'Pambula Voice' July 1, 1898
* Our township is on the eve of progression, numerous allotments having been purchased for building purposes and when we have our "King" here, things should be lively.
* The bachelors of Burragate gave a very nice social to their friends last week and the event was in every way a success. The catering was got up by Mrs. Sawers in first class style (quite equal to the city) so much so that one young bachelor enjoyed it so well he has hardly recovered yet from his overdose of good things. I believe the honour of Belle is awarded to a young single lady not a thousand miles from 'Lyndhurst'.
* At a public meeting held here on the 25th instant it was decided to build a public hall, a wont long felt. A strong committee was formed and subscription lists opened. When erected the hall will be a great boon to the district.
* Our farmers are making active preparation to save plenty of winter fodder. Also a considerable quantity of wheat is being sown.
* Federation is still on the boom. The Major is coming and also a well-known Wyndham resident and if there is anything in patriotic songs the latter should certainly be returned. Our youthful Member should look to his laurels. I would urge all supporters of Federation not to pledge their votes till they see who else is coming.
* Our townsman Mr. W. J. Tweedie is making great improvements on his property and it will soon be the best improved farm around here. I believe he originally hailed from Victoria which accounts for it.
July 15, 1898
Proposed Hall at Burragate
* At a meeting of residents held on 9th July it was decided to have a School of Arts. I may also state that the promoters were Messrs. H.Kraanstuyver, J.Davidson, T. Robinson and Thomas Williams.
January 12, 1900
* An area of land at Burragate has been gazetted as set apart for a site for the Mechanics Institute.
July 27 1900
Trustees at Burragate
* In a Government Gazette supplement of 14th inst., it is notified that Messrs. Samuel Thompson Shipway, John Richards and William Robinson have been duly appointed as trustees of the Wesleyan portion of the general cemetery at Burragate, dedicated 9th June 1897. A further notice appears in a Gazette supplement of 21st inst., appointing Messrs. S.T. Shipway, H.A. Kraanstuyver. Arthur and Robert Binnie, and Charles Robinson as trustees of Reserve No. 30, 373, at Burragate. area Ir.35 p., notified Dec. 27th, 1899, for Mechanics' Institute site.
February 8, 1901
* I regret to report that early on Sunday morning, the youngest daughter Janet, of Mr. and Mrs. Jas Sawers, while playing in the kitchen, accidently upset part of a kettle of boiling water upon herself. She was rather severely scalded from the hip down the back part of the legs but is now progressing favourably.
May 25, 1906
A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the School of Arts on 19th inst. when it was decided to form a Progress Association.September 11, 1903
* Mr. J. de Costa has removed into the house lately occupied by Mr. Geo Hyde, and intends opening a boarding house.
February 6, 1907
* Mrs. W. T. Hyde, of Burragate, died in Bega Hospital about 1 o'clock on Sunday, aged 31. Mrs. Hyde had been unwell for some time and on Wednesday week became much worse. Dr. Sharp, of Candelo, was sent for the same night and arrived next morning at daybreak. The doctor ordered the patient's removal to Bega Hospital and she was admitted to the institution on the following Friday. She, however, gradually grew worse, and passed away as stated above. The cause of death was typhoid. The funeral took place at Towamba yesterday.
February 1, 1908
'The Bega Budget'
On Saturday we had a light shower of rain the result of a thunder storm. The river, which had ceased to flow, rose consider ably as a result of the rain at Rocky Hall and Monaro. The annual school picnic was held on Anniversary Day and was a great success. Visitors were present from all surrounding districts. The day was hot and shady trees were in strong request; all the same the usual picnic pastimes were heartily entered into. Mr. Davies, the teacher, was untiring in his efforts to make all present enjoy themselves. Valuable and useful presents were provided for the children who ran races. Among the prizes were cricket bats, gardening sets, work boxes, purses, and many other lines too numerous to particularise. The youngsters were also treated to lollies, given by the teacher. A race for married ladies brought out a field of four but when the flag fell only three started, Mrs. T. Dawson winning a well con tested race. The single ladies' race was won by Miss Marjorie Slattery of Towamba. The prizes in these two races were handsome flower stands. The eatables were provided by the local ladies and were of the best quality. In the afternoon tea was again provided. At night a ball was held in the Local School of Arts, about 60 couples being present. The music was supplied by Misses Binnie, and Sheppard, and Elsie Binnie (piano), Messrs. A. Gee, and B. Richards (violin) while Messrs H. Kraanstuyver, A. R. Binnie, and D. Davies carried out the duties of M.C. The nett proceeds from the ball amounted to £6 1s 0d, which will be set apart to provide prizes for next year. A cricket match- ladies v gentle men- was also played, which resulted in a win for the latter. The gentlemen played left handed, and any scoring 10 runs had to retire. And any wide ball bowled to a lady counted to the bats woman. This innovation accounted for some line scores as wides were very frequent. Following are the scores:
Miss Collins stumped 4
Miss E. Binnie caught 2
Miss Muirch bowled 6
Miss Slattery caught 7
Miss Robertson bowled 2
Miss Binnie caught 0
Miss Sheppard caught ..... 17
Mrs. Heartneady stumped 10
Miss Richards caught 2
Miss Flower caught 1
Mrs. A. Binnie not out 2
H. Kraanstuver retired 10
R. Binnie retired 13
H. De Costa retired 10
Al. Binnie stumped 4
Jas. Binnie howled 10
A. Davies bowled 7
A. Binnie bowled 1
J. De Costa bowled 1
L. Stewart stumped 1
Beasiey bowled 1
B. Walters not out 2
May 9, 1908
'The Bega Budget '
* Mr. Thos. Love is in a very low state in Bega Hospital, suffering from blood poisoning. Much sympathy is felt for poor Tom, he being well respected in the locality..Mr. and Mrs. Ryan have also been taken to Pambula Hospital, suffering from pleurisy and rheumatic fever combined. Both patients are in a serious condition. Their case is particularly pitiful, a large family of young children being left to the care of others.
