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Hundred of Tickera. - Commencing at the north-west corner of the Hundred of Wallaroo; thence east along the north boundaries of the Hundreds of Wallaroo and Kadina. to the north-east corner of the latter Hundred; thence true north to the sea-coast; and thence south-westerly along the sea-coast to the point of commencement.

The town of Tickera, 16 km North-East of Wallaroo, was proclaimed on 5 October 1882 and Tickera School operated from 1884 until 1958. The Hundred of Tickera School opened in 1901 and became ‘Cairn Hill’ in 1909. Tickera West School opened in 1883 and became ‘Brucefield’ in 1885

Tickera. SA Memory

Tickera is a small coastal town some 20 kilometres by road north of Wallaroo. Surveyed in 1882 the town developed slowly with very few blocks bought in the first sale in September of that year. The town never grew as anticipated when the original call for a small town in the area was made.

A school opened briefly in 1887, but the first teacher, Frederick Filsell, resigned on 30 September of the same year. The new teacher, Sarah Pascoe, was not appointed until May 1892. The school closed in 1957.

A Methodist Church was built in 1889.

The Tickera Hotel opened in September 1884, with Charles Alford as the first publican. The hotel closed in October 1905 when it was purchased by the temperance movement.

By the early 1970s land at Tickera was being taken up by people looking for holiday homes and a congenial location for retirement. Nearly 100 years after it was declared Tickera was finally enjoying a small boom.

Tickera in the Newspapers


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Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Saturday 22 July 1911, page 2



The town of Tickera was the scene of a very pleasing ceremony on Friday, the occasion being the official opening of the newly erected school, which has been built by the Education Department in response to the request of the residents of the town and district, which had been supported by the School Board of Advice, and the members for the district. The building which is designed on the most modern lines, is situated in an ideal position, and is recognised by experts to be one of the best school buildings of its size that is to be found in Australia. It has been constructed in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by the Public Works Department, by Messrs W. Muliken and Harwood of Kadina, and consists of a schoolroom, the inside measurements of which is 24 ft. by 24 ft., and a teacher's residency consisting of four rooms, kitchen and bathroom, and a front verandah, and has entailed an expenditure of aboat £1,300. On Friday about 11 o'clock, the Minister of Education and the Acting Director of Education arrived at Tickera by motor car. They were met on their arrival by the following members of the School Buard of Advice: — Messrs J. Malcolm, P. Roach, J. Mitchell, and W. Symons.

Mr J. Willis on behalf of the residents of Tickera and district, of which there were between two and three hunndred present, in a brief speech extended a hearty welcome to the visitors. A guard of honor, which was arranged by Captain J. Watt D.S.O., consisting of buys of the school was drawn up to receive the visitors.

The Minister of Education (Mr Coneybeer) in officiary declaring the school open, congratulated the residents of the town and district upon the splendid building which had bees erected, and expressed his pleasure at seeing such a large representative assemblage of parents and friends of the school present. He made reference to the Education Bill which was to be placed before Parliament and outlined some of its principal provisions. He also referred to the steps which were being taken to preside increased facilities for the education of children in sparsely settled districts, and other matters connected with the working of the educational system.

Mr A. H. Keale also delivered an address, in the course of which he made an appeal to the parents to cooperate with the teacher in the work of the eduration of their children.

Mr J. Malcolm, who presided, took the opportun ty of expressing his pleasure at the accomplishment of the scheme for providing an up-to-date school at Tickera, in connection with which the School Board had been working for some considerable time.

A vote of thanks was accorded to the visitors on a motion proposed by Mr J. Willis and seconded by Mr F. Bayne.

The visitors were afterwards entertained at luncheon by the residents of Tickera, at the conclusion of which a vote of thanks was accorded to them for their hospitality on a motion proposed by the Minister of Education. which was acknowledged by Mr J. Willie, who expressed their pleasure at having the honor of entertaining them.


