MORUYA and District Historical Society


“It (Braemar) was situated not far from town on the road to South Head. The homestead stood high on a hill overlooking the Moruya River. The lounge was 26 feet long and led to the front verandah via French doors. Rose vines grew on the verandah and a path led to a rose-covered front gate. Ma had rose gardens front and back of the house. Pamela Oxley (Wiggins) Not Just Ordinary People, 1995… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: AN ORNAMENT TO MORUYA – Standing well up from the ground at the corner of Campbell and Evans Streets, commanding one of the best views in the district, is the picturesque bungalow residence just completed for Mr. G.H. James. The appointments and furnishings are most modern and the conveniences for utility are… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: MORUYA ANNUAL RACES, 1914 – The races which eventuated on Monday and Tuesday last can be written a big success in every respect, more especially from a financial and interesting point of view.  Both days were fine and warm with a refreshing breeze from off the river, which invariably blows across the… 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

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

Vulcan Street is Moruya’s ‘main street’ and is part of The Princes Highway, the coastal highway that links Sydney and Melbourne, and has had a vital role to play in the history of Moruya. As pressure from new settlers grew on the colonial authorities to open up the land on the southern side of the Moruya River, the surveyor Parkinson was sent to lay out a new town. Following this, the town… Read More

Glorious Days – Australia 1913 is on show at the National Museum of Australia until 13 October. This exhibition is an opportunity to step back in time and be immersed in nostalgia from the period. 1913 is described as a ‘hinge year’ when people embraced the modern world of automobiles, aeroplanes, roller skating and cinema, although attitudes and prejudices from the past persisted. The exhibition covers many aspects of Australian life –… Read More