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Charleys Creek in 1877 - part 3

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

death of a lost child; town reserves for Charleys Creek; Cooranga Creek; and Campbells Camp

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Dalby Herald and Western Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1866 - 1879), Saturday 28 July 1877, page 2

We regret to have to record an accident that happened on Sunday to Mrs. T. Bateman at Charley's Creek, who had the misfortune to break her leg a little above the ankle. Dr. Crosby was sent for, and reached the place in 5 hours, from Dalbv, there being no train running. He reduced the fracture, and the last account we heard was that Mrs. Bateman it progressing favourably.'

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Western Star, Roma 17/9/77 in part

Latest advices from the line are to the effect that Overend and Co. confidently expect to "be in position to hand over their two sections completed this month to the Government, whereby they net a bonus of £5000 (I think that is the amount). The Ministerial party have wired that they intend going up the extension as far as completed —forty-eight miles, leaving four miles to finish—on Wednesday next. About 35 miles of this portion is as straight as the crow flies, with the exception of one or two curves, near the crossings of the creek. The first stretch in a straight line begins at Dalby and extends fifteen miles, crossing Jimbour Plain. Taking advantage of this absence of curves and gradients, the contractors have been enabled to get great work out of their engine, despatching each day no less a weight by it, than 700 tons at a time. About 50 trucks are generally despatched, weighing each, gross, about twelve tons, to which may be added weight of engine tender, and truck with three tanks of water. But at the end of 15 miles this load has to be divided as there are some short curves to be encountered about there. Bashford & Co. are not doing much but will doubtless resume vigorous operations as soon as the first sections join them.

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Queensland Times 27/9/77

Notes that various reserves have been created including:

10,000 acres have been reserved for a township at the railway crossing, Charleys Creek; and 10,000 acres for a township at Cooranga Creek crossing.

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Brisbane Courier 8/10/77

In part…an area of 640 acres around the town lots at Campbell's Camp… is excluded from the homestead area between Coranga Creek and Charleys Creek…

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Roma 20/10/77 from a Dalby correspondent.. in part

Dalbv.

[from our own correspondent.]

Intelligence reached town last Tuesday. evening, that a little boy, one year and ten months old, named M'Cavanagh, was lost in the bush at the Forty-Five-Mile Camp on the Roma extension; on the previous Saturday afternoon. The parents of the child were removing their camp that day and had their goods on a dray. The mother and child were at the dray on the afternoon referred to, the husband remaining behind at a roadside house. As he was long in coming forward, she went back for him leaving the child alone at the dray. She also remained absent longer than she intended, and in the interval, the poor little fellow wandered away, his parents, on their return, being unable to find him. The alarm was given and search -parties started in pursuit, there being from thirty to forty horsemen on Sunday and Monday scouring the country in all directions, including the police from Charley's Creek, Cooranga, and Dalby, all exerting themselves to the utmost to recover the missing infant.

On Tuesday his frock was found on the Roma road. When he was first running away, a woman who was sitting in her tent alongside the way saw him pass, crying. She went into her tent again and forgot about him. The search party were unsuccessful in their efforts, but on Thursday afternoon a man travelling on the Roma road came across his remains just two miles from where he was lost. He must have died on the Monday, as it was considered he had been dead about four days when found.

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