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Sydney University Examination

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 6:15 AM


A Group of Successful Public School Boys

Of all the educational institutions represented at the Junior University examinations recently held throughout the colony, none came through the ordeal with more satisfactory results than the Young Public School. This seminary – the destinies of which are at present, under the able direction of Mr James Rickard – sent up eight candidates for the junior and one for the Civil Service examinations. Each candidate took up s...

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Mr. Edward Taylor, of "Rose Hill", Young

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 3:05 AM

Extracts of a character sketch by "Indara" from the Australian Town and Country Journal, Wednesday 19th July 1905.


Born in the picturesque and historical little county of Berkshire, England, in 1831. Mr. Taylor is now in his 74th year. This fine old gentleman suggests, in figure, speech, and manner, a descent from the hard fisted, hard fighting yeoman who swarmed out to meet the Spanish Armada, formed the very flower of Cromwell’s invincible Ironsides, and put ...

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Murder in Young

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 7:15 AM

From the Clarence and Richmond Examiner, Tuesday 14 May 1901.


How Jasprizza Was Killed


The same night, Wednesday, that the second-hand goods dealer met his death at Goulburn, a farmer named Jasprizza met his at Young, and by the same means - murder. He was the well known cherry gardener and vigneron of that place, and on Wednesday night had retired to bed with his wife, when a noise was heard on the verandah. The blind was partially drawn aside, an...

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How Young got its Name

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:50 PM

How did the town of Young get its name? Why did the people in authority at the time not call it Burrowmunditroy or Burrangong which were the local Wiradjuri names for the area? It could have been called Spring Creek, Chance Gully , Blackguard Gully, or even Lambing Flat.


Apparently at one time the suggested name was Albert Town, to honour Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.


The Sydney Morning Herald’s Special Correspondent on March 18th ...

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Flocking to NSW

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM

The following article appeared in the Evening News (Sydney), Wednesday 20 March 1907.



Some people in New South Wales will think that there is a tendency in South Australia to undertake the task usually known as teaching one’s grandmother to suck eggs, judging by the following extract from the Adelaide ’Register’, of February 25 [actually Feb 26 - editor], which, is headed ̵...

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Stories from the Past.

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 4:05 AM

Bernies' Coaches.

Joseph Oscar and William Edward Bernie were partners in a Coaching business at Young and were well known to all the old hands in the south-west, where in the coaching days, they were well known and popular figures.

They came to the Young district in the 1860s from Victoria. William Edward for a time resided on the Island (Coney Island), also at Sawpit Gully and Monteagle. Joseph Oscar eventually purchased "Lochiel", off the Kingsvale road, on what is now W...

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Posted on December 19, 2015 at 12:30 AM


Production at Young


From the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 23 May 1927


The manner in which Australian film companies have taken advantage of the opportunities now being provided in Australia, and within the Empire, is illustrated by the Dominion Film Co., which was recently formed at Young, with Mr. Phil. K. Walsh as managing producer.


The shares were taken up rapidly, and within a few weeks Mr. Wa...

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Young, as it was in 1887

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM

In about 1884 a fierce and wordy conflict arose between residents of the East and West portions of the town as to the best site to erect the railway goods-shed. The then Mayor, Mr. Sharp, decided to resign and test the feelings of the ratepayers. The west-enders accepted the challenge and opposed the return of Mr. Sharp. Mr. Forsythe was their champion; and after a keen contest the west-enders were defeated. But at the 1885 elections Mr. Forsythe was successful and in 1887 was elected Mayor...

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The Passing of Two Pioneers

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 10:20 PM

From the Young Witness, Tuesday 27 June 1916.

One of the sturdy old pioneers of the southern districts, in the person of Mr. Hugh McAlister died at his late residence Nasmyth Street, Young at 2 o’clock on Saturday morning, the cause of death being heart failure. The late Mr. McAlister who had reached the ripe old age of 73 years had until about 18 months ago, scarcely had a day's sickness in his life, and it is stated that until he was 70 he had no need o...

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The Donegal Men

Posted on October 16, 2015 at 12:45 AM

From articles in the Empire, Sydney, 6th and 15th January, 1862.


Another one of those brutal scenes has just happened which is a disgrace to the district. Burrangong was just congratulating itself on the quiet and peaceable way that Christmas passed off. Scarcely however had it passed when an affray took place, which has required all the energy of the police to check from becoming a very serious business.


