Snippets from history

Snippets from the Wodonga and Towong Sentinel 1887

P. Flanagan was advertising the Half-Way Hotel, between Wodonga and Albury.

7th Jan – An Albury clergyman was recently telling a marvelous story when his little girl said “Now, dad, say, is that really true, or is it just preaching?”

13th Jan – James Jackson was advertising his business in Sydney St, Wodonga.  His services included Sewing Machine Repairs, Glazing and Undertaking.  He had also taken the business of Mr. G Bridle, Photographer, and would take portraits in all kinds of weather.

Tenders were called for the first section (as far as Huon Lane) of the Wodonga-Tallangatta railway line.

21st Jan – Money was to be spent on making dangerous bridges sound and filling ruts on the road between Wodonga and Albury. The road has long been a source of danger, and the council has been forced to protect life and limb.

28th Jan – Wodonga Railway Station employees organized a fire brigade and had already had a few runs. There is no recognized body of fire fighters in the town.

25th Mar – 300 men were employed on the construction of Huon’s Lane railway line.

Diphtheria at Sandy Creek closed the local State School.

8th AprTwo Doctors, Woods of Albury and Landvoigt of Wodonga, told the Towong Shire Council the constant inhalation of arsenical fumes from the open-air kilns at the Bethanga Mines were adversely affecting the health of the people of Bethanga

6th MayThe Wodonga Shire Secretary, Mr. John Woodland, has invited the Commissioner of public works to personally inspect the Wodonga-Albury Road to see for himself the dilapidated condition of the bridges. If the Minister accepts the invitation the “city fathers” will be under the necessity of putting their hands into their own pockets, there being no presidential allowance this year.

13th May – Wodonga Shire Council meeting was told by Mr. J. Ferguson, M.L.A., that he had pressed upon the railways Commissioners the necessity for constructing cattle yards at Wodonga and the Commissioners had promised that the work would be commenced as soon as possible.

10th June – A preliminary meeting of persons favourable to the formation of a Rifle Club in Wodonga was held at Bambrick’s hotel.