Featured image: Moruya Public School c.1910


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 7 April 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

AUCTION SALE – Richardson, Wrench and Thomson, will offer the late Mr. E. M. Mort’s property, known as Dalmeny, Bodalla, for sale on the 20th inst.

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Auction Notice from SMH on 16 April, 1917. Courtesy of TROVE

NEW LORRY – Mr. H. Waters is negotiating for the purchase of a new Fiat motor lorry to use in place of the six-horse wagon in conveying goods from the steamer’s wharf to Bodalla.

GREAT CLEARANCE SALE – R. H. Harvison notifies that he will offer for sale on 26th inst., the whole of the household furniture and effects of Mrs. W. H. Simpson who is leaving the district.

ANOTHER HERO GONE – On Monday evening the Rev. J. A. Walsh received a wire reporting the death of Private Ray C. Bishop, of Eurobodalla. He was killed on July 20th at Armentieres. The deceased was in his 21st year and was a fine specimen of young Australian. The sympathy of the whole district goes out to his widowed mother, in this her second bereavement, through this terrible war.

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STAR PICTURES – These pictures are attracting a well-merited share of public patronage. Mr. Godfrey Handscom now procures the latest films featuring the world’s foremost artists. Very excellent pictures of an educational nature, as well as those with a comic element are also introduced. If the unearthly row made by the small fry who congregate at the back of the hall could be eliminated, the weekly entertainment would be highly enjoyable.

CITIZEN’S ASSOCIATION – A meeting of the Moruya Parents and Citizen’s Association was held in the Shire Hall on Friday evening last, presided over by the President, Mr. R. L. Dawson. The rules submitted by the Board were adopted subject to the approval of the Department of Public Instruction. It was decided that an honor board to contain the names of all the old boys from the Moruya Public School who have gone to the war should be erected and placed in the school. It was resolved that we join the Council of Association and that we send three delegates, Mr. R. L. Dawson, Mr. H. Parbury and Mr. R. H. Harvison to the meeting this year. The meeting also decided to bring before the Department of Public Instruction the urgent need of alterations and repairs at the Moruya Public School.

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OUR BOYS – We are in receipt of post cards of views of Durban and Cape Town from Pte. P. Knight. Our young brave who has been in hospital through an attack of bronchitis after landing in England, gives some interesting notes of his voyage. He also sent his parents a splendidly written diary written on board the troopship.

Cover of postcard envelope Durban, South Africa circa 1914-18. Courtesy of the Clement Family.

WEDDING – At St. John’s Church, Moruya, on Tuesday, a quiet wedding was celebrated by the Rev. Lewin of Bodalla, when Mr. Walter, only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Doyle of North Sydney, and Miss Elsie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Cameron, of Garlandtown, were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. The dainty bride, who entered the Church on the arm of her father, was attired in a coat frock of nattier blue rockama, trimmed with cream katona, a white moire and a black panne velvet hat, trimmed with velvet fruit. She also wore a gold wristlet watch (gift of the bridegroom, the bride’s gift to the bridegroom being a gold-mounted fountain pen), and carried an ivory prayer book. Miss Florence Thomson attended as bridesmaid, and wore a cream serge coat frock with satin hat trimmed with autumn leaves and crab-apple. Mr. J. Corbett officiated as best man. Mrs. C. Cheesman presided at the organ and sang “The Voice that Breathed O’er Eden” as the register was being signed. The happy young couple afterwards left, per Weatherby’s special motor, amongst showers of confetti and good wishes for Sydney and Melbourne, – where the honeymoon will be spent.

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St John’s Anglican Church, Moruya – where the Walter – Cameron wedding was held.

Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of Date 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

MEDICAL – Dr. Quilter, who is absent on holidays, has arranged with Dr. Hatherell to take over his practice for a fortnight.

