Category Archives: History

Postcards continue to sell

February 28 2018

It has been awhile since we’ve been able to acquire any postcards but this week we have brought two of them to share with everyone.

Postcard prices seem to be hanging around the $26 dollar mark with postcards from the early 20th century bringing in much higher prices especially of buildings that no longer exist.

These postcards mention Deniliquin on the back with a date of August 8 1955 but looking at the Town Hall picture, the pictures themselves may be from 1938 as the centre posters are promoting a film called ‘Boys Town‘ and that was a film of that year starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.

The words are not visible in the scanned version but when looking at the real postcard they are visible.

‘Boys Town’ is a film that is considered a classic, it won Spencer Tracy an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, ensured Mickey Rooney’s star status and they made a sequel in 1941 titled ‘Men of Boys Town’

Hopefully a magnifying glass will reveal what the other boards say as it is always interesting to see what was going on in town at a certain point of time and there is a chance of a good estimate of the date by attempting to find 1938 or 1939 papers to locate screening times of ‘Boys Town’.

The second image is of the Memorial Gates, the list of those who died or served in combat during the second world war were not up in this picture and there is still a gate on the right side.

Readers will also notice that on the right hand side is a fence before Waring Gardens, this was before the now low brick fence that we are accustomed to seeing and there is also a different array of trees in the background.

One thing that has gotten our attention is that the two cards respectively say V.5 and V.10 making us wonder what V.1 to V.4 and V.6 to V.9 are and anything beyond it as none of the other cards shown to readers have that.



The Historical Journey – September 30 1961

February 8 2018

Deniliquin’s railway history has been disappearing over the last couple of weeks as the remains of the platforms and turntable have been demolished to make room for an eventual retirement village.

The loss of the railway was considered a major blow when daily travel stopped in the late 1970’s and the occasional passenger train arriving after then was considered interesting as seen in this 1989 video.

In what could be considered ironic, a booklet became available online around the time the platform and tracks were being pulled up.

This booklet was was made for a Melbourne to Deniliquin rail journey on Saturday September 30 1961 arranged by the Victorian division of the Australian Railway Historical Society.

It was called ‘Deniliquin by Daylight’ and left what was called Spencer Street Station (now known as Southern Cross) at 6:50am and arrived in town at 3:45pm despite a listed time of 2:10pm, we know of the time difference thanks to notations penciled in the booklet.

They left Deniliquin at 4:37pm and got back to Melbourne at 11:28pm making it a very long day.

While the booklet is short, it has interesting details such as how many trains the railway operated, the brick Deniliquin station was built in 1985, the fact the rail line between Echuca and Deniliquin has only five curves in the 45 mile journey and the NSW Government brought the line in 1923, gave it to Victorian Railways but the cost was paid for by the Victorians.

Below is all four pages at the best possible resolution so everyone can read it, can anyone spot the error on the front page?


From The Banks Of The Edward

December 22 2017

This week we picked up a book by Deniliquin Creative Writers called ‘From The Banks Of The Edward’.

It is a 128 page book filled with various stories, some discuss relationships that lasted for decades or they discussed sport, a couple are poems about the Edward River and a couple of stories talk about achievements and more.

One example of a story is ‘The New Chum’ by John Russell and it tells the story of Ada Jinks who moved to Deniliquin from England and the story tells how she and her husband John came to town, got their first house and it also describes how the conditions were and how locals got through times such as drought.

The story is insightful and accurate because of meticulous research through Ada’s own writings.

There are several pictures scattered throughout the book, most are of the subjects of the book but there is pictures of the now demolished Deniliquin Goal, the Community Centre when it was looking great and more.

Overall it is a great book and if any locals come across it they should give it a read.


Collins & Son – Tru-Frute Bottles

November 8 2017

Just over two weeks ago we wrote about how bottles from Deniliquin’s Cordial and Beer past were on eBay.

We can now show you two of the examples we wrote about, the first one is a bottle from Collins & Son and the second is from Tru-Frute.

The Collins & Son bottle was the second example we’ve spotted on eBay in the last year and this particular bottle is a marble one complete with a stopper inside which is unusual as a Riverine Brewery Co. bottle of the same kind only has the marble, the marble is for the prevention of spelling during carbonation.

Available online newspapers do not have much on Collins & Son only reporting that Thomas Collins died in 1928 and there was a theft in cordial preparation material in 1932 when the business was Collins Bros.

Collins & Son bottles do pop up on other auction sites and can fetch around $25 to $40 apiece depending on size and quality as they made bottles of different sizes and kinds.

