This Day in History: 1882-08-05

A public meeting was held at the Freemasons’ Hotel in Newcastle, to discuss the proposed route of a branch railway line to Newcastle. Samuel Pole Phillips was in the chair. The Daily News reported that this meeting “was more numerously and influentially attended than any previous meeting held in this town for several years past. I may say the sinew and bone of the district were there; shewing the interest felt in the question of Railway transit.” The meeting supported the Clackline route, rather than from Spencer’s Brook.

West Australian, 11 Aug. 1882, p.3.
Daily news, 12 Aug. 1882, p.3.