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This article on the Commercial Hotel is Part 5 of a series of articles Hotels in the Eurobodalla written for the MDHS Journal by Susan Pryke.  The earliest notice of the Commercial Hotel in the files of the Moruya and District Historical Society is a small advertisement for Thomas Staunton’s Commercial Hotel, listed in the Moruya Examiner, 7 December 1878. It was built on the site of the former Gold Diggers Arms on the… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 10 June 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: EVERY elector should record their vote today. REID Bros., of Eurobodalla, are advertising for a puller-out for their sawmill. TAILORING – T. D. Pritchard, merchant tailor of 67 Market St. Sydney will be at McKeon’s Hotel on 10th, 12th and 13th inst. PIANO TUNING – Mr. A. E. Price, the well-known piano tuner… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 22 April, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: £10 REWARD – A reward of £10 will be given to any person who will supply information that will lead to the CONVICTION of the contemptible cur who threw a poisoned bait over the fence at the Sergeant’s quarters on the night of the 16th instant, which resulted in the death of my dog.  MARY… Read More

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

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 22 January 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: DENTIST W. J. S. Perdrian will be at his surgery, next door to Weatherby’s Pharmacy, all next week. FURNITURE SALE – Special attention is invited to the sale of Mr. H. White’s household furniture and effects which is advertised to take place on the premises, opposite the steamer’s wharf, this day (Saturday) at… Read More

Featured image: “The Sirdar’ Lever Watch from the MDHS collection. Watches were a common gift given to men going away to war. Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 8 January 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society DEATH – Mr. Ryan of the Queanbeyan district, and father of Mrs. “Chris” Lynch of the Burra, passed over to join the Great Majority this week. Mrs. Lynch and Mr. R…. Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 23 October 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: RECRUITING MARCH – The Gilgandra recruiting march is progressing so satisfactorily that many distant towns throughout the State are making a movement in this connection, and Bega is also bestirring itself towards the same end. What about Moruya? If the Far South Coast starts a troop to link-up with Nowra, why could not… Read More

Can you identify any of the players? Do you know the significance of the stars? Shirley Jurmann, one of our members and keen local historian, was given the photograph below of a Moruya football team dated around 1902 or 1903. Only one person was identified in the photograph that of George Murray who is second from the left in the front row. Around this time there were a number of teams in the… Read More

“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 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: Honor Roll – Mr George Walter, post and telegraph master of this town, received the sad intelligence by wire on Saturday through the Rev. Mr. Rix, that his son, Corporal Clement Wallace, had been killed in action at the Dardanelles. This young hero, whose age was 24 years was born at Candelo,… Read More