This page provides a brief history of some of the historical coverage of the Armidale creeklands in the media.  Many of the links below are from our local newspaper, the Armidale Express.  We are grateful for permission from the Armidale Express to reprint these images and to those who helped compile them including Graham Wilson OAM and Bill Oates from the UNE Heritage Futures Research Centre and some from the collection of the late Mr Bruce Cady. 

The major themes of the newspaper coverage of the creeklands include: floods, siltation, erosion, pollution, engineering works, beautification, costs of works and land acquisition. 


1922

Early 1900s

 The first bridge across Dumaresq Creek, Trim bridge, with the Presbyterian Church in the background - early 1900s

The first bridge across Dumaresq Creek, Trim bridge, with the Presbyterian Church in the background - early 1900s

 Panoramic photo of Armidale looking south to the Catholic cathedral with grazing in the creekland area - 1922

Panoramic photo of Armidale looking south to the Catholic cathedral with grazing in the creekland area - 1922

 

1927

‘Citizen’s Committee formed to beautify area near Marsh Street bridge’ - Armidale Express, 15 November

1928

 Flooding near the gas works on Dumaresq St - 1928

Flooding near the gas works on Dumaresq St - 1928

 Flooding on Marsh St just north of Stephens Bridge - 1928

Flooding on Marsh St just north of Stephens Bridge - 1928

 

1959

1949

 Flooding of the Rugby oval on Dumaresq St - 1949

Flooding of the Rugby oval on Dumaresq St - 1949

 Major drainage works near Butler St - 1959

Major drainage works near Butler St - 1959

 

1966

1964

 Flood waters under foot bridge south of swimming pool and north of TAFE in Dumaresq St - 1964

Flood waters under foot bridge south of swimming pool and north of TAFE in Dumaresq St - 1964

 Scale of erosion in Dumaresq Creek - 1966

Scale of erosion in Dumaresq Creek - 1966

 

1966

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Armidale Express August 17th 1966

Deputation on Creek to get 90 minute hearing by council

"Both the Improvement and Beautification Committee and the Dumaresq Creek Improvement committee presented to Council about the realignment of the creek".

The improvement committees asked Council in a letter to delay it's Dumaresq Creek proposals until alternative schemes have been considered.

Alderman K Jones said "they should come armed with submissions of costs of the proposal they will outline"

"The committee also decided the improvement committee should be asked to give details of their schemes to the city engineer ... so he could prepare estimate of costs".

 

 

1968

 Excavation to de-silt Dumaresq Creek - 1968

Excavation to de-silt Dumaresq Creek - 1968