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EARLY HAMILTON SPORT

(By A Correspondent.)

Seeing tho changes and tho growth of Hamilton since the Lime it was commonly called The Grange, 1 thought it would l>e o£ some inter est to vour reader.-! to give an idea ' of the sports indulged in in the J early times, i'opulutiou 'being stares,

■ there wore only u few inhabitants, i I'cople from the neighbouring sta • tions used to come ami help to mane • occasionally some pastime, sueii as ; foot racing, horse racing—three n:ile;3

heats for a saddle, the second horse getting a hridlo. The -winner had to run his three miles to win. 1 also may mention a kangaroo hunt, ltob ert and John fcievior rented Irom the late Mr. Patrick liurgin UiO acres, situated at Cooling DooHng, for a stud farm, having tho imported Kng lish thoroughbred 11 ig-tr Sheriff locat ed there. They arrange*! to capture a lartre kangaroo nn.il take him to Hamilton for, a hunt. How lie wns captured I . don't know. 1 saw the kangaroo in a loose box prior to the hunt, at the old Ham ilton. 1 nn stables. Ho waa ta'.'-.u in a spring cart with a ropo netting o.'er the top. The huntsmen met where Mr. Jiobert Drummond's gar den is at his private residence in 'ihomson street. The kangaroo was let loese whore tho big-gate en trance to the botanical gardens stands, opposite I)r. LaidlaW's resi dence. He started on getting his freedom at a merry pace round Mount Creig, turned towards 'the east and jumped a stiff, high, three

ran lenco winch enclosed a small

ploughed paddock owned by Mr. 1 Tlios. Butler, the present site of Mr. Olncer's residence, uu-kdene. Lieing in the month of July and the IloUghed ground soft the kangaroo stopped in the centre of the pad dock. The fence heing high and the ground slippery, several of the crack horses refused to negotiate the fence until Mr. James Wilson,

Eon., now of QueenscllII,1 mounted on a fine dapple grey, Day spring, -winner of tho Great Western Steeplechase, Coleraine, and owned by the lote Mr. Henry Cox, ono of the first Hamilton solicitors, jumped into the paddock and started , . the kangaroo, which made straight ac | ross the Hamilton racecourse, past

where the railway, station now stands. He Crossed the creek and ( made up the hill, jumped the .fence

at the old Church of .England par sonage, across, where the present golf links are, and; through . Henty.'B paddock, going over several good fences, and ran outsat the' ' three chain road 'iflitfv'e 'the! German 1 chur ch, ending tlie.bunt thus. I may mention thofe'e -gqntlcmen that took Part in tho liunt were Messrs. Jas. Wilson,-Robert and John Bevior, P. Grant, Walter Grant, Donald and John Cameron:.(Violet Creek}1 "Dick Donelani (commonly called "Dick the Dovil,"' hoiiig a'daring ridor arid good horeomau), Kobt. Younger, Jim Roberts, Robt. M'Carin, Clem. M'C'ann, and several young station hands. On returning' refreshments were provided by the lessee oi tho Hamilton Inn, Mr. M. 1J. Grant—a line fellow, good hi ort, and' fond of racing. 1-Ie used to own a koc.1 racehorse callod Mustiii:|.'-, a I'Mi.ilw hors;, bred t;y the lute Mr, itiehui'd

Carton.

Mount C'reig, which I -referral to, Was a high hill, principally compos

ed of largs boulders of honeycomb 1 r.tene, about Mtjr fcej; Jlijjh, in. Jtbg

fllinpo of n. HU(:nr lonf, Rit.nntcd In

the botanical i,'iinlonH. The old i

l>and rotunda in 1 > 11 (11 on t,lio spot : I

Koine of the hill wuh levelled down for that. purpose. The sl-oim wnu

carted awny, nnd n ford wuh mmle: on the GrnnRC Creels on the went ni<le of the rub workn. Koine of

flie liir;:e stones can he seen now. I The first Hood carried tlio ford nwny. !

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