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- Our newsletters are now available at -The aim of the Cudgegong Valley History Project is to gather information about any individual who has had any connection with the Cudgegong Valley ie Kandos, Rylestone, Mudgee, Gulgong or surrounds. Areas outside the Cudgegong Valley include Baerami, Capertee, Capertee Valley, Grattai, Hargraves, Running Stream, Sofala, Turill, Ulan, Widden Valley, Windeyer and Wollar.

- Also see the Cudgegong Valley History Wiki Anyone interested in assisting please contact: or Phone: 0478669706

- Cudgegong Valley History Group meets the first Friday of each month at Henbury Golf Club. 11am-3pm. All welcome !


STORM DEVASTATES COUNTRYSIDE (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 24 September 1923, page 6). Mudgee Has Never Experienced Worse - Buildings Unroofed, Trees Uprooted, Fences Blown Down, and Communications Severed. The fiercest dust storm that Mudgee people can remember was experienced on Thursday. Great clouds of dust were gathered up by an easterly gale that gradually developed into a hurricane. Roofs were blown away, sheds stripped, trees uprooted, fences brought down, and a vast amount of damage done. Fortunately there was nothing of a very serious nature, and no accidents are reported. Telegraph and telephone lines were out of commission in all directions, and the electric wires snapped in places. The roof was lifted from a shed at Mr. W. A. Watterson's place, and in falling it came upon the electric wires, which were severed. Consequently the lighting service in that locality was interrupted. A corner of the butter factory building was torn away and portion of the roof shifted. Here, strips of timber were torn from their fastenings as if they were forced out by a crowbar. The roof of Mr. H. Baskerville's kitchen was carried away. The pavilions at the showground were damaged. These included the poultry, dog, and main pavilion, while the horse boxes also suffered. Portion of the roof of the poultry pavilion was blown away. Here and there trees were uprooted and limbs and branches snapped off. Similarly stretches of fencing were levelled, and damage of a minor nature recorded. A front window of the Salvation Army barracks was completely blown in, not even the sashes being left in. Electric globes in front of Loneragan's and other business houses were smashed, and a large advertising mirror adjoining the front of the Post Office Hotel was torn from its fixtures, and as it came -2-

thundering onto the footpath it smashed into atoms. So loud was the noise that the cry went out Frank Murphy's plate window had broken. The mirror had crashed just in front. No accidents are recorded, but the usual narrow escapes were breathlessly told of. Arthur Smith was returning home to Burrundulla in a sulky with his two girls, and while driving along the street he saw a sheet of iron flying through the air in his direction. He only had time to swerve his horse and bring it to a standstill when the flying iron crashed beside the horse. Mr. Smith had all he could do to keep the now terrified animal under control. Had the driver continued on his way without noticing the missile it would almost certainly have struck the occupants in their seat. Accounts from the country show that the storm caused similar damage there. Sheds were unroofed, trees uprooted, and fencing razed. People driving in the teeth of the dust had a harrowing time. The gale began to blow in the morning. It reached the intensity of a gale shortly midday and quickly gathered cyclonic force. Towards nightfall it abated and a little later comparative calm prevailed. DAMAGE AT CEMETERY. The caretaker reports, serious damage at the Mudgee cemetery, where several valuable headstones were blown over and in some cases, destroyed practically beyond repair. Glass wreath covers also suffered, but very few were broken. Apple gums were blown down and broken in all directions, and the shed was unroofed.

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FROM THE Mudgee Guardian and NorthWestern Representative, Monday 19 April 1937, page 4. Mr. James Gillis McDonald (66), of Perry street. Mudgee, occurred on Friday night. The late Mr. McDonald, who had been a tracker in the police department for 40 years, passed away in his sleep. Born at Cobbora, he had lived in the Mudgee, Wollar, and Rylstone districts all his life. In his younger days he was a noted athlete, boxer and swimmer, and had won the famous Botany foot running handicap. A well respected citizen, his passing will be mourned by many. A widow and eleven children survive. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, the interment being carried out in the Salvation Army portion of the Mudgee Cemetery by Messrs. J. C. Swords and Son. The rites were conducted by Major Gibson. Among those at the funeral were members of the local police force, who also acted as pall-bearers. (Mudgee Guardian and NorthWestern Representative, Monday 19 April 1937, page 4).

A restoration project has recently begun on a historic fence at Lawson Park Mudgee. Great News! The fence is being re-built stone by stone on a new and deeper foundation. Note: the lean on the original fence.


OUR MYSTERY LADY – further information provided by Noela Wallace We know certain facts about Mary Amelia Redmond who married Joseph Gordon Gellatly in January 1864. In many areas she was very secretive and her background in Ireland is shrouded in mystery with only a few “family traditions” which her greatgrand-daughter has remembered. This is our story. One of Mary’s ancestors was rescued “pimpernel fashion” from the French Guillotene by an Irishman who she later married. This French lady was tall dark and sad faced as she walked alone in the evenings in the family’s orchard and garden in Dublin. We know nothing of their children. One of these couple’s grand-daughters was a beautiful young lady who had an accident in Dublin. This was Mary. A young man helped her. Mary came to Australia because of T.B. and who should she meet in Australia? Yes. Her rescuer. Joseph Gellatly. They fell in love and were married in The Wesleyan Parsonage in Mudgee. From Joseph’s death certificate we know that five children were bornto this couple although only three are registered. Their three daughters are found in the records but we can find no records of their two sons. Why? On the microfishe we only find blanks for her parents but on her Death Certificate her father is given as a coal merchant but no name.Another part of Mary’s tradition is that “she was a ward of Sir John Gray/Grey and a member of Queen Victoria’s Court.” As you can imagine we have discussed this lady’s possibilities many times. Was she of Irish aristocracy? Was she a servant in an upper-class Irish household? Her children were given a good background with one of her daughters becoming a school teacher in the 1880’s. What was her background???It seems that Mary was in Australia for approximately 40 years before she died in 1901. Her and her husband are buried in an unmarked grave at Waverley Cemetery. We have visited it and found the relevant information from the local Council.


Our next step is to go page-by-page through the shipping reels and see if she is there as a paying passenger as she is not on the Assisted Immigrants Lists. We have started going through the Tithe Applotment Reels for Dublin to try and find her parents. Family Tradition also goes that “we might be descended from the Hughenaughts”. Mary was from a protestant family in Dublin. In many way Joseph Gordon has as many question marks as his wife but that’s for a later date. Mrs. N. Wallace.

A good attempt at a replica project of original kerb and gutters undertaken on Market St Mudgee some years ago. Original Kerb and Gutters on Market St Mudgee. All Photos in this edition by Greg Dollin


More Amazing Historic Work!

Maybe you know of an old favourite bridge or home? Please send copy! Right: An intact, fine example of original urban kerb & gutter in Court St. Mudgee.

Hope you are all enjoying any new findings about your family’s history! Please consider writing a few words on your research interests or providing an article for this newsletter from your trove! Contact - Greg Dollin 0263721124 / 0447211246

“All history is family history - All family history is history” - Anon -


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