What and where were 'The Loggerheads' near Dubbo? Here we find the answers amongst Trove newspaper articles and the everyday events of life between 1880 and 1925.
Clues about 'The Loggerheads' ...coal found on Mr. T. Oakley's farm, near the Loggerheads.. ...little boy who resides near the Loggerheads.. ...near the Loggerheads gate about five miles from town.. ...Mr Mathew's farm at the Loggerheads.. ...clearing and forming road from Loggerheads near Dubbo to Murrumbidgerie.. ...the house at the Loggerheads Railway gates.. ...residing near the Loggerheads.. ...between Loggerheads and Eulomogo Sliding.. ...of "The Loggerheads" Dubbo.. ...of the gatehouse, Loggerheads.. ...residence at Loggerheads as gatekeeper.. ...at Loggerheads, about three miles from Dubbo.. ...The Loggerheads, residential address, Harold Ison, WWI ...The Loggerheads, about three mile east of Dubbo
LOGGERHEADS IS MENTIONED IN THE FOLLOWING NEWSPAPER ARTICLES Coal near Dubbo - Mr. T. R. CLEAVER, left at our (Dubbo Despatch) office on Monday, samples of coal found on Mr. T. Oakley's farm, near the Loggerheads. The coal was struck in a well at 110 feet, and the seam is two feet across. It is of remarkably good quality. The locality is only about 200 yards from the railway line. Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners Advocate 1 April 1881
A PAINFUL ACCIDENT happened Sunday week to a little boy, son of Mr M'Auliff, who resides near the Loggerheads. The little follow was walking along, carrying a can of water, at the same time playing with a dog, which somehow or other tripped him, and in falling the boy broke his thigh bone; he was brought to town, when Dr. Gay set the limb, and the sufferer was again taken home. Australia Town & Country Journal 28 November 1885
Last Saturday week, the body of an elderly man, named Archibald Stenhouse, was found on the railway line, with his head nearly severed from the body, he having apparently been run over by the train on Friday night. The accident occurred near the Loggerhead's gate, about five miles from town. Australian Town & Country Journal 18 September 1886
SHOOTING FATALITY - A sad fatality occurred on Wednesday afternoon about 5 o'clock, when a youth named John Thomas Fogarty, aged 16, son of a railway employee residing in Dubbo, was accidentally shot. From the evidence taken at an inquest held on Friday by Mr. R. G. Dulhunty, J.P., it is gathered that on the afternoon named, six boys were out in the bush in the direction of Mr. Matthews' farm at the Loggerheads. One of them, named Ernest Madden, aged 18, was carrying a pea rifle; he took aim at a pigeon and fired, and hearing cries, ran up to some thick scrub about 100 yards off, where he found Fogarty kneeling on one knee saying "I am shot." The unfortunate lad was conveyed to his home and Dr. Hope summoned. He found that the bullet had penetrated Fogarty's left side almost under the shoulder blade. Fogarty lingered until early on Thursday morning when he expired. Before his death he became conscious, and told his father he was walking along, and did not know who shot him. The jury returned a verdict that deceased's death was caused by a gunshot wound inflicted by Ernest Madden, and that the occurrence was purely accidental. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon. Dubbo Liberal 29 July 1899
S. Phillips, Esq., M.L.A. Department of Public Works, Sydney, Sept. 26, 1895. Sir,—I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of the letter of the 24th instant presented by you from the Murrumbidgerie Progress Committee in regard to clearing and forming road from Loggerheads, near Dubbo, to Murrumbidgerie, and to inform you that a further communication will shortly be made to you with respect to the matter. I have, etc., J. BARLING, Under Secretary. Dubbo Liberal 2 October 1895
Mr. I. Clyde informs us that the house at the Loggerheads Railway gates is to be let, rent free, to a respectable family who will undertake to open or close the gates when required. Applications should be made to Mr. Clyde. Dubbo Liberal 4 April 1903
