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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 24 July 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society
SALE OF PROPERTY.– H. J. Thomson reports the private sale of Mr. M. McMahon’s compact little dairy and agricultural farm to Mrs. J. Heffernan and Mr. A.F. Emmott conjointly. This property has been under lease to Mrs. Heffernan for the past five years.
TURLINJAH BALL.—Our Turlinjah friends who seldom appeal to the public for assistance, have arranged for a Ball to take place on Wednesday night next, 28th inst. to augment the Hall piano fund. Those in search of a good night’s enjoyment should not fail to attend on this occasion.
ON THE MOVE.– Mr. W. Jermyn has leased the late Mrs J. Flood’s residence in Campbell Street, and with his family, moved into it this week. On the arrival of her furniture from Sydney in the course of a month Mrs John Emmott will settle in her cottage in Page Street, recently vacated by Mr. Jermyn.
SPORTING CONFERENCE.—At a meeting of the committee of the Moruya Registered Race Club, held last week, it was unanimously decided to comply with a request made by the Bega Jockey Club to form a Union of Race Clubs embracing Major’s Creek, Bateman’s Bay, Moruya, Cobargo, Bega, Bemboka, Candela and Pambula, to be known as the “Far South Coast Racing Association.” If registered racing is to continue in the South Coast towns named with any degree of success, a Conference of Delegates from each club must be held, a Union established, a proper rotation of dates decided upon for meetings—the number of which in each locality to be increased—and many important details discussed and arranged. The present is an opportune time for the establishment of such a Union, so let us hope that the Clubs interested will lose no time in its formation.
INVALID AND OLD-AGE PENSIONS.– In the Federal Parliament Mr. Austin Chapman asked the Treasurer: – 1. Is it a fact that many old-age and invalid pensioners are suffering great hardships owning to the high cost of living? 2. If so, in view of the difficulties experienced by pensioners, will the Government favourably consider the necessity for increasing the amount of pension in conformity with the increased cost of living? Sir Joseph Cook: I regret the effect of high prices on the old-age and invalid pensioners, but am unable at the moment to promise further relief. The last increase of 2s.6d per week has absorbed in the six months period £693,000. The total for year will probably be £1,500,000.
SUDDEN DEATH.– An awfully sudden death is reported from Major’s Creek. Mr Thomas Keyte, with his son, Mr T. Keyte, junr., was engaged cutting eucalyptus leaves on the common about a mile from his residence. Both of them had just fallen a tree. Mr. Keyte, with his axe still in his hand, remarked to his son what fine foliage the tree contained. Almost immediately afterwards he fell back. His son caught him in his arms as he was falling, and laid him on the ground. He drew a deep breath, and died. The deceased gentleman was 63 years of age, and was one of the best known and most respected citizens—a model of uprightness and integrity. The doctor’s certificate was that death was due to heart failure. Deceased leaves a widow and large family. Mr. J. Keyte, of Turlinjah, is a brother of deceased. The late Mr. Keyte was well-known in Moruya, especially amongst the sporting fraternity, by whom he was regarded as one of the straightest of straight goers.Twenty one 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1919 are available ($6 to $8 ea) from the Museum. Back copies of local newspapers can be viewed on microfilm at the Society’s Family History Research Library (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya.The Moruya Museum houses a collection of furniture, books, artefacts and memorabilia that is intended to show visitors something of the lives of the ordinary people of this community from the middle of the nineteenth century. Most items on display were donated by local families.
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