Opening of the War Memorial at Tickera - State Library of South Australia - B 34706

Mon 2 Apr 1923, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

TICKERA WAR MEMORIAL. KADINA, March 29. — The unveiling of a war trophy at Tickera on Wednesday afternoon attracted the largest gathering of the kind yet held in the town. The function, over which Mr John Willis presided, was held in the school-room, which was not adequate to accommodate half of those present, and was marked by great enthusiasm. After a patriotic address by the Chairman, Cr. A. J. McDonald (on behalf of the District Council of Ninnes), handed over the war trophy, as a perpetual memorial of the Great War, and of the bravery and self-sacrifice of our boys. Mr Willis accepted charge of the trophy on behalf of the Tickera school committee. Mr A. F. Coghlan then unveiled the Tickera honour roll and enlarged photographs of Ptes. Gully, Johnson, and Taylor, and expressed his deep appreciation of the honour conferred on him. The Rev. T. P. Willason (Chairman of the Wallaroo school committee) delivered a stirring address. A vote of thanks to all who had assisted in the historic function was carried by acclamation, on the motion of Mr.E. Lee. Tea was provided by the ladies.


Thu 15 Oct 1953, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Because of the changed conditions existing at Tickera, very different from the early days when the church was built, it has been decider to close the Tickera church. Those who until recently have attended there will transfer their loyalties to the Alford Church and Sunday school. A service of thanksgiving for the past record of Methodist witness in the community will be held on Sunday, October 25th, at 3 p.m. Rev. P. J. Phillips will be the preacher. Books will be distributed to the children who have been attending Sunday school in recent years.


Sat 16 Jul 1881, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

July 12. A public meeting was held here lately to consider the beat site for a school. One or two strongly advocated that it should be on the forest reserve, but the majority were in favour of it being at the seven crossroads or at the site of the proposed township of Peela Weela, which is most central, and certainly would accommodate the largest number of children....


Tue 4 Sep 1883, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

The Hay crops in the Hundreds of Tickera Mid Peela Weela this year will be tremendous, a bundle of green feed brought in by Mr Kinoear, of Tickera, grown on his section, measured five feet and a half, most of the Crops of about 200 acres is this extraordinary height, whilst the head is only just forming in the stalk....


Thu 20 Mar 1884, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

Wallaroo. March 19. A shocking accident occurred at Tickera last night to a little girl aged 4 years, a daughter of Mr. Pascoe, a farmer. She was sent down to the paddock with a bottle of tea for a man engaged in clearing the scrub. In the evening the child not having returned a search was made for her, but it was fruitless. Her charred remains, however, were found this morning not far from the house. It appears that some scrub was being burnt, and the child's clothes caught fire. The poor little thing had travelled two or three hundred yards before falling, and all her clothes were burnt off. The police communicated the circumstances to Mr. D. Bews, J.P., to day, who deemed an inquest unnecessary, and gave the usual certificate. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved relations.

Sat 14 Jun 1884, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant to Clause 28 of the Licensed Victuallers Act, 1880, I CHARLES ALFORD of Tickera, did on the fourth day of June, 1881, DEPOSIT with the Clerk of the Midland licensing Bench, Clare, PLANS of a HOTEL proposed to he erected by me on Allotment No. 7, TOWNSHIP of TICKERA, to be called the Tickera Hotel, In respect of which I intend to apply for a Publican's Licence in due course. Dated the 10th day of June, 1884.


Sat 13 Sep 1884, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

September 6. On Monday evening we were visited by a few light showers, which did an amount of good to the wheat. More is, however, required, as the late-sown crops are looking very short and thin....


Fri 31 Jul 1885, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

We are indebted to our contemporary for the following report: — A public meeting was held at Rayson's Hotel, Tickera, on Saturday evening, July 25, for the purpose of considering several wants of the district....


