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Postal Delivery between Corowa and Tocumwal 1896


Looking through the National Archives, regarding another matter, I found correspondence relating to the Barooga Post Office 1896 - 1907. I have attached some interesting photos of correspondence relating to the request, including the original petition, by Barooga residents, to be included in the mail run from Corowa to Tocumwal via Mulwala.

Apparently, for the mail courier, the deviation of two miles each way, was four miles too many. The courier protested he was not earning enough to make the trip already, and felt the extra miles to be the straw that could break the camel’s back. Two letters from J P Kennedy arguing against him being compelled to travel via Barooga dated 28 April 1896, and 8 May 1896 are featured here.

I have also included a letter, including hand drawn map, of what is being requested and noting tenders are to be sought for the new route, and although Kennedy had since stipulated that he would change his route to prevent the tender being raised, that recommendation was to go ahead “as we are glad to get rid of him”. The final item is the schedule of tenders stating that Henry Shaw was the successful tender.

The original letters can all be viewed on the National Archives website:…/SearchScr…/BasicSearch.aspx


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