It appears that Mr. Booth, who kept a publ...

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Report from Burrangong and Wombat Goldfields

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:05 AM

From the Empire, Wednesday 1 January 1862.

The place was almost deserted, everyone going to the Lachlan (Forbes); but a great change has come over Lambing Flat in the last week. The Lachlan lead cannot be traced and in consequence hundreds, if not thousands, are returning here, including the Victoria men. Our population was never so large and the town is alive and full of business.

After all, we have, however, lost the great interest we at Burrangong...

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To the Burrangong Races

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Abridged from an article, by Pegasus, in the Australian Town and Country Journal, Saturday 23 March 1878.


Not having spent a day in the town of Young for some thirteen years, it was with no small amount of satisfaction I found myself at the railway station at Redfern about to start away south, with the object of assisting at the annual races of the Burrangong Jockey Club.

It was Monday evening when I was starting on my journey, and the...

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People from the Past (Part 4)

Posted on September 6, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Adding further to the list of early inhabitants of Lambing Flat and Young who helped make Young what it is today.


Capt. Henry Zouch – Appointed to Bathurst under the old military mounted police system. During his regime at Bathurst he successfully carried out the search for the remains of Richard Cunningham who had been speared by natives. Later he was appointed Gold Commissioner for the Turon and then Superintendent of Mounted Police for Main Roads. In this ...

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People from the Past (Part 3)

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 6:10 PM

A continuation of a list of citizens of early Young who played a part in the development of the town.

M.D. Isaacs – The editor of The Miner, Young's first newspaper, in 1861. Moved to Forbes, but returned to Young ,and as he was a qualified solicitor, practised for a Forbes attorney.

Lieut. Col. Jno. Kempt – Was in Supreme command of the military detachment sent from Sydney in July 1861.


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Report to Parliament (Part 2)

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 10:50 PM


Continued report of William D. Campbell to Parliament regarding Chinese Compensation Claims


Some of the claims require special notice; but it may be well to draw attention to the claim of Simon San Ling. He is one of the few Chinamen on the gold field who was known to the Europeans beyond the Chinese encampment, probably on account of his being married to a European, but among these, as well as among his own countrymen, he appears to have borne a g...

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Report to Parliament (Part 1)

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 12:45 AM

Report by William D Campbell Esq to Secretary for Lands as published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 3rd November 1862.


Sir, - in accordance with instructions contained in your communications of the 16th July 1861 forwarding certain claims by Chinese for compensation for losses said to have been sustained by them at the riot which took place at the Burrangong Goldfield on the 30th June 1861, I have now the honour to report as follows:-


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Chinese Compensation Claims

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM

The following is from a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 3 November 1862 from Parliamentary Papers submitted by William D. Campbell, to the Secretary for Lands, from Beverley, Burrowa, 20 May, 1862.



In accordance with your instructions… of the 21st May, 1861… forwarding claims by Chinese for compensation for losses alleged to have been sustained by them at the riots at the Lambing Flat Gold Fields in January and Februa...

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People from the Past (Part 2)

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 1:25 AM

A continuation of a list of residents of Lambing Flat who were here in the early days of the town and who played a part in the development of the area in some way.


Black Traveller – A one armed aboriginal who for periods in and around the town in the 1860s and 70s was given to vocal exhibitions of no mean order when the spirits moved him. He was last heard of in Forbes in the late 1890s.


E.A. Baker – T...

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People from the Past

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 1:45 AM

Following are some of the people who were prominent in the early days of Lambing Flat, who in some way left their mark on the future town of Young:

Cobborn Jackie – Chief of the Burramunditory tribe and crowned King of Burrangong by James White. A member of the Wiradjuri group, who owned the whole of Young and surrounding area before James White arrived. Jackie died at Forbes in 1874, and it was claimed that he was 110 years of age.

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George Cranfield and the Shearers' Demonstration

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 4:40 AM

A demonstration and sports meeting of union shearers, to celebrate the conference between the sheep owners and the representatives of the union, took place at Young on Saturday last, and was a most successful gathering. At 11 o’clock the procession was formed opposite the shearers' office, Criterion Hotel, where they were addressed by W. G. Spence, president of the union. The procession headed by the town band and the handsome banner of the branch, then started for the crick...

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