History with Brian James: Excursion to Burrangong (continued)

One of Tiger Woods' camping sites opposite Seppings. Photo: contributed
One of Tiger Woods' camping sites opposite Seppings. Photo: contributed
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On our last excursion around the area we call the Burrangong community we ran out of time and space, but still had quite a lot of interest from the people of the region who consider themselves to belong to Burrangong.

We finished at the junction of the three roads near where Tiger Woods camped at various times in Allandale Gully.

A lot of this area at that time was unfenced, never been ploughed and covered with large trees and scrubby undergrowth.

Andy Price and his family now own a lot of this land, but a lot of it has changed hands a number of times and has been subdivided, fenced and dammed.

This is happening on all sides of Young. A lot of the land which was small farms, prune orchards, cherry orchards, fruit orchards and now are becoming very industrialised.

Josephine Newton, Peter Woods' great-grand daughter is with us on this trip hoping to gather more knowledge about her family.

The two Tiger Woods both passed away in 1932, making it hard for any one alive today to have any real knowledge of them. We motor up Rockdale road and stop at the gate to Garry Waugh's property.

This belonged to Roy Waugh, Garry's father, and he ran a dairy herd and had a sand stone dairy building on the 12 acres between the road and the railway line.

Near where we parked was an acre miners right with remains of a shack, you could not buy a miners right, but while you lived on it, you owned it.

This one was known as "Whites", they had lived here for many years but eventually they did not return and Roy was able to purchase it.

Also on the 12 acre block known as the "Old Place" there was a racing dog track, used for dog racing trials.

It was well used as all the Waugh's were interested in greyhound racing, which was popular at the time.

Continuing down the hill on the right was Jimmy and Billy Hall and their well breed pigs.

On the left was Archie Apps and family and Mick McCarthy as well.

Blamey's were the owners of this land which they rented to various people.

Next on the right was "Spec" Cockburn and Mrs Hall at the Railway gates.

Selby Ricketts was a well known visitor. Wilf Rowan had a dairy farm on the left and Withers had a large dairy on the right and Les Hanns had a house block.

The Temora (Milvale) Road and Rockdale Road meet here.

Jack Hobson married a French, Andrew Waugh married a French and a French married a Hans, then Abe Hall married a Spencer.

Then come the Birmingham's, the Hobsons Sid and Cecil and wives.

Now the O'Malley's and the O'Rielly.

And then Merthyl and Cocky Sheriff with the unusual house with the strange Gable roof and believed to be haunted.

Starting from Penrose Bridge heading back into Young you see the remains of Myers Steam laundry just over Penrose Bridge and Burrangong Creek.

Les and Bob Jubb who were bulldozer operators lived just over the creek and near to Ray Punt and his mother.

In the early 1900's the town swimming hole was in this part of the creek, fenced with corrugated iron and guarded by numerous snakes.

The Krebs family lived on quiet a large block with stables and horse yards.

The Krebs family were well known for their horsemanship and most of them are still involved in some way with horses.

That area has been subdivided with Harvey Norman, Powderly's Plumbing, ready mix concrete, Everlast concrete tanks at one time.

Maurice McCaffery had his Transport Operation set up on the corner where Powderly's are now.

Cyril Wells built a Timber Yard where McQuinneys Pisa house was located.

Abe Hall (famous local football family lived here). Roy McCaffery had two blocks here.

This area from where Normoyles' Steel Constructions. was recently demolished and replaced by Bunnings Supermarket, was in the early days known as Possum Flat.

This was the Chinamens Garden which after the Gold Rush. Over eight or 10 Chinese gardeners grew vegetables and sold them to the local housewives and shops.

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