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The Eurobodalla Shire Council issued the following press release yesterday, 23 April: Heroes of the Eurobodalla remembered A new web-based database showcasing the 500 men and women who enlisted/served in World War One from Eurobodalla is now live. Heroes of the Eurobodalla, created by the Moruya & District Historical Society with support from Eurobodalla Council, comprises an alphabetical list of veterans from which users can select a name and display their service… Read More

Featured Image: The facade of the Narooma Kinema, housed in the historic Soldiers Memorial School of Arts Hall. Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 6 April 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: KIND FRIENDS – We have to acknowledge with sincere thanks some beautiful samples of his choice apples from Mr S. Kimpton, of Deua River, and a case of the very best pears and apples from Mr Jos…. Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 12 January 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: FROM THE FRONT – Mrs. W. Costin, of Narooma, is receipt of the following from her son, Pte. Arthur Costin, who has been awarded the military medal for conspicuous bravery: – Belgium, 31st October, 1917. “Your very welcome letter to hand from some considerable time back and I am looking forward to getting… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 15 December 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM – On Thursday next the people of the Commonwealth are asked to record their votes for or against Conscription for over-seas as propounded by Mr. Hughes, Prime Minister. Everyone who has been given the right to vote should go to the poll and exercise it, fully satisfying his or her conscience… Read More

Featured image: A card from the Anderson family collection of 1920’s Christmas cards Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 8 December 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: MORUYA ANNUAL RACES – The Officials have issued the programme for their annual two days’ race meeting which takes place on the Moruya course on Monday and Tuesday, 4th and 5th of February, 1918. The Moruya Cup carries 55 sovereigns,… Read More

In our small collection of exquisite embroidered greeting cards, or World War 1 Silks, is this wonderful Christmas card sent by John Henry (Harry) Keyte to his sister Sarah May (known as May) Louttit nee Keyte. In 1917 May and her husband Sid Louttit* were living at Kiora. The postcard was sent from France on 18 October 1917. While it must have been extremely difficult for Harry to send this card from the trenches… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 24 November 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: AN OUTSPOKEN SOLDIER – Private Oswald Harper, a young Moruya native, son of Mr. C. A. Harper and Mrs. Harper, now of Ashfield, in writing home says, among other things:- “War is hell, but the only way to end it is to exterminate the Hun, that is what we are fighting for, and… Read More

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM  “LEFT-TENANT” FRED HUTCHINGS NOTE: On 10 November 1917 a letter from Sapper Herbert  Frederick  (Fred) Hutchings was published in the Moruya Examiner. Fred was a local boy from Bergalia where his father was a farmer and the manager of the Cheese Factory. He enlisted in October 1915 at the age of 27. Fred’s service record shows that he was 6 feet 1 inches tall, had blue… Read More

As part of Remembrance Day 2017, local military enthusiast Gary Traynor led a large  and very successful tour of the concrete bunkers built during World War 2 by the RAAF as part of the coastal defence system against Japanese and German invasion. The day began with the Remembrance Day service, moved around to the Remembrance Room of the Moruya Museum where Gary spoke and finished with the tour of the bunkers. Approximately… Read More

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of the week ending Friday 3 November 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: FIRE – Early on Sunday morning the Flat Rock Sawmill near Brooman owned by Mr. Allen, was totally destroyed by fire. The plant was insured. ILLNESS – We are sorry to report that Mrs. Currie, of Araluen, and daughter of Mr. M. Keating, of Mullenderree, is again in a… Read More