Category: Stories & Announcments

  • In Praise of the Humble Home Movie

    In Praise of the Humble Home Movie

    From our Conservation Team Home movies present a personal expression on the events of life, not a corporate vision. They present stories without the purposeful narrative that taints feature films and documentaries. Almost without exception every home movie is unique. A single tangible record of an unrepeatable moment of everyday life that would otherwise dim […]

  • The Rectory & The Postmaster’s House – New Releases from MDHS

    The Rectory & The Postmaster’s House – New Releases from MDHS

    Two new publications from Shirley Jurmann reveal the secrets of 2 very important buildings in the life of Moruya – the Postmaster’s House and the Rectory. Both are told in the first person by the house. All enquiries to The Postmaster’s House This booklet starts by covering the postal services in Moruya from their […]

  • Char-a-banc Tour Comes to Town!

    Char-a-banc Tour Comes to Town!

    In October 1922 a charabanc tour came to Moruya from Melbourne en route to Sydney with a cameraman on board: A BIG party of tourists from Melbourne passed through Moruya on Tuesday. There were 35 in all, and they are travelling in two big char-a-bancs. They left Melbourne last Monday week, and are proceeding by […]

  • Its about time . . .

    Its about time . . .

    Exhibition at the Museum 15 Oct 2022 – 31 Jan 2023 The measurement of time has always been essential to human civilization – but never more than today. Without clocks we would not have the mechanised society we enjoy. On display are clocks and other timepieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.  They range in […]

  • Workshop – Preserving Photographs

    Workshop – Preserving Photographs

    From Daguerrotype to dPrint . . . the care and feeding of photographic collections The workshop will be looking at identifying various photographic processes and how these may deteriorate, then looking at issues around appropriate storage and general care. Participants are invited to bring examples of their photographs they would like to know more about […]

  • Hands-on History – Moruya Library 3-11 Sept

    Hands-on History – Moruya Library 3-11 Sept

    History week is coming next week! To mark the event, the MDHS is partnering with the Moruya Library on 2 key events which showcasing this years theme of Hands-on History. Don’t miss this chance to learn about this fascinating era, and the conditions in the area during the 1830s and 40s. Convicts of the Moruya […]

  • Attack on the Dureenbee, 80 years on

    Attack on the Dureenbee, 80 years on

    Extracted from War? What War? by Shirley JurmannPublished in the MDHS Journal, Sept 2020 On 3rd August the people of Moruya were awoken in the early hours of the morning by the sounds of gunfire at sea and flashes of light could be seen from higher points in the town. The gunfire was coming from […]

  • Motor Gymkhana at Harry’s Farm

    Motor Gymkhana at Harry’s Farm

    Extracted from The Story of Harry’s House By Shirley Jurmann There was a house on the eastern side of the Princes highway, as you come along the Mullenderree Flats into Moruya from the north.  It was known in times past as “Oaklands” and has a long history starting in the 1860s when James Francis Lynch […]

  • The Story of Toragy Pt Cemetery

    The Story of Toragy Pt Cemetery

    by Shirley Jurmann Historic Toragy Point Cemetery at spectacular South Head Moruya provides a unique window to the past. Of the 20 recorded burials, only about a quarter of made it past 65 years of age – the rest were young children or the result of drowning or accidents. The first recorded burial is a […]

  • A Single Handed Voyage in a Small Craft

    A Single Handed Voyage in a Small Craft

    A “remarkable” maritime story from Moruya’s history A well known waterman based in Circular Quay, George Mulhall was hired with his skiff by a passenger bound for Moruya on the NSW south coast.  They travelled on the steamer Juno sailing to Port Phillip on 18 November 1848.  The purpose of hiring George and his skiff […]