CHASING MUSHROOMS – Immediately after the Moruya Hurdle Race had been run on Tuesday last the Metropolitan champion hurdle and steeple-chase rider, E. Moon, was seen in the saddling paddock with a small bag of beautiful mushrooms. Asked by our rep where he got them, he replied “Over there, I spotted them when riding round in the Hurdle Race.” Moon must have had an easy ride on old Inverlorn, as it is the first occasion we have heard of a hurdle rider chasing mushrooms.

ACCIDENT A little girl in the employ of Mr. J. J. Heffernan, Yarragee was admitted to the local hospital on Thursday evening, suffering from a severe wound in the leg through being cut by barbed wire.

QUALIFYING CERTIFICATE – The following pupils from Eurobodalla Public School were awarded Qualifying Certificates: – John l. Storman, Reginald J. Bishop, Marjorie A. Byrne, Walter S. Reed, and Edna Mary Taylor. Their popular and talented teacher, Mrs. J. Johnston, thus scores another triumph in her long list of scholastic successes.

Eurobodalla Public School

CHAPMAN NO 1 – Captain Jim Austin Chapman who has been in London on a fortnight’s leave from the front, cables that he had lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Deakin and Miss Deakin and that Mr. Deakin was improving in health. He also saw Mr. Fisher who is looking particularly well. Capt. Jim has gone back to the front again.

CHAPMAN NO 2 – Captain Jack Austin Chapman cables from London that he is convalescent after 6 weeks in hospital. During his stay there many Australians called to see him, including Mr. and Mrs. And Miss Deakin. He is now recuperating in Devon preparatory to joining his regiment at the front, where he hopes to be during the month.

AUSTRALIAN SINGERS – Owing to deprivations many a promising Australian voice has found its way to the scrap heap – so to speak- and not infrequently one of only mediocre calibre, whose owner enjoys the advantages of of wealth and friends to accompany him or her along, attains an efficiency of voice culture that enables him or her to star the world as a singer of considerable note. Writer often looks back into years long past with feelings of pleasure, tinged with no small degree of pride, when he first heard the clear sweet notes of Molly Ryan – now the famous Australian song bird, “Miss Marie Narelle” – when she used to warble to the patrons of her mother’s Post Office Hotel, in the little village of Cobargo. Miss Eva Mylott is another of our Australian song birds whom the “Examiner” assisted, not financially, but by inducing her, when only a pupil at our local Convent School, to sing at public entertainments and encouraging her by means of praise on the richness of her now world-famed contralto voice.


Eva Mylott – singer and also grandmother of Mel Gibson

BODALLA – (From our Correspondent.) All of the candidates who sat for the qualifying certificate examinations at the local school were successful in passing. Our popular school teacher Mr. P. J. Hogan is to be congratulated on getting such a good result. The following are the names of the candidates. George Brown, Charles Connolly, Herbert Hogan, Eddie Illingworth, Ivy Milliner, and George Milliner.

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The old Bodalla Schoolhouse and residence

SAW MILL – McMillan Bros., of Corunna have started the Saw Mill at Potato Point which was started about three years ago by the Ironbark Co., and was closed down on account of the war. Messrs. McMillans expect to employ about thirty men when they get it going properly.

ONLY a few Orpington cockerels and Plymouth Rock pullet left for sale. Inspections invited.

PUBLICAN FINED – James H. Beresford, licensee of the Central Hotel Bega, was fined £2 with 6s costs on Monday for keeping his booth open for sale of liquor after 6 p.m. at Bega races on 1st January.

The Central Hotel was Bega’s leading hotel.

ANOTHER REMINDER – We have to again remind buyers at the late furniture sale who have not settled their accounts, that our clerk’s patience has become exhausted in waiting to adjust the books.

Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 27 January 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HOTEL CHANGES HANDS – At the Moruya Court on Tuesday the license of the Adelaide Hotel was transferred from Ada Pollock to “Tom” Mallet of the Hotel Carlton, Sydney.

