Now a small tourist town in North East Victoria, Australia, Yachandandah is close to the cities of Wodonga and Albury.
Yack, as the town is affectionately known, was once a gold mining centre and it's alluvial wet mining techniques were well known.
Yackandandah Post Office opened in 1856,followed by another at Yackandanda Junction in 1872. The latter establishment closing in 1885.
It was here that the parents of the Clingin brothers, Arthur Clingin, who was born on 15th March 1842 in Tyrone, Ireland and came to Australia at a young age and met Mary McPherson (a native of Canada) born in 1848 of Scottish parents. Mary arrived in Victoria at four years of age.
Sometime in the late 1850s Arthur discovered the "Homeward Bound" reef at Hillsborough and formany years good fortune followed and they married in 1869 in Beechworth, Victoria.
Children were blessed to the union prolifically as follows :
Catherine May (1887-1962)
Albert Edward (1890-1955)
Through quartz mining in the area, many of his sons also learnt the mining trades. After suffering ill-health for some time, presumably as a result of his mining activities Arthur Clingin died on 23rd November 1897 at Yackandandah aged 55 years.
There are three men with the surname Clingin(g) who served in the Boer War.
Please see part 2 of this thread for further information.
James Clingin was present at the Beechworth tribute medal presentation ceremony. So, the Harry Clements medal I have in my collection has a loose connection with the eldest Clingin brother. James appears to have been something of a fixture at these ceremonies. I notice he also attended the Allan's Flat presentation.
Allan's Flat Medal
As I am sure you are aware, Private Clingin received a "Rotherham" watch and chain from Yachandandah on his return.
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