Reports from Gundagai

The Sydney Morning Herald

30 December 1844


Last week a man named Murrah, brother of a publican at the Tumut, was killed at that place, by being brought into collision with a tree whilst going at full speed on horseback through the bush, his skull was extensively fractured, and he was killed instantaneously.

Two men, servants of Mr. Hillas, of Bannaby, were last Saturday given in charge to the police by Mr. Andrews, of this place, for a robbery on his premises; the property was found on their persons when taken into custody. They were on their way to Sydney with their master's (Mr. Hillas's) wool.

A serious accident occurred a few days since to a poor man who has but one leg, and who generally earns his living by grinding wheat at steel mills at so much per bushel, on the different establishments he touches at in travelling about. At Mr. M'Leay's station, Barambulla, he was thrown front a loaded dray, and pitching on his wooden leg, fractured the thigh bone a few inches from the stump. Mr. Davidson was immediately sent for, and the poor fellow, with care, is likely to recover.

That most enterprising, charitable, and philanthropic lady, Mrs. Chisholm, visited Gundagai last Saturday, having brought immigrants into the district. Although she did not obtain situations for the whole of them, she has been, I am told, very successful, and returns with but few, whom she anticipates procuring employment for on her way back. She visited us at the worst possible period for her amiable purpose, but did she repeat the visit about the beginning of March; she would find no difficulty in obtaining situations for many single men as shepherds, March being our weaning time.