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100 Years Ago - April 10th 1920

April 10th 1920

OPEN COLUMN - It must be distinctly understood that we are not responsible for the opinions expressed by our Correspondents.

To the Editor “Moruya Examiner.”

Sir, - Should the Moruya Progress Association wish to become a live body for the advancement of the town of Moruya one of their first aims should be to get the old town back to a Municipality, or get the ratepayers of Moruya to petition the Minister of Local Government to have the old town represented by two or three Councillors. There is no denying the fact that Local Government is an utter failure, but when we were in a municipality we were in a king’s paradise to the position we stand in to-day, as far as the Shire Council is concerned. When the old town lost her status as a Municipality she was doomed to decay, and it would not have taken much brains to have seen what a position she was in with one representative in six, especially with a hostile lot of Councillors. Under a Municipality the town would have her own aldermen to spend her own taxes for her own development in her own manner. ……If some of our hard-worked business people want to take a rest for a day or two to our favored spot, Broulee, see what a beautiful road they have to travel, not fit for a dog. Ask the Shire Council to do anything and the answer is “no money!” Who is paying all these office fees, and who is paying the men you pass doing the work of filling-in gutters on the Tilba road for fear a Shire Councillor would get a bump crossing? Someone is footing the bill as I am sure it is not done by suction….. New Progress Association, buck up, and get the old town back to a Municipality, and take your hats off to your own townmen and not to outsiders who have the old town at heart as much as the man in the moon. Then as far as Moruya is concerned the Shire Office can be removed further south. Yours etc. OBSERVER.

NAROOMA (From our Correspondent)

Considerable excitement was caused through out the district on Sunday last when it became known, that a large steamer was ashore on Corunna beach, some 6 miles south of Narooma, the name of the steamer being the s.s. Aughinish, better known as the late s.s. Bright Wings. It appears that while the vessel was proceeding north between Montague Island and the main land she struck some submerged obstruction and began to sink forward rapidly, whereupon Capt. Maxwell, the master, decided to beach the vessel to save foundering. This operation took some considerable time, and by the time the beach was reached the foredecks were well awash. On striking the beach the vessel swung around broadside where she still lies in a dangerous position. Fortunately the weather is keeping fine; should it continue to do so it is hoped that the cargo will be taken out and the full extent of the damage ascertained preparatory to re-floating. When it was observed by Mr. Cyril Fuller that a steamer was ashore 2 miles south of their farm, he at once came into Narooma and notified the Pilot, who requisitioned Mr. Jones’ launch Waratah, and when practicable proceeded over the bar accompanied by the Police Officer and Captain Temperley of the dredge Antleon to the scene of the beached vessel. The unfortunate mishap left no doubt in the minds of the people of the district as to where to picnic for their Easter holidays, that portion of the coast being well patronised