H. J. THOMSON will offer three milking cows for sale at the Adelaide Hotel today.

The Adelaide Hotel, Moruya c.1920

GENERAL ENTRY – Horse owners are reminded that general entry night for the Moruya annual races has been fixed for Thursday next the 1st of February, at 8 o’clock at Tatts, Keating’s Hotel.

AMUSEMENT TAX As the Government has fixed the amusement tax at one penny in the shilling, the Moruya Jockey Club has decided to make this collection at the inner gate where gentlemen will pay an extra sixpence and ladies an extra threepence, and thus do away with the penny collection at the outer gate. The public is requested to bring the correct change.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY – The Secretary, Mr. Flanagan, has received a communication from Mr. H. E. Simpson, Shire Clerk, that Monday, 5th Feb., first day of Moruya Annual Races has been gazetted a Public Holiday.

Moruya Races at the former racecourse – now the Moruya Showground.

DEATH AT COBARGO – Soon after resuming work after dinner on Friday, a man named McCauley, employed on the new Bank premises, collapsed from heat apoplexy. He was working at the filling-in of concrete foundations, and complained of feeling dizzy. His mates went to his assistance but he collapsed. He was taken to Hammond’s Hotel, and attended by Dr. Lister. He later developed delirium. “Mac,” as he was familiarly called in Cobargo was a prime favorite. – “Chronicle.”

OUR HARBOUR – As we have already pointed out in these columns the channel in the Moruya River, which is utilised as the port for this big shipping district, has so silted up, consequent upon the late flood, that on every occasion that the steamer tries to navigate it the little craft gets so firmly stuck that it is compelled, after struggling in vain and wasting fuel, to wait until the following tide. On Saturday morning last the regular boat, the s.s. Benandra, stuck fast when nearing the town and was obliged to put its passengers ashore in one of the small boats. If some strong concertive action is not soon taken by the public to get a suction pump at work here, it won’t be very long before Moruya will be minus a boat altogether.

WEDDING – BERRIMAN – RAVAILLION All Saint’s Church, Bodalla was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Wednesday 17th inst. When Alfred Joseph, fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Berriman, Congo Bergalia, was married to Phyllis Elsie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Ravailiion “Fernleigh,” Coila. Rev. H. E. Lewin officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a beautiful gown of ivory crepe-de-chene, with over dress of shadow lace, the square Court train of white satin being lined with shell pink and trimmed with true lover’s knots, and sprays of orange blossoms. After the ceremony the bridal party were driven to the residence of the bride’s parents where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was served and the usual toasts being proposed and responded to, only the immediate relatives of both families being present. Later Mr. and Mrs. Ravaillion gave a brilliant reception in the Turlinjah Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Berriman left early in the evening on their wedding tour of the South Coast.

All Saints’ Bodalla – the location of the Berriman-Ravaillon wedding.

NERRIGUNDAH – (From our Correspondent). Miss Madeline Mather, who was a pupil of that talented teacher, Mrs. Johnstone of Eurobodalla, received notice last week that she had been appointed teacher of a school at Kyogle at a salary of £132 a year. Miss Mather left on Thursday for her new home with good wishes from all who have had the pleasure of her acquaintance.

Eurobodalla Public School – June 1906. Mrs Johnston is on the left.

Mr. W. E. Guest received a letter from Private Frank Curtis, who has been fighting on the Somme but is now in the Beaufort War Hospital in England suffering from “trench feet.” Frank says that he expects to be back in that butcher’s shop of a battle field in a few weeks. “We are getting a bit the better of things on the Somme but it is a hard-fought battle. It is terrible weather in France, all the battle ground is nothing but a great big bog hole, many who get wounded in the early stages of the battle smother in the mud. One gets bogged up to the waist and has to be pulled out at times.


Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).

The following is based on a story which appeared in an article called “Moruya – Past and Present”. It was expressly written for the “Moruya Examiner” by “Walrab”. “Walrab (Barlow backwards) was Reginald Heber Barlow, local teacher, surveyor, architect and contributor of newspaper articles.

