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The stalemate ended when, according to Curr, ‘the prudence of the two worthies got the better of their valour’ and they ‘disappeared into the scrub’. ’31 29 Curr 1883: 56–57. 30 Curr 1883: 58–59. 31 Curr 1883: 59–60. 30 2. ‘Troubles of a Beginner’ Curr’s recollection of this undoubtedly memorable event provides considerable insight into both his youthful inexperience and the preoccupations of his later life. On the one hand, Curr’s account shows how luck (or ‘Divine Providence’) enabled the young squatter to overcome his early inexperience.
Tongala in fact straddled the Goulburn River; Curr set up his station headquarters on the river’s southern bank, about eight miles from its confluence with the Murray. He did not record the reason for his inappropriate usage of the name; it might have been the result of a misunderstanding, or perhaps Curr chose it for its aesthetic value, as he later opined that Aboriginal words were ‘frequently very euphonious’. 1 At Tongala Curr encountered for the first time the Indigenous people who are the ancestors of the Yorta Yorta claimant group.
Edward M. Curr managed this station for several months while Richard oversaw activities at Tongala. Meanwhile, a number of Curr’s younger brothers joined the family’s pastoral empire: by 1843 there were five Currs involved, including Edward (22), William (21), Richard (20), Charles (16) and Walter (15). With rapidly expanding sheep flocks the Curr brothers quickly acquired pastoral leases over vast areas of land in northern Victoria. 10 Curr 1883: 270–271. 11 Curr 1883: 270–271, 130. 41 Edward M.
A history of buoys and tenders by Amy K Marshall