News from 100 years ago – 15 October 1921

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of  8 October 1921 provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society


CHEAP TELEPHONE. – Mr. Austin Chapman [MP for Eden- Monaro] in Parliament last week………advocated a telephone in every house, at a rental charge of one pound per annum, with six free calls per day, all other calls to be half-penny each. This he maintained would not only be a wonderful convenience, but also prove a great revenue producer, as it would lead to universal use of the ‘phone. The introduction of wireless telephony should be a big factor in bringing the telephone with-in the ken of everyone, which would expedite business and prove a great blessing and comfort.

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WHY EDITORS BECOME RICH. –  Do you know why all newspaper men are rich? Look at it this way: – A child is born in the neighborhood. The attending physician gets £5. (The maternity hospital gets a “tenner” or so, too, in most instances.) The editor gives the loud-mouthed infant and the happy parents a “send-off” and gets £0. When it is christened, the clergyman gets £1 and the editor £00. It grows up and marries. The editor publishes another long-winded article, and tells a dozen lies about “a very pretty wedding” and “the beautiful and accomplished bride.” The clergyman gets £3 (and up to £10 occasionally) and a piece of cake, and the editor gets £000. In course of time death eventuates. The doctor gets from £5 to £25 and the undertaker from £10 to £50, and the monumental man up to £250. The editor publishes a two-column obituary notice, lodge and society resolutions, etc., and gets £0000. It is no wonder, therefore, that so many editors become wealthy.

SCHOLASTIC . – The Forest Home schoolmistress, Miss Mather, left Nerrigundah on 7th inst. to take up duties at Bemboka. Miss Shinfield, who arrived on Saturday from Kameruka, commenced teaching on Monday at Forest Home School, Cadgee.

MR. GEORGE RUSSELL. – The death occurred on Saturday last at the local Hospital of an old and highly respected resident of Bateman’s Bay, in the person of Mr. Geo. Russell, at the age of 64 years. Deceased, who had resided at the Bay for 30 years, was a son of the late Mr. P.N. Russell, who for 40 years owned one of the largest iron foundries in Sydney, and who, rather than accede to the workman’s demand for a daily three-break [one unpaid 30-minute meal break, and two paid 10-minute rest breaks], closed the business and returned to England. The late Mr. George Russell was held in deep esteem by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, being a man of high scholarly attainments and fine lofty ideas. During the past two or three years he had not enjoyed good health, and for the past two months had been an inmate of the Moruya Hospital……

MRS. JOHN CONNORS. – ……. who departed this life on Saturday morning last, at the age of 79 years, was born in Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this country 60 years ago….Theimmediate cause of death, which was a peaceful and happy one, was catarrh of the stomach….In addition to her aged husband, she leaves four sons, James, Patrick, William and Michael, and three daughters, Sister M. Colombiere, Mrs. P. Flynn and Miss Helen. The funeral took place on Sunday, the remains being interred in the R.C. portion of the Moruya Cemetery.

Sister Colombiere, daughter of Mrs Connors.

Extracted from the Moruya Examiner by the Moruya and District Historical Society Inc. https://www.mdhs.org.au

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. 

To explore the museum’s online collection click HERE.

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