Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

3oth April 2021

Date of publication

1st June 2021

DID YOU KNOW.....

FROM HERE TO THE GOLD MINES IN AUSTRALIA

Thomas Drummond Wanliss (1830 -1923) former proprietor of the Ballarat Star, died in Edinburgh on the 20.4.1923.

Thomas Drummond Wanliss migrated to the Ballarat gold mines from Abernethy in 1850 and later became a community and business leader, author, member ofthe legislative council and founder of the Ballarat Star newspaper.

In the late 1790s the war with revolutionary France was draining all military resources and recruitment was beginning to dry up. The Government were going to introduce conscription to increase the numbers in the military but it was very unpopular. Conscription had never applied in Scotland before but had been used in England. The population in many parts of Scotland became hostile to the concept and disturbances broke out, including one in Abernethy.

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.......In 1913 the Board of Trade published a report which claimed that Perth was the most costly place to live in the UK. If the prices in London were 100, prices in Glasgow were 99, Aberdeen 101, Edinburgh 103, Dundee 104 and Perth 108.