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History of Culgoa

Culgoa was named from an Aboriginal word meaning river runs through.  First called Kaneira (place where snake seen) the name changed for railway purposes to avoid confusion with Kaniva. (Blake)

One of Culgoa’s most famous resident’s was Wilbur G. Howcroft.  Wilbur was a farmer on the family property at Culgoa, and wrote fiction, poetry, short stories and poetry for children. He started writing at the age of 47, and contributed to numerous Australian and international periodicals and journals. His verse and stories have been broadcast on radio, and he appeared on television.

Two examples of his work are:

A yarn:

“Another one about the big dry from my old Culgoa mate Wilbur Howcroft.

During a drought, a small girl entered the store in a country town and said to the storekeeper: “Mum wants to know if you’ll exchange these two toilet rolls for a tin of jam. Our visitors aren’t coming after all.”

A poem:

Stylish Lady

Why do you walk through our fields in shoes,
Oh lady of city avenues?
The grass is soft and the ground is warm,
There’s puddles left by thunderstorm
And wildflowers grow in their multiform.
Why do you walk through our fields in shoes
Oh stylish lady of city views?
The friendly feel of the earth’s nearness brings
An affinity with growing things.
The architect of these riches rare
(Whose pulse-beat of Life is ev’rywhere)
Created them free for all to share.
So why imprison your feet in shoes,
Oh stylish lady of city views?

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