February 11, 1911
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'
PUBLIC SCHOOL PICNIC.
(From our Correspondent.)
The annual picnic in connection with Burragate School, was held on the recreation grounds on Wednesday of last week, having been postponed from Anniversary Day, owing to the rain. The day was all that could be wished for, beautiful, warm and bright, with a cool breeze. There were a good number present, all the surrounding centres being represented. But the attendance was not so good as in former years, owing, no doubt, to the postponement; and that a good number have left the district during the past year. During the day the usual picnic games such as 'two's and three's,' 'Jolly Miller,' etc., were indulged in by the grown up folks, and the children were running races for prizes, which consisted of cricket sets, spurs, pocket knives, etc. for the boys, and fancy glassware, handbags, purses, etc. for the girls. The teacher, Mr. X. Hutchinson, was untiring in his efforts to make the day an enjoyable one for both old and young.
The children were treated to lollies, which were donated by Mr. Goldberg, of Wyndham. The luncheon was provided by the mother's of the children, and was served in the supper room at the School of Arts, which was close to the grounds. The tables were laden with abundance of all kinds of edibles, and the spread was a credit to the ladies providing same; Mr. W. T. Hall, photographer of Eden, was present, and during the day took several pictures of the children and the general crowd. Mr Hall also had on view a collection of framed portraits, views of Eden, and pictures of whales, the latter being a great attraction. At night a ball was held in the School of Arts, when there was a good crowd present. Visitors attending from Wyudham, Rocky Hall, Pericoe, Towamba, and Eden. Good music was supplied by Mr. McDonald (violin), and extras were played by Misses. Beare, (Wyndham) Binnie and Heartneady. Mr. H. A. Kraansuyver, as M.C., discharged his onerous duties in a satisfactory manner. The supper, which was supplied by the ladies of Burragate, was a credit to them. The following ladies worked hard to attend to the wants of all present: - Mesdames Jas. Binnie, Geo. Keys, C. Robinson, W. Ryan, Jas. Sawers, C. Elton, Misses. Hutchinson (3), Keys, Tindall, Rankin, Robinson, and Keevers. The following is a list of ladies present and dresses worn : -
Mesdames. G. Keys, brown shanting, spot net; Jas. Binnie, silk floral muslin lace trimming; C. Robinson, navy silk bodice, and black skirt; W. Ryan, black costume; Jas. Sawers, white bodice, navy skirt; J. Owens, pink silk bodice, black skirt; J. Keevers, navy voile, and cream insertion; C. Tindall, white bodice, black Sicilian skirt. Misses Keys, white voile, net, val insertion; Hutchinson, pale blue silk, white net insertion; N. Hutchinson, navy silk crepaline, cream insertion; U. Hutchinson, cream silk and lace trimmings ; Beare, (Wyndham) white muslin and embroidery; Bollman, (Towamba) white muslin, insertion, and touches of blue ; M. Bollman, (Towamba) white muslin and embroidery; Heartneady, (Towamba) pale blue silk muslin and lace; Deversi, (Rocky Hall) white muslin and embroidery; Whitby, (Rocky Hall) white muslin, val insertion; Booth, (Wyndham) white muslin, val insertion; Kraanstuyver, (Rocky Hall), cream silk, silk insertion; Ramsey, white muslin, val lace; Binnie, pink silk overdress of cream net; Tindall, pink silk muslin and insertion; Rankin, white muslin and embroidery; C. Rankin, cream muslin and lace trimmings; W. Rankin, white muslin and Binnie, cream muslin, insertion and lace; Robinson, blue muslin, with insertion; Sawers, white muslin; L. Sawers, white muslin, touches of green; G. Sawers, white muslin; Keevers, heliotrope bodice, and black skirt; N. Keevers, pink voile ; C. C. Keevers, navy voile, cream insertion; E. Keevers, white muslin; Shipway, white silk and insertion; H. Shipway; white muslin; Beasley, white muslin; McDonald, white muslin.
'Magnet' August 3, 1929
* Mr. Jack Keys and family who have been spending the last few months on their Burragate property have returned to Bibbenluke.