This article was originally published 26th January 1888 and reprinted in the “Moruya Examiner” 12th January 1932 as part of the “Back to Moruya” special edition.

The article was then sent to me by local historian Shirley Jurmann.This makes this version the third time that this wonderful tale has been published – 1888, 1932 and now 2016. Thank you, Shirley!

In the early days of Moruya few boats could come up the river owing to the sandbar at the entrance. Most were met by punts and the goods taken up to the township on these. One boat, stuck at the Heads with a precious cargo received a very special welcome, its cargo unloaded tenderly and lovingly onto a punt and this was escorted up the river by a party of men. What could be so valuable that it deserved this kind of treatment?

With Christmas coming up a group of local men had promised themselves a grand old time. They each put in a certain amount of money and sent to Sydney for a hogshead of good old London porter. The boat duly arrived at the Heads with the hogshead. Some of the men thought it only fitting that a punt with such a worthy guest should be greeted with honour and escorted up the river.

A little way up the river, a thought struck them – what if it was not genuine porter? Should they just try a little to make sure? The bung was drawn and a pannikin filled with the glorious stuff with its frothy cap. It was handed round and found to be good. The rest of the subscribers heard about this and felt duty bound to also make sure it was the real stuff. They too fell to their knees in worship.

By Boxing Day the hogshead “knew its late occupant no more.” Whether the subscribers became better and wiser men is not known but it was rumoured that several joined the “Temperance Society” the very next day.


A vintage Christmas Card from the Anderson family of ‘Lakeview’ Bergalia card collection

The 9 December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the current Moruya bridge. it  is a good time to reflect on all four bridges that have been important parts of the town’s built heritage.

The first bridge was opened on 26 January 1876 “the anniversary of the colony” with great fanfare, a regatta and a procession of 400 school children. It had 17 spans, each of 50ft, 6 inches.

it seems a splendid piece of work, something like three hundred paces long, the stacks of piles being about 50 feet apart. The piles are all of splendid ironbark, nearly as durable as iron itself, and some of them of great length ; it is said 60 feet in some places did not touch solid ground. The traffic way of the structure is above all chance of flood, and when a little more work is done and the side-rails are finished, the whole will be a splendid bridge and likely to see out some generations before it gives place to a successor.

The bridge had been splendidly adorned for its opening ceremony, and was gay with flags and evergreens. The motto ‘ Success to Trade’ flashed out at one end of the bridge and ‘Advance Moruya’ at the other.

The Bega Standard and Candelo, Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Wolumla, and General Advertiser (click to read full article)  
5 February 1876

The first Bridge over the Moruya River – opened 26 January, 1876

By 1898 it had become known as the “shaky bridge’ and it was replaced by a bridge using the latest technology to sink 12 inch diameter iron pipes as piers. The formal opening on 8 December 1900 was again:

a grand affair, with a procession of cyclists, Australian Horse, the Town band, the coach with the Minister of Justice, W.H. Wood, school children and the general public – in all, upwards of 1,000 people.

The opening of the second bridge on 8 December 1900 ( picture looking south)
The second bridge, heading south, 1907
The second bridge in 1930 looking nort towards the Criterion Hotel . The Waterfront Hotel stands on the site now.

This bridge withstood the pressures of the 1925 flood when water levels rose several feet over the decking, as well as lesser floods in 1922, 1934, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944, but the flood of 9th April 1945 piled so much timber and wreckage against it that it collapsed at 4.45am. A diversion over Larry’s Mountain Road and the Kiora Bridge added hours to travel to and from the north.

A headline following the 1945 floods

A punt was brought into operation until a temporary bridge could be built. It too was damaged by a second flood in June. However, the temporary bridge, making use of timber salvaged from the wrecked bridge, was ready for use in October 1945.

