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100 years Ago - 26th February 1921

NOVEL SIGHT. – A rather novel sight was witnessed in the town of Moruya the other day, when quite an army of children were seen, with a variety of vessels, picking blackberries off luxuriant vines growing on a vacant allotment at the corner of Queen and Vulcan Streets, two of our main streets. Passers-by exchanged suggestive looks with one another as they walked by.

Above: Moruya school class of 1922

HOMESTEAD FARM. – Mr. Norman A. Innes, of Tomakin, was the only applicant for the homestead farm of 254 ½ acres, county St. Vincent, parish Broulee, nine miles south-westerly from Moruya.

OPERATION. – Little George, youngest son of Mrs. A. Arnett, of Gundary, who severely cut his knee with a piece of broken glass in the school ground was taken to the Children’s Hospital at Camperdown on the 18th. Blood poisoning supervened and the child was operated upon.

OBITUARY. – The death of Mrs. Michael Stormon, senr., at 83 years, removes from our midst one of the best-known and most respected ladies, and one who has been connected with this district for nearly three-quarter of a century. Born at Tipperary (Ireland) in 1838, the deceased, with her brother, the late Mr. John Corbett, came to Mullenderree when a girl of 14, and for 12 years lived with her aunt, the late Mrs. Honora Cummins, whose home she left to marry Mr. Michael Stormon. After her marriage she went to Eurobodalla, where she resided up to the time of her demise. During all her years from her marriage to her death Eurobodalla House was noted for the generous and unostentatious hospitality of the Stormon family. Its doors were always open to travellers, and no one, rich or poor, was ever refused a bed or a meal. Of a quiet and generous disposition, the late Mrs. Stormon was a fine example of Catholic piety and devotion, and was one of those excellent type of wife and mother of whom this young country owes so much. Although not a robust woman, Mrs. Stormon had enjoyed splendid health until a few years ago, when she had a serious illness ; but since then she was able to get about, and apparently in her usual health. About eight days before her demise she was compelled to take to her bed through having contracted an attack of pneumonia, and she passed away at her home at Eurobodalla on Friday, 18th inst.

Fourteen children were born of the marriage, including twin boys and twin girls. Beside the sorrowing widower, deceased leaves to mourn their irreparable loss, six sons and seven daughters, viz.; Messrs. Michael (Eurobodalla), Bartholomew (Sydney), Edward (Sydney), John (Uki), Ignatious (Eurobodalla), William (Sydney), Mrs. D. Coman (Toowoomba, Q.), Mrs. H. Shuback (Sydney), Mrs. Tom Hartneady (Larbert), Miss Mary Stormon (Hong Kong), Mrs. Moffatt (Melbourne), Mrs. G. P. Latty (Sydney) and Mrs. Hugh McGrade (Sydney), to all of whom the “Examiner” tenders deepest sympathy. The remains were brought to Moruya, the internment taking place in the R.C. portion of the cemetery on Sunday, the Rev. Father McCormack performing the last rights.