Updated: Mar 10, 2020
LINKS WITH THE PAST: Articles 1 to 2, of 13 articles published in the Northern Argus and the Blyth Agriculturalist:
Links With the Past
WHAT DO WE KNOW OF OUR OWN TOWN AND DISTRICT? CLARE CELEBRATES CENTENARY (100 YEARS) IN 1942.
Article 1 [By 'Clarion.']
Prom time to time, both over the air and in the Press generally, we are reminded by questionnaires of difficult' problems associated with our own country and other places within the Empire and the world at large.
It is surprising, therefore, to find that many items of historical significance in our own local towns and districts, although constantly before us — ever and always reminding us of the spirit of the pioneers — more often than not indicate how quickly their day and generation can be forgotten. The affairs of men and women of the past, unfortunately, too often, 'are relegated quickly into the Limbo of Forgotten Things.
Only very vital facts, outstanding and startling events and vivid personalities are conjured back to the fast-moving world in which we live. For it must be remembered that 35 years ago — even 30 years ago—
motor cars were not in use.
There was no wireless;
the wonders of X-Ray were only dawning;
locomotive traction was slow and cumbersome;
there were no aeroplanes, gliders, balloons or parachute troops.
Talkie pictures were unknown.
The red ray of photography was not in vogue.
True - the Spinning Jenny and the Bell Telephone had been invented; steam engines were no novelty; anaesthetics had been used with success.
The lives and homes of the masses had only just been brightened by the advent of electricity and regaled by Edison phonographs and records. The Press was only in the adolescent stages of its mighty world-wide power and propaganda.
From 1914 onwards however, modern Diesel engines; fast contact over vast distances by means - of wireless telegraphy; rapid advances in the science of medicine and the use of the surgeon's knife; big developments in the range, power and. destructive force of modern artillery; new and fresh values in the dissemination of food according to chemical analysis; scales of rationing and calories in relation to malnutrition; problems of engineering advancement and the play of steel for the uses of mankind wrought in fiery industrial furnaces -- all these things added to the world's scanty knowledge as a primary factor attributable to Armageddon — the first 'Great' war of 1914-18.
Music, literature, art — all have been turned to account in what we call the modern world of to-day. But what of the Past?
Do we value and appreciate what the giant intellects of the past have done for us?
Do we value the sacrifices made on our behalf by thousands of men and women since the days of the Crimean war.
The days of Florence Nightingale; Kitchener of Khartoum; Roberts and Clive of India; the days of Abraham Lincoln and the fall of blackbirding and slavery; the flights to the Polar regions of Scott, Amundsen and Peary; the sacrifice of Edith, Nurse Cavell, or in our own Australia, of the explorations of Burke and Wills.
Turning to our own state, our own town and district of Clare! Do we ever think much of, or ponder over the efforts of Explorers Edward John Eyre or John Ainsworth Horrocks and all the pioneer men and women who blazed the trails to Clare over mountain range, through dense forests and trackless bush, carrying their swags on their backs and there lives in their own strong hands?
They were the forerunners of our vaunted civilization as we now enjoy it — they were the vanguard who
built the roads and homes,
fenced the paddocks,
harnessed the streams and rivers,
tilled the soil,
husbanded the stock,
experienced fires and floods and droughts.
With stout hearts they padded the hoof down the far horizons. They placed the Union Jack, along with religious thought and political freedom, high upon the pinnacle of life, so that generations then unborn might benefit.