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CHINCHILLA 1895--1896

Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 17 October 1896, page 4


PAINFUL ACCIDENT AT CHINCHILLA.

Through the courtesy of Mr Inspector White we are enabled to publish particulars of a serious accident which happened at Chinchilla on Saturday last. Constable J. A. Murphy stationed at Chinchilla reports that on the nth instant the Fairymeadow mailboy reported at the police-station that a man was lying on the road about five miles from Chinchilla with his leg and ribs broken and his face very much knocked about, his horse having fallen upon him the evening before.

The constable proceeded at once to the place and found a man named William Power lying on the side of the road unable to move and very much exhausted. Power informed the constable that he was riding to his camp from Chinchilla the evening before about five o'clock when he dropped the reins on his horse's neck whilst he proceeded to fill his pipe. Whilst he was thus engaged his horse stumbled and fell very heavily upon him. The horse struggled to get up but owing to weakness, (the consequence of the drought) was unable to do so, and remained on top of the man for some time, and he believed his right hip, chest, and ribs were broken.

The constable got a spring cart, and with assistance brought him to Chinchilla, and on Monday morning conveyed him by train to the Dalby hospital where his injuries were attended to. Power is camped in a tent on the other side of Wambo Crossing looking after some cattle belonging to Mr Conroy, of Dalby, and had gone into Chinchilla for some rations.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 24 October 1896, page 4


SUDDEN DEATH NEAR 'CHINCHILLA.

We are indebted to Mr Inspector White for the following particulars of a sudden death which took place at Chinchilla on Tuesday night. Constable J. A. Murphy, stationed at Chinchilla reports that on Tuesday evening about 6.30 a report was made to his station by Ernest Fredk. Rook that a man named Walter Donald had died suddenly at his hut at Charlton about an hour previously.

Rook stated that he and the deceased man were working putting up a fence and left off work about 5 p.m. When about to start for home the deceased complained of a severe pain in his chest, and as soon as they got to the hut he lay down on his bunk and asked Rook to make him a mustard-plaster.

Whilst he was mixing the. plaster, deceased called out 'Fred,' and when he got to him Donald ,was quite black in the face, and almost immediately lay back and expired. Rock immediately reported the case to the Police, and Constable Murphy proceeded at once to Charlton, and examined the body which was quite free from marks of violence, neither were there any suspicious circumstances connected with the case.

The deceased, who is an old man, sixty-nine years of age, was looking after a selection for his nephew, Edward Donald, of Cooinda. near Roma, and was a widower, and was for many years in the district. On several occasions lately the deceased complained to Constable Murphy, of feeling very unwell, but he could not be persuaded to leave off work. The matter was reported by wire to the Police Magistrate at Dalby, who gave an order for the burial of the body.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Wednesday 6 February 1895, page 2


.A SCHOOL BURNED DOWN.

' On Saturday night the school at Hill-top Plains, near Chinchilla, was destroyed by fire. No course can be assigned other than that it is the work of an incendiary. We understand that the police are engaged in investigating the matter.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 10 October 1896, page 4


DEATH OF A PIONEER.

We very much regret to have to announce the death of Mr Peter McGregor, an old and most highly respected resident of the Chinchilla district, which took place at his residence Hill Top Plains on the 25th. September after a protracted illness, at the age of 60 years. The deceased gentleman, was among the pioneers of Queensland, and had been resident in the district for 40 years.

Those who took an initial part in laying the foundation of our colony are now falling like leaves in. autumn, and too frequently the younger generation, who find a civilisation ready made with all the comforts and luxuries which an enlightened age bestows, are too prone to forget the struggles, the worries, hardships, and dangers that beset our pioneers.

Mr McGregor was very much esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and public expression was given to the high opinion in which he was held by the large concourse of friends who followed his remains to the grave on Sunday 27th ultimo. The funeral was the largest that has been witnessed in the district for very many years. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and nine children ; five sons and four daughters, all of whom have arrived at the age of manhood and woman-hood, to mourn their sad loss, and in their grief they have the sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 9 May 1895, page 4


The death is announced of Mrs. Sidney Bassingthwaighte, of Chinchilla, at the Royal Hotel, Dalby, on Sunday last. She was 33 years ol' age, and though not of a robust constitution, her death was quite unexpected. She leaves two children.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 21 October 1895, page 2


FATAL ACCIDENT;

Mr. Frank J. Needham, second son of Mr. F. H. Needam, of Chinchilla station, was thrown from his horse at Koreclah station, on Monday last, receiving internal injuries of so serious a nature as to cause his death early the following morning. From meagre particulars to hand it would appear that the deceased was driving some horses at the time of the accident, which was occasioned by the animal he was riding stumbling and rolling over him. He was conveyed by train to Warwick and admitted to the Hospital, where he died at 3 a.m. on Tuesday. Deceased, whose funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, was a very promising young man.

