ADHS Newsletter No. 209 FEBRUARY, 2003

Items of interest -

Accidents: names mentioned - (1875) George Gouge, David Farnsworth; (1884) Charles Firth, John Young, Hugh Mcdonald, Thomas Tattersall, David Summers, William Burns, Richard Cummins, John Kennedy, Samuel Hartly, Walter Mcdonald, Michael Mclean, Angus Mcdougall, John Banch, Mr Nicholls, Andrew, Robinson; (1878) Mr Keihl.

Voters from Amherst and Alma who voted in the 1899 Victorian Federal Election - BAKER Walter Miner JOHNS William C. Teacher BARTLETT John Miner JUDKINS Thomas Miner BARWELL Charles Gardener LILBURN John Butcher BELLMAM Francis Gardener LUCAS Thomas Miner BERRY John Gardener McKENZIE David Labourer BLOODWORTH George Carter McKENZIE Donald Miner BLOODWORTH George Miner McKENZIE John Miner BLOOM Alfred Baker McKENZIE John A. Publican BLUNDELL William Miner McKINSTRY James Miner BROGAN James Miner McMACKLAN John Minister BUCHAN James Miner MATTHEWS James D. Miner BUCHAN William Miner MOORE William Baker CAMERON John Miner NICHOLSON George Miner CAYZER Thomas Miner PORTER James Miner COLLINS Walter Farmer SADLER William Gardener COOKE John S. Miner (Amherst Hospital) COOKE John S. jnr. Miner SALMON Charles C. Surgeon COSSTICK James E. Miner SALMON Phillip W. Town Clerk DOUGLAS James B. Storeman SALMON Robert W. Farmer EVANS David Bootmaker SALMON William R.A. Farmer FISHER Andrew Miner STEWART John Superintendent FLOWERS David Collector TYERS Reuben Miner FLYNN John Miner VAUGHAN George Miner FUNCETT Edward J. Miner WALSH James Miner GANE Arthur Publican WHITWORTH William Miner GANE Walter E. Miner WHITWORTH William No. 2 Miner GAY Frederick W. Carpenter WILLIAMS Walter Miner GILLOTT David Miner WRIGHT Charles E. Miner HAMILTON Richard Miner HENRY George Butcher HOOD Lambert Butcher BAXTER Robert Miner JAMES John Carter BAXTER Robert jnr. Miner (Chinamanís) BUCKLEY Phillip Miner KEYES Richard Miner BUCKLEY William Miner LUCAS William Miner DEMPSTER Edward Storeman McCANN Lawrence Miner DODD John Miner RUSSELL William jnr. Miner HALL Benjamin Miner SHEEN James Miner HALL Stephen Miner SMART John Miner HASTINGS Albert J. Miner (Lower) HASTINGS David Miner WALKER Alexander Miner HILL Stephen Miner HOBSON Napoleon Miner.

Garage Sale - This annual event was held on Saturday, 15th February, at the Court House, when a very varied range of goods were offered for sale and quickly snapped up by bargain-hunters. How quickly one personís unwanted articles soon become anotherís treasures at Garage Sales! This event is our main fund-raiser each year and, with steady trade throughout the day, we can now add over $1,000 to the Societyís funds.

Such an event is not without hard work and we have to thank that small band of dedicated members who rally to the cause on such occasions. Among this group were some stoic members who, despite the fact that they have undergone surgery, been hospitalised and had follow-up treatments in recent months, were present on the day to give their support. Grateful thanks go to those who donated goods, to those who painstakingly priced and sorted them, to those who came along and made purchases, and to those members who were there early in the morning setting up, then on duty on the stalls throughout the day before assisting with the dismantling and tidying up at the end of this successful day. It was a great effort!

General Meeting - There were 29 members present at our first meeting for the year, held following the Garage Sale, when several items of general business were discussed.

Our Next Event Ė A Visit to Werribee Park - This will be held on Sunday, 16th March, with a bus departing from the Court House at 8 a.m. It is anticipated that the bus fare will be $10 each and it was agreed that we should take our own picnic lunch.

There will be an admission charge to the mansion, where you can do your own guided tour of the many rooms at your leisure with the aid of a headset A donation is asked for admittance to the rose garden. Donít forget to take your Seniorís Card with you, as this particular day marks the beginning of Seniorsí Week, and Werribee Park is involved in these activities. It is planned to depart for home about 3 p.m.

As of our February meeting day, there were still some vacancies on the bus and local members and friends who want to add their names to the list of those going should contact Colleen Allan at the Information Centre in Avoca.

Looking Ahead - April Meeting - Please note that, as our April meeting day falls on Easter Sunday, it has been decided to have a general meeting on the following Sunday, April 27th.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, 18th May, at the historic Victoria Hotel, High Street, Avoca, when our member, Pearl Collins, will be guest speaker.