The temporary bridge ( 1945-1966)
The temporary bridge looking south towards the town

The present bridge was opened on Friday, 9 December 1966, by which time, according to the Moruya Examiner, the temporary bridge had “a distinctly delicate air”. About half the town’s school children were given time off, but, being a working day, the turnout of the general public could not match the crowd at the 1900 opening. Nevertheless at the official lunch at the Criterion Hotel, catering provided 1000 each of chicken legs, patties and fish pieces, 12 dozen eggs, 250 oysters and 500 bread rolls.

The steel and concrete bridge cost $730,000. It is 271 metres long, slightly shorter than the first bridge. At the time of its opening, it was carrying 2,00 vehicles per day. If high winds from a certain angle reach sufficient velocity, the bridge gives off a not unpleasant singing noise.

The park is situated near the Moruya River bridge with the town opposite
The current bridge – opened on 9 December, 1



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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 2 December 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

ROLL OF HONOUR – On Tuesday last Mr Joe Grumley, who had just returned to Moruya after seeing his second son, T. J. Grumley, sail for the front on Saturday, received a cable containing the bad news that his eldest son, W. L. Grumley, who had enlisted over 12 months ago, had been wounded in France. Let us hope that the wounds received by this brave soldier, who had passed unscathed through several stiff battles, are not of a serious nature, and that he will soon be convalescent again.

WL Grumley’s war records illustrating his treatment at Cheltenham for injuries to his buttock

NO FIGHT – The lads dragged away from their farms and dairies against their will, to fight overseas, under the Hughes’ War Proclamation Act, have been discharged without striking a blow, the Proclamation having been withdrawn.

DEATH – There died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr J. Buckley on Sunday, one of Moruya’s oldest pioneers, in the person of Mr John Gardiner, at the advanced age of 87 years. Mr Gardiner, who was born in Somerset, England, came direct to this district about 58 years ago and took up farming at the Burra, where he reared a large and highly respected family. He was of an unassuming character, many unostentatious kindnesses as a neighbour being recorded of him. His wife predeceased him 17 years ago. During his 12 months illness, he was tenderly nursed by his eldest daughter, Mrs J. Buckley. He leaves two sons – John (Lismore), and Alfred (Moruya); six daughters – Mrs J. Buckley (Mullenderree), G. Rose, Byrnes, Brown, Gardiner (Sydney) and Jones (Little River.)

LOCAL LITIGANTS – At the local court on Monday last, two cases were listed for hearing before Mr Shepherd P. M., Mr P. Egan J. P. also occupying a seat on the Bench. C. Fitzgerald sued Mr Millard for loss of a calf, alleged to have been killed by the latter’s dog, and M. Millard claimed damages from C. Fitzgerald for assault. Plaintiffs were successful in both cases.

Moruya Court House

NERRIGUNDAH – List of cases heard before G. S. Shepherd Esq, Police Magistrate, at Nerrigundah Police Court on 29th November 1916.

– Claude T. Smith, fined 10/- and 6/- costs, for failing to register a dog.
– Application by Clarence D. Fraser, for dredging lease.

-Two public meetings have been called for the last two Saturdays for the Roll of Honour, but both have been unsuccessful.
-Excellent specimens of gold have been found, and within a very short time, good finds are expected.
– Prospectors are getting prepared to go out to Berlimba.
– All gardens are looking well after the rains.
– A cattle sale held at “Thistlewood” the property of William Lavis and Son, last Saturday the 25th was very successful, cattle bringing big prices.

Early Nerrigundah

NELLIGEN – THE SEASON – Up to the present we have had cool, pleasant weather, with occasional heavy showers, and an entire absence of hot weather. Grass is plentiful and stock are beginning to look well. Present indications point to a good summer. The “Oldest Inhabitant” and local weather prophet have now put their reverse gears into action, and now predict good rains until Xmas, followed by a dry January. Their forecast of a dry season made at the beginning of Spring was followed by a fall of 30 inches and 20 points of rain, and most of us have lost faith in them, and their predictions are now met with jeers and unseemly laughter.


