Bowditch, Miss Charlotte
Bob Piper, who has been researching Lobbs Hole near Kiandra for a pictorial booklet, writes:
'[Lobb Hole is] an old copper mine town deep in a remote area of the valleys and now abandoned. Charlotte Bowditch was there for a few months in 1898 and conditions were so bad that she applied for a transfer and got it. A historian at Wagga has a copy of her letter describing the conditions when she was boarding with the Blackman family there. It is such a clever and amusing piece. I note Charlotte was born at Gundagai in 1873 and died unmarried at North Sydney in 1959.
Her letter was reprinted by Gillespie (1999, p. 4-5) as an exemplar of the sort of conditions that a teacher had to cope with:
01/1905 - 05/1908