The Tru-Frute bottle was the second Tru-Frute bottle on eBay at the same time but the two had different designs, this bottle has Tru on one side of the logo (four point star) and Frute on the other side and inside the logo reads Cordials Maher’s Deniliquin.

Below that reads ‘This bottle remains the property of V.P & F.T Maher Deniliquin’, has number 97 on the bottom with F1984 and a manufacturing stamp.

The Tru-Frute bottle is small slightly smaller than the Riverine Brewery Co. bottle we shown earlier.

Tru-Frute bottles can also fetch around $40 but the earlier the bottle the better as it is said that bottles from times close to the present are still in plentiful supply.

There may be a way around paying high prices on eBay and that is by going through places like ABCR Auctions and they may get you a bottle at a much lower price if nobody bids for them.

If you’ve developed a taste in collected local bottles, search for the following six companies.

Elliots Brewery
Riverine Brewery Co
E Ernstsen Brewery
Collins & Son
Deniston Dairy

This concludes our series on the Riverine Brewery Co, Tru-Frute, E Ernstsen and Collins & Son bottles, we hope you have enjoyed what you have read today.

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Church Cookbook

October 6 2017

Welcome to our new section of DNS simply titled ‘Cooking’, it is taking a look at some of the local cookbooks published over time.

To begin we start off with a cookbook from the Baptist Church that was made to support missionaries going to Niger.

The cookbook was found on eBay and after a couple of months watching it, we brought it to find out its story and what was inside.

Below is the list of recipes that were in the book, this taken some time to type out but if you want any recipes please inbox us and we’ll type it out for you or post one every Friday.

