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100 Years Ago - 23rd August 1919

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

EIGHT points of rain fell in Moruya on Wednesday night.

THE machinery is being laid down for a new sawmill at Mogo. Mr. George Veitch, of Sydney, is the prime mover in the venture.

MR. LEES PUNTER, who has been an inmate of the Moruya Hospital for several weeks past, suffering internally from the after effects of the war, was in town during the week. The patient has lost over three stone in weight and looks weak and emaciated.

ILLNESS. – The Rev. Father Musgrave was suddenly seized on Saturday night last with an acute attack of neuritis. In consequence Mass was not celebrated here on Sunday, the Rev. Father McCormack being on his district visit. Father Musgrave left for Sydney on Thursday, and will probably apply for a removal from this climate.

WHEN WILL IT COME? – Probably the most unsuitable and out-of-date Government building about this part of the South Coast is the Bodalla school. This regrettable fact is admitted by all. Further, it has been admitted for years. Yet it appears to be of no consequence. The comfort and interests of the children attending there apparently do not warrant consideration. A while back our State Member, Captain Millard, seemed to have set the springs in motion, after a year or two of silence, and there appeared a likelihood of a new building being a realization of a long deferred hope. Matters, however, appear to be quiescent again. We put it to our State Member to ask for an explanation of the continued procrastination and delay so evident in connection with this much needed building.

BATEMAN’S BAY. – (From our Correspondent.)

On Friday night last Pte. Frank Stewart was the recipient of the usual Shire address and a presentation from the Bay to honor him as a returned Australian soldier. The occasion was rather unique, inasmuch as the ceremony took place during the interval of a picture show. To this entertainment about 50 of Private Stewart’s friends and relatives from the Aboriginal Reserve had been invited. The presentation was made by Mr. D. F. Mackay and was received by much acclamation.

On Saturday night the third son of Mr. J. Barclay was welcomed home from active service. Mr. and Mrs. J Barclay, two of our oldest pioneers on the Clyde River, are to be heartily congratulated on the safe return of their three sons- they have reason to be proud of their honorable record. One, Arch Barclay, a Lance Corporal; the second Sergt. Major Alf Barclay, and the last to return who received an ovation on Saturday last was Lieutenant George Barclay. We desire to express a wish that the success which has marked their military service will be followed by similar reward in their civil life. One of the features of the evening was the number of A.I.F. who were present.

The timber trade is still flourishing here. The last two boats were loaded to the “line” with sawn stuff from Fenning’s, M. Ryan’s and from the Benandarah mill.

The little son of Mr. W. Robb met with rather a serious accident last week. The little chap – who is about two years old – was playing near an outside fire and fell in. Severe burns on the feet and leg resulted.

A meeting of the Mackay Park Trustees was held on Tuesday. The bye-laws were drawn up, adopted and have been forwarded to the Minister for gazette.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent)

At present there is an animated piece of work being carried on by Mr. Kitchen, the Government surveyor, and his staff in cutting up the vacant Crown land in the heart of Narooma into allotments. These blocks will probably come under the hammer in the near future.

Twenty 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1918 are available ($5 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 (

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