Category: Stories & Announcments

  • 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 […]

  • REMARKABLE – Stories of Australians and their Boats

    REMARKABLE –  Stories of Australians and their Boats

    EXHIBITION 15 May – 15 June, 2022 Opening hours 10 – 12 Wed Fri Sat Australia’s history is populated with maritime related stories. With over 1,000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the […]

  • Battling Big Floods in 1914

    Battling Big Floods in 1914

    Extracts from the Moruya Examiner and South Coast Advocate 28 March 1914 – The March flood of 1914 which visited this district during the early part of the week was exactly two feet lower at Mullenderree and on the flat land on this side of the river than the flood of 1898, just 16 years […]

  • Leo De Saxe – Moruya’s First ANZAC ?

    Leo De Saxe – Moruya’s First ANZAC ?

    Leopold Franklin (Bill) De Saxe (1893–1988) was one of the first Moruya residents to volunteer for service in world War I enlisting at the age of 21 on 17 August 1914. He sailed from Albany on 1 November, disembarking in Alexandria, Egypt in early December 1914. He was sent with the A&NZ Division from there […]

  • Moruya granite and the Harbour Bridge

    Moruya granite and the Harbour Bridge

    On 19th Jan 2022 the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be 90 yrs old, celebrations are planned in Sydney and Moruya. The following text about the granite used in the bridge is extracted from Moruya’s “Golden Years” About to Begin by Shirley Jurmann So Moruya granite had been chosen for the pylons of the new North […]