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News from Irishtown
Anthony Radford
Employment opportunities did exist in Bendigo’s Irishtown: here are a few examples of the situations available. Butcher Thomas Harvey was seeking a strong energetic youth with butchering experience to assist him in his shop. At the Poplar Store in Irishtown, respectable female servants co..
12-Aug-2011
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Hard life on the streets
Anthony Radford
Irishtown was a rough and ready place when night fell In most communities, there is always a small percentage of people, who display negative antisocial behaviour. Unfortunately these characters can, and do, damage to the reputation of the whole, this was also the case with Irishtown. A Ger..
05-Aug-2011
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What’s in a name?
Anthony Radford
IT is difficult to imagine what the area described as Irishtown was really like during the first decade of Bendigo’s existence. Even though the name of the overall township had been changed to Sandhurst, to many locals, particularly those who had been here since the earliest years of the go..
29-Jul-2011
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Activity in Irishtown
Anthony Radford
In the early 1860s Irishtown was a hive of industry. Among the diggers holes and the puddling sludge there was a diverse range of activity in this less than desirable locality. If we fast forward to the present time Irishtown is a convenient place, strategic to Bendigo Health, Lake Weeroona and t..
21-Jul-2011
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Social challenges
Anthony Radford
Last week I introduced Irishtown, the lower part of Bendigo, if you follow the Bendigo Creek, the outer extremity of Irishtown would be where the Swan Hill railway line runs now. I mentioned that because of its physical situation, it was perhaps one of the least favoured parts of Bendigo in the to..
15-Jul-2011
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Defining Irishtown
Anthony Radford
How do we define the area known as Irishtown, well known to locals during the 19th and into the early 20th century? From my research I have come to the conclusion that Irishtown began at about Mundy Street up towards McIvor Road, swept along the Spring or Back Creek, near the present tram depot, ..
08-Jul-2011
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Fruits of his labour
After being given six months leave of absence, mine manager Benjamin Odgers went back to the Malay States to continue his captaincy of the Bersawah Gold Mining Company. During the five months spent in Bendigo, Odgers had the opportunity to attend to his investments in the shares he held. Fortu..
01-Jul-2011
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Musical talents nurtured
AS previously stated, Benjamin Odgers married Annie Arthur in 1886. She was the daughter of Grace Arthur, a widow who had married Ben’s father, also called Benjamin, a widower. In 1887 Benjamin junior and Annie had a daughter, Daphne May. She was, sadly, the only surviving child out of ..
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Prospector, Signor Da Pra
The mining industry is deeply indebted to the prospectors, who were often solely responsible for locating mineral finds in most areas of the world. These mineral finds were then frequently exploited by others; a sole prospector was usually not in a financial position to do this by himself. In t..
17-Jun-2011
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Finances and furlough
Benjamin Odgers, using his Bendigo School of Mines-gained qualifications, together with a sound sense of administration, leadership, drive and commonsense had successfully brought the Bersawah Gold Mining Company into production. He had been at his post in the Malay States since 1900 and was look..
10-Jun-2011
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Adopting local customs
How did a company operating in the Malay States, registered and administered from Singapore, using largely British capital, come to head hunt the right personnel to develop their gold mining operations? By means of the electric telegraph, with the use of Morse code, news of political and commerci..
03-Jun-2011
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Keep the home fires burning
With the absence of a diary written by Annie Odgers, the long suffering wife of Benjamin Odgers, we can only guess at what she was going through with her husband working in a far off land. Annie Odgers had the good fortune to be able to go to Western Australia once her husband had settled himself..
27-May-2011
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Was Odgers on a winner?
Two weeks ago, I mentioned Bendigonian Charles Henry Corrie who, like a number of his townsfolk, was working in the Malay States. He started there in 1883 and continued as mine manager for a further two years. Corrie lived at Sheepshead here in Bendigo, his home was in Belle Vue Road. He had..
20-May-2011
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Locals in the Far East
Charles Henry Corrie was mentioned last week along with another Bendigonian, Benjamin Odgers, both mine managers who ran operations in the Malay States. British capital was essential in developing the mineral resources of the Malay States, just as it had been important in the launching of many mi..
13-May-2011
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Off to the Malay states
Captain Ben Odgers, the Bendigo School of Mines-trained mining manager, had certainly done himself and his learning institution proud with his achievements in Western Australia. Odgers had been one of the earliest and most valued members of the Western Australian Mining Manager’s Asso..
06-May-2011
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Odgers leaves WA
So far I have given an account of the developing career of Ben Odgers, the Bendigo-trained mining manager, who showed a lot of initiative in the development of his career. Being a mine manager in the late-19th century was not as financially rewarding as we would imagine; generally the manager&rsq..
29-Apr-2011
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Odgers guides his mine
Just as in Bendigo, a mining manager such as Benjamin Odgers, on the Western Australian goldfields was very frequently referred to as captain, however this use of captain was not confined to these two fields. The term was in common use in Cornwall, and the vast majority of mining managers during ..
21-Apr-2011
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Direct mail nothing new
Graduated from the Bendigo School of Mines and Industries, Benjamin Odgers was making his mark as a mining manager for the Kalgoorlie Proprietary Company mine, at Coolgardie on the Western Australian goldfields. Ben had arrived to take up his new appointment, his first as a mine manager, in April..
15-Apr-2011
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A true mine manager
Benjamin Odgers arrived on the Western Australian Goldfields, ready to carry out the important task of establishing a gold mine for the Kalgoorlie Proprietary Company. With his Bendigo knowledge, Odgers set to work to have his mine run on the very best principles. When he was in Bendigo he kne..
08-Apr-2011
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Equipped for the journey
Last week I mentioned just two of many Bendigonians who decided to try their luck on the rapidly developing Western Australian goldfields, following the gold discoveries at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie in 1892 and 1893 respectively. The two people mentioned were Thomas Hocking and Benjamin Odgers, wh..
01-Apr-2011
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