Central Coast Pioneers – near and far

Are you a quiet home-body or would you travel any distance for a chin-wag and a roast dinner?

Here are two very different newspaper reports on our early Pioneers’ Dinners in 1919 and 1920.

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The Sydney Stock and Station Journal, Tuesday 2 December 1919, page 4

A STICKER FOR HOME. Speaking at the Pioneers’ Dinner, Mr. J. Willmott said that though a resident of Ourimbah for 27 years and Wyong was only 7 miles away, he had only visited that township once. He was ‘A Sticker to Home’ alright.

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Windsor and Richmond Gazette, Friday 10 December 1920, page 4

Among those who attended the Pioneers’ Dinner at Wyong last week was Mr. ‘Bill’ Woodbury, better known as ‘Wattagan’ Woodbury. He walked from Wollombi to Yarramalong, over 30 miles, and caught the coach there on to Wyong. Leaving Wollombi at 5 o’clock on Friday afternoon, he did the 30 miles before midnight. In the early days Mr. Woodbury was a prominent cricketer, and claims to have played matches in almost every town between the Hawkesbury and Singleton. Though close to sixty, he is still an active enthusiast in the national game.

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Sources: Wyong Museum & Historical Society Archives; Trove Digital Newspaper Archive.

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