Tales from the past - Kangaroos, Cauliflowers, and a ‘lady’ with a Punch

Tales from the past:

Kangaroos, Cauliflowers, and a ‘lady’ with a Punch May 1875

The Burrangong Chronicle states that on unquestionable authority that Mr. W. Hughes, of Thuddungra has a kangaroo about 12 months old, which is in the habit of running with a flock of sheep about a hundred in number.

The kangaroo follows the sheep every morning when they are let out of the yard and endeavours to urge the sheep to their usual place of resort.

 Giant Cauliflowers September 1942 

The “Young Chronicle” states:

“A remarkable specimen of a cauliflower was exhibited in town last week by Mr. A. H. Tapscott, who had been a visitor to “Glensloy”, the property of Mr. E. W. L. Gordon. The giant cauliflower which measured 56 inches in girth, weighed 32 lbs and it was sufficient to last a family of five for a fortnight. “

“Other cauliflowers Mr. Tapscott saw in the garden at “Glensloy” weighed over 16 lbs.

The giant itself was so large it had to be severed from the stalk by the use of an axe.”

And here’s a par from Singleton:

“An outstanding cauliflower has been grown by Mr. H. L. Griffiths, manager of “Scrumlo” station.

Grown in a creek bed without any special attention, it weighed 46 lbs. It was a perfect specimen, being solid throughout, and without any blemishes.”

The “Lachlan Leader” comments:

“The Young and Singleton specimens are very ”small potatoes” (to give our metaphor a vegetable touch) compared to the giant recently grown by Mr. C. H. Grieve, of “Grantwood”, Cowra, which tipped the scales at 57 lbs. – over half a cwt.”

Street Brawl The Young Witness November 1920

There has arrived into the environment of Young a “lady” with a punch.

She shapes well, punches hard, and often uses all the tricks of footwork in prize ring style.

Coming into town on Saturday she developed a thirst and in the quenching of her thirst her pugilistic spirit was stirred. At about the busiest part of the day she was the central figure of a fighting drama in Main Street.

The latter stages of the bout was witnessed by about 400 onlookers. The ire of the lady was raised against an elderly man. He took a few hits and chivalrously walked away. About twenty paces away he was overtaken by his aggressor once more. She caught him by the shoulders, spun him around and proceeded to demolish his face of its natural beauty with her knuckles. One powerful punch to the jaw knocked him to the footpath. Falling heavily on the hard asphalt he cut his head and blood flowed freely from his face. When he regained his feet the woman renewed the assault, he resorted to the use of his fists too. There was a general fracas and there were several sore and sorry people to be seen.

Fighting was renewed about nine o’clock at night in front of another hotel in Main Street and the lady gave a telling account of herself once more. The sequel will be related once more in the Police Court .