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CANBERRA FOXES

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I was reading on a local forum the other day the laments of chicken owners in suburban Canberra backyards of the perils of an unsecured pen and the feral fox. Sounded like Canberra is rife with foxes quite prepared to poach any chicken left unattended and accessible. Problems of a bush capital I suppose.

In my youth I shot a lot of foxes. That might seem harsh but there were a lot of them and a pelt was worth up to 40 dollars. So out of interest a bit of a search revealed that the wily fox has been influencing Canberra society for a while. Remember this is feral pest not Basil Brush. This report from 106 years ago indicates how foxes were dealt with before canberra became the capital...

Fox image: Wikimedia Commons
The Age (Queanbeyan, NSW) Tuesday 18 July 1905

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This was pretty much my experience with foxes. Every year same numbers...
The Canberra Times - Tuesday 18 June 1935
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I loved this. A Royal connection. A hunt club was formed …

CANBERRA HAD A SECRET SOCIETY

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Ok we're three years into a Canberra with a resident parliament. Residents of the newly formed territory were denied rights of suffrage whilst nearby residents in NSW such as Queanbeyan retained all their commonwealth privileges. Enter the 'Vigilants of Canberra'. A society where Territory members identities were kept secret for fear of reprisals being represented by a Dr Alcorn in the capacity of liason person. I don't know what became of them but I suppose they were the forerunners of the self government the ACT not acquired till the 80's. The notion had to be started somewhere I reckon. Why not the Vigilants of Canberra?

The Advertiser - Friday 7 November 1930

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Examiner - Wednesday 12 November 1930

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The Horsham Times - Tuesday 18 November 1930

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DEATH OF A PIONEER

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The following is an obituary for a Mr A.A McKeahnie, grazier, magistrate, coroner and captain of the rifle club. As the headline claims, he was the first white child born in Queanbeyan but his holdings included Gudgenby Station and several other estates. His life's tale includes encounters with 'savage' Aboriginals, as opposed to friendly, and bushrangers. Interesting bloke. He was a true pioneer in every sense of the word I think. For more information on Booroomba I have a post here.

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer - Tuesday 8 February 1916

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COPPINS CROSSING

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Coppins Crossing is a low level bridge which crosses the Molonglo River. The following may be of interest when next you cross. There isn't a great deal of reports mentioning the crossing but what there is is interesting I think. Originally it seems it was used as a range for artillery in world war 1 by the boys from Duntroon. Interesting also that they halted firing for passing traffic and not the other way around...

Queanbeyan Age - Friday 13 February 1914

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1930 saw a promise of a new bridge the following year...
The Canberra Times - Tuesday 23 September 1930

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And the following year another call is made for a bridge...
The Canberra Times - Tuesday 23 June 1931

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And the new bridge was constructed a year later...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 5 April 1932

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And livestock no longer needed to be moved through the city centre... imagine that.

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THE NAMING OF CANBERRA - READER'S VIEWS

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Just a quick one... Another entry to the Naming of Canberra collection of old newspaper clippings. It's not a unique view of Canberra's original meaning as Aboriginal 'A woman's breasts' describing Mount Ainsley and Black Mountain are common but interesting because of naming the Canberra Plain 'Nugungahleen' and mentioning a 'tribal phallic stone' nestled in a recess on Black Mountain...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 17 January 1939

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BOOROOMBA STATION

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Looking at news clippings of a famous ACT rural property with a colourful history. Booroomba is an operating property today located near the village of Tharwa. The tale begins with reference to Booroomba Station's first two owners, originally William Davis who experienced trouble with bushrangers and the McKeahnie family from 1859...

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer - Friday 11 May 1923

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Booroomba became a renowned supplier of beef cattle and it seemed very progressive practices were vastly increasing the quality of cattle...
Queanbeyan Age - Tuesday 2 August 1910


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More mention of Booromba's superb fattening paddocks... The beef was commanding top prices...

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer - Friday 3 May 1918

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The owner of Booroomba is celebrated with this poem 'The squire of Booroomba' which refers to him as the 'Hereford King'...
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URIYARRA CROSSING POEM

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Following on from yesterday, a poem from 70 years ago by Annie McDonald describing the Uriarra Crossing in western Canberra. The crossing is today a popular road linking Belconnen and Western Creek for those who like the road less travelled. Anyway its a lovely poem I think and another one for the collection. For those that missed it yesterdays post looked at 30 years of Uriarra's history...

The Sydney Morning Herald - Monday 23 January 1939

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URIARRA TIMELINE

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Just because I thought it was interesting 30 years of random reports from the Uriarra District of the ACT and bordering NSW. Originally known as Urayarra I think these snippets of information tell a story for the next time your out past Tidbinbilla and Uriarra...

What caught my eye at first to these at first rural reports was an early report of rabbits arriving in the district. Rabbits once introduced to Australia became a nationally enormous problem for the economy and rabbits were to be an ongoing problem for the ACT community. Then following along through the years a picture emerged of a lovely little community with is ups and downs and people...

Queanbeyan Age - Wednesday 7 June 1893

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Two years later people are buying land...
Queanbeyan Age - Saturday 6 April 1895


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At the time the Uriarra community appeared to be a thriving and happy one...
Queanbeyan Age - Wednesday 5 June 1895

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