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100 years Ago - 19 Feb 1921

KIORA SCHOOL. – The pupils of the Kiora Public School, who were successful at the recent Qualifying Certificate examination were Lottie Grace Collett, John Sidney Louttit and Victor Leslie Louttit.

Above: the original Kiora School taken in 1885.

STEALING FRUIT. - For stealing 3d worth of plums from an orchard in Goulburn, a man was fined £1, with £2 2s professional and 8s court costs, in default one month. If some of the night marauders were caught and fined in comparison to the above for the quantity of fruit taken from local orchards, the funds of the treasury would be greatly increased.

ON THE ROLL. – During the past half-year penalties have been imposed on over 300 persons living in the Division of Eden-Monaro, for failing to apply for enrolment for the Subdivision in which they have their place of living. The Divisional Returning Officer states that he intends taking action in all cases where persons qualified for enrolment, i.e., who have lived in the Subdivision over one month, have failed to apply for enrolment.

DEATH. – The death occurred on Sunday afternoon last of Mr. Alex. Kennedy, Mantle Hill, Moruya, in his 81st year. Before settling in this town, the late Mr. Kennedy resided at Tilba and further South. … Mrs. H. Parbery, Mrs. Bert. Coppin and Mrs. w. Stephens of our Town are daughters, as also is Mrs. Macdonald, of Guilford, Sydney. In addition there are four sons all of whom are out of Australia.

NELLIGEN MAIL SERVICE. – The Deputy P.M.G. advises the Hon. Austin Chapman as follows: With reference to your communication of the 20th January, forwarding a letter from Mr. B. McCauley, “Mount Pleasant,” Nelligen, covering one from Messrs. C. W. Thorpe, J. Richardson, J. W. Neate and other residents, urging that Nelligen be made the starting point of the Bateman’s Bay- Nelligen launch mail service, I have to intimate that the matter has received consideration, but the tender of Mr. A. G. Patrech has been accepted for the performance of the service, for three years, with Bateman’s Bay as the commencing point, it is regretted that no alterations can be made during the currency of the contract. I would like to mention that when tenders were last invited efforts were made to secure a reasonable service commencing at Nelligen, but the only tender received was too high for acceptance. Mr. Austin Chapman is very dissatisfied with the action and has made a vigorous protest to the Postmaster-General, asking his consideration for the public interest.

STEAMER ACCIDENT – When leaving Moruya on her last trip for Sydney the local steamer, Bodalla, went onto a sunken rock, just before reaching Mynora and became fast, her propeller having several blades broken in the collision. The Benandra – a twin-sister of the Bodalla and also owned by the Illawarra Co. – came to the rescue, and having taken on board the damaged boat’s deck cargo – about 50 tons – towed her down the river and out to sea, where she was left to paddle her own canoe until the Benandra made up a full loading at either Pebbly Beach or Bawley Point, when she again took the Bodalla in tow and on to Sydney. The question is, why is this sunken rock not on the chart and shipping protected by signal.

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