THIS week's historic image shows the main road through the village of Evans' Plains in 1910 and several of the businesses that had been established at the time. Evans' Plains Creek can just be seen at the lowest point on the road. The village was quite a thriving community by Federation in 1900.
Citizens at Evans' Plains were concerned that their proposed bridge had been forgotten. In a reply from Michael Fitzpatrick, the warden of the District Council, the following communication appeared in the Bathurst Free Press And Mining Journal on October 13, 1858.
The following communication has been received in reply to a letter in reference to the construction of a bridge across Evans' Plains Creek. The letter goes on: "Department of Land and Public Works, 228, Sydney, 18th September, 1851. SIR, In acknowledging the receipt of your letter (with enclosures) dated the 11th instant, I am directed to inform you that the delay in the construction of the Bridge over Evans' Plains Creek arises, from no decision having yet been arrived at, as to the proposed deviation in the line of Road from Orange to Bathurst. No time will, however, be lost upon the settlement of this point in having plans and estimates of the proposed Bridge prepared. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant, MICHAEL FITZPATRICK. The Warden of the District Council, Bathurst."
On Saturday, November 13, 1898, a serious driving accident was reported. Mrs Hunt and her daughter, who lived in Evans' Plains, were driving to Bathurst in the afternoon when the crossbar of the forecarriage of the buggy fell, striking the horse's legs and causing it to bolt.
The buggy capsized and the occupants were badly hurt. Mrs Hunt's collarbone was broken and she sustained severe bruises. Her daughter was also much bruised. They walked, with difficulty, to Mr Kelly's farm, near at hand, and a doctor having been sent for, their injuries were tended.
In late August 1899, the National Advocate reported the strange death of a cow. Mr F. Windsor, of Evans' Plains, reported the death of a very valuable milch cow from a peculiar affection of the heart. The beast did not show any signs of ill-health until about 20 minutes before her death, when Mr Windsor was milking her.
She appeared to be more restless than usual whilst being milked, and Mr Windsor released her from the bail, whereupon she fell and died within 20 minutes.
The cow had always proved a good milker, usually giving three gallons a day. Being anxious to ascertain the cause of her sudden death, Mr Windsor, with the assistance of Mr Blanchfield and others, made a post-mortem examination.
On viewing the heart, the cause of death was at once made apparent, for that organ was greatly diseased, one half being completely shrivelled and the base full of callous matter.
Several gentlemen who ought to know, when questioned about the peculiarity of the disease, stated that they had never seen anything like it before and could not give any definite idea as to its cause.
With the original bridge in the village unserviceable to a couple of decades, a request was made to the Abercrombie Shire Council in September 1917 for a new Evans' Plains bridge.
The council had its meeting rooms at Rockley in those days and councillors requested that the shire engineer give an estimate of how much a new bridge would cost.
The engineer stated that such a bridge would require four 35-foot spans at an estimated cost of £1000, with £100 for road construction and approaches, apart from survey fees, resumptions and severance.
The clerk was directed to supply this information to Mr Hourigan with the intimation that the council could not offer any financial assistance towards the scheme as funds didn't permit and it was the fourth year of the Great War.