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Title: They Came to Thunderbolt Country
Contributor(s): Upjohn, Jeane (author)
Publication Date: 1988
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Sandon County was one of the first pieces of country in New England to be stolen from the black Australians by the white ones. Things have happened in this area that have seldom been heard of in other parts of New South Wales. There are stories that can make one proud, and tales that give one cause to feel ashamed, but for all that it has never been boring. So for better or worse, the memories of the early folk in Sandon County's past are offered to the reader just as they have been passed down to me. I think you will agree that the tales in these pages should not be allowed to fade into the mists of time, but be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come. As you weep or laugh over the escapades of the people who made up the population of the County in the last decades of the 19th century, it is well to remember that they could be part of your own ancestry, so please judge them with love. The main town in the county today is Armidale, though the Walcha people would tell you that their district was settled much earlier and no doubt they would be quite right. However, most of the Walcha district is in Vernon County, and that is another story. It was to Uralla and Rocky River that the cosmopolitan crowd of miners made their way and left their mark behind them. The land they found was verdantly beautiful, but they left it pitted with shafts and scarred with piles of rubble, which bear mute evidence of their passing to this day. The gold, which they worked so hard and long to possess, eventually petered out, and one by one the miners packed their tents and moved on. There were, however, some that for many reasons were unable to leave, and it is these people of different nationalities who make up the bulk of the founding families of the present township.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 0858347350
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 96
Series Name: University of New England History Series
Series Number : 6
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