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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

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Mr George Henry James, owner of the new Maxwell automobile. The garage that he stored the car in still stands today.

NEW CAR – Mr. G.H. James, our “All-alive” little townsman has invested in a new 25 h.p., four-cylinder, family touring Maxwell motor can. In trade parlances this car is a “real automobile”. It has a five passenger capacity, of light, yet strong construction, economical in up-keep, because of the excellent quality of the workmanship and material. We compliment Mr. James on his taste and superior judgement. 5/9/1914

PLOUGHING MATCH AND SPORTS – We desire to invite the special attention of every member of the community to the A. and P. Society’s annual ploughing match and sports carnival set down for decision on Wednesday next on Ryan’s paddock, Mynora. We understand that there will be keen competition amongst many expert ploughmen for the eight separate prizes offered by the Society. Independent of the ploughing match the A. and P. Society has drafted a nice programme of interesting and exciting horse and pony events, besides a prize for the best gent’s hackney and one for the best sulky turnout. Apart from the attractions above offered and the duty devolving on the public to assist by every means in their power their Agricultural and Pastoral Society, there is another important consideration which should greatly influence the patronage of old and young, viz., the allocation of the proceeds, the committee having generously agreed to donate half the profits to the Red Cross Society, which is working heart and soul to assist our warriors going to the front in the most terrible war the world has ever known. Everyone should show their patriotism by being present. Refreshments will be in abundance on the ground. A grand ball will take place in the Centennial Hall at night in connection with the same object.   5/9/1914

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A sample of the stirringly patriotic newspaper text that was being read by Australians 100 years ago

BATEMAN’S BAY (From our Correspondent). – The only topic of conversation of any interest to the Bay people now is war. The telegrams of the “Examiner” are more eagerly sought after daily than the butcher or the baker. Mr. Alfred Duffy acts as reader to the blind and those who forgot to learn reading in their youthful days, and to listen to Alf in his masterly manner reading some of those thrilling engagements, makes one almost imagine you feel a piece of the cold steel or the sting of lead pass through you.

Such excitement does not tend to build up the business man’s position much and especially when the traveller comes along. He’s full of advice, imploring his customer to buy, as everything is on the rise, and some things are going to be unobtainable, even the representative of Tooth’s brewery was here yesterday suffering from the same complaint, and is stating that hotelkeepers should lay in a big stock of beer, as it is also on the rise, as the Government is certain to impose an additional duty. So with all these things staring us in the face the quiet little seaside resort is not without its worries.   5/9/1914

APOLOGY – Referring to certain language used by me to Mr. Arthur Russell of Moruya in Vulcan Street Moruya on 22nd August Inst., I withdraw unreservedly, everything that I said as I knew at the time of using such language that the words used were not true, and I am very sorry indeed that I so far forgot myself as to have behaved in such a way to a person who ever since I knew him, has been strictly honourable in all his dealings.   C.R. STUBB, Moruya         5/9/1914

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Vulcan Street – here words were exchanged between Mr Stubbs and Mr Russell

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (mdhs.org.au).

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