How good is the Internet ? A few years and a few tears back, I could no more have accessed a public forum for journals, images, music, videos, genealogy than I could have knitted new clothes for my coming grandchild. My father, Bruce Sanders, wanted his 2/3 Pioneer Battalion Story published but we simply didn’t have the resources. Now – here it is! How good is that ? This Particular Blog of mine is about to hit 10,00 and I thank you all.
The mutual sharing is another dimension that works for me. I am not always able to travel and sometimes I don’t get out much at all. I also have a tendency to be overcome by what I like to call Acedia – in various forms – and NOW – I am no longer locked in at home alone. This is truly the Global Village for me.
Now – as we come into an Australian Summertime. and the closing of 2009 – I shall take a look at 2009- as it has been.
It was the year in which Izzy and I both turned 60 – 1949 children. I think I had best rephrase that. We were born in 1949. 2009 was the year in which we moved from the Tweed to the Clarence, in which my daughter newly turned 30 became pregnant with her first child. My granddaughters turned 5 and 10. A most interesting time it has been.
Last Christmas, we, as a family, were to meet in Kalang on Boxing Day for Kati B’s 30th birthday and Christmas Day, Izzy and I were to spend alone at Bilambil Cottage where we were living.
We were out and about in the morning and received an impromptu invite to Lorraine’s for lunch with a dozen or so guests. Plenty of good foods and good company. A sober affair so it was and I enjoyed it up behind Scenic Drive in Tweed Heads West.
Spent the rest of the day at home with our swimming pool and tennis court.
The next home for us was already starting to be listed on realestate.com.au. I didn’t realise then that it would become a place of rather deep emotional and mental impact. 2009 is the last year of my 50s and time seems to have wrapped itself around me and curled into the core of me. Memories of 20 years of Addiction and 20 years of Recovery were waiting for in this 100 year old house as well as the history of my family and my childhood. I intended entering my 60s consciously and cautiously, knowing this – IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. And it has been a gentle, explorative time with a good deal of ‘ thinking’ going on.
MT WARNING OVER BILAMBIL.
|Briefly this is my locational history.
1949-1950 – CANTERBURY ROAD HURSLTONE PARK SYDNEY. SANDERS FAMILY HOME.
In January of 2009, the Armidale Mob came to Bilambil Cottage for a Summer Holiday. That was a ‘ classic’ summer holiday. I must have had some sweet stars shining on me this year because, despite the transitional turmoil and my own inclination to distress, I have had a goodly share of Sweet Moments, Classically Good Experiences and of events turning out just as I had planned and hoped for.
The Summer holiday was one of them as was the 30th birthday of Kati B.
We took the Poppy to the beach at Pottsville. They have been living in Armidale for years now and she hasn’t been beaching since she was a baby. We also continued our cafe experience which is rather extensive . The EATZ CAFE at Pottsville featured real Beach Food. None of which I can now recall but they had tropical names and strange drinks – a 60s flashback which I enjoyed after one too many trendoid, generic eateries such as the infamous Blue Frog in Toowong, Brisbane.
I lived in Bilambil Cottage for 4 years and in deciding to leave, we took our time in choosing where we wanted to go and when and why and how etc. The Cottage was tiny but exquisite with a view over the Bilambil Valley and out to the Coral Sea, During the Mob’s Holiday, we sat outside of an evening and watched the bats fly over and the long nose come out to feed from the long grasses. The Poppy learned to swim and discovered the wonder of being a Mermaid.
We also visited the beach at Kingscliff. The Mob had lived at Kingscliff before going up the mountain. I thought that when we moved south we might miss the exotic birds and plants of the Tweed. Tweed is on the NSW/ QUEENSLAND border.
Are these baobab trees ? I like the word and haven’t checked to see whether these are baobabs or not.
One thing I knew I wouldn’t miss was the BILAMBIL SPORTS CLUB.
I enjoyed it for a goodly length of time but things went amiss and the decor was never a good look. The Club is set in the Valley. A lovely setting with a creek beside it and playing fields, paddocks with horses and the hills rising on either side.
The Bilambil Village is tiny and part of a loop drive enjoyed by Many. However, the Club doesn’t open till 3pm, serves food only a couple of nights a week, doesnt cater for vegetarians AT ALL and is decorated as you can see on the left. The music scene which thrived there has shrivelled to nothing. Lots of potential going unused.
|Leaving blue skies and palm trees took some serious decision making.|
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.
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.
The Argus Friday 12 January 1917, page 8. Detailed lists, results, guides
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.
The Argus Saturday 8 March 1924, page 13. Family Notices
Percy Brown’s mother, ELLEN BROWN, died in Geelong.
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
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.
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
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
The Canberra Times Thursday 28 November 1929, page 2.
FIRE AT URUNGA
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
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….
The Canberra Times Wednesday 28 December 1938, page 3
Shark Victim Feared
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
- PTE J P BRADLEY WAS LISTED AS MISSING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2567165 The Canberra Times Tuesday 14 July 1942, page 3. Detailed lists, results, guides
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.
The Canberra Times Monday 9 July 1945, page 2. News
ARMED HOLD-UP OF
OLD MAN IN HUT
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
He said that the intruder was about
l8 years old and of medium build.
WHO WAS THAT YOUNG MAN ?
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-
- http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2722234 SECOND PRIZE IN THE STATE LOTTERY WENT TO MRS PATERSON OF URUNGA AND HER BALCK CAT SYNDICATE. The Canberra Times Saturday 9 August 1947, page 4.
- THE POLIO OUTBREAK WAS EXTENDING AND A 32 YEARS OLD URUNGA MAN HAD DIED AS A RESULT.
- http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2822232 The Canberra Times Thursday 22 February 1951, page 4
AND TO WRAP IT UP, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSONS INVOLVED WERE ONLY COMING TO URUNGA EN ROUTE TO KEMPSEY, THIS IRRESISTIBLE WEDDING PARTY;
The Courier-Mail Tuesday 5 September 1933, page 18. News
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.
AND IN TRUE URUNGA TRADITION – UP THERE WITH OYSTER CUTS IN THE FOOT AND SANDLFY BITES IS THE STORY OF THE FISHHOOK.
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.