Clubs foil Bay’s grey ma­raud­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

Mal­tese- born labourer Lorenzo Borg joined the AIF in Townsville in March, 1916, aged 20, and left Bris­bane for Eng­land five months later with re­in­force­ments for the 47th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion. Taken on strength in France in Fe­bru­ary, 1917, Pri­vate Borg needed treat­ment for trench fever in May, 1917 and was wounded in April 1918. He was sent back to Aus­tralia and dis­charged in Oc­to­ber, 1918, re­cov­er­ing from gun­shot wounds. Lieu­tenant Richard Stewart ( Dick) Burstal of the 1st Aus­tralian In­fantry Bat­tal­ion was killed in ac­tion at Pozieres, on July 25, 1916. The el­der son of Townsville bank in­spec­tor Richard Burstal ( se­nior), he was well known in south­ern NSW, where he worked as a stock and sta­tion agent be­fore en­list­ing in April, 1915, aged 23. Mis­spelt when named in Lt Burstal’s hon­our in 1919, the street was re­named in 1969 af­ter another slain soldier, Allen Pa­trick Yeatman. a shark in Alma Bay on Jan­uary 25, 1929.]

The new fence it­self, on which work is now vir­tu­ally com­pleted, is a work­man­like struc­ture of stout steel driven in seven feet, about 260 yards from the wa­ter’s edge, and stretch­ing to each side.

It leaves plenty of room in­side, for on Sun­day morn­ing, there was 11 to 12 feet of wa­ter just in­side the rails.

Nor does it break the surf to any ex­tent. It is un­doubt­edly a sure shield and pro­tec­tion against those cruel grey ocean ma­raud­ers, and should stand the test of heavy weather.

The un­der­tak­ing re­flects great credit on those re­spon­si­ble for it, the en­er­getic com­mit­tee, Messrs Hayles Mag­netic Ltd, the Ar­ca­dian Life Sav­ing Club and the con­trac­tor, Mr Mitchell.

The last named has not had the best of luck with the work, as on more than one oc­ca­sion, ex­cep­tion­ally heavy weather held up the work, and in­deed put it back se­ri­ously.

How­ever, he has com­pleted a good sound job in the face of nu­mer­ous dif­fi­cul­ties and more than his share of ill for­tune. It is a great re­lief now to know that one can swim all day in Alma Bay with­out a trace of anx­i­ety and that never again can there be another such tragic oc­cur­rence as marred last sea­son.

This per­fect lit­tle plea­sure re­sort will now leap ahead in pop­u­lar­ity, and be­come one of the best known and most at­trac­tive spots in Aus­tralia.

[ Townsville Daily Bul­letin, Oc­to­ber 14, 1930] The Townsville Star re­ports some un­easi­ness was felt yesterday af­ter­noon when the ru­mour gained cur­rency that a case of plague had de­vel­oped in the vicarage, Mel­ton Hill. In­quiries proved the re­port to be too true. For the past two days the Rev J. W. Ward had been suf­fer­ing from in­dis­po­si­tion and Dr Routh, on be­ing called, had some sus­pi­cion that the symp­toms were in­dica­tive of plague. He there­upon called in Dr Row, who backed this di­ag­no­sis … and at once com­mu­ni­cated with Al­der­man T Will­mett ( chair­man of the Joint Epi­demic Board) [ who] is­sued or­ders for the re­moval of the Rev Mr Ward to the Plague Quar­an­tine Sta­tion, on the Town Com­mon. We are pleased to hear the case is a par­tic­u­larly mild one and is un­likely to be fol­lowed by an se­ri­ous con­se­quences. Thomas Seymour ( de­tec­tive se­nior sergeant of po­lice) pro­ceeded against Han­nah Sabina Stag, oth­er­wise known as “Mrs Lowe” for keep­ing a house for im­moral pur­pose. The case was re­manded to the 11th inst, bail be­ing al­lowed in the sum of £ 40. Cap­tain Voss, who has made a world­wide name as a lonely voy­ager in small sail­ing craft, is con­clud­ing his ven­ture­some voy­age in his present boat, as the Ti­likum II, which has been ly­ing in the In­ner Har­bor for some weeks, has been sold at Townsville. The pur­chasers, it is un­der­stood, are Messrs Smith and Agnew, a lo­cal firm of con­trac­tors, and the price was £ 200. As the Ti­likum II was built out­side the Com­mon­wealth, duly of 25 per cent, had to be paid on the ves­sel be­ing sold. With the ap­proach of car­ni­val week, the town is liven­ing up and al­ready there are a good many visi­tors. For the day­light hours the show and races will pro­vide plenty of ex­cite­ment.

Pic­ture: JAMES COOK UNIVER­SITY SPE­CIAL COL­LEC­TIONS ARCHIVE

An Ar­ca­dian Surf Life­sav­ing Club team, Alma Bay, Mag­netic Is­land, 1932.

July 11, 1900

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