SOUVENIR-CHARTERS TOWERS, 1872 to JULY, 1950
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
I think that one might say-Give me the good old days; often referred to
as the "Bad old days." Things could not have been too bad, at least the
value of the Pound Note was much better than it is to-day, as the
following quotations from the newspapers in the year 1899
Who wouldn't go on a bender occasionally with liquor at these
prices ("Eagle", 1st April, 1899) : Hennessy's 3 Star Brandy, 8/- per
Bendigo 3 Star Brandy, 6/6 per bottle; Rum 4/6 and English Ale and
Lager 7/6 per half dozen.
Glad rags, and who wouldn't be able to afford to have a big wardrobe.
Just read a few of these specials advertised in November, 1899.
Men's Cotton Socks 2d., 3d., 5d., 6d. and
1/- a pair.
Men's Cotton Singlets 9d., 1/-, 1/3, 2/-
Tailor-made Men's Coats-Tweed, 7/6 to 25/-.
Men's Tailored Suits, 50/- to 55/-.
Linen Handkerchiefs. 2/- to 4/- per dozen.
Ladies' Blouses, 1/6, 2/-,
3/-- to 4/11 each.
Ladies' Stays. 2/11 per pair.
Men's Ready-made Suits 17/11, 19/11.
Of course wages compared favourable with the
cost of living as the minimum rates of pay as set out in the
"Eagle", 22/10/1899, shows:
Carpenters 8/- a ,day, Masons 8/-, Bricklayer 8/-, Plasterers
Blacksmith 8/-, Boiler-makers 10/-, Plumber 8/-, Engine Drivers
10/-, Tinsmiths 9/- and Tool Dressers 7/-.
With the present meat prices and shortage of supplies existing in North
Queensland, perhaps the contents of a letter, written in the "Eagle",
1875, would be of interest.
This letter was in the form of a complaint and signed by an
"To the Editor.-Isn't it about time
that the proper authorities went
into the ridiculous prices being charged for meat in Charters
Towers. (Rump at 5d. per lb. and other cuts which were mentioned
ranging from 4d. downwards.)
In view of the fact that the grazier
is only receiving from 30/- to
50/- per head for their bullocks, and the fact that the meatworks are
so handy to Charters Towers, it should be possible to retail beef to
the residents of this town at much lower prices
than is being charged at the present time."
(I think you will all agree that Mr. "Citizen," if living to-day, would
be astounded at the present day prices of meat. Not forgetting
the fact that bullocks to-day have been sold up to £20 and over
1899. Wanted.-Applications for position of Editor to
the Charters Towers "Eagle" (straight-out-Labor-paper) at a salary of
£4/10/- per week.
The "Eagle". 21/10/1899.-Some people have a queer sense of humour. At
the Theatre Royal on Sunday night one of the items was "Where is my
wandering boy to-night." In reply to the question one grim humourist
had the tenacity to yell out "In Stuart Creek." As it was a sacred
concern the audience could not do more than smile.
"Eagle," 3/9/1899.-The Charters Towers people often refer to
Millchester as the seaport of the Towers. The writer has visited the
watering place the other day for the first time and found no other
evidence of a seaport than five pubs within a radius of 40 yards, a
hall where the Women's Christian Temperance Union hold their meetings
and a few old cyanide tanks.
"Northern Miner," 12/11/1890.-The Managers of the Bank of
Australasia informs us that he shipped from Charters Towers on the 10th
instant 16,043ozs. gold bullion valued at £54,790.
Northern Miner;" 14/1111890.-A consignment of gold consisting of
21,437ozs. was forwarded to Brisbane via Townsville yesterday by
the Queensland National Bank.
"Towers Herald", 16/7/1885.-Doctors Mohr and Horan were appointed
surgeons to local hospital at £150 per annum each.
"Towers Herald," 25/7/1885.- Towers Jockey Club held its 12th Annual
Meeting with three days racing. The average daily attendance was
James Smith and Sons are to be congratulated for their action in
meeting a long
felt public want, viz., a high class bicycle at a reasonable price.
The firm are now offering the Stearns their most improved and highest
grade machine at the low figure of £24, being a reduction of
£4 on the old price.
"Eagle," 5/8/1899.-Went in for a swim in the Towers river the other
day. Finished and crawled in a nude state up the bank as I
thought. When I arrived opposite the Post Office I
was surprised. The mistake was natural. Gill Street on a
mucky day resembles the oozy bank of a creek let.