Nelligen, 1910


BENEFIT – Some time ago it was decided to organise a benefit to assist the family of Mr G. Wright, who had the misfortune to lose his leg by amputation, following on an accident. As the unfortunate man had previously lost an arm, his case met with ready sympathy, and as a result of a ball and subscription lists, a cheque for over £30 was forwarded to Mrs Wright. For a small district, the response is highly creditable, and the people are to be complimented on their generosity.

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).

Cigarette and trade cards were a form of advertising card issued between the 19th century to the present day to promote goods or services. They were often distributed by merchants or enclosed with products such as bread, cigarettes, coffee and chocolate. Cards often bear the sellers or product name and a pictorial representation of the service or product. In other cases the picture may be unrelated to the product.

In 1898 Henry Herbert Wills visited Australia which led to the establishment of W.D. & H.O. Wills (Australia) Ltd. in 1900.

At about the same time as Australia produced its first postage stamp in 1913, the cigarette companies were capitalising on the collecting urge and strengthening customer loyalty with series of cards on a wide range of topics.

Wills’ produced a series of 50 cards on Australian wildflowers, probably in 1913. The cards we have in our museum are those from the second series of the cards that was produced a few years later, this time printed on silk  40 mm x 75 mm, featuring what appear to be the same illustrations of the same species, but with a different number sequence. It has been suggested that silk became cheaper than card due to paper shortages during the First World War.

Front: Card 33 (silk)
: Back: Card 35 backing paper


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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 18 November 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

OUR BOYS – The following is a letter received by Mrs. Jas. O’Connor, of the 7th Field Artillery Brigade. –

Lark Hill
Salisbury Plains
Sept. 27th 1916

Mum Dearest, – Like so many of my letters of late, this will also a bit hurried and short. For the past two days we have been rising at 5 a.m. to train for a very great event in our lives that passed off splendidly today, despite very unfavorable climatic conditions.

Well, Mum, I guess you think it about time that I told you what the event was. Well it was nothing less than being reviewed by the King. Did you ever think, Mum, that your son, born in far distant, but nevertheless beautiful Narooma, would have the honor of seeing and being inspected by the King of England, that worthy gentleman who we have come so far to assist in this the hour of his and his country’s need?

Well, Mum, today about 30,000 Australians were reviewed by him, which is the first and biggest event of its kind (as it was composed of Australians only). At 10 a.m. we were lined up for inspection and at 11 a.m. the King arrived on horseback accompanied by about 30 other gentlemen, all Lords and knights of England. After the Royal Salute was given we were inspected and many were the complimentary remarks passed.

Firstly with his Gracious Majesty’s consent we will have a few remarks about his personal appearance. Standing only about 5ft 2ins. high he has a very pinched and unhealthy facial expression. I am told that he suffers acutely from indigestion, which no doubt, accounts for his appearance. He wears a moustache and half-matured beard of a ginger hue, which to my mind doesn’t enhance his appearance any.

He was mounted on a fine black horse, which was presented to him by the Queensland Government some time ago, and was worth about 4000 guineas.

Editor’s Note: To watch the impressive scenes on Salisbury as King George V reviews Australian troops and decorates Australian heroes of Pozieres click here.

King George V reviewing the Australian troops on Salisbury Plain.

EUCHRE PARTY – A euchre party and dance is being arranged for early next month to raise funds for the purchase of wool for the knitting class managed by the Red Cross workers. All the articles made by this class are to be given to our local soldiers.

WEDDING – A quiet wedding was celebrated in Sydney on October 28, the contracting parties being Alexander Adrian (eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Connelly, “Redbank,” Eurobodalla) and Beatrice Mary (‘Trissie’), only child of the late Thomas Thornton, L. Mus., A. Mus., L.C.M., late of Petersham, And Mrs. Thornton of Bermagui. The bride is the niece of Mr. John Thornton, A.R.C.O., of Bermagui, examiner London College of music.