Rev. E. McCres. conducted the burial service — ' Warwick Argus.'

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 5 October 1896, page 2


DEATH OF A CHINCHILLA RESIDENT.

At the time of going to press last night (says Saturday's Dalby Herald) the sad news reached us that Mr Francis Hogg had breathed his last at a quarter to nine. Most of our readers are aware that the deceased gentleman had been a sufferer for some time past from dropsy. Opportuned many a time by his medical advisers and friends to undergo the operation of tapping he refused until too late, when nothing could avail. Some months ago Mr Hogg had been attended by Dr Dumbleton, and though temporary relief was afforded him, the deceased grew worse until past medical aid.

Then as now he took up his temporary abode at the Royal Hotel, assidiously cared for by Mr and Mrs Black, with whom and the departed a life long friendship existed, and the drawing closer of the bonds of that friendship tended much towards the closing hours, surrounded by his sorrowing wife and those whom he loved best. A week ago the sufferer sought relief in the Toowoomba Hospital, but an inward monitor seemed to compel him to return to his home at Chinchilla, the sand in the hour-glass having nigh run out.

On Monday last he was brought back to Dalby in an unconscious state, when Dr. Fullerton performed an operation, but as intimated before — too late-- and after lingering until last night and never regaining consciousness, the fleety breath escaped and that throbbing generous heart was stilled in death. The deceased was 66 years of age, fifteen of which he spent in Chinchilla, its most prominent citizen.

The contemporary of Wallace, Merritt, Jessop and others known to fame, he was also one of those who made history of which more anon, when we shall pay honor to whom honor is due, as a man— a white man— and a citizen of the commonwealth. The funeral will take place this afternoon, when the deceased will be gently laid under the turf in the Dalby cemetery; united in death with those com-patriots he loved so well in life, and who went before to prepare a place for him in the realms above, where parting shall be unknown.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 22 April 1895, page 1


. A young man named. James McVey was arrested by Constable Higman (of Chinchilla) near Warra after a smart chase, for fraudulently appropriating a large sum of money, the funds of the Mungindi Jockey Club. The alleged offender walked somewhere about three hundred miles before he got to Chinchilla and was making his way towards Brisbane when he was arrested by the constable. The prisoner was brought up before the Chinchilla bench and remanded to Mungindi where the offence is said to have been committed.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 19 January 1895, page 4


HOMING PIGEONS.

The second annual meeting of the Homing Pigeon Society was held in Mr. W. RJ Robinson's Office on Tuesday evening last. The minutes of last annual meeting were read and confirmed. The secretary. T.Smart, junr., then read the report for the past year, which proved the Society to be in a healthy position. There were 37 meetings held, and 18 races flown, the distances averaging from 10 miles up to 130 miles ; 200 birds were nominated, and 152 accepted. The races on the whole proved very satisfactory, having obtained the splendid velocity of 1064 yards per minute.

^The next trophy race is to be flown from Chinchilla, on March 13, a distance of 100 miles.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 20 January 1896, page 5


OUR DALBY LETTER.

An unfortunate selector, suffering from mental disorder, was brought down from Chinchilla yesterday afternoon (Wednesday). His name is Ferdinand Gaskie, and it appears that the losses he has inclined on his selection, and his inability to procure employment, have turned his brain. He has a wife and seven children, whose condition as well as that of the unhappy husband and father, demand our deepest sympathy.

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Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), Friday 31 July 1896, page 4


Social Doings.

Telegraph, July 25.

A most enjoyable picnic was given by Mrs. E. B. von Stieglitz, of Wombo station, near Chinchilla, on July 11, in honour of her birthday. Some of the guests were driven to the rendezvous in Mr. von Stieglitz's four-in hand, while the rest formed a riding party.