Wed 14 Aug 1889, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

The largest gathering that was ever witnessed in the township of Tickera, assembled on Wednesday last, August 7, to take part in the ceremony of laying two of the corner stones of the new church. Shortly after 3 o'clock the service was commenced by the singing of a hymn followed by reading and prayer....


Sat 26 Sep 1891, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

Kadina, September 23. A daughter of Mr. James Pascoes, aged six years, fell into an open tank at Newtown this afternoon, and was drowned before any one knew of the occurrence. This is the second fatal accident in the same family, as three or four years ago Mr. Pascoe lost a young lad through being burned to death in a scrub fire at Tickera...



Mon 14 Dec 1891, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Trove

Kadina, December 13. A destructive cyclonic storm occurred in the Hundreds of Tickera and Kadina on Friday at about 1 p.m. It started near Mrs. Olifents farm, on the coast near Tickera, and travelled in a north-easterly direction...


Sat 22 Jun 1901, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Wallaroo, June 20. Mr. T. J. S. O'Halloran, S.M., and a jury, held an enquiry concerning the death of Ernest Engel, of Tickera, laborer, on June 19, at Tickera. From the evidence it appeared that Engel was working at the Tickera Flux Works for Mr. D. Taylor, and that Mr. White, a farmer, of Tickera, reported to the police a few days ago that Engel was missing....


Sat 27 Dec 1902, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Kadina, December 17. Mr. Edgar Manners, a fisherman, of Tickera, had a novel experience on Monday last. Four whales were floundering about in the water, the smallest one measuring 18 ft. long. While he was trying to round them into the channel one broke away. Manners gave chase, and succeeded eventually in getting the four whales from the channel on to the flats which abound on the Tickera coastline. Once the fish grounded it was easy work, and after a while they were dispatched. Mr. Manners should get well paid for his trouble with the returns secured for the whalebone and oil he will obtain from the monsters.


Sat 6 Jun 1903, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

Can any good thing come out of Tickera? writes our correspondent. Lately we have been having a series of surprises here. There have been discoveries beyond dreams, and many have proved themselves only dreams. Some little time ago we were startled at the news that, in addition to limestone flux, of which there is any quantity, a local resident had found ironstone. The stone is there undoubtedly, but he is evidently waiting for a rise in prices to work it. Next, a fisherman had made his fortune by snaring three small whales, and beaching them. He was going to supply the world at large with whale oil. He succeeded in getting the health officer to visit him a few times, but so far the oil remains unsold. Now two local men, Messrs. Johnson and Manners, have found a large growth of kelp in the salt lagoons of Kanaka Creek, and they estimate their find as worth about £700 or £800, after having had it sampled. But the climax was reached when one day lately Captain Hannan, of the ketch Torrens, while engaged in loading limestone flux at Campbell's quarries, hauled up a real pearl. The stone was contained in a razor fish. It is of the round variety, and is about a quarter of an inch in diameter. A strange vessel being in the immediate vicinity of the find today, we are wondering whether Captain Hannan has reported his find, and her crew are trying their luck at pearl fishing.


Wed 5 Aug 1903, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

On Sunday last a good number of persons assembled at Tickera for the purpose of assisting at the anniversary services of the Methodist Church in the afternoon and evening. Daring the interval between the two services a number of men, varying in age from 14 to 30, put in their time-by playing up all the hooligan mischief that they could find to do. The most, conspicuous and mischievous was when they seized the trolly which is used by the fishermen to haul up fish from the boats to the bank. The trolly runs on an incline which is pretty steep!. Those people, who had been to Church in the afternoon and intended going again in the evening, hauled the trolly up to the top of the incline by the windlass. Then they set to work with an energy worthy of a, better cause and filled the truck full as ever it would, hold with rocks and other heavy material. As soon as all was ready, at a given signal, the windlass was let go, and away went the trolly with its heavy load for all it was worth, bang, smash, to the bottom of the incline, and was very much injured. Then these " men," bearded men some of them, laughed like a lot of school boys, and as they had damaged the property of the poor fishermen, who were absent, they thought themselves fine, clever fellows. A gentleman who happened be there spoke to them about what they were doing, and all he got for his pains was a whole lot of "Billingsgate" of the vilest description, such as he had never heard before in the lowest slums. And yet not two hours previously these very persons had been "praising God" with the same mouths and voices that uttered language that would have made a bullock-driver blush.