THE WEATHER – The weather for this time of the year is most unseasonable. On Thursday we were treated to a taste of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The prolonged spell of cold is retarding growth, both in garden and field.

EUROBODALLA SALE – An unreserved clearance sale of the choicest of choice dairy herd will be conducted by W. Rixon on account of Messrs. W. Lavis and Sons at Eurobodalla on Saturday, 25th inst. A team of horses will also be offered.


– That Bateman’s Bayites have just cause to be proud of their wealthy and generous private resident, Mr. D. Forbes Mackay.
– That Mr. Mackay purchased the Sports Ground, alongside the Bateman’s Bay Township, containing 8 acres, and made it a present to the residents as a public Park and Recreation ground; and
– That the “Examiner” asks the Bayites to confer upon it the honor of now christening it the “Mackay Park.”
– That Mr. J. L. Ross, who has been suffering from some time past with an internal trouble, has been successfully operated on in Dr. Jenner’s Hospital in Sydney.

The land in Batemans Bay donated by Mr Mackay is still known as Mackay Park

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 11 November 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

AT THE FRONT – The following short note has been received by his sister from Pte. “Billy” Robinson, late of Bergalia : –

Somewhere in France

My dear Sister, – Just a few lines to let you know I am still in the land of the living, and a lucky boy to be so. I was pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself in Sydney. I was surprised to hear that young McDonald got into double harness. Which one of them was it, do you know? I had a letter from Edie today; she was well. I hear Jim would like to be over here with me. I dare say if he was he would wish he was back on the old Encounter again. I often wonder why some more boys don’t enlist and come and help us here. They must have no heart or else it is as hard as stone. Well my dear sister, you will have to excuse this short note as by gum I hear the bugle calling up the 43rd reinforcement, we will have to go next, so I will say goodbye. I remain your loving brother,

Bill R
P.S. – Remember me to all and tell them I am O.K. and can stand up to some of “Fritz” shells; but when we boys start we give the Germans fair hell on earth; they soon fall to their knees. Don’t be surprised if you hear of me in Berlin before long on the Spree.

EXEMPTION – Mr. William Boot, editor of the Bega “Budget” and a boiling hot Conscriptionist, applied at the Bega Court on Monday for an exemption for his son Edward, as his services were indispensable. Just so!

RIVER DREDGING – The dredge, Antleon, after finishing her work in the Narooma River came round last week and started dredging away the big body of sand that had accumulated in the Moruya River near Garlandtown. This fine sand shifter is under the command of Captain Barton, and it is to be hoped that this popular officer will be allowed to have his way in effectually deepening the channel right up to the public wharf where the sand has accumulated in thousands of tons.

MARRIAGE – Mr. Joseph Lynch and Miss “Tod” Bishop, youngest daughter of Mrs. John Bishop, of Glenduart, both of Mullenderree, were married quietly in the Sacred Heart Church, by Father Conaghan, on last Saturday. The happy couple proceeded to Goulburn by special motor car for their honeymoon. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch are a very worthy couple and they have the “Examiner’s” hearty good wishes for a happy and prosperous future.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moruya

PRESBYTERIAN FLOWER SHOW AND BAZAAR – This annual event was opened to a good attendance on Thursday afternoon, the interesting ceremony being performed by the Shire President, Councillor Flood. He, in a happy speech, congratulated the stall-holders and wished them every success. The Rev. A. G. Rix also spoke, and said that the object of the event was such as merited giving it most cordial support.

Presbyterian Church, Evans St, Moruya

A.B.C. TEA ROOMS – The Misses E. Corbett and A. Byrne announce by advertisement in this issue that they have opened steaming hot tearooms in Queen Street, where delicious cups of tea and coffee, cakes, and pies all hot, may be had at any hour for the very low price of 6d. The proprietresses are to the manner born in this line of business.