FOUND DEAD IN BED - Mr, John Oakley. Mr. John Oakley, a farmer in this district, residing near the Loggerheads, died under rather sad circumstances early this week. His wife and family left home on Sunday with a view to spending a few days with her mother at Old Dubbo, and later with her brother at Eumungerie. Mr. Oakley, who was then apparently in good health, drove Mrs. Oakley to Old Dubbo, and subsequently, returned home on the Sunday evening. He was not afterwards seen alive. On Wednesday afternoon Mr. S. Lovett, who was working in the locality, had his attention attracted by the appearance of the stock about the homestead. They had evidently not been watered for a day or two, and he went to the house to attend to them. He found the house locked, and on looking through the windows he saw Mr. Oakley in bed, and evidently dead. The police were at once communicated with, and Constable Hart went out, and had to force an entry, the doors being all locked. The body was found to be in an advanced state of decomposition, and it was evident that he had died in his sleep on Sunday night. Deceased was subject to fits, and Dr. Burkitt had attended him. Interment took place on Thursday morning under an order from Mr. C. E. Oslear, Coroner, who will hold an enquiry this (Saturday) morning. Mr. Oakley was a son of the late Mr. T. Oakley, of "Choseley Farm", and brother of Mr. William Oakley, of Tomingley, and of Mrs. G. J. Woodley, of Eulomogo. He was 39 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves a widow and two little children. Mrs. Oakley is a daughter of Mr. G. Woodley, of Old Dubbo. Much, sympathy is felt for the bereaved in their loss and in its sad suddenness. The funeral service on Thursday morning was conducted by the Rev. E. H. Lea in the Anglican portion of the cemetery. Mr, J. Tighe made the arrangements. Dubbo Liberal 10 December 1910
Gave His Life for His Country - It is our painful duty to record the death of yet another brave Dubbo boy ,who has made the Great Sacrifice on behalf of Liberty and freedom. Last Tuesday night Rev. C. Wesley received word that Private J.B. ("Jack") Ison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alf. Ison, of "The Loggerheads," Dubbo, was killed in action in France on November 10th last. Private Ison, although he had seen three birthdays in defence of the Empire, was only 21 years of age at the time of his death. He enlisted at 18,spent his 19th birthday in the trenches at Gallipoli, his 20th in the trenches in France, and his 21st birthday in a training school in England last June. He answered the call in November,1914, sailed in February 1915, and went to Gallipoli on April 30th, 1915- five days after the landing. He fought on the Peninsula right up to the evacuation, and took part in all the engagements which made for Australians the great name of Anzac. He took part in the Lone Pine stunt, and suffered from shell shock. In this historic engagement "Jack" was instrumental in the taking of several Turkish prisoners. After the evacuation he was sent to France, and took part in the fighting at Pozieres, where he was wounded in the nose. After coming out of hospital, he again went into the firing line, and took part in several stiff engagements. He was in the heaviest of the fighting at Bullecourt, when he was sent to England for six months' training. However, before he had time to qualify for his commission, he was sent back to France owing to the shortage of reinforcements as sergeant. On Wednesday morning the Rev. Wesley conveyed the sad tidings to the bereaved parents, who have the sympathy of the residents of Dubbo and district in their sad loss. A brother of our hero, Lieut. Harold Ison, has just returned from the front, and another brother, Dan (a married man with three young children) went into camp on Monday last. Somewhere in France he is sleeping; He answered the Empire's call; He died an Australian hero; Which is the noblest death of all. Dubbo Liberal 30 November 1917
On Friday last a number of the lady friends of Mrs. Smith, of the gatehouse, Loggerheads, assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stinson Public School, Buninyong, to say goodbye to her. Ladies were present from Bunnyong and Eulomogo, and the entertainment took the form of an afternoon tea. Mrs. Smith was presented with a gold pearl and ruby brooch. Mr. Stinson made the presentation, and expressed, on behalf of the donors, the regret they felt at the guest's departure after eighteen months residence at Loggerheads as gatekeeper. In all weather and at all hours, Mr. Stinson said, Mrs. Smith had never regarded it as any trouble to let people through the gates. She was always ready to work for the welfare of the community and the comfort of her neighbours. Mr Stinson's remarks were supported by Mesdames Oakley and May. Mrs. Smith thanked her friends for their present, stating that anything she had done in performing her duty was a pleasure to her. Dubbo Liberal 2 November 1920
