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1850s “Underbelly” for Canberra’s Grave yard nuts.

By fgzk - 21 September 2011 23

cover and fingers

Samuel Shumack’s autobiography written in the late twenties and first published in 1967, gives us an account of rural living in the Canberra district before federation. It offers detailed accounts of his recollections and conversations with other locals. There are a lot of tales about crimes, how people died and where they are buried. I liked how he comments on peoples honesty, their work and sobriety. He was naming and shaming way before the internet. He did have the good manners to wait decades before he “posted”.

Its a great coffee table book you can pick up and randomly read interesting local legends. Some ring true today. Visiting Qeanbeyan was often fatal, strange going-ons in Charnwood, property owners with money. “Media” bribes, its got the lot.

If you are interested in Canberra’s history this is a book to track down. I found my copy at the Curtin Second hand Bookshop for $28. It is published by Australian National Press Canberra.

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23 Responses to
1850s “Underbelly” for Canberra’s Grave yard nuts.
Skidd Marx 2:59 pm 21 Sep 11

DUB said :

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

Opposite Quamby.

bigfeet 12:58 pm 21 Sep 11

ConanOfCooma said :

What is with Canberra women and terrible, God-awful nails?

Wasn’t there a Rioter some time ago using the monicker “Bogan Fingers”?

PBO 12:08 pm 21 Sep 11

poetix said :

It looks like lip marks on the back of the book. Now it may be an interesting read, but that’s taking things a little far…

I’m actually more interested in the cover of the book. It looks like a churchsteeple being blown apart by a meteorite.

poetix 11:56 am 21 Sep 11

It looks like lip marks on the back of the book. Now it may be an interesting read, but that’s taking things a little far…

troll-sniffer 11:54 am 21 Sep 11

DUB said :

johnboy said :

DUB said :

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

We have covered this rather comprehensively

http://the-riotact.com/ghost-zoo-the-wreckage-on-mugga-lane/8028

Read the thread, this is why I was asking here-maybe I have missed something in that thread, but no exact location was mentioned?

If memory serves it’s opposite the RSPCA or DAS as you head up the hill past Narrabundah Lane. If you get to Murray’s you’ve gone too far. Not hard to recognise the ruins, but not very exciting either.

johnboy 11:44 am 21 Sep 11

it’s in the middle of the map!

DUB 11:39 am 21 Sep 11

johnboy said :

DUB said :

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

We have covered this rather comprehensively

http://the-riotact.com/ghost-zoo-the-wreckage-on-mugga-lane/8028

Read the thread, this is why I was asking here-maybe I have missed something in that thread, but no exact location was mentioned?

johnboy 11:36 am 21 Sep 11

DUB said :

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

We have covered this rather comprehensively

http://the-riotact.com/ghost-zoo-the-wreckage-on-mugga-lane/8028

Thumper 11:36 am 21 Sep 11

There is so much history in Belconnen that you can almost trip over it. Lots of family grave plots have been covered over or left to decay and in some cases playgrounds built on top (higgins/holt/latham). It would be really interesting to have an accurate history written down somewhere

Evatt. Corner of Copeland Drive and Moynihan Street is a pioneer grave, although all traces where destroyed in the early 70s when the suburb was being built. It is reputed that the bulldozer driver operating in the area refused to bulldoze the graves which is why there is still an open patch of land.

Also, Weetangera Methodist cemetery which is quite quaint and can be accessed from William Hovell Drive just south of Drake Brockman Drive in Higgins.

DUB 11:33 am 21 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

Just a guess, but I reckon it’s on Mugga Lane…

LOL, you like to flame.
Mugga Lane isn’t exactly 200 m long.:)

Thumper 11:29 am 21 Sep 11

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

Just a guess, but I reckon it’s on Mugga Lane…

Tez T 11:05 am 21 Sep 11

ConanOfCooma said :

What is with Canberra women and terrible, God-awful nails?

Nice assuption and generalisation.

ConanOfCooma 10:58 am 21 Sep 11

What is with Canberra women and terrible, God-awful nails?

DUB 10:45 am 21 Sep 11

Sorry for offtopic. Can anyone please tell me where exactly was the Mugga Lane zoo?How do you access it too? Cheers

PBO 10:27 am 21 Sep 11

There is so much history in Belconnen that you can almost trip over it. Lots of family grave plots have been covered over or left to decay and in some cases playgrounds built on top (higgins/holt/latham). It would be really interesting to have an accurate history written down somewhere.

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