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100 Years Ago: 8th November 2019

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 8 November 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

TENNIS. – Bodalla Tennis Club journeyed to Narooma on Saturday last and after a closely contested game won by a narrow majority of two games.

TENNIS SOCIAL. – The Social in aid of the Convent Tennis Club was held in the Centennial Hall on 31st ult. And was a huge success. The dancers had a merry time under the capable mastership of Mr. E. Corbett. The premier musicians of the South Coast, Miss Kurz and Mr. J. Buckley discoursed their usual sweet melody. The fair secretary, Miss Winnie Johnson is to be complimented on the success of the evening.

THIEVING. – The despicable thievery that is being carried on in our midst should be put a stop to. If the police were not aware of the fact we now inform them that hardly a wood heap or fowl pen escape these low marauders. One night recently a householder in Campbell Street had nearly a whole full load of wood taken out of his shed, evidently by someone well known to the watch dog which is kept on the premises, as the animal never gave warning. Our own firewood has been so reduced that we have now loaded it, so that when an explosion occurs and pots and pans are to be seen flying out through the chimney it will be known that wood stolen from the poor printer is the cause. Not only wood, but even our boots have been stolen. Surely with three able-bodied officers of the law well paid to protect the town, these delinquents could be caught.

A NEW FIND. – A substance supposed to be graphite has been found at Bateman’s Bay. One reef which has been pegged out is about 15 feet wide on the surface. Samples have been sent away, but no returns are yet available.

ALL the mystery and fascination of life in the untamed jungles is shown in “The Romance of Tarzan” which presents the concluding chapters of “Tarzan of the Apes” in seven spectacular acts. “The Romance of Tarzan” will be shown at the Star Theatre, Moruya, on Wednesday night next. Troupes of wild apes, lions, tigers, leopards and an elephant of remarkable sagacity support Elmo Lincoln in the role of Tarzan, the white son of an ape foster mother.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH BODALLA. – A large congregation assembled at the All Saints’ Church, Bodalla, on Sunday Morning, the occasion being the Patronal Festival and the unveiling of the Parish Roll of Honour. The service was fully choral, the Eucharist being sung to a dignified setting composed by the Rev. H. E. Lewin. The sermon was preached by the Rev. G. A. Sanders, during which a fitting tribute was paid to the men from the Bodalla Parish who served in the war. The Honor Roll, which is in heavy brass with black and red lettering, contains the names of 00 (sic) churchmen, of which number nine made the great sacrifice. Hung in a prominent place on the south wall, the Honour Roll harmonises with the dignified beauty of the Church.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. – Mr. H. P. Jeffery has been appointed acting Secretary to the Moruya Poultry Club.

ALL roads should lead to the Park today, where races will be held for the benefit of the local Hospital funds.

It is stated that 30,000 head of cattle, including calves, have perished in the Lismore district during the last few months owing to the drought.

There was a great whale chase in Eden on Monday, and Mr. George Davidson and party succeeded in capturing the largest whale ever landed there.

They evidently don’t object to Pommies down Yowrie way, as residents there are presenting the English bride of Pte. Jack Sutherland, with a handsome sideboard.

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 (

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