Two articles appearing in The Argus on this day in 1899 have some relevance today. Both dairy farmers and earthquakes have been in the news of late.
At least the dairy farmers of 1899 didn’t have to contend with supermarkets selling their milk at discounted prices.
Wartook is a small settlement in the Grampians National Park, north of Halls Gap. A reservoir was built in 1887 to provide water to the Wimmera/Mallee and at one time there was a post office and school. Interestingly, further research at the Seismicity of Western Australia website found that an earthquake was felt in Robe, South Australia on May 2, 1899 which was a magnitude 5.3 quake. Robe is about 300kms south-west of Wartook. An article from the South Australian Register can be seen at the following link Robe Earthquake