Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

This Day in History, 1849

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THIS was the day the old timers talked about as the day of the first big snowfall in Benalla.

Workmen who had been employed on the Black Swan Inn awoke on this day to find the snow laying thickly on the flats which are now covered by city streets and buildings. Forgetting the job in hand, the men began to roll up a snowball. They pushed it until they could get no further, and used it as a base to build a snow-tower 12 feet high.

The tower, according to folklore, survived for nine days.

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