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10 February 2015

Shoalhaven bits.


The Shoalhaven Telegraph Saturday 11 January 1896
  “Last Monday was the hottest day we have ever felt at Jervis Bay.  The thermometer was 112 degrees in the shade of a building; under a tree (the proper shade) it was 105 deg.  All work was stopped in this locality on account of the heat.
    About 11 o’clock a fire broke out near Mr. A. Coulon’s house, and in less than an hour since the fire broke out it had laid the house in ashes.   Mrs Coulon and the children were forced to see some place of safety, and had not time to save anything.  The fire killed all the fowls and young calves,  and destroyed all corn crops and scorched up every bit of grass.  Altogether the fire destroyed about 150 pounds of Mr Coulon’s property,  and partially destroyed to culverts on the Jervis Bay road.
    On Wednesday MR. J. Condie met with an accident at Jervis Bay.   He was riding in a steady canter along the street leading to the hotel, when his horse stumbled into one of the ruts in the road and fell.  Some men happened to be ear by and ran to his assistance.   They found the horse lying on Condon’s thigh.   They managed to roll the horse off him and get him out.    He received a severe shaking,  but was able to ride home.    This piece of road is dangerous to travel on just now.  It is the second accident that happened through the roughness of the road.”
Everyday stories that transport you back through time, into the daily lives of the people living around the bay.


Harold Parnell preparing the road surface at Huskisson.

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