Capitaine With Peos Peanut Sauce
Ground Chicken
Lentils and Rice
Peanut Sauce with Beef (Tigadagay Foy)
Lemon Hari
Chicken Satay
Green Curry Chicken
Chicken Soup
Chicken and Corn Soup
Corn Chowder
Corn & Bacon Chowder
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creme Dubarry (Cauliflower Cream Soup)
Cream of Zucchini Soup
Easy Minestrone
Green Pea & Ham Soup
Minestrome Soup
Orion, Celery & Tomato Soup
Potato, Bacon & Onion Soup
Pumpkin Soup
Tortellini & Tomato Soup
Australian Cassarole
Bacon, Cheese & Onion Quiche
Baked Omelette
Baked Pineapple Cups
Baked Shoulder or Leg Chops
Beef Casserole Florentino
Beef Casserole Rich Brown Gravy
Broccoli Frittata
Cheese and Tuna Rice
Cheesy Bacon and Egg Slice
Cheesy Pasta Bake
Country Baked Pork Chops
Creative Casserole
Curried Sausages
Curried Chicken Pie
Daniel’s Rainbow Fettucini
Easy Chicken and Almond
Easy Mince Steak Casserole
Farmhouse Casserole
Fried Fish Steaks (Tali Macchi)
Honey Chicken
Honeyed Chicken Wings
Impossible Pie
Italian Chicken Style
Jack Pot Dinner
Magic Quiche
Marie’s Meat Slice
Marrow (Summer Quash) with Savoury Stuffing
Mel’s Soy, Honey & Garlic Stir Fry
Pineapple Steak Casserole
Pineapple Steak with Tasty Sauce
Queso (Savoury Pumpkin Pie)
Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole
Salmon Layer Casserole
Salmon Pasties
Salmon Puffs
Sauce for Lamb Cutlets
Sausages Creole
Savoury Chops
Savoury Pumpkin and Leek Tart
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Silken Chicken (Reshmi Murgh)
Spinach Tart with Rice Crust
Spring Rolls
Steak and Mushroom Casserole
Super Spring Rolls
Sweet and Sour Beef Casserole
Sweet and Sour Sausages
Tuna Slice
Tuna Mornay
Tune Rice Slice
Turmeric Rice (Peelay Chaaval)
Wendy’s Spinach Pie
Zucchini Slice
Amanda’s Chocolate Pudding
Apple Shortcake
Apricot Rice Flan
Baked Rice Custard
Biscuit Pastry
Boiled Fruit Pudding
Butterscotch Self-Saucing Pudding
Caramel Bread and Butter Pudding
Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding
Coconut Custard
Crunchy Apricot Pudding
Freestate Pudding
Golden Pudding
Half Hour Chocolate Pudding
Impossible Pie
Lemon Fudge Pudding
Quick Apple Sponge
Quick & Easy Dessert
Quick Pudding
Self-Saucing Lemon Pudding
Sultana Lemon Pudding
Sultana Caramel Pudding
Whole Lemon Pudding
Banana Jelly
Baked Chocolate Cheesecake
Caramel Cream Pie
Chocolate Date Tart
Cream Pie with Various Fillings
Fruity Chiffon Pie
Ginger Lemon Pie
Honey and Sultana Cheesecake
Kish Mish
Lemon Cheesecake
Lemon Meringue Pie
Milk Cake
Orange and Lemon Flummery
Passionfruit Cream Tart
Rocky Road Pudding
Spanish Cream
Strawberry Hazelnut Gateau
Swiss Chocolate Mousse
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Bananas Supreme
Hawaiian Toast
Honey Dreams
Icecream Truffles
Rocky Road Bananas
Rocky Road Ice Cream
Savoury Cheese Dogs
Barbequed Chicken Satay
Tasty Sauce for Layered Salad
Noodle Salad No. 1
Noodle Salad No. 2
Potato Salad
Ideas for a Vegetarian BBQ
Special Rice Salad
Andrew’s Pizzas
Aussie Barbecued Emu
Aussie Camel Stew
Banana Cake
Crazy Wacky Chocolate Cake
Curry with Daal (Lentils)
Derek’s Mystery Steaks
Golden Syrup Dumplings
John’s Perfect Boiled Eggs
Mark’s Marvelous Damper
The Pastor’s Boiled Fruit Cake
Thai Fried Rice
Tuna Mornay
Blueberry Muffins
Bread Rolls
Cheese Loaf
Choc Bit Muffins
Fruit Muffins
Granny Scones
Hazelnut Choc-Chip Muffins
Jaffa Muffins
Lemon and Yoghurt Muffins
Muffins and Variations
Oatmeal Pancakes
Pumpkin Sultana Scones
Raisin Bread
Six Cup Muffins
Sweet Corn and Bacon Muffins
Whole Fruit Scones
Almond Bread
Apple Apricot Cake
Apricot Allbran Cake
Apricot and Walnut Loaf
Armenian Nutmeg Cake
Banana Cake No. 1
Banana Cake No. 2
Banana Cake with Golden Syrup Icing
Banana Delight Cake
Banana Health Cake
Boiled Wholemeal Fruit Cake No. 1
Boiled Wholemeal Fruit Cake No. 2
Boston Bun
Butter Cake with Variations
Butterscotch Cake
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake (Microwave)
Carrot and Walnut Slice
Cherry and Walnut Cake
Chewy Chocolate Muesli Brownies
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cherry Slice
Chocolate Chipper Cake
Chocolate Delight
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Filling
Chocolate Rough Slice
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Cinnamon Ginger Cake with Caramel Icing
Coconut Ice Cake
Coconut Lime Syrup Cake
Crazy Cake (microwave)
Date Loaf
Date and Nut Loaf
Devil’s Food Cake
Fruit Loaf
Fruity Pumpkin Cake
Fruit Slice
Ginger Banana Cake
Glazed Orange Walnut Cake
Golden Ginger Cake
Half 2, 4, 6, 8 Cake
Honey Loaf
Hungarian Nut Cake
Kath’s Chocolate Cake
Lemon Butter Squares
Lemon Coconut Slice
Lemon Crumb Crunch
Lucious Belgian Lemon Teacake
Mother’s Bun Loaf
Muesli Bars
New Fruit Cake
No-Bowl Choc. Bit Slice
Orange Cake
Passionfruit Shortbread
Peanut Slice
Pecan and Pineapple Squares
Peanut Caramel Squares
Peanut Honey Slice
Pineapple Carrot Cake
Pineapple Fruit Cake
Plain Sponge
Pumpkin Fruit Cake
Raspberry Coconut Slice
Rich Chocolate Cake
Simplicity Chocolate Cake
Powder Puffs
Six Minute Orange Cake
Spiced Apple Cake
Strawberry Slice
Saltana Cake
Susan’s Chocolate Cake
Tiffin Tea Cake
Tea Barm Brack
Tropical Ginger Cake
Walnut Squares
Wholemeal Apricot and Coconut Cake
Yogurt Lemon or Orange Cake
Zucchini Walnut Loaf
ANZAC Biscuits
Burnt Butter Biscuits
Cherry Winks
Choc Nut Cookies
Crisp Coconut Biscuits
Gingerbread Men
Honey Joys
Long Keeping Cookies
Peanut Cookies
Food Processor Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread
Toll House Cookies
Apricot Slice
Caramel Hedgehog
Caramel Walnut Crunch
Choc Bit Apricot Slice
Chocolate Peppermint Slice
Chocolate Topped Crunchy Slice
Fruity Malt Slice
Hedgehog Slice
Honey Muesli Bars
Jelly Slice
Lattice Slice
Lemon Slice
Lemon and Ginger Slice
Lyndall’s Jelly Slice
Lyndall’s Luscious Apricot Slice
Marshmellow Slice
Pineapple Cream Slice
Vanilla Slice
Apricot Balls
Apricot Chews
Cherry Fruit Balls
Chocolate Nut Fudge
Coconut Ice
Hazelnut Truffles
Rocky Road
Tahini Log
White Christmas
Fruit Punch
Fruit Punch No. 2
Golden Fruit Punch
Lemon Cordial
Lemon Cordial Drink
Minted Lime Punch
Pink Strawberry Spider
Rose and Blackcurrant Sip
Bill’s Special Dips
Pineapple Dip
Savoury Dip
Seafood Mornay Appetizer
Skorthalia (Garlic Sauce)
Taramosalata (Fish Roe Puree)
Tomato Sauce
Tzatziki (Yoghurt and Cucumber Relish)
Zucchini Pickle