Shooting Accident - DUBBO LAD SHOT THROUGH THE LUNG. A very serious shooting accident took place on Sunday afternoon, and as a result Edwin Shaw, aged 18, was taken in what seemed to be a precarious condition to the District Hospital. It appears that young Shaw, who has been three years in the employ of J. Davies and Son, butchers, in Talbragar-street, went out with two other lads, named Westcott and Stroud, in the direction of Eulomogo for the purpose of shooting foxes. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when the party was on the property of Mr. J. Owers, near Eulomogo, Shaw was getting through a fence, the lower part of which was wire-netting. The trigger of his rifle somehow got caught in the wire-netting, and the .32 bullet pierced his chest in the neighbourhood of the right lung, and went right through his body. His companions helped him into the sulky, but not before he had lost a great deal of blood. When they came to Mr. Alf. Ison's place at Loggerheads, about three miles from Dubbo, they were met by Mr. Alf. Lees, who took the patient into his car, and brought him into Dubbo to Dr. Fitz Hill's surgery. The doctor sent him straight to the hospital, and a further diagnosis showed that the lung was actually pierced. Dr. Fitz Hill informed us yesterday afternoon that the patient's condition was, considering the nature of the wound, very satisfactory. Edwin Shaw is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Shaw, of Stirling-street, Dubbo. Mr. Shaw at the time of the accident was out working on telephone lines between Nyngan and Nevertire. As soon as the patient was admitted to the hospital Mr. Lees motored to Stirling-street, and took Mrs. Shaw to the institution. Dubbo Liberal 28 July 1925
World War I - "Corporal John Bathurst (Jack) Ison, 3rd Battalion, of Dubbo, NSW. Formerly a farmer and a labourer, Cpl Ison enlisted at Liverpool, NSW, on 9 December 1914 and as a member of the 3rd Reinforcements he embarked from Sydney, NSW, aboard HMAT Seang Choon (A49) on 11 February 1915. He served at Gallipoli and later on the Western Front where he was wounded in action on 27 July 1916 during the battle of Pozieres. After recovering, he returned to his unit and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 22 November 1916 and then to Corporal on 6 May 1917. He was killed in action at Passchendaele on 10 November 1917, aged 21 years" - His father, Alfred Ison, 'Da', owned and farmed at The Loggerheads near Dubbo. His mother, Henrietta (nee Trebilcock) gave birth to 16 children, Jack being the 9th child. His nephew, John Bathurst Ison (Jack) Banks, born in 1922, the child of his sister Amelia Maud, born two years later than him, was named for the brother she lost during the war. Virtual War Memorial Australia
Duke Was First to Travel in a Railway Carriage From Dubbo to Wellington - The first man to travel in a railway carriage between Dubbo and Wellington was the Duke of Manchester. That was in 1880. The railway had then reached what is known as the Loggerheads, about three miles east of Dubbo. A first-class carriage was brought there from Wellington to meet the Duke after he had traveled from Adelaide up the Darling to Bourke by steamer, then overland to Dubbo. Dubbo Liberal 15 December 1938
"Last time I checked, the remains of the windmill at The Loggerheads was still there.
I would be grateful if anyone had a photo of the actual Loggerheads house they could share. There is a reprint of an article about Jack Bathurst Ison, my great uncle.
My grandfather was the Lieut Harold Ison referred to in the article. Like his brother Jack, Harold listed “The Loggerheads” as his residential address in military records of world war 1.
Owing to the recent death of his younger brother, my grandfather very much downplayed his own western front experience and like many war survivors did not wish to talk about it.
He was wounded and lucky to survive the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt on 3 May 1917.
In meeting Jack on the eve of Bullecourt, 2 May 1917, Harold was the last family member to see Jack alive before Jack died near Passchendaele." - Felicity Ison, Grandaughter, A. Harold Ison 2019
"My grandfather, William Oakley, was the brother of John Oakley in the article 'Found Dead in Bed'.
The Oakley's lived close to the railway crossing on the Wellington road, as you turn towards the 2DU Tower.
The bend used to be called Loggerheads Bend" - Doug Ford, Dubbo NSW 2016
"The Three Loggerheads was an Inn built by Thomas Cleaver on the Wellington Road in 1878. The property on which the Inn was built was called 'Sherwood Forest'. It was owned by three Cleaver brothers, who could not agree about the business of the hotel. Cleaver is said to have named the hotel because of the disagreement. After four years, Thomas Cleaver closed the hotel and went back to farming" - Dubbo to the turn of the century 1818-1900, Marion Dormer pg 177
NOTE - Dubbo had twenty nine hotels in 1881; fifteen in Macquarie Street and seven in Talbragar Street, and another seven scattered about the town - Dubbo to the turn of the century 1818-1900, Marion Dormer pg 95