History of Young with Brian James | Parts of Young destroyed by cyclone

1938 cyclone damage at Young Golf Club.
1938 cyclone damage at Young Golf Club.

Within the track of a terrific tornado many houses were damaged or destroyed at Young. Chimneys down, roofs off and many houses either destroyed or damaged. Hundreds of trees uprooted.

The breaking of the drought brought devastation to many houses in Young, for with it came the worst cyclone that has ever been known to hit Young. The cyclone lifted roofs off houses, tore down verandah's , snapped chimneys off , uprooted trees and littered the landscape, with broken sheets of galvanised iron, broken timber and branches.

Fortunately the cyclone entered the town across the Golf Links and was concentrated on a narrow strip north of the railway line, but on houses that came within its path of fury it wreaked great havoc and caused damage at present that is inestimable.

Following a series of heavy showers during the afternoon the big blow descended on the town at eight o'clock when above the patter of rain drops were heard the screams of children who rushed terrified from their houses as they heard the grating of iron and the crashing of falling bricks .It was all over in a few seconds.

One of the houses to suffer most was that of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marczan on the outskirts of the golf links. Not only was the chimney blown though the roof, but two windows were driven in as through pushed with terrific force by a battering ram.

Mr. J. Laningan ,who lives at this house also, said they were listening to the wireless when a frightful noise broke about their heads. In William Street the cyclone made an attack on the chimneys in that area and it brought them crashing to the ground or through the roof.

Nasmyth Street was strewn with broken branches and uprooted trees. Mr. Walters' garage was complete wreck as it was carried through the fence onto the railway land adjoining. The Drill Hall itself looked as though it might have been struck by lighting. People living in front of the Drill Hall in Zouch Street are thankful for that building saving their houses from the full fury of the cyclone.

The pitch darkness made the experience all the more terrifying and Mr. and Mrs. Chellew said they now have some idea as to what an aerial bombardment is like.

Mr W. Venables new house was the next to suffer, a large portion of the roof being lifted off and distributed over the road way and the adjoining paddock. Mr. Venables was only recently married and the new furniture with which the house was furnished was considerably damaged by water.

Boorowa Road was littered with torn branches and fallen trees, all traffic was blocked. At Pestall's slaughter yard four sheds had been blown away

.Mr. Pestell's car was badly damaged and in a paddock over the road were scattered iron and timber, some from Pestells' slaughter yard .The old Burrangong Hotel near the bridge took a severe buffeting from the wind. A new packing shed built for Billy Bourke was also damaged .The roofing of Mr .Andrew Cunich's packing shed was dislodged and the Church of the Resurrection at Wambanumba was damaged to the extent of a smashed gable and displacement of the framework.

(Sourced from the Young Witness)

Brian James produces his column each Tuesday for publication in the Young Witness on behalf the Young Historical Society Inc.