Wanted Ė A Newsletter Editor - As this Editor is planning to relinquish this important task as from the Annual General Meeting in May, I would be delighted to hear from someone amongst our many members who would be willing to take on this position. Please contact me on (03) 9808 9284 if you would like to make enquiries of what is required.

My husband and I have covered many kilometres over the years travelling from Melbourne to Avoca to attend Society meetings and activities. We are now well into our retirement years and realise the day will come when we can no longer make this monthly trip. I would prefer to hand over the reins quietly to the new incumbent rather than wait for the day when the combination of distance, age and health suddenly overwhelm us.

Membersí Interests Directory for 2003 - Included with this newsletter is an application form for members to complete if they wish their family interests to be listed in the new Membersí Interests Directory. Please list only those interests in the wider Avoca area. Provision has been made for your e-mail address, only if you are agreeable to have it shown in the published listing. Completed forms should be returned no later than 30th April, 2003, to our Correspondence Secretary, Jill Hunter.

Also note that, if you wish to receive a copy of this Directory when it is available, please enclose a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope with your form when you return it.

Can You Help Compile The Membersí Interests Directory? Do you have the necessary computer skills to create this Membersí Interests Directory. It apparently requires the creation of a database, then sorting into names, places and topics, etc. To facilitate proof reading and publishing, it would be convenient if there was someone in Melbourne who would be prepared to assist the Society in this way. Please ring your Editor on 9808 9284 if you can help.

Welcome - A warm welcome is extended to new member Steven ROBERTS, of Sydenham, Vic. His many interests are SHAW and CRANE of Amherst, ROBERTS and PHILMORE of Middle Creek, CHAPMAN of Timor/Bowenvale, HOWLETT of Crowlands and NEWEY of Beaufort/Waterloo.

Family Reunion - A family reunion is to be held at Ararat on Sunday, 6th April, 2003, for members of the following families, - Simmons, Williams, Guard, Jones, Rowlands, Lusby, King (Samuel), Loader, Coleman, Rowley, Monk, Wilson and Shalders. Many of these names are well known in the wider Avoca district. For more information, contact Kath Simmons, 324 Barkly Street, Ararat, phone (03) 5352 3989.

An Interesting Book - My Vietnam Ė Photographs by Australian veterans of the Vietnam conflict, has been compiled by Stephen Lewis. This 204-page book is a photographic essay of the Vietnam conflict and contains almost 600 colour photographs taken by fellow veterans. The book is non-political and non-judgmental, and seeks to provide images that veterans, their families and friends will want to remember, not those they may choose to forget. The book has been highly commended for its lack of offensive material and its balanced view of the Australian contribution to this conflict. Royalties from the sale of the book are being directed to veteransí organisations for use in veteran related causes. Over $10,000 has already been donated to such groups.

The book costs $59.95 (plus $11 per copy for postage) and is available from My Vietnam Trust, 135 Gillies Street, Adelaide, S.A. 5000.

Interesting Web Sites -

http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/ A great help if you are able to trace your family back to medieval times..

http://edina.ed.ac.uk/egi/StatAcc/StatAcc.egi covers the "Statistical Accounts" Old (1791-9) and New (1834-45) of early Scottish Parishes.

Accidents of Yesteryear - The following stories are from a scrapbook compiled by Dorothy Robinson of reports of various accidents which appeared in local newspapers of yesteryear :-

From "The Avoca Mail", 24th September, 1875 :

"Another sad accident has occurred at Avoca. On Wednesday last about mid-day, Mr. DAVID FARNSWORTH was at work in a hole on the Old Lead near the Maryborough road when a quantity of earth caved in suddenly and fell upon him. A fellow miner named GEORGE GOUGE, who was working with him in the same drive, had narrowly escaped a fall of earth and called Farnsworth who was up on top to come down and look at the nature of the ground. While doing so, Farnsworth being ahead, another mass of earth, estimated at some tons, fell and completely covered him. Gouge, naturally afraid to use a pick, cleared away the earth with his hands as rapidly as he could and extricated his mate [from] the shaft, only 13 feet deep, but the poor fellow was senseless. He was at once brought into Avoca and attended by Dr. McMahon when it was found he had sustained a concussion of the spine. He was unconscious and now remains in a very precarious state although the best hopes are held of his ultimate recovery."

