Cameleer lived to 107

The Afghan cameleers of early Australia are an iconic part of our pioneering history. Bye Khan, who died in Bourke, NSW, aged 107, deserves a starring role in that history, not only for his longevity. Like most “Afghan’’ cameleers, he would have come to Australia from the north-west regions of India, to train and handleContinue reading “Cameleer lived to 107”

Three children die on their way to town’s day of fun

August 15, 1888 – Almost all of the children of Bourke, country New South Wales, were in the back of horse-drawn vehicles heading to the country town’s picnic ground by the Darling River. The Annual Children’s Picnic procession would have been full of laughter and expectation, as the annual event brought the town together.   ThereContinue reading “Three children die on their way to town’s day of fun”

Paddle steamer accidents often fatal

Steam paddle boats accidents were common and often fatal on the rivers of inland NSW, prompting this scathing opinion in the press by an unnamed correspondent. It followed the death of 28-year-old Henry Pitcher on board the steamer Princess Royal on August 15, 1870 – the same year the vessel was launched. “As the Princess Royal arrivedContinue reading “Paddle steamer accidents often fatal”