It appears that this was a repetition of an annual event, as every time there is anything on at the Church some of the congregation "enjoy" themselves in this fashion; The cowards knew perfectly well that the owner of the trolly and landing place was absent, and that no police protection was to be had; but we strongly advise them not to repeat such ruffianly conduct, as the next time there are any festivities at Tickera they will be closely watched. The police have been informed. Everyone knows that the calling of a fisherman is but poorly paid, and to destroy the property of the poor is a mean, cowardly, and unmanly act. There is no doubt that if anyone injured or smashed anything belonging to any one of those hoodlums they would howl and wail like whipped curs.


Mon 30 Nov 1903, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Tickera, November 26. A youth named Lukeman had a narrow escape from death on Saturday. He, with others was engaged quarrying flux, and after knocking off for the day he started wrestling with another young man. They got too close to the quarry face, and Lukeman fell over, his companion nearly following. Lukeman escaped with a severe shaking and a few cuts and bruises.


Wed 6 Jan 1904, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

Tickera, January 3. Snakes are not usually considered pleasant company at any time, and when they elect to get in one's bed they are even less desirable. One day last week Mrs. Willis, a local resident, discovered one on her bed, but during the panic that ensued the serpent got away. On Sunday, however, he again made his appearance in the same place, and was disabled by Miss Gervasi with a stone. Mr. J. McIntosh afterwards dispatched the reptile.


Fri 15 Jan 1904, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

Tickera. January . A heavy gale occurred last Saturday night. There were several vessels in harbour, and two of them dragged their anchors for a considerable distance....


Sat 5 Mar 1904, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Tickera. February 29. A law case that has caused considerable amusement locally was heard last week at the Local Court, Kadina. It was the outcome of Mr. Edgar Manners' haul of whales on the Tickera flats over 14 months ago. According to some accounts, a fortune of no small dimensions was assured the lucky finder from the sale of the blubber. The amounts varied from £250 to somewhere about £500. However, after the whales had lain a few days in a heap together in the sun (the parties concerned being busy getting appliances for treating the oil), it must have been anything but a pleasant job to strip the blubber off the carcases. However, it was done, and the result was about 200 gallons of oil, and for his share of the oil (100 gallons), E. Manners sued C. O'Connor, soap-maker, for the sum of £5. O'Connor admitted the debt, but claimed £2 18/ as rent for a pan to treat the oil, casks, &c. After hearing the evidence the S.M. entered a verdict for Manners for £2 4/. The skeleton of one of the whales has been transferred to Port Pirie by a resident there as a novelty. Hundreds of people visited the locality during the few days after the capture. Several attempts were made to photograph the animals, but owing to a strong disinclination to approach the whales too closely the pictures were scarcely a success.


Sat 19 Mar 1904, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Tickera. March 14. For the last 14 years there have been a good many hands employed raising and carting limestone flux all along the coastline, and although there has been a constant drain on the deposits, there is plenty more to be got. Now, however, a bomb has burst in Tickera, for Saturday's mail brought an instruction to the owners and foremen of the various leases to stop the raising, and send away all that has been broken. This is a serious matter for residents, as some of them do nothing else but flux work all the year round, and others who farm do not despise the flux in slack times. It is the only other occupation pursued here besides fanning, and gives employment to scores of hands. It usually means food for the workmen, and an occasional spree for some of them, but we have been unable to find the fluxman who is even thinking of retiring on his fortune.


