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Burning of a Woolshed.

A ■ Sydney ■ telegram to the "Atgas" gives the following details of the burning of Haddon Rigg woolshed, which was the subject of a cable message ;—A telegram from Nevertire states that Mr James Richmond's shearing sheds at Haddon Rigg Station were. totally destroyed by fire last night, with all the machinery, which included a hydraulic dumping j preen, ,-62 sets of Wolseley shearing machines, etc. There was ajsq a large ! number of sjheep under cover of the sheds, j afc tfye time of the fjr.6, and it is stated that about 4000 of them have been burnt to cinders. The cause of the fire is not known, but incendiarism is strongly suspected. Mr Greeres, the manager, I states that the building originally cost I £6000, and that an additional £3000 has since been spent on it. He expected to finish shearing 100,000 sheep early next week with non-union "shearers. Mr Richmond lately formed one of a deputation appointed to wait on neighbors of his ait 1 Gffegijie §tstion, Walgett, to request therili onW lo'sheai' under station agreements. Wh&i the liewsot the disaster was first announced therte was a demonstration of exultation amongst the uiiioii shearers m the district, bilt the cheering was quickly suppressed and denounced by tho leaders of the union and the raore

sensible of the carriers. The fact of the disaster having occurred immediately hfter the fire at Warren has caused an uneasy feeling among property o^niera, and the police are now endeavoring to discover how the fire originated. Another account says that it was impossible to stop the flames, and the shed, togethor with 3000 sheep and 800 bales of wool, were completely destroyed- The loss caused by the fire must be about £25,000,. as the shed alone cost'nearly .£IO,OOO. There was about a fortnight's shearing still to be done. There was a night watchman on duty at the.time,. >-■•■.

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Burning of a Woolshed., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2561, 4 November 1890

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Burning of a Woolshed. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2561, 4 November 1890

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