History of Young with Brian James - Bribbaree Creek Village

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Bribbaree Creek Village

The following article appeared in the Young Witness, Friday 10 December 1915.

“Mr JF. Clode, of Wattle Vale, Young, who is ever working for the advancement of his district has been interesting himself in the survey of the new township at Bribbaree Creek railway siding on the new Stockinbingal-Forbes railway line. To this end he brought the matter under the notice of the department through the member for the district”.

“Mr G.A. Burgess, MLA.,, has received the following letter from the Under Secretary,--“ Sir, In reply to your representations in relation to the establishment of a village at Bribbaree creek in the Parish of Pullabooka County of Gibbs, and to the letter of Mr. J.F. Clode of Wattle Vale, via Young, on the subject, I have the honour to inform you that a village has been designed, but the local Shire council has objected to the limiting of one of the streets. The matter has therefore been referred to the District Surveyor with a view of some agreement being arrived at with the Council”.

There also appears to have been a dispute as to which side of the creek the Bribbaree Creek Station be placed. 

The Weddin Shire and the residents of Bimbi favoured the northern side, whilst the Burrangong Shire, which had already spent £600 making a good road access to the southern site, strongly protested against its removal to the northern side. 

The Chief Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harper, concurred with the selection of the southern side as it is situated on a spacious stock route, offering every facility for camping teams, etc., and is such that it offers every facility to the public.

The discovery of gold in the area created great interest and the future of the town looked promising.

The Golden Lamb Claim-Bribbaree-September 1923 -- Mr P. Light brought into Young a fine parcel of gold, representing a crushing of 16 tons of ore from the “Golden Lamb” claim at Bribbaree, situated about 30 miles in a westerly direction from Young. 

The total of the golden winnings from the mine in question to date (exclusive of the above-mentioned parcel) is about 250 ounces, and in addition to the recently crushed 16 tons, the party have another 100 tons at grass waiting to be dealt with. It will no doubt interest everyone anxious to forward the prosperity of the district to learn that a big metropolitan syndicate with a capitol of £80,000 has arranged to take over the “Golden Lamb” mine in addition to two or three adjoining claims. This will mean the introduction of a modern stamper battery to the district, and all other latest gold mining machinery and processes now in vogue, which installations are, of course, beyond the means of small parties of working miners or local syndicates. The Bribbaree community is naturally jubilant at the prospects of a big revival in mining operations in that locality, and we trust that their most sanguine anticipations for the future of the “Golden Lamb” and other claims, also for the district as a whole, will be realised to the fullest possible extent. (Grenfell Record).

Historian Brian James contributes his column to the Young Witness on behalf of the Young Historical Society.