Sat 6 Aug 1904, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Tickera, July 20. Our correspondent has inspected some really good painting recently done by Miss Elsie Eayne, a daughter of a farmer here. The work is wonderful when one sees how the little artist works. She is about 13 years of age, and from the age of 7 has been a confirmed cripple....


Sat 31 Dec 1904, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Tickera, December 20, For some time past the larder of a certain camp at Blackrock has been occasionally relieved of any superfluous bread it contained. A watch was kept at night, and the intruder was found. It proved to be a female opossum, carrying her baby....


Fri 11 May 1906, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

Tickera, May 7.— For many years this place has been prospected for metals. The old copper prospectors left permanent trade marks in the share of numbers of shallow shafts. Then the country remained for many years a sheep run, but the enterprising farmer came, saw and determined to conquer; and if present appearance goes for anything, the farmer who settled in Tickera 25 years or so ago and stayed there has not has cause to repent his decision....


Sat 30 Nov 1907, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Wallaroo, November 29. A fire occurred in the hundred of Tickera and Wallaroo on the farms of Messrs. W. Bates, D. Snodgrass, W. Waters, and G. Gordon, resulting in about £1,000 damage. Mr. Bates lost 500 acres of grass, 40 acres of crop, 200 bags of wheat, and a quantity of fencing, valued at about £300. The wheat was insured. Mr. Snodgrass lost a few acres of grass and some fencing. Mr Waters lost 100 acres of feed, 40 acres of wheat, going about five bags to the acre, 100 tons of hay, waggon, chaffcutter, seed-drill, and implement sheds, valued at £700. Mr. Gordon lost 50 acres of oats and fencing, worth about £100.

Three men, who were working on Mr. Bates' farm, left their tent at about sunrise for work. On returning about 9.30 a.m. they found their tent burnt to the ground. When they had made everything secure they found the grass burning about 30 yards away, but could not cope with the flames. During the fire a strong north wind was blowing.


Sat 5 Dec 1908, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

At Tickera on Thursday morning about eight o'clock John Kinner, a, boy aged 12 years, discovered Carl Wheatman (known as Louis), a fisherman, of Tickera, who had been a resident of the district for the past fourteen years, hanging by his neck by a rope fastened to the ridge pole of a tent, which was on the farm of Mr J. Kinnear....


Sat 23 Apr 1910, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Tickera, April 21. The facilities for shipping at Tickera are very few. A low fiat extends for some distance out from the beach. At high tide these flats are covered to the depth of from 4 ft. to 1 foot, but at low tide they much resemble a swamp. Ketches of ordinary draught are compelled to remain a mile or so out from the shore and all the cargo must be lightened by heavy barges....


Sat 22 Jul 1911, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

The town of Tickera was the scene of a very pleasing ceremony on Friday, the occasion being the official opening of the newly erected school, which has been built by the Education Department in response to the request of the residents of the town and district, which had been supported by the School Board of Advice, and the members for the district....


Mon 24 Jul 1911, Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924) Trove

A DEPUTATION'S BEQUEST. At the opening ceremony of the Tickera school a deputation took advantage of the presence of the Minister of Education (Hon.. F. W. Coneybeer) to request him to bring before the Government the necessity of a jetty at Tickera....


Wed 28 Apr 1918, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

An exceedingly sad accident occurred on Tuesday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock, when Mr Fred. Bayne, jun., was kicked by a mare, and succumbed to his injuries soon afterwards....


Sat 21 Jul 1917, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

On Wednesday afternoon and night Yorke's Peninsula was visited by a storm of unusual violence. The wind, which had been blowing' strongly and coldly all the morning, gradually veered to the West, and soon attained an almost hurricane like velocity. At Kadina the trees were tossing and roaring iii the wind and minor damage resulted to some of the smaller buildings, at Wallaroo Mines and in the vicinity of the town. At Wallaroo, the roofsheeting of several stacks was lifted bodily off and flung far and wide, and it was extremely dangerous to walk in the neighborhood. At 3 am, huge branch of a giant pine, a tree over 50 years old, was wrenched away and fell with a crash into the premises of Mr. W. Stocker, of Kadina. The branch which contained tons of timber, luckily fell the only possible way in which to avoid damage to the stables, where two ponies were housed, and other property. Two back yards were covered in green, and workmen were employed for a long time on Thursday clearing and cutting the debris away.