Brewery Bottles on eBay

August 28 2017

There has been a slight resurgence of bottles and posters from the Riverine Brewery Co. being offered on eBay.

Recently a bottle sold for $27 and there is a bottle from around 1910 on offer for $75 before P&H.

Most bottles are sold for around $40 apiece before P&H comes in  which usually comes to around $15.

Those who have some wall space may be interested in this poster, the only downside to it is that it is in Moorabbin and cannot be posted so locals may have to have a road trip or get a friend nearby to help.

The bottle in the picture below has ‘Riverine Brewery Co. Deniliquin’ on the front and below that it has the words ‘This bottle is the property of Elliots Riverine Brewery Co. Deniliquin’.

The bottom of the bottle has a stamp with a C and an M below it, there is a 0 to the right side of the stamp and below that is stamped L458 and finally an M below that and a B2a near that with the 2 backwards.

The difference between the bottle mentioned and the $75 one apart from design is the more expensive version does not have the message about property yet those who love to collect will still jump at it.

Bottles will most likely have cracks and the surface may be roughed up by decades of dirt and other materials but nothing that should wreck the bottle.

We will continue to report on items as they are seen.


What was the Hartwood Monster?

August 22 2017

Throughout time we’ve heard of various monsters and mysterious creatures yet most are sure that all are fictional creatures for example Dr Frankenstein’s Monster, The Loch Ness Monster, the Bunyip, Bigfoot, The Tasmanian Tiger post 1930’s, Fairies and more.

The Hartwood Monster aka the Murray River Monster was a creature spotted in the 1930’s and was described to be six to seven feet long with two flippers, fur covered skin like a possum and eyes like apricots and when it surfaced it blew water out like a Whale.

A few years later the people of Loxton reported a monster but it was apparently an Alligator and later believed it was a Crocodile.

Records available show nothing further happened until 1949 when a creature was found at Hartwood Billabong in Wakool Creek.

In August 1949, two men saw a creature in the water and said it had an estimated 18 inch long neck, was 3ft tall, was fast and it was almost black.

Newspapers were very eager to report that the two witnesses were sober perhaps to justify why this story had taken up inches of column space when monsters are not considered real.

The news was considered so interesting that it was reported as far north as Rockhampton and as far west as Perth.

It was also reported that what was spotted may of been a species of Musk Duck or it was a Seal.

The next month, a man named Bill Stewart from the Globe Hotel accompanied by three other men from the Globe shot a creature 15 times with his shotgun after a chase that lasted half a mile.

The creature was described as ‘a long black object with a squat hooded head’ and when it saw the men approaching attempted escape in a series of dives, reappearing every 80 yards.

A dog was sent in to retrieve the creature but ran off and reportedly wouldn’t go near a body of water again.

The body of the creature was never recovered, if it was a variant of the Musk Duck the unfortunate creature was a thousand kilometres south from its natural habitat, if it was a Seal it is an odd place to find one and if it was an unknown creature, we’ll never know.

Then again, maybe they didn’t get the Hartwood Monster and it is still out there or it didn’t even exist at all making it the stuff of legends.

