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100 Years Ago - 1st November 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 1 November 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HOLIDAY. – Mr. E. Mitchell is relieving Mr. Bastian, our local postmaster, who is on holiday.

XMAS CARDS. – An extra choice selection of private Greeting Cards at the “Examiner” Office. Order early to catch the English mails.

SALE OF SAWMILL. – Mr. Les Graham has disposed of his sawmill at Moggendoura to Mr. Carl Mitchell, of Narooma. The new proprietor took over the business last weekend.

SILICA. – Messrs. J. McKeon and Foreman Bros., who have taken up a large area of land on which silica is deposited between Congo and Potato Points, are this week shipping two tons to be made into bricks for trial. Representatives from the Newbold Brickworks, Sydney, visited the locality a few days ago and pronounced the quartzite to be the best they had yet seen.

INCREASE IN FREIGHTS. – The Illawarra Coy. Announces that owing to increased cost of working vessels consequent upon increases granted to seaman, wharf labourers, and others pending, together with the increase in coal, etc., their rates on general cargo and passengers are being increased on and from 1st Nov., 1919. To meet the increased working costs consequent upon additional charges referred to, an increase in freight approximately 14 per cent, is necessary. Passenger increases will vary.

THE POISON FIEND. – Mr. A. W. Constable has had his valuable young pointer dog poisoned by some fiend in human form, who gave him boiled fish with an ample supply of the deadly alkaloid in it. Such a noble (?) action undoubtedly deserves to be rewarded by the iron cross – applied red hot. The owner says that if the despicable coward calls he may obtain a photo of the animal to hang alongside those of his other victims.

WORKING BEE. – Our R.C. friends turned out in quantity and quality on Wednesday afternoon and cleaned up a large part of their portion of the cemetery. The ladies were there in good numbers also, and refreshed the toilers with hot tea, ham sandwiches and delectable cakes. The church committee held an impromptu meeting on the ground and decided to employ a man for a few days in finishing off the paths, etc.

VISITORS. – Mrs. “Tavie” Boot and her sister Mrs. S. Monie, who have been touring the Far South Coast paid Moruya a short visit during the week. These ladies, who are sisters of Mr. G. Guy, of Bateman’s Bay, were making kindly inquiries about their old friends in this district, particularly of Mrs. Shottin, of “Bonnie Doon.”

SEPARATE STATES. – What the people of the northern districts of this State are doing, we of the south may also be striving for. They want a State of their own, and for this purpose have formed a political party, and are going to fight the Federal and State elections as Separatists. Riverina and the South Coast districts should be included in a separate State, with a seaport at Twofold Bay.

PERSONAL and OTHERWISE. –

Mr. W. Jermyn and his three daughters arrived home from Yass yesterday.

The Bega people have decided to erect a band rotunda in the park to cost £120 (without paint).

The Federal Government proposes to pay a gratuity of 1s 6d per day to returned soldiers for the whole term of their service.

The Prime Minister intends to visit the Pacific Islands, which Australia is to administer under the Peace Treaty.

Mr. Essie Byrne, an employee at the Bawley Point sawmill, and formerly from Cadgee, sustained a broken leg last week. A log was being shifted. It lay across a smaller one and when the pull came the smaller stick flew round, striking Mr. Byrne just above the ankle, breaking the leg. He was taken to the Berry Hospital the same day.

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 (www.mdhs.org.au/publications.html).


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