- Read all about what was making headlines in the 1970s as published in Port Macquarie News on Thursday, November 25, 1971.
Although Port Macquarie and Hibbard had nearly seven inches of rain in two days last week, only minor flooding occurred at Hibbard where local residents recently complained about a "lack of drainage facilities".
The two days of rain were the heaviest recorded in the town for the past 47 years. As one consulting engineer put it, that was enough rain to drown any theory dealing with drainage.
A survey of the area indicates that, should heavy rain like this fall while the river is also in flood, Hibbard people could well and truly get their feet wet and possibly even their knees.
The spirit of Christmas was brought to the fore in Port Macquarie this week. A retired businessman played host to a group of under-privileged old folk, a local company gave up its Christmas Party to help a local youth effort, and a young girl used half her pocket money to buy Christmas stocking goodies for others.
The Oystermen held their annual 'gulpalong' on the banks of the Hastings River, girl guides and brownies visited Clifton Convalescent Home for a carols sing-along and the Baptist Church choir toured town, on the back of an open truck, wishing young and old a Merry Christmas.
Post Office Centenary
Telegraph Point Post Office is to celebrate its 100th anniversary on New Year's Day, an event which has double significance as it also marks 100 years of service from one family.
The Post Office was officially opened on January 1, 1872, and the first postmaster was William Rowsell, grandfather of the present postmaster, John Mooney.
At that time, the post office was conducted in the family homestead, 100 yards north of the present public school.
The Telegraph Post Office came into being following a petition organised by a group of Kempsey businessmen in September 1871.
- All photos supplied from Port Macquarie Museum archives
Two visiting fishermen had to cling to their sinking 4 metre boat on the dangerous bar to Port Macquarie harbour in the early hours of yesterday morning while rescuers urgently called a trawler to assist.
Max Coleman and Len Murrell of Bulahdelah faced possible drowning for nearly 30 minutes. Both were rushed to hospital where Mr Coleman was admitted suffering from exhaustion.
The condition of the bar at the time was so rough that Mr Merv Radley's trawler Trade Winds had to lay off the Hastings River mouth until the tide turned.
Both men set off from Port Macquarie for a day's pre-Christmas fishing. As they tried to barge through the bar in a rough sea, a giant wave crashed over them half swamping the boat and cutting their motor.
From all accounts it appears the fishermen managed to get through the first wave, but lost control when they found themselves in the second wave without power.
A following boat went to the rescue of their fellow fishermen. Mr Radley managed to find the sinking boat and take it back into harbour after waiting for conditions on the bar to quieten down.
Weather-beaten fishermen say it has taken them years to learn the hidden difficulties invariably encountered by uninitiated visitors to Port Macquarie.
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