MORUYA and District Historical Society


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 15 April 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: ANZAC DAY – The public meeting called by circular, issued under the hand of the Shire President for Wednesday night last to arrange the best means of commemorating Anzac Day, which falls on Tuesday, the 25th instant, was only attended by the Rev. Mr. Walsh outside the members of the Recruiting Committee. After… Read More

 Editor’s note: This article, written by Anne McDougall, provides a family perspective on the events of almost exactly 150 years ago by shining some new light on Tom Connell, one of the bushrangers in this exciting colonial tale of gold, bushrangers, troopers and death – all ending in retribution through death by hanging. The 150th Anniversary of the Clarke gang’s raid on Nerrigundah will soon be upon us and Peter C Smith’s… Read More

Featured Image: Opening of the old Moruya Cheese Factory at Kiora (MDHS Collection) Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 18 December 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: CAROL SINGING – We hear that the Methodist Church choir intends singing carols on Xmas Eve. FACTORY RETURNS – Kiora Factory returns for November: Gals. Delivered 6087 (last year 13,660) ; pounds of cheese made, 5255 ( last year 12,254)…. Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: TELEGRAPHIC NEWS – LONDON – A Zeppelin that dropped bombs in England travelled at a height of 2000 feet. A few houses were destroyed. No lives were lost but some were injured. Four fires were caused in dwelling houses at Wallsend. One bomb fell into a room where a woman was bathing… Read More

From front verandah of “Merlyn” in Campbell Street to Harris Scarfe in Vulcan Street Abraham Emmott was born 29th July 1814 in Addingham, Yorkshire, England. In 1837 he married Elizabeth Watson. Along with his wife and six children he arrived in Australia on the “Ellenborough” on 14th November 1855. A son James had died on the voyage. On arrival Abraham obtained employment with Newton Brothers in Sydney where he worked until 1859. He… Read More

The Moruya and District Historical Museum is located at 85 Campbell Street Moruya in an 1875 heritage-listed terrace house built by Abraham Emmott, an early settler to the area. Emmott, a migrant from Yorkshire, reached Moruya in 1859 and set up a general store on the verandah of his first home. From there he moved to his new Beehive Store in Vulcan Street, and the name of “Emmott’s” held good for over… Read More