100 Years Ago – 9 December 1922

THROUGH the axe he was using gliding off the wood, Mr. George Belette, of Mogo, severely gashed his leg.

SOME of our local anglers had excellent sport on Sunday on the shores of Broulee. In a short time three lines were responsible for 44 sand whiting and bream being landed.

PILOT Chapman, who was reported to have been killed in his flight from Braidwood to Bateman’s Bay arrived safely in his Sunbeam aeroplane at the latter town on 29th inst. Mr. Chapman continued his flight to Milton the following day.

THE Gloria light has been installed in the Holt Trinity Church, Tilba.

CONGRATULATIONS to Midshipman W. Bull, elder son of Dentist R. N. Bull, who has successfully passed his final examination at Jervis Bay. Our clever young Midshipman is now ready for an appointment on a warship.

VERY little interest was taken in the Shire Elections on Saturday. Only two Ridings were contested for, viz, E. and F. on the Southern end of the Shire. In the former Riding 50% of the ratepayers voted and in the latter only 33%. Mr. H. J. Bate of Tilba, was re-elected for E. Riding, defeating Mr. F. E. Grenenger by 48 votes. Mr. John Bate was not seeking re-election for F. Riding, Messrs. S. W. Bate and A. G. Sutherland contested the seat, with the result that the latter was returned with a majority of 3 votes. …

VALE! VALE! – One of the pioneers of N.S.W., in the person of Alfred Edward Webber, passed away recently at Nelligen. The late Mr. Webber was born in Bristol, England, nearly 80 years ago. When very young he came to Australia with his father, who had opened a wheel-wright’s business on the historic slope of Brickfield Hill – somewhere near the present site of Anthony Hordern’s, Ltd. (Incidently I might be permitted to mention here that often the little English boy sat on the three-railed fence which passed along where the Sydney Town Hall now stands, and watched the grimy bullock-drivers urging their teams along straggling George Street).

A chic lady bicyclist of the 1920s (Photo: MDHS Collection)

In December, 1860, the father and son came to Nelligen in “the good old days,” when the gold rush was booming. Again they opened a wheel-wright’s business, which they carried on for many years. Gradually this trade was merged into the saw-milling industry, with a branch yard in Sydney. The depression in business about 20 years ago caused the selling of this, and since then wheel-wrighting was again carried on in a small way. … He died as he would have wished – busy at work till a few days before his death. His wife, four sons and two daughters survive him.

FOR SALE. – A LADY’S MARATHON BICYCLE, Coaster Hub, almost new. £7 or near offer. ‘Phone 7. MRS ROSE, Pilot Station, Moruya.

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

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