In the vicinity of the town the strong gale played havoc with the already mouse-riddled haystacks, and swept quantities away over the open fields. At Alford numbers of trees were uprooted or .blown down, and between Tickera, Brucefield and Alford sheds, stables and stacks also suffered considerably.

At Tickera the north wind was succeeded by a white squall, which commenced at 11.45 a.m, and was observed coming across the Gulf when still many miles away. Nothing like it has ever been experience in the district. The squall was accompanied by heavy hail and terrific lightning, the residence of Mr. Gully and that of the schoolmaster being struck. The chimney of Mr. Gully's house came down, and all the windows were broken. Mrs. Gully fainted, and is still suffering from shock. A curious circumstance was the injury to one of the panes glass, which had a circular piece taken out of the middle just as if it had been cut out with a diamond. The chimney of the school residence also suffered, and everything within the house was shaken off the nails and hooks. The children in the school were exceedingly alarmed, and the teacher had difficulty in assuring the younger portion of the scholars. Three houses were affected by the thunderbolt, and the wife of Mr. Lee, storekeeper of the place, had her arms and hands numbed for a long time after the stroke. The tide in the Tickera bay rose to an enormous height and it was impossible to, get on the beach. Several fishing boats were blown ashore. Altogether, considerable damage was done, and none of the residents remember ever having seen a squall as fierce as the one experienced on Wednesday. Heavy rain and hail also fell further inland.


Wed 31 Oct 1923, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Great regret is expressed at the death of Mr Daniel McIntosh, at the ripe age of eighty years, which removes a highly respected and popular figure on the Peninsula and the oldest pioneer of the Tickera district....


Mon 2 Feb 1931, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Tank-sinker's Find Kadina, January 30.

Excitement was caused at Tickera by the finding of a skeleton. Mr. Richard Rees was staking an under Ground tank on the property of Mr. Chris Cronin, about 60 yards at the rear of what was once the old Tickera Hotel, when be came across a fairly well-preserved skeleton, about 3 ft down. The police were informed, and the remains taken to Wallaroo, where it was ascertained that the bones were those of a male aboriginal. It has been more than forty years since blackfellows were camped at Tickera.


Wed 2 Dec 1936, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

There was a good gathering at the Back-to-Tickera School Celebrations on Monday, November 23, when Mr J. Willis formally opened the function. He subsequently introduced Mrs A. Bruce (nee Miss Beatrice Bunney), the oldest living teacher, who at a later stage called the roll of old scholars, in which Vennings' amplifier rendered good service....


Fri 3 May 1946, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

As we walked up the road from the house on the sea-front, where we were staying on a visit from the city, lights of several cars were seen in the darkness of a beautiful autumn morning, coming from various points to our appointed meeting place near the school....


Wed 15 Jul 1953, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Trove

Mice by the tens of thousands (some estimates run into millions) have invaded the Tickera district, north of Kadina, but none of the pestered residents asked yesterday could could give a reason for the visitation. The mice have eaten seed wheat after it has been planted in the ground and have even forced the local Methodist church to close down. The plague has been going on for months. Mr. O. F. Willis, a farmer living two miles north of the township, said last night that an all-out assault on the mice seemed to be working at last. There were definite signs that, the plague was subsiding. Farmers have attacked the mice with gas, poison and traps. The total bag for one day in one part was 680 dead mice . The farmers losses include about a quarter of the seed wheat planted this year eaten by mice, and serious inroads into stored grain and haystacks. The church had to close down last month because of distraction to worshippers caused by swarms of mice running about during services.