Mintaro, December 1870

MINTARO, December 27.
The township has assumed a more lively appearance.
On Thursday the examination of the Day School took place in the presence of Dr. Vogt, Messrs. W. Bowman, G. Faulkener (sic), H. Jolly, District Councillors, and others. The proceedings began at 10 a.m., when 57 scholars were present, several being unavoidably absent through harvest operations. After three hours’ drilling several gentlemen expressed satisfaction with the scholars’ attainments. About 50 volumes were then awarded. The scholars then enjoyed themselves till summoned for refreshments provided by their teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Fry.
The Primitive Methodist Chapel anniversary sermons were preached by the Rev. Mr. Raymond, of Wallaroo. On Monday a Christmas tree, adorned with articles ornamental and useful, was well patronised. A good number had tea and attended the public meeting, when excellent speeches were delivered. The proceeds, over £33, were considered satisfactory.
Farmers are generally busy with their machines, and seem sanguine as to having a pretty good yield, though in some places it will scarcely meet their expectations.