Year of BASIL KENDALL’s DEATH ON THE CLARENCE.
In January, the steamer PHOENIX, sailed for the Clarence from Sydney with sundries. She was 108 tons and her master was BENEAUD.
The Moreton Bay Courier Saturday 3 January 1852, page 2
RICHMOND RIVER.-The months of October and November are generally accompanied by severe storms of wind and hail in this district. The 24th of October will be marked for some years to come as being a serious visitation on part of this district. A perfect hurricane, accompanied by large hailstones, passed from the west side of the range dividing this river from the Clarence, through the district; the width of it was nearly three miles, and in a direction nearly east.
159 pounds was allocated for placing buoys on the CLARENCE RIVER.
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 21 January 1852, page 2.
I stated to you in a former communication that I intended to search this district for gold. I am happy to inform you that we have found gold within thirty miles from Grafton, on Clowd’s Creek ; the sample is sent to government by Mr. Commissioner Fry. Four men started to prospect that part of the district, namely, Messrs. Kirk, Henderson, Howlet, and B. Naughten ; and there is not a place that we tried but we got gold, but we could not give the bed of the creek a fair trial, as the water rose twice while we were there. The gold is a very fine sample, and I have no doubt when it gets a fair trial but it will be found to pay.
Grafton, January 8, 1852.