Category Archives: History

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
Tru-Frute
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
Pasties
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
Pavlova
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
Tortillas
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
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
Macaroons
Peanut Cookies
Food Processor Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread
Shortbread
Slap-Ups
Toll House Cookies
Yo-Yos
Apricot Slice
Caramel Hedgehog
Caramel Walnut Crunch
Choc Bit Apricot Slice
Chocolate Peppermint Slice
Chocolate Topped Crunchy Slice
Fruity Malt Slice
Hedgehogs
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
Spiders
Vanilla Slice
Apricot Balls
Apricot Chews
Cherry Fruit Balls
Chocolate Nut Fudge
Coconut Ice
Fudge
Hazelnut Truffles
Rocky Road
Tahini Log
Toffee
White Christmas
Fruit Punch
Fruit Punch No. 2
Golden Fruit Punch
Lemon Cordial
Lemon Cordial Drink
Minted Lime Punch
Pink Strawberry Spider
Punch
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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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National Bridge, considered dangerous before it was demolished.

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Camping grounds

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Cressy Street

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When the pool was part of the Edward River.

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

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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.

Deniliquin Building Fires Throughout Time

August 2017

The cry of ‘Fire!’ was heard many times in Deniliquin particularly in the 19th Century as businesses went up in flames, the majority were accidents but there were some that were arson with fatal consequences

Royal Hotel – 1858
Royal Hotel – 1859
Royal Hotel – 1861
Wanderer Inn – 1867
Gibson Brothers – 1876 (fence)
Beehive Store – 1876
Smith’s Drapery Store – 1876 (End Street)
Town Hall – 1878
M’Culloch and Co – 1878
Jefferson’s Chemist Shop – 1878
Napier Street Fire – 1880 (four shops destroyed)
John Smith’s Store – 1880
School of Arts – 1882
Globe Hotel – 1883 (other shops destroyed too)
Police Barracks – 1883
Commercial Hotel – 1884 (four deaths)
National Hotel – 1884
Mr Rae’s Drapery – 1886
Pyke’s Hotel – 1887
Exchange Hotel – 1888
Mr Rae’s Drapery & Dublin Hotel – 1892
‘Fire in old Hotel in George Street’ (St George Hotel???) – 1893
Galbraith’s Union Hotel – 1894
Cressy Street Fire – 1895 (Hardware Store)
Napier & George Street Fire – 1895 (Five Shops destroyed, Moltme’s Corner)
Black Swan Hotel – 1896 (five additional shops destroyed too, firefighters on strike)
Cressy Street Fire – 1898 (Arson of Hairdresser/Tobacconist shop )
Napier Street Fire – 1899 (Hairdressers, Wine Sellers and Chemist)
D&M Railway Carriage & Engine Sheds – 1900
Sandhurst Hotel – 1901 (1 death)
Mort and Watson’s Drapery and Grocery (Cressy St) – 1902
Drapery on Napier Street – 1902
Globe Hotel – 1903 (fire prevented from spreading from curtains)
Men’s Quarters of Freezing Works – 1911
Pumping House of Water Works – 1912
Freezing Works – 1914 (2000 tons of firewood & 100 yards of shed)
Cressy Street Fire (Seymour’s) – 1915
Railway Station – 1924
Riverine Brewery Co – 1927 (Shed and Stables)
Blacksmith’s Shop – 1932
2QN – 1939
The Independent – 1946
CWA Rest Room and Baby Health Centre – 1948
St Michael’s Covenant of Mercy and Catholic School – 1951
Deniliquin Gun Club – 1972
Permewans – 1980
Deniboota – 1980’s
Deniliquin Auto Electrical – 1983 (three businesses also destroyed/affected)
Kevin Cole Real Estate – 1983 (two other businesses affected)
Beaurepaires – late 1990’s
Target – 2016
Green Pepper Pizza – 2016

Deniliquin Hotel Fires Throughout Time

July 31 2017

Listed here are fires that occurred either started in or spread to Deniliquin’s Hotels, this list will be improved over time.

This list began after plain research into local hotels started to reveal that fire was a common theme.

1858 – Royal Hotel
1859 – Royal Hotel
1861 – Royal Hotel (Stables, 1 death)
1867 – Wanderer Inn
1879 – Commercial Hotel (laundry room destroyed)
1883 – Globe Hotel
1884 – National Hotel
1884 – Commercial Hotel (Four deaths)**
1887 – Pyke’s Hotel
1888 – Exchange Hotel
1892 – Dublin Hotel
1893 – ‘Fire in old Hotel in George Street’ (St George Hotel???)
1894 – Galbraith’s Union Hotel
1896 – Black Swan Hotel*
1901 – Sandhurst Hotel (1 death)
1903 – Globe Hotel (curtains caught fire, quickly extinguished)
1905 – Bridge Hotel
1908 – Oddfellows Hotel (small dwelling at the rear)
1924 – Railway Refreshment Rooms

* The Black Swan Hotel fire is notable for the reason that the Fire Brigade was on strike over a pay issue and residents had to put it out themselves after an hour of brigade refusal.

** The Commercial Hotel Fire was judged to have been deliberately lit as the fire started in two different locations.

2QN from afar

AM Radio can be wonderful, you can pick up stations hundreds of kilometres away which is nice if you want to see how your old town is doing news and shops wise.

YouTube user dxer22000 tuned in to 2QN from Numeralla which is 403km away from Deniliquin and just 70km from the NSW coast and got a pretty good signal.

The video sample has ads from the Deni Golf Club, C.O.P.S,  Ash Cycles and Deblu’s Adult Warehouse.

The best of the four ads is the Ash Cycles one as it is cleverly acted out though Deblu’s is notable for having lots of sound effects to keep the ad radio friendly.

2QN has been known to get picked up as far as the outskirts of Brisbane on a good night though one has to put their ear close to the speaker to pick out what is being said.

AM Radio, the format that keeps interesting people even if they don’t like their local station format.