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What would Christmas be without the much loved symbols of the season – the decorated Christmas tree, gift giving, Christmas crackers (bon bons) and Christmas cards? These symbols all became immensely popular during the Victorian era. By 1900 Christmas was the biggest celebration in the British, and therefore Australian, calendar, The first Christmas card was made in 1843. Sir Henry Cole, founding director of the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) asked John… Read More

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. GENERAL ENTRY – Horse owners are reminded that general entry… Read More

On this year’s centenary of Anzac Day we pause to remember the men and women who left Australia and sailed to far off lands. They were probably filled with a mixture of hope, adventure, uncertainty, bravery and fear. Many of these men and women never returned to Australia. We know the names of these men and women; but we don’t often get the chance to really understand them Too often we only… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: OBITUARY – There died at the residence of Mr. W. Mepstead, Gundary, on Monday night, Miss Marion Mary Hawdon at the age of 89 years. She was the eldest child of the late Francis Flanagan, Esq., of Shannon View Estate, Mullenderree (one of the earliest settlers in this district), and the only… Read More