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On this day …….. 12th of April 1869

William Cook, said to be the best steeplechase rider in the colony was brought into Wahgunyah on this day in 1869 after being injured. Cook had been crushed by a falling horse at Urana Races. The 20 year old died from his injuries.

 

On this day …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

On this day …….. 14th of April 1866

The Wahgunyah paddle steamer was built for John Foord specifically for the river trade along the Murray’s upper reaches between Echuca and Albury. The boat was 70ft long, with timber planking over an iron frame. Durable red gum was used for the bottom, and oregon for the sides. The Wahgunyah was launched on this day in 1866. The vessel was destroyed by fire in 1878

 

On this day …….. 12th of April 1869

William Cook, said to be the best steeplechase rider in the colony was brought into Wahgunyah on this day in 1869 after being injured. Cook had been crushed by a falling horse at Urana Races. The 20 year old died from his injuries.

 

On this day ………… 7th March 1861

On this day in 1861, Mr Jones a miner on the Wahgunyah, North East Victoria Gold fields, was halfway up a 220 ft mine shaft when he fell. Normally a fall over 100ft would be followed by instantaneously dead, however Jones not only survived, but sustained only minor injuries. It seems the well dug at the bottom of the shaft to act as a collection point for seepage, was in this mine, covered only by light weatherboards instead of slabs, which slowed Jones fall. Incredibly, this was not the first time for Jones. According to reports in the Federal Standard news paper, it was his second accident within a month.

 

 

On this day …….. 11th of January 1903

Stephen Stone, alias Wilson, a prisoner in the Beechworth Gaol, serving a sentence of nine months’ imprisonment for larceny, was on this day in 1903, conveyed to Wahgunyah to answer a charge of housebreaking and was committed for trial. Constable Paul was bringing Stone to the Beechworth Gaol, when, about four miles from Beechworth, as the train was ascending the big hill at a slow speed, the prisoner got out of a carriage window and escaped. On the arrival of the train Paul reported the matter, and the local police went out to search the district. Other police stations were also promptly notified. Constable Cahill, of Myrtleford, happened to be driving from Eldorado to Everton, when he espied a man in prison clothes hiding behind a tree. Cahill went after him, and having secured the prisoner conveyed him to Everton, whence he was brought on by train to Beechworth.

 

On this day …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

On this day …….. 14th of April 1866

The Wahgunyah paddle steamer was built for John Foord specifically for the river trade along the Murray’s upper reaches between Echuca and Albury. The boat was 70ft long, with timber planking over an iron frame. Durable red gum was used for the bottom, and oregon for the sides. The Wahgunyah was launched on this day in 1866. The vessel was destroyed by fire in 1878

 

On this day …….. 12th of April 1869

William Cook, said to be the best steeplechase rider in the colony was brought into Wahgunyah on this day in 1869 after being injured. Cook had been crushed by a falling horse at Urana Races. The 20 year old died from his injuries.

 

On this day ………… 7th March 1861

On this day in 1861, Mr Jones a miner on the Wahgunyah, North East Victoria Gold fields, was halfway up a 220 ft mine shaft when he fell. Normally a fall over 100ft would be followed by instantaneously dead, however Jones not only survived, but sustained only minor injuries. It seems the well dug at the bottom of the shaft to act as a collection point for seepage, was in this mine, covered only by light weatherboards instead of slabs, which slowed Jones fall. Incredibly, this was not the first time for Jones. According to reports in the Federal Standard news paper, it was his second accident within a month.

 

 

On this day …….. 11th of January 1903

Stephen Stone, alias Wilson, a prisoner in the Beechworth Gaol, serving a sentence of nine months’ imprisonment for larceny, was on this day in 1903, conveyed to Wahgunyah to answer a charge of housebreaking and was committed for trial. Constable Paul was bringing Stone to the Beechworth Gaol, when, about four miles from Beechworth, as the train was ascending the big hill at a slow speed, the prisoner got out of a carriage window and escaped. On the arrival of the train Paul reported the matter, and the local police went out to search the district. Other police stations were also promptly notified. Constable Cahill, of Myrtleford, happened to be driving from Eldorado to Everton, when he espied a man in prison clothes hiding behind a tree. Cahill went after him, and having secured the prisoner conveyed him to Everton, whence he was brought on by train to Beechworth.