SILO – The first substantial silo built in this district has been erected by Mr. H. E. Simpson on his farm at Mullenderree, and stands out as an ornament and also as a landmark.

Another of the district’s silo’s – this silo is at Neil Davis Reserve, Coila.

WEDDING – At Enmore Tabernacle, Enmore, on October 19th, the Rev. A. E. Illingworth celebrated the marriage of G. A. McDonald, of Maitland, formerly of Moruya, to Agnes, youngest daughter of Agnes and Mrs. Kennedy, of Moruya.

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).



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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 4 November 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society.

THE REFERENDUM – The voting on compulsory service overseas was carried out in Moruya in a quiet and orderly manner on Saturday last.


Yes ………………………………………………………………………        184
No ……………………………………………………………………….         583


Yes ……………………………………………………………………..          124
No ……………………………………………………………………….         243

The great Majority of those who have sons at the war voted “No” in Braidwood on Saturday. In two cases of electors who sons were killed the same vote was recorded.

PRESBYTERIAN FLOWER SHOW – Our Nelligen friends have contributed liberally towards the forthcoming Presbyterian Flower Show, as will be seen by advertisement elsewhere. Entries close with Mr. P. J. Mylott on Wednesday next, 8th inst, and the big event will open at 3 p.m. the following day.

Moruya’s Presbyterian Church

SUDDEN DEATH – On Monday last Mr. Thomas Quinn suddenly collapsed when on his way into town. It appears that Mr. Quinn was driving into Moruya in his sulky, as was his custom. And when passing Mr. John Jeffrey’s residence pulled up to have a chat to Mr. Jeffrey who was near the road fence, and whilst so doing was noticed to suddenly lower his head and bend forward. Mr. Jeffrey rushed to his assistance in order to render first aid, but it was soon evident to him that his efforts were in vain as the patient passed away without a struggle. He leaves two brothers – Michael with whom he resided and William, who married a sister of Mrs. Corbett of this town and now resides at Maitland. Mr. T. Flood, Shire President, and Mr. R. N. Carden, Proprietor of the Royal Hotel, were cousins of the deceased.

A MORUYA NATIVE – Miss Madge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Harper, formerly of this district, is in receipt of the following from her brother, Chas. A. Harper, A.M.C. written at Durban, S. Africa: –

On Shore, Durban
Natal, S. Africa, 15/6/16

Dearest Madge,
I am writing to mother per same mail, and also sending some papers and views of Durban. This is a very fine place. We went for a route march this morning, about six miles. We then played the “Tommies” football and beat them badly. There are hundreds of them here on their way to German East Africa. Australian troops have no time for them. They call us “cornstalks and pumpkins”.

We marched up to the Town Hall which is a fine place as you will see by the views. All the trains and trams are “double deckers” and are free to Australians. The people show their appreciation of the A.I.F. I am writing this in the Wesley Hall in West St. They serve everyone with free tea and cakes. I am having a “feed” as I am writing. We will stop here until next Tuesday and I suppose we will have leave until then. A friend from the A.M.C. and I were taken to the Zoo in a private car. It is about two miles out. The chap asked us to come for a ride and he took us all around Durban.

I am having the time of my life. The rickshaws are great fun. They are all dressed up with horns and bells, and they took us over three miles for 6d. They are better than cabs. I advise Australia to import some. They would do a good trade. We have been treated absolutely like toffs here.

Sydneyites should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for the manner in which they treat visiting troops there.

Later. – We leave here tonight for Cape Town which is four days around the Cape. I hope we get ashore there, it will be a bit more touring for us.

Charles Harper mentioned visiting the Durban Town Hall in his letter home.

DUCKS EGGS – raise your own ducks for Easter. Settings of eggs from pure-bred prize Aylesbury ducks may be procured at this office at a moderate charge.

An Aylesbury duck

WAGONGA – A resident, friend, writes to say that after late copious rains the Wagonga district is looking lovely and a good season ensured.

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).