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By Benjamin Bowman 220 students from 14 different schools competed in the Northern Schools Steer Competition at the Manilla showground on the 16th and 17th of November.   Students participated in parading

              Manilla survived relatively unscathed from the rises in the Manilla and Namoi Rivers over the past couple of days unlike towns and villages downstream of Keepit Dam.               The rises

By Vinnie Todd Brittany McVicar has already made her mark on the rodeo scene as a competent barrel racer, but due

Manilla horseman Darren de Jong ‘s happy place is in the saddle. But nine years ago, he grabbed the reins

By Jane Harris The inaugural Barraba to Kaputar Summit Multisport event ran on Saturday 25 March accompanied by some last minute rain. Despite the rain closing the National park to vehicle

Barraba’s 2023 Australia Day Awards and celebration will be held at a different venue and time this year. The Awards will be at the Golf Club on the evening of

By Jane Harris Friday 25th November, business owners on Barraba’s Queen Street collaborated to hold their annual shopping event. Sixteen businesses joined together to create a fun night, offering discounts

By Vinnie Todd Somerton Hotel’s Jason and Cherie Steele were somewhat overwhelmed at the support received for last weekend’s Chip For

By Vinnie Todd They’re dubbing it ‘the unofficial Somerton PGA Event’, but with all jokes cast aside, monies raised from the

Submitted by Joan Galpin (Gallagher), Pupil 1950-1953 My grandfather, Edward Gallagher, selected land and settled in the Yarramanbully area in 1893. In 1898 he married Mary Ellen Moore. Their first child

The charge of Beersheba by the Australian Light Horse took place on 31 October 1917, during the third Battle of Gaza in Palestine. It was a vital component of the

1909 to 1950 There was a Tram line that ran from the city through Darlinghurst and out to La Perouse south of Sydney. The State Government needed a jail that was a

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