Tuesday, September 3, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

CYCLONE AT SMITHFIELD

The high wind last Friday morning resulted in a vortex about a mile the other side of Smithleld, and much damage was done. The 'blow' took place about 9.30 a.m., when the wind came from the direction of Parafield, where a large pine and several almond trees were uprooted. The telegraph line along the bitumen road, carrying 56 wires, offered, resistance, but had to give way before the blast five iron posts being bent over until the cross arms touched the road.  The home of Mr. W. E. Penfold received the full fury.  A chimney was blown down and the house roof twisted badly out of position. The occupants were at breakfast at the time, and were considerably alarmed to see the ceiling rise in a most peculiar manner.  A galvanized iron and timber shed was completely wrecked and scattered about the farm.  A four-wheeled trailer used in connection with the farm tractor, and weighing 15 cwt, was blown out of a paddock right across the road, and a one-ton dray, which, had been standing in the paddock, was afterwards found with its wheels on either side of a strainer-post upon which it had fallen.  It had been carried over a fence four feet high.  Several large gum trees were also up rooted.  In one instance, a patch of twelve trees, each about 50 feet high, was levelled.  From others huge branches were torn and trees of 2 ft in circumference were snapped off at the bases.  Fortunately the storm, which was accompanied, by hailstones of large size; and jagged edges was confined to a narrow area, only about quarter mile in width.  One tree Hill was in the track of the visitant, but with the exception of a shed going down the property of Mr, Ayling, the damage done was not great. Despite the telegraph line being down, conmunication was not interfered with, and repair gangs had the interruption, repaired during the afternoon.

The Bunyip 28 May 1926

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