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Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 4 March 1895, page 2


OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS.

[From Saturday's Government Gazette.)

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION The following appointments, Chinchilla-D. Campbell, vice M. A. Karl, deceased ;

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Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Thursday 21 March 1895, page 3


Land Resumption at Chinchilla.

The following communication has been received by Mr. J. T. Bell, M.L.A,, from the Department of Lands. The land referred to lies on the north bank of Charley's Creek on the eastern side side of the railway line :— Department of Public Lands.

Brisbane, 13th March, 1896. Sir, — With reference to petition from Messrs. Hogg, Conroy, Berry, and others, handed in to this office by you, praying that certain land on the resumed part of Chinchilla run may be opened to selection, I have the honor by direction to inform you that the Secretary for Public Lands has approved of the opening of the land applied for to Grazing Farm selection in blocks of 2560 acres at an annual rental of 1 1/2d per acre, and executive authority will be sought in the matter accordingly

I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obodient servant J. Heeney, Under Secretary. J. T. Bell, Esq.M.L A., Jimbour, Macalister.

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Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 20 April 1895, page 727


Land Courts.DALBY.

Before Commissioner Warner, on the 5th instant. AGRICULTURAL FARMS.-Conditionally approved:

; J. Cuthill, 160 a., Chinchilla. Grazing farm.—Conditionally approved: B. Donald, 8174 a., Chinchilla

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Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 14 June 1895, page 2


Rabbit Fence Completed.

The southern boundary fence, in the Leichardt rabbit district, is now completed (says the Roma Star of the 12th instant). It extends along the railway line from Morven to within a short distance of Chinchilla. Unmistakable signs are apparent that rabbits are increasing and breeding at Dalbydilla, and steps are to be taken to check them by poison and other approved means.

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 17 August 1895, page 6


THE WALLABY PEST IN THE DALBY DISTRICT.

The wallaby pest threatens to effect Dalby as severely as the caterpillars did the Western districts of New South Wales in 1887. A letter appears in this issue from a resident of Chinchilla, who although he neglects to send his name, is evidently very sincere in his complaints. It is an extraordinary thing that small selectors and others who are suffering from these destructive marsupials cannot get some measure of assistance from the Government. We would suggest united action in the matter. — ' Herald.'

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Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 14 March 1896, page 523


Land Courts. DALBY.

Before Commissioner Warner, on the 6th instant. Agricultural Farms- Conditionally approved: T. Bateman, jun., 160a., Chinchilla;

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Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 18 April 1896, page 755


Land Courts. DALBY.

Before Commissioner Warner, on the 2nd instant. Agricultural Farms-Conditionally approved: W. Stack, 160a., Chinchilla; G.Purnell. 160 a.. Colamba;

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Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Wednesday 1 July 1896, page 2


: LAND BOARD COURT,

Sitting in Toowoomba.

Yesterday morning the Land Board Court (Messrs. T. W. Sword and W. A. Tully) sat for the purpose of determining the valuations of improvements upon selections that had been taken up, Mr. W. Shannon, clerk to the Board, and Messrs. R. W. Warner (Commissioner

tor Lands), and J. B.-O.- Evans (Crown Lands Ranger), were also present.


APPEALS AGAINST VALUATION OF IMPROVEMENTS.

James Conroy appealed against the claim for value of improvements on his selection at Chinchilla, made by Mr Macansh. Mr F. H. Needham, manager of Chinchilla station; appeared on behalf of the proprietor, Mr Macansh. The evidence tended to show there were no improvements. Decision reserved until Thursday.

William James Conroy appealed against the claim of ,£14 10s, value of the improvements on land selected by him at Chinchilla. Mr Needham appeared for Mr Macansh, and James Conroy for the appellant. Evidence' was given by James Conroy, William Power, and the Crown Lands Ranger. Decision reserved until Thursday.

James Martin appealed against the claim of £75 valuation of- improvement on land selected by him at Chinchilla. Mr J. V Herbert appeared for appellant and Mr Needham for Mr Macansh. Mr Needham save evidence in support of the claim and on behalf of the appellant evidence was given by himself and Jesse Hunt. The Crown Lands Ranger estimated the value of the improvements at £48 12s, Decision reserved until Thursday.

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