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Also referred to as the Simpson and his donkey medal, the Anzac Commemorative Medallion was instituted 1967 under the government of Harold Holt. It was awarded to surviving members of the Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January… Read More

A gold rush, bushrangers, miners, armed hold ups and Chinese joss houses – everything was happening  in the bustling 1860s gold rush settlement of Nerrigundah. The population at that time was approximately 1200 people – extremely difficult to imagine now! Saturday’s ceremony and presentation in the now very sleepy and empty Nerrigundah marked the 150th anniversary of the Clarke Gang’s raid on the town on 9 April, 1866, and the shooting of Trooper Miles… Read More

The latest publication by the Moruya and District Historical Society is the wonderful book Kiora Kith and Kin, written by Shirley Jurmann. Kiora Kith and Kin is the story of European settlement of the Kiora, Wamban and Mungerarie areas near Moruya on the south coast of NSW, Australia, and the pioneer families who lived there. Shirley is a member of our society and it was with great pleasure that I asked her… Read More

The Annual General Meeting of the Moruya and District Historical Society took place on Wednesday, 13 August. As well as the election of committee members for the 2014-2015 year, three resolutions were discussed and voted upon. RESOLUTIONS A .Special Resolution (Proposed Brian Harris/ Seconded Christine Adams) It is proposed that the term of office bearers and committee members of Moruya and District Historical Society be limited to 3 years IN The SAME… Read More

Make sure you attend this vital meeting and have a real say in the future direction of the Moruya and District Historical Society. Annual General Meeting date: Wednesday, 13 August Time: 10 am Venue: Meeting Room (at the back of the museum) All members are urged to attend this meeting. Nominations have been received for the following positions: President : Michael Gold, Brian Harris – election needed Vice President: Janene Love Secretary:… Read More

This gift ‘tin’ is a small but very interesting item that is one of the many objects on display in our museum for the exhibition that we are holding throughout August to mark the outbreak of World War 1. These artefacts, including letters, postcards and photographs, really do provide a rich and quite fascinating local perspective to an event that was the first real test of Australia as a nation. Object: An… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: COMPULSORY TRAINING FOR GIRLS – Should Australian girls be brought under some system of compulsory training to fit them to share in the defence of the country in time of war? This is the query raised by the editor of “Everylady’s Journal for June, and answered by a number of leading citizens…. Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: LIGHT HORSE – No one turned up at the meeting on Saturday night, convened for the purpose of forming a corps of the Australian Light Horse.  The unfavourable weather was the primary cause.  We hope the matter will not be allowed to fizzle out, Martin, as we have the material to form… Read More

Czernick Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: WATER SUPPLY. – The very changes in the seasons from what they were 50 years ago and the gradual tendency to dry spells, which are increasing to longer durations as each summer passes by, is quite sufficient to cause alarm in the breasts of our householders, stockraisers and agriculturalists.  “God helps… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: IRRIGATION – The project of utilising the waters of the Shoalhaven River for the purpose of irrigation and its inevitable results, as propounded by Mr. Austin Chapman at the official opening of the Nowra Show, opens up a vista of immense possibilities that loom up by the application or employment of the… Read More