Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trove Tuesday - Cobar 1923

Ninety years ago this week my Mum was born in Cobar, NSW. Wondering what was happening there during the week of her birth I turned to Trove. Here are some of the stories I found.

Mr. M. L. Pryor, acting postmaster,has been officially notified that he hasbeen appointed to the position ofpostmaster at Cobar. Mr. Pryor hasno idea when he will leave for Cobar.
1923 'PERSONAL.', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 31 January, p. 2, viewed 29 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45596548
Mr. V. Farrier, mining inspector,who is at present holiday-making in8vdney, will probably return to BrokenHill on Saturday next. As soon as hearrives Mr. J. R. Godfrey, who hasbeen relieving him. will return toCobar, where he is stationed.

1923 'PERSONAL.', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 27 January, p. 2 Edition: SPORTING EDITION., viewed 29 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45596241

Announcement Part 1

Announcement Part 2

1923 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 31 January, p. 3, viewed 29 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28079683

1923 'New South Wales.', The Western Champion (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1922 - 1937), 27 January, p. 8, viewed 29 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article79296210

So what do these snippets tell me about the town in which Mum was born?

Cobar had a Post Office and a new Postmaster. I wonder if he still was the Postmaster who employed Mum when she went to work there at age 15.

I knew that Cobar was a mining town as employment opportunities at the mines is what brought my grandmother's family to the district.

If my grandmother would have been inclined she could have had a train ride east with her new daughter. It's a shame that the train line to Cobar has now been closed.

My poor grandmother must have been very uncomfortable in the last few days of  her pregnancy with temperatures in Cobar reaching 110 degrees fahrenheit.

My mother and grandmother - Cobar 1923


Celia Lewis said...

Lovely photo of your mom and grandmother looking so young - and hot!! I used to complain about being pregnant here in Vancouver BC in 80 degrees (August). Nice searching for tidbits about her home town Cobar.

Anonymous said...

Great find Jill and I love the photo... Happy Birthday to your Mum. Cheers, Catherine


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