The Ghost of 1937

August 16 2017

Four years after the story of the ‘Trotting Cob’ was recounted in The Independent, the paper once again reported a ghost story this time the story was fresh and it came from the centre of town.

In January 1937, a white apperition was last seen floating into the Waring Gardens after being spotted standing in the street around the vicinity of the ‘Economic Store’.

The two eyewitnesses who saw this apperition called other locals for help and a search of the gardens provided no clue to what was seen.

It was reported that the two eyewitnesses were sober and so it was not the use of their imagination of the drunken state kind.

Unfortunately the article does not tell more about what was seen in terms of what the ghost looked like, a week later The Independent reported that further inquiries revealed no new clues but many residents believed it was a joke.

Amusingly on the day of the follow up report, there was an ad by Lyceum Pictures advertising the movie ‘The Ghost Goes West‘.

For those into the paranormal, It must be remembered that Old Jack, the people hanged in the now former jail grounds, the half dozen or so deaths that occurred in nearby hotels and others all died in nearby locations and the ghost could of been any of them or it was simply just a 2:30am joke.

EDIT : January 30 2018

For those who like their ghost stories, the economic store mentioned in the report in January 1937 may be referring to the store Rose’s that was situated next to the Primrose Cafe which was an extension of the Globe Hotel.

A woman was fatally stabbed outside the Globe decades earlier and a woman died there in 1935, could it be either one of those ladies?

Past railway expansion attempts

August 14 2017

There were several attempts at expanding the railway line further into NSW from Deniliquin.

The below listed are some of the attempts or results of attempts at getting such projects off the ground whether through debates or parliamentary measures, as you will see the attempts lasted for several decades.

1883 – Deniliquin to Hay
1886 – Hay to Deniliquin  Tramway
1887 – Hay to Deniliquin Tramway
1888 – Deniliquin to Jerilderie (trial survey)
1890 – Hay to Deniliquin
1900 – Hay to Deniliquin
1902 – Hay to Deniliquin (Discussed by Deniliquin Council, not opposed)
1902 – Jerilderie to Deniliquin (Discussed and favoured by Deniliquin Council)
1911 – Jerilderie to Deniliquin
1914 – Jerilderie to Deniliquin (looked at by Works Committee)
1914 – Finley to Deniliquin (recommended)
1920 – Hay to Deniliquin
1920 – Deniliquin to Tuppal
1920 – Finley to Deniliquin
1921 – Finley to Deniliquin
1926 – Hay to Deniliquin
1927 – Hay to Deniliquin (rejected by Deniliquin Council)
1927 – Finley to Deniliquin
1927 – Jerilderie to Deniliquin
1928 – Deniliquin to Blighty (further reports in 1929)
1929 – Hay to Deniliquin
1951 – Deniliquin to Finley

As impossible as it seems now, back then an extension would not of had encountered buildings like it would now as buildings were still pretty spread out and the area wasn’t as developed.

Assuming the line would of been straight from beside the railway platform, the black line you see in the picture below is how we could of seen the line being extended out of town.

Poicitiers, Whitelock, Cressy, George and Charlotte streets would of had the line run through it before going over the Edward and most likely be at the back end of Edward River Oval and going on its merry way towards Victoria Street and up a short distance before running along the main roads to the destinations.

Once at Finley, the line could then make its way on to Jerilderie.

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Images of Deniliquin

August 9 2017

At one time, tourists could pick up a postcard that looked like an envelope and send to their friends and loved ones a series of printed images of Deniliquin.

We are very pleased to be able to show you some of the images from the postcard series, we do apologize if some images appear wonky but that is due to all images being attached to each other limiting the ability to straighten them up.

Front cover, a generic one as you can tell by the background with ‘Deniliquin’ added to the picture.

National Bridge, considered dangerous before it was demolished.

Camping grounds

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Cressy Street

When the pool was part of the Edward River.

Tattersall’s Hotel on the left, Ho’s is on the right and the Royal Hotel is deep in the background.

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Town Hall when it was crowded on both sides.

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Waring Gardens
War Memorial without the WW2 panels.
Stevens Weir
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Sheep at ‘Boonoke’

The back where you can seal it all up and post the lot off.

As you have seen, Deniliquin has changed quite a lot since these pictures were taken, we have a different bridge, the Tattersall’s Hotel and Royal Hotel (end of picture 7) are gone, the War Memorial is different now and there are different shops, different cars and another place to swim now too.

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look at these images and hope that they have brought back memories or have brought interest and curiosity to what was and what will be coming in the future.