MORUYA and District Historical Society


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 6 October 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: “Manny” Harrison of Candelo is once more leaving the district, having been sentenced to six months imprisonment in Long Bay for being a habitual drunkard. This is sound procedure. “CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY” – At the Anglican Synod, a motion by Archdeacon Davies was carried, deploring the evidences of schism and strife in society, and… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: EUROBODALLA – (From our Correspondent.) Eurobodalla and the surrounding district turned out last Thursday to bid farewell and to show their recognition to one of our most popular young men, Mr. Ray Bishop, who is offering his services to defend his country and to stand shoulder to shoulder with his brother who… Read More

As we rapidly approach the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 in August, 1914, it is timely to reflect on the traditions and ceremonies that resulted from our participation in the Great War – the War to End All Wars. Australia’s participation in the WW1 was our first real test as a nation following Federation in 1901. One of the most powerful traditions that emerged after the end of the war in 1918… Read More

Many artefacts in the Moruya and District Historical Society’s museum reflect the history of our town. The baptismal font from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Moruya is no exception. This elaborate font was placed in the church in late May 1889 – the same year that the church was completed. Records of the time state: It will be hard to find in the colony a more handsomely appointed church of any denomination… Read More

In 1924, when she was 65, the Education department’s age for retirement in those days, the powers-that-be asked Mrs Johnston to continue teaching. She retired three years later at the age of 68 Sixteen Women of Early Eurobodalla Noel Warry, Moruya and District Historical Society 1990 In my research over the past week I have come across recounts of some amazingly effective teachers. Monday’s post, based on the autobiography of AV Colefax, mentioned… Read More

It’s Grand Designs meets Country House Rescue when a historic Presbyterian manse on the New South Wales South Coast is researched and restored by leading conservation architect Peter Freeman. One of the great attractions of the Eurobodalla area is the wonderful built heritage that exists and is still being used today – heritage that includes homes, public buildings, farmhouses and simple sheds. This built heritage reflects building styles from many periods –… Read More

We all know that the Tuross area is one of the jewels of the Eurobodalla Shire. Here is a glimpse of Tuross as it was in 1927. It presents a wonderful glimpse into the area at the time, the people, the clothing, the sports and the natural attractions of the area. This original 16mm film was shot around Tuross and a clip is currently on YouTube. It was made to help developer… 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