South Australian Register - Saturday 4 February 1882HAMLEY BRIDGE. February 1.
Our local correspondent writes:— Hamley Bridge has not grown so fast as other townships in the districts further north, but its progress has been steady and on a firmer basis. Though the railway station has already shown well in the returns as furnishing a good large tonnage of freight and a large passenger traffic, it has grown much in importance during the last three years. It might be well to point out that there is another township growing equally fast into importance, viz., Duffield Town, situated on the opposite side of the railway line, and that the Government school is situated there, also the new mill, a neat, strong and compact building, recently erected by Messrs. Deland & Co. It is probable that but for the uncertainty of securing a supply of water a mill would have been erected long ago; but the above firm found resolution enough to face this emergency, and about three months ago made a start, the result being that the first bag of flour manufactured here was made on Monday, January 30. Water having been obtained at a depth of 90 feet, a start was made on Monday, when everything worked smoothly. No public demonstration was made, but it is pleasing to note that the work has been well done.