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Other:John Thomas Drysdale,Discovery of a Gang of Horsestealers.
Posted by: Sylvaney Knight on Mar 30 2012 02:48
A correspondent of the Sydney Empire,writing under date Tamworth,states that on Sunday,the 25th February,Sergeant Farnsworth received information from George White,a free selector on Myal Creek,that he had lost two horses.At ten o`clock that night the Sergeant,taking with him constable Becke and Mr.White,left Iverell,travelled all night,and towards daybreak reached a part of the Gwydir,or Big River.The place is known as Terrible Hollow,as is so inaccessible that the oldest inhabitant on the station near was unaware of its existence till a few years since.It is almost entirely surrounded by mountains or ranges,dark,rocky and perpendicular;but there is a narrow,circuitous defile,through which a river,by a succession of waterfalls,forces its way.To get to the only natural entrance and exit one has to ride down through a difficult pass for about two miles,and over frightful country.After getting through the entrence there opens out a grand amphitheatre.This is a mile in length,and half a m...

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Obituaries:Mr Henry Barnes
Posted by: Sylvaney Knight on Mar 6 2012 00:55
The death is reported of Mr.Henry Barnes,of Dyraaba Station,Clarence River,N.S.W.,at the good old age of eighty years.The deceased gentleman was a native of Cumberland,and arrived in N.S.W.about the year 1842.After gaining his"experience"with Dr.Bowman,on the Hunter,he undertook the management of Mr.Clark Irving`s properties on the Richmond and Clarence Rivers,the herd of cattle numbering at one time close on 30,000 head.For a period of ten years Mr.Barnes devoted himself with untiring energy to the improvement of the properties and stock under his care,and then,in 1854,became part-owner of Dyraaba,and,subsequently,in other station properties in the Clarence River district and in Queensland.Mr.Barnes was married at Grafton in 1855 to Grace Isabella,eldest daughter of the late Walter Hindmarsh,and leaves a family consisting of his widow,five sons(two of whom are married),and five daughters,the eldest of whom is the wife of Mr.C.A.Bruxner,of Sandilands,and the third the wife of...

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Family stories:John and Mary Hannan(Amberton)
Posted by: Sylvaney Knight on Nov 9 2010 18:00
This is the family history of our Great Great Great GrandparentsJohn and Mary Hannan.John Hannan arrived in1826 on board the ORPHEUS which left London on 8th May 1826 and arrived in Sydney on 12th September 1826.The Orpheus conveyed soldiers of the New South Wales Veteran Corps and their wives and children.John Hannan may have served with the 57th Regiment in Australia between the years1826and 1829.A detachment of the 57th were stationed in Newcastle in these years and they embarked for India in 1831.Although officers in the army could sell their rank when they wished to retire from Military life,for the lower ranks it was not so easy as they usually enlisted for life.However for soldiers like John Hannan who had been wounded in battle,it was possible to be released from duties.John had served eleven years in the army before embarking for Australia.He received a 40 acre Veteran`s grant and became one of several thousand soldiers who settled in Australia.John Hannan had fought at Water...

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