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100 Years Ago 11th October 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 11th October, 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

THE commodious and beautifully situated Criterion Hotel is advertised for lease.

WE understand that a considerable area of land has been taken up on the coastline between Bodalla and Congo by a couple of Moruya silica enthusiasts.

BLACKSMITHING. – Mr. A. Millikin has secured the services of a good general and permanent smithy, Mr. Dickinson, from Cowra, who is used to all classes of this work.

MOTORING. – Dentist R. N. Bull has disposed of his “Star” car to a Sydney firm and purchased a 25 h.p. single seater “Regal.” A mechanic is expected to arrive with the new ”venture” in a few days.

A GENEROUS SPIRIT. – Inadvertently the Presbyterian Church Committee and the Pony Club advertised a Fair and a Dance respectively for 8th Nov. Upon consultation the Church very kindly gave way to the Club, and have now arranged to hold their postponed function on 15th Nov. Through this generous act the sportsmen to a man in this district show their appreciation by patronising the Scotch Fair and making it a bumper success.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION. – The “Examiner” offers its congratulations to Edward and Phillip Stormon, of Eurobodalla, who passed their second degree examination in medicine at Sydney University. Noel Lawler, of Cadgee, also passed his third degree examination. These three successful young men received their primary education at the Eurobodalla Public School under the clever tuition of Mrs. J. Johnston, and afterwards at St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill.

DROWNING FATALITY. – On Wednesday afternoon a sad fatality occurred at Coila, when Grace, a six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newman, met her death by drowning. About 4 p.m. Mrs Newman saw the child playing outside, but twenty minutes after she had disappeared. A search was made and the body was found at the bottom of an underground tank, the top of which had been left open. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Church of England portion of Moruya cemetery.

A RARE CHANCE. – By advt. it will be seen that our district ladies will have now an opportunity of obtaining something chic in the way of blouses and underclothing. Mrs. Zerni, representative of the Direct Distribution Co., Sydney, will have open for display at Carden’s Royal Hotel today (Saturday) some of the richest and daintiest “pretties” obtainable outside the city.


Mr. W. Jermyn, with his three daughters, left for Yass on a three weeks’ holiday yesterday morning.

Miss Jean Lynch, of Narooma, successfully passed her examination at St. Vincent’s Hospital recently.


The above closely contested match eventuated last Saturday on the local court before a good sprinkling of onlookers. The sporting spirit is waking up in the tennis world. Let it not lag. The trouble is when the spirit is willing among the players themselves, drawbacks in other directions place obstacles in travelling to other centres, a matter to be deplored, as teams will not visit Moruya if not visited. Visitors from everywhere dwell on the fact of Moruya’s dullness; and it is likely to remain so, where the sporting spirit does not prevail on all sides. So, wake up, Moruya townspeople and let us have tennis, cricket matches, etc. The small surrounding centres afford an object lesson in this regard.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent)

A unique football match was held here on Saturday last, which caused considerable interest among local people. The contesting teams were the employees of Mitchell’s sawmill and MacMillan’s sawmill. Much physical culture was exhibited on both sides. The stakes were the losers to pay for the tea. The results were Mitchell’s 3, McMillan’s nil. At the close of the match both teams proceeded to the Narooma Hotel, where tea was provided, about 80 sitting down.

Twenty 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1918 are available ($6 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (