the Langton Centre would say. Izzy said this would be an adventure requiring a travel blanket and I am ready to ride camels across the desert but this becalmed state is sending me feral.

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CASSANDRA POMROY IN AUGUST

Another thing which happens in AUGUST is the birthday of CASSANDRA POMROY. She was born in MT TOM PRICE W.A in 1978. August 23rd.

That means that this year she is 30

FAMILY ORARA STREET 1979  CASS KATE SOUTH ARM

CASSANDRA AT HOME WITH HER FAMILY AND AT HER GRANDPARENT’S GOLDEN WEDDING .

CASSANDRA WITH HER COUSIN KATE ANOTHER 1978 BABY.  AT SOUTH ARM VIA BELLINGEN & URUNGA.
GOLD WEDDING CASS LYNNE 1979 
CASSI WITH ME.