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Brief Bingara History Part 13




Rabbits:The ruin wrought by rabbits in Australia has been almost tragic in its extent. The loss amounts to millions of pounds and the end is not yet in sight, though some recent developments in poisoning suggest that the rabbit, in spite of its phenomenal fecundity (fertility), may possibly be terminated.’ Source: Argus (Melbourne) Saturday 26 December 1925.

Rabbit skins: ‘The rabbit skins market had grown to such an extent because of the success attained with strychnine and black thistle roots, plus the fact that at least four skin buyers were operating in Bingara on one Saturday afternoon. Bingara’s only bank, the Commercial, on that day cashed so many rabbiter’s cheques that it ran out of funds and had to send to Inverell for more money. Source Bingara 1827-1937.


Motor Garage Burnt: ‘Jones’ motor garage at Bingara was totally destroyed by fire this morning. Several motor cars and motor cycles were burnt. The loss is considerable.’ Source: Daily Examiner (Grafton NSW) Saturday 17 January 1925.

Gwydir Football Union: ‘The Council of N.S.W Rugby Union has decided to form a new North Western Union to be known as Gwydir Union, with the headquarters to be at Bingara. The towns embraced are: Barraba, Bundarra, Upper Horton and Bingara. The secretary appointed is Mr. A. Page of Bingara, who has been prominently associated with the amateur code for years, and has outstanding qualifications for filling the position. It is proposed to send a metropolitan team to the north-west before the close of the season, which will play against the towns included in the new union.’ Source: North Western Courier (Narrabri, NSW) Thursday 2 July 1925.


Imperial Hotel:  ‘The Imperial Hotel, Bingara, narrowly escaped destruction by fire about 7.30 p.m. on Saturday week last. There was a loud explosion, a flash, sounds of flying glass, and the whole front of the Imperial seemed for a few moments to be ablaze. It appears that mine host, Dalton went into the store room struck a match, the light from which caught the fumes from a bulk rum cask, and in a moment the precious spirit exploded. The flames had to be subdued with some beer which was closer to hand than water. Very little damage was done to the premises with the exception of the front window being blown to atoms, and the quantity of stock destroyed was not very heavy. Mr. Dalton received the fright of his lifetime. Hundreds of people were on the spot in a couple of minutes.’ Source: Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser (NSW) Monday 22 March 1926.

Dengue fever: ‘During the past ten days about 100 cases have occurred in the town. The leading hotel has had the whole of the staff down, and travellers and lodgers have had to go out for meals. The majority of the cases were of a slight nature, although many have been very severe.’ Source: Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW) Tuesday 30 March 1926, 

Prickly Pear: The P.P. Board report commented on the threat of Prickly-Pear, saying: ‘The rapid and extensive growth of the pear is alarming. The plants are coming up in thousands in the stock routes that have been cleaned. This is very disquieting, and it will entail a lot of work and expense to deal with them. This work must be carried out.’ Source: Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW, Wednesday 19 May 1926.

Boy Scouts Rally: ‘A rally was held at the Moree Sports Ground yesterday. Troops from Moree, Tingha, Inverell, Delungra, Bingara, Pallamallawa, Warialda, and Newtown competed.’  Bingara finished third in the junior section. Source: Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Saturday 2 October 1926.

Blaze at Bingara: ‘A disastrous fire occurred in Maitland Street Bingara about 1 o’clock yesterday morning, when six dwellings were totally demolished. The buildings were of weatherboard. Four were owned by Mr. A. Capel and two by Mr. O. A. Moll and were combined shops and dwellings. The outbreak started in a shop occupied by Norman Hayley and its cause is unknown. A willing band of helpers succeeded in removing all furniture from the dwellings. The only occupant to suffer was Mr. Hayley, who lost a small stock of groceries, etc., in the shop. As Bingara has no fire brigade it was necessary to partially knock the houses down to prevent the outbreak spreading. It is not known if the places were insured.’ Source:  Inverell Times (NSW) Tuesday 19 October 1926

Cricket: ‘A match between Moree and Bingara was played on the local cricket ground on Tuesday, and resulted, after a keenly fought game, in a win to Bingara by 62 runs’. Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser (NSW) Thursday 28 January 1926.

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