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History though newspaper articles across the Region. Bingara's history revisited
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History though newspaper articles across the Region

History through newspaper articles enables us to trace the development of towns, the communities, the people, the industries, society life and enterprise. This week we revisit Bingara



The death of an old identity of the town is the person of Mrs. Neil, wife of Mr. I Neil, saddler, and sister to Mr. John Lyons of the Royal Hotel, took place recently. She leaves behind her a widower and three sons —Mr. Frank Neil of Bundarra, Neil, Mr. Herb Neil, Tingha, and Mr. J. Neil, of Bingara, one daughter and one son having predeceased her.

The remains were interred in the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery, a large number of people paying the last tribute of respect by following them to their last resting place. In the absence of the Rev. Father Collender from the district, the funeral service at the graveside was read by Mr. T. D. Ryan. (Bingara solicitor)

Source Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW: 1910 – 1916), Saturday 3 February 1912, page 5


Before the Licensing Bench on Tuesday morning the licensee of the Riverview Hotel was transferred to Mr. G. from Mr. S. Armstrong. We hope George will continue to receive the good share of patronage his father has received in the past. 

Eleven farms, comprising in all 20650 acres, in the parishes of Paleroo, Caroda, Currangandi, and Pringle, and partly within the Rocky Crock Holding; and three farms, comprising in all 12,908 acres, parish of Myall, will be available for Settlement Leases on 6th June next. Applications may be made from the 6th to 12th June inclusive, and the Local Land Board will sit at Bingara on the 13th of June, when the applications will be considered. Full particulars as to conditions, survey fees, and lithographs showing the lands in questions, may be obtained from the Crown Land Agent at Bingara. The’ advertisement concerning this matter has in these columns. —Ed. Times.

Source – Inverell Times (NSW: 1899 – 1907, 1909 – 1954), Tuesday 21 May 1907, page 6


With the expiration of its license last week, the Riverview Hotel closed its doors. This was the oldest hotel in town, having been in existence for over half a century. Bingara is now reduced to three hotels, under present existing conditions, is quite sufficient to cope with the amount of business required of them. Possibly when things brighten up again, and Bingara relaxes its grip on stern sobriety, it may be found necessary to again at some future date call the old hostelry into requisition, writes the ‘Telegraph’.

SourceInverell Times (NSW: 1899 – 1907, 1909 – 1954), Tuesday 22 July 1919, page 2


Mr. W. C. Wilkinson, hotelkeeper of Bingara, dropped dead at that town on Friday morning. At the time of his death, Mr. Wilkinson was supposed to be in splendid health. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. George Wilkinson.

SourceManilla Express (NSW: 1899 – 1954), Wednesday 12 August 1908, page 2


BINGARA, Tuesday. Nineteen hundred and forty-six points of rain fell from Monday to Friday. Hall’s Creek, which passes through the town, overflowed. Water rushed through the streets. People on the eastern side of the town were removed to the Courthouse Hotel, and private residences. The Gwydir River rose 32 feet but did not reach the 1866 record by five feet. 

Eighteen miles lower down at Gineroi station, it was one foot higher than the 64’ flood. Settlers along Myall Creek lost their homes, furniture, and stock. The bridge just completed at a cost of £1000 was swept clean away. The town is full of racing people, who cannot get away. All communication is completely cut off.  There has been great loss of property and stock. A man named Huxley was found dead in a gully.

SourceMaitland Weekly Mercury (NSW: 1894 – 1931), Saturday 22 January 1910, page 5  

1910 Flood

It will be a surprise to many that a large log was deposited on the Corner of Maitland Street and Cunningham Street, in front of the where the Regional Australia Bank is located.

During the night those living east of Maitland Street were flooded out and by lantern light made their way to higher ground in Riddell Street. It’s a wonder no lives were lost as they walked through the rising water, guided by the fence lines. Rod (Editor.) 


The licence of the Imperial Hotel, Bingara, has been transferred from Mrs. Clive Cameron to Mr. E. A. Kemp. The Cameron’s have returned to Newcastle where they will be Mine Hosts at the Grand Hotel.