From "The Avoca Mail", 26th January, 1884 :

"A miraculous escape from another appalling mining accident occurred at the Working Minersí United claim, Homebush, on Saturday evening last. As in the case of a previous casualty, when a man lost his life, the drift which has been compared to quicksilver, broke through the pug overhanging the washdirt and swept everything before it, near to the spot where the following miners were at work viz.: - CHARLES FIRTH, JOHN YOUNG, HUGH McDONALD, THOMAS TATTERSALL, DAVID SUMMERS, WILLIAM BURNS (in the shute) and RICHARD CUMMINS, JOHN KENNEDY, SAMUEL HARTLY, WALTER McDONALD, MICHAEL McLEAN, ANGUS McDOUGALL, and JOHN BLANCH. The coolness displayed by McDougall and McLean, who gave the men warning at the risk of their own lives, and were shut up with the others, is beyond all praise, and deserves to be recorded as an act of magnanimous heroism. Fortunately a glimmer of light revealed an opening in the barricade, formed by the debris, by means of which the miners escaped, after wading some 600 feet, up to their armpits through drift and water. Meanwhile news of the accident had spread, and great were the rejoicings at Homebush when the poor fellows were hauled to the surface. After the most searching inquiry it has been ascertained that the accident was altogether owing to the treacherous and dangerous character of the ground. Everything that human foresight could devise for the safety of the men was in efficient working order, and the mine had been pronounced free from risk by Mr. NICHOLLS, Inspector of Mines, only the day before the occurrence; while every praise is bestowed on Mr. ANDREW ROBINSON, the mining manager, for his conduct in the trying circumstances. The Homebush and Avoca branch of the Amalgamated Minersí Association intend making a suitable acknowledgement to the mining manager, Mr. Andrew Robinson, for his energy and forethought to which the men aver they are largely indebted for their escape; to Mr. JOSEPH WATERS, who was the first to try and rescue the men; and Angus McDougall and Michael McLean, who bravely ran back to warn them of the

falling earth, and thus became immured themselves. Since then, the clearing up of the drives revealed the fact that the burst occurred in the old workings, and near to the spot where the fatal accident happened through the same cause. Mr. Nicholls visited the mine on Monday and subsequently on Thursday. He states that the ground was well and securely timbered, but his official report has not yet appeared. Work was resumed in the mine yesterday. Subscription lists, under the auspices of the Minersí Association, have been opened at Homebush, to make a suitable presentation to McDougall and McLean for their gallant conduct on the trying occasion."

From "The Avoca Mail", 9th August, 1878 :

"A little child, three years old, belonging to Mr. KEIHL, met with rather a severe accident on Tuesday afternoon. A bucket of boiling water had been thoughtlessly placed on the floor by one of the servants, and into this the child fell, badly scalding its back and thighs. We are glad to hear that under medical treatment the child is progressing towards recovery."

 

FEDERATION - There are still a few areas we have not covered in the listing of names shown on the Electoral Roll of the wider Avoca district who voted at the Victorian Federal Election in 1899. We will continue with these listings for Amherst and Alma :-

A M H E R S T

BAKER Walter Miner JOHNS William C. Teacher

BARTLETT John Miner JUDKINS Thomas Miner

BARWELL Charles Gardener LILBURN John Butcher

BELLMAM Francis Gardener LUCAS Thomas Miner

BERRY John Gardener McKENZIE David Labourer

BLOODWORTH George Carter McKENZIE Donald Miner

BLOODWORTH George Miner McKENZIE John Miner

BLOOM Alfred Baker McKENZIE John A. Publican

BLUNDELL William Miner McKINSTRY James Miner

BROGAN James Miner McMACKLAN John Minister

BUCHAN James Miner MATTHEWS James D. Miner

BUCHAN William Miner MOORE William Baker

CAMERON John Miner NICHOLSON George Miner

CAYZER Thomas Miner PORTER James Miner

COLLINS Walter Farmer SADLER William Gardener

COOKE John S. Miner (Amherst Hospital)

COOKE John S. jnr. Miner SALMON Charles C. Surgeon

COSSTICK James E. Miner SALMON Phillip W. Town Clerk

DOUGLAS James B. Storeman SALMON Robert W. Farmer

EVANS David Bootmaker SALMON William R.A. Farmer

FISHER Andrew Miner STEWART John Superintendent

FLOWERS David Collector TYERS Reuben Miner

FLYNN John Miner VAUGHAN George Miner

FUNCETT Edward J. Miner WALSH James Miner

GANE Arthur Publican WHITWORTH William Miner

GANE Walter E. Miner WHITWORTH William No. 2 Miner

GAY Frederick W. Carpenter WILLIAMS Walter Miner

GILLOTT David Miner WRIGHT Charles E. Miner

HAMILTON Richard Miner

HENRY George Butcher

HOOD Lambert Butcher

A L M A

BAXTER Robert Miner JAMES John Carter

BAXTER Robert jnr. Miner (Chinamanís)

BUCKLEY Phillip Miner KEYES Richard Miner

BUCKLEY William Miner LUCAS William Miner

DEMPSTER Edward Storeman McCANN Lawrence Miner

DODD John Miner RUSSELL William jnr. Miner

HALL Benjamin Miner SHEEN James Miner

HALL Stephen Miner SMART John Miner

HASTINGS Albert J. Miner (Lower)

HASTINGS David Miner WALKER Alexander Miner

HILL Stephen Miner

HOBSON Napoleon Miner

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Thought For Today -

The world is full of willing people Ė some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.