Thursday, June 21, 2012


The hymn sung at the church funeral service of the three murdered Mawbey children at Gilgandra was 'When He Cometh'.
It was written by American pastor William O Cushing in 1856 for his Sunday School children.
The music is by George F. Root.

When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.
He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.
Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Listen to the tune and see and hear children singing this hymn by clicking on this link:
"When He Cometh"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Singleton Argus, Thursday 6 September 1900
The scene of Saturday's robbery by the blacks is about 10 miles from Murrurundli.
They also visited two more places, the first Mr George Hamilton's house on Mr Henry Hall's selection.
The Hamiltons were away when the blacks arrived.
Coming home they heard voices inside, and peeped in, and saw the Governors.
Then they rode to Ardglen for assistance, and on returning surrounded the bouse, but the blacks had decamped.
They turned the houso up side down, took eggs, flour, tea, a new .32 Winchester, 87 cartridges, and a felt hat, leaving an old felt hat, burnt from lifting the pot off the fire.
Later on they stuck up Mr Michael Harper, a boundary rider, at Colly Creek.
They had previously robbed Mr Baker's three houses on Chilcott's Creek.
They pointed a rifle at Harper, and asked for tucker, and told him to tell Hamilton that his rifle was a good one, and better because they got it for nothing.
They had tried it at a tin.
Harper gave them provisions, and they left.
At Harper's Sub-Inspector Galbraith's party and about 25 civilians were met by a messenger who stated that the party sent north-east by Galbraith had met and exchanged 14 shots with the Governors. Smith, the messenger, was nearly shot.
He left two mates watching them.
On arrival they found that they had let the outlaws escape.
The blacks had stuck up the McCulloch's, and given letters to them, addressed to the police, "from the Breelong murderers."


The Advertiser, Adelaide, Tuesday 31 July 1900
Sydney, July 30.
The black outlaws are still at large large, and the police and bushmen alike have been completely baffled.
There is the greatest difficulty in getting reliable information,owing to the absence of telegraphic communication.
A telephone is in course of erection at Wollar.
Were it completed, the movements of the search parties would be much more easily directed.
It as thought that the telegraph line should be tapped at Ulan and a temporary office erected there.  
To send a messenger 30 miles, and then to await a reply, is to arrive on any trail too late to be of much use.
Coming along the track taken by the fugitives, it is easy to understand how the police were outwitted. No effort is being spared to find the murderers.
The police are out late and early, and only take very brief rest.
Any talk of a systematic search is foolishness.
Ten times the number of men engaged could not, as has been suggested, sweep the country.
Going 10 yards apart they might easily miss their men among the rocks, holes, boulders, and timber that afford excellent cover.  
Trooper Morris, who was recently invalided from the Transvaal, where be was recommended for the Victoria Cross, led a search party from Singleton over the Wollar route, and is thoroughly eager in the pursuit.
He says that the country around Wollar is much rougher than South African country.
The hills here ran in ranges instead of being broken up, as they are in South Africa, and the timber around Wollar affords much better cover.
This party is only one of dozens that are scouring the country, eager to be in at the capture.
It is known that a reward has been offered, but very little thought is given to that.
Everyone is eager for the sake of relatives, who are huddled together in various centres, to rid the country of those who have paralysed everything.
To pass deserted homesteads with the stock feeding in growing crops is a common sight.  
Here and there a few sturdy specimens refuse to leave, and should tbe blacks happen to call at such places, they may have a warm reception.
The police wish if possible to take the Governors alive, but no unnecessary risks are expected to be taken in doing so.  
Further parties continue to leave Mudgee towards Wollar.
Many residents of Cooyal and Botobollar are applying for arms to defend themselves.
Three of the principal stores at those towns have sold during the last few days over £300 worth of arms and ammunition