SourceWarialda Standard and Northern Districts’ Advertiser (NSW: 1900 – 1954), Wednesday 1 October 1952 



September 13,

A temperance hotel has just been opened in Finch street, Mr. W. Gibson being the proprietor. The Post office Hotel also has changed hands, Mr. Schroder, having transferred the license to Mr. Henry Miller. The whole place is undergoing a thorough course of repair. * 

At the land office last Thursday 2560 acres were taken up. being a block of €40 acres c.p., 1920 acres cl., which was selected by Mr. D. Charters in the parish of Hall, county of Murchison. It is a beautiful piece of country, and there is a good bit more there like it be that now that it is being opened it is probable that more selectors will follow.

SourceSydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1871 – 1912), Saturday 20 September 1890, page 667


Mr. Harry Bowman, the well-known bookmaker, and Miss Bella Turner, who for a number of years has been at the Commercial Hotel, were married on Monday morning last, and went south for their honeymoon. 

A few days ago, an egg was laid by a hen belonging to Mrs. Kelly. The outer egg was about four inches long and had the usual yolk in it in addition to having another egg inside It with shell, yolk, and all complete, the inner one being just about the size of the average hen’s egg.

SourceTamworth Daily Observer (NSW: 1910 – 1916), Tuesday 13 February 1912, page 4



BINGARA, Tuesday. A shocking buggy accident happened yesterday between here and Warialda, by which Mrs. Mary Ann Miller, proprietress of the Riverview Hotel, Bingara, sustained such injuries that she succumbed a few hours afterwards. It appears that she, in company with her sister (Mrs. Fletcher) and her son (W. Miller), were on their way to visit her son’s place at Spring Creek and had reached within a few yards of his house when the horse shied and bolted. In endeavouring to check the horse’s career one of the reins broke and the horse dashed with the buggy against a stump, throwing Mrs. Miller out on her head. 

The animal then rushed down the creek bank, capsizing the vehicle and precipitating the other two occupants from the trap. Mrs Fletcher had three ribs broken and W. Miller had his shoulder blade split. Medical assistance was at once procured from Bingara and the sufferers attended to, but Mrs. Miller never regained consciousness.

SourceEvening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869 – 1931), Tuesday 30 March 1897, page 5

Following the death of Mrs. Miller, the Armstrong family acquired the Riverview Hotel from her estate. Rod (Editor)



One of the best known and most popular hotelkeepers in the State is Mr. Archie Wright’, a man who has been associated with the trade for over, twenty years, and whose experience therein is wide and varied. He first Joined the ranks of the ‘merry hosts’ at Smart’s Hotel, now Roberts’, Pitt and Market streets, Sydney and from ‘there to the Coogee the cellar, and also at Aaron’s Exchange Hotel, Sydney.

On his return he took over the bar and cellar management of the Pacific Hotel at Manly, which was | then controlled by the’ late’ A. W. Grey, who, by the way, Mr. Wright claims to be one of. the greatest men ever in the trade, arid who was a very keen, just, and agile man, under whom it’ was a pleasure to work. Mr. Wright’s’ next- venture was a licensee of the Royal Hotel at Penrith, N.S.W., and from there he took over the license which he at pre- ‘ sent holds at Bingara. Mr. Wright claims that his only, qualifications are an average intelligence, energy, and a smile, and has had more ups and downs, than a liftman.

He is a keen sport, and particularly a great boxing enthusiast. As far as his business capabilities are concerned, they interlock with his personality, and the secret of Mr. Wright’s success in the hotel business is the genial and loving personality by which he endears everyone to him.

His good wife is no less dear to those who know her, as is ‘Archie’.’ himself, and by her admirable capabilities she supplies that feminine touch to the business which completes Its success. 

As an instance of Mr. Archie’ Wright’s popularity, and the esteem In which he is held by the residents of the Bingara district, It is sufficient to say that, after eight months’ residence in the town, he ‘ was elected as an alderman of the Council and very nearly topped the poll. 

We take this opportunity of wishing him every success, good health, and long life.

Mr. Wright is the new proprietor ‘ of the Coolah Valley Hotel, Coolah.

SourceMudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW: 1890 – 1954), Monday 14 July 1930, page 11


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