* Mr. & Mrs. J. Keevers left this morning for Sydney to seek medical aid for their two children.
September 27, 1929
'The Bombala Times'
(From Our Own Correspondent)
* Ethel Coraline, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sawers, of Burragate, died suddenly on Thursday of last week, in the Pambula Hospital. She had been staying with her sister, Mrs. W. Love, at Pericoe, for some time. She had an attack of 'flu, and was thought to be getting better, when she got a relapse, and her condition becoming worse she was hurried to the hospital, but too late to save her life. The funeral took place at Rocky Hall, the Presbyterian Minister from Bega reading the burial service. The deceased was only 21 years of age.
'Magnet' February 22, 1930
* Mr. & Mrs. M. Ryan, Mr. & Mrs. N. Ryan and Mr. & Mrs. F. Kewen are holidaying in Sydney.
* Three good thunder storms during last week bringing about 70 points of rain for which we are very grateful.
* At a meeting of the local School of Arts on Wednesday evening last, Miss Keys was appointed treasurer for the forthcoming year. Miss M. Ryan was re elected secretary.
|William and Helena Ryan
(nee Kerr). No date
'Magnet' August 2, 1930
* Burragate whooping cough epidemic.
'Magnet' July 4, 1931
* Here we are again after a long spell occasioned by a dearth of news.
* Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Jos. Williams on the arrival of another daughter on the 1st instant.
* Mrs. A. Keys who was an inmate of the Pambula hospital, where she was operated on a week ago is now proceeding favourably.
'Magnet' August 8, 1931
* Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Mitchell of 'Hayfield' Pericoe are leaving there and living at Burragate.
'Magnet' September 5, 1931
* Mr. F. Umback is moving on to his property 'Marion'.
'Magnet' March 24, 1934
* Mrs. William Keevers - her parents came to Burragate in 1894. She had a family of five sons and six daughters.
'Magnet' April 27, 1934
* Mr. W.A.Keys of Burragate has taken over the farm at Moeyan owned by Mr. H. Binnie and recently vacated by Mr. W. H. Clarke now of Brundee.
* Mr. F. Umback who has been an inmate of Bombala Hospital as a result of a motor accident is expected to be home shortly.
* The Shire elections are being followed here with considerable interest and local residents confidently expect the river to be bridged by the new Council.
* Master Ray Umback had the misfortune to gash his ankle with an axe last week.
'Magnet' December 15, 1934
* Residents are jubilant over the results of the Shire elections.
* Sickness is again prevalent in our midst.
* Mrs. W. A. Keys underwent an operation in Bega Hospital last week. Her many friends wish her a speedy recovery.
'Magnet' June 1, 1935
* Empire Night was celebrated here with a bonfire and fireworks followed by a dance which was well patronised and most enjoyable.
MEMORIES OF BURRAGATE
News of the termination of the public telephone service to Burragate has been of a special interest to Mrs. Florence Hill of Rockhampton.
Mrs. Hill recalled in a letter to Mr Ted Ryan that her father Mr. Sam Shipway was Postmaster at Burragate at a salary of £48 per annum, paid quarterly.
She was educated at Burragate Public school and received her sixth class certificate from Inspector Durie when less that 10 years of age.
Until Mrs Hill was 13 she often taught the younger classes.
There were 60 children at the school and only one teacher.
In 1909 she began to help her father in the Post Office and was "assistant" Postmistress.
Her father's cheque was paid quarterly so this meant £12 each three months.
When the "Big Hill" gold mine opened up and was worked by a syndicate from Melbourne, business at the Post Office increased considerably.
The mine manager was Mr Eades who lived with his wife in Mr Tom Dawson's house.
Mrs Hill said that business became so good that her father was given an increase in salary to £168 per annum.
The office hours were from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Six days a week.
The only other days except Sunday when the office was closed were Christmas Day and Good Friday but if Christmas Day happened to be on a mail day the office had to be open for one hour.
Mrs Hill said this was very very different from the present day service and salaries.
She said that her family had a shop at Burragate and her brothers Alfred and Frank worked the Robinson farm.
Alfred later joined the NMSW Mounted Police and retired to live at Moss Vale where he died seven years ago aged 80.
The Hill family sold out at Burragate and left there on June 21, 1913.
The family drove no cars then to Eden and went by boat to Sydney then boarded another boat for Coffs Harbour; took the coach to Bellingen there hired two sulkies to drive ten miles to a dairy farm at Gleniffer.
Early in 1914 Florence Hill married Robert Hill from Belfast, Ireland and the young couple went to live on a farm at Gordonville, later moving to Dorrigo and then to Bowraville.
Mrs Hill had sadness in her life. Twins did when they were tiny and she also had the loss of a daughter.
A son Robert served in 460 Squadron of the RAAF and was killed and another son Tom was severely injured when serving with the RAAF.
She would be glad to know if any of the "originals" still live at Burragate and mentions families she knew: Keevers, Hyde, Tindall, De costa and Stewart.
Mrs Hill asked about the School of Arts, the Lyndhurst Homestead and said she hopes to go back to the place where she was born.