MORUYA and District Historical Society


Madness was a feature of the colony of New South Wales from the start: sailors, convicts, soldiers, and free men and women. But how did they manage this madness? And what effect did that have on colonial society? Dr Dunk’s talk will explore the strangeness of the colony through the ways it dealt with madness: locking up convicts in an open gaol, because they were ill, and confining free colonists in a… Read More

Reposted from our blog – 3 September, 2013 The first known use of wattle as a meaningful emblem in the Australian colonies dates back to the early days of Tasmania 1838), when the wearing of silver wattle sprigs was encouraged on the occasion of an anniversary celebration of the seventeenth century European discovery of the island. It was resolved that a National emblem be adonted to be worn by the company upon the occasion of the anniversary, to consist of a sprig of silver… Read More

Featured image – The Deua River Historical newspapers were the Facebook of their day – recording the comings and goings of everyone in town. While not necessarily agreeing with the above blanket statement, a quick look through the papers of the past really provide us with some incredible detail. We now know that a Mr. Fermanagh Mallon of the Deua had a virulent form of influenza one hundred years ago today! Shire-wide… 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

Education Week has been showcasing  the achievements of our inspirational teachers, staff, students, Parents & Citizens Associations and community members in New South Wales for many years. ‘Celebrating our stories‘, the theme of  2013 Education Week, provides a great opportunity for our Society to celebrate achievements in this field by sharing some of the wonderful memories of education in our district. We will attempt to do that from a number of perspectives… Read More

Many of us would have memories of tree plantings and gardening at school each Arbour Day. This tradition is being continued to this day with National Schools Tree Day being held on the last Friday of July for schools. Arbour Day itself has a long history. England, France and the United States all have strong traditions in this area and this practice of tree-planing ceremonies at schools became popular in the Australian… Read More