100 Years Ago - 9th August 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 9 August 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

RESTRICTIONS LIFTED. – Sergeant Keating kindly handed us a telegram which he received from the Inspector General on Wednesday, stating that the pneumonic influenza proclamation respecting the Moruya Police District issued on 4th July has been cancelled.

UNION OF CHURCHES. – The first of a short series of sermons on the union of the churches will be given by the Rev. E. W. Hyde from the Methodist pulpit on Sunday morning next. This is part of a campaign of education to prepare the members of the negotiating churches for the vote which will probably be taken amongst them next year.

ACCIDENT. – Mr. R. J. Madden, of the forestry Office, met with an accident on Monday evening, which fortunately, was not attended with any serious result. He was riding his motor bike along Page Street just about dusk, and in trying to avoid running over a dog he collided with a cow, the force precipitating the rider headfirst into the embankment. Mr. Madden received a nasty cut on his leg, but the machine escaped damage.

GIFT AFTERNOON. – The ladies of the R.C. congregation have arranged to hold a Gift Afternoon at St. Mary’s Convent on Wednesday next, 13th inst., at 3 o’clock, the object being to compensate the good Sisters for the loss sustained through the school being closed during the influenza epidemic.

REDUCTION IN CARS. – Mr. H. J. bate, district agent, announces in our business columns that the price of Ford cars with Canadian bodies have been reduced to £235. Mr. A. H. Weatherby is the local agent for these light and serviceable cars.

WEDDING. – At the Presbyterian Church, Petersham, on 28th ult., the Rev. G. A. Gordon celebrated the marriage of Miss Edna McKee, of Bateman’s Bay, and Mr. Roy McMillan of Durras Lake. The bride who was given away by her brother, Mr. Norman McKee, wore white ninon over crepe de chine, with mob cap and a veil and orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of white hyancinths and maiden-hair fern and wore a gold wristlet watch (gift of the bridegroom). The bride was attended by her niece, Miss Violet Hockey, who was frocked in white silk, shell pink ninon and val. lace, with white ninon mob cap and pale pink streamers. She carried a bouquet of sweet peas and wore a gold bangle (gift of the bridegroom). Lieut. Jack McMillan, nephew of the bridegroom, officiated as best man. After the ceremony the bridal party adjourned to “Cortleroy,” Livingston Road, Petersham, the residence of the bride’s mother, where a reception was held. The large number of wedding presents included many cheques. The honeymoon was spent in Kiama. Mr. and Mrs. McMillan will reside at Durras Lake, where we trust their lives will be one long day of peace and happiness.


Narooma is now free from the influenza epidemic.

The gillbird is protected from 1st July to 31st January.

Capt. Davidson has arrived home at Narooma.

The military authorities advise that no more letters or parcels be sent to troops abroad after 15th inst.

The postal authorities announce that a direct letter mail service to Germany may be commenced forthwith.

This July has put up three records in the lowest July temperature, the highest July temperature, and the driest July.

Near Qaama there is a colony of cats, which have bred in the bush from outlaw parents. They are of great size, and scour the country in search of quail and other bird victims.

PTE. “DoD” DuRoss, son of Mrs. DuRoss, of “Mayfield,” Bingi, returned home last Saturday. “Dod,” who had an attack of malaria, escaped being wounded, and looks well after three years of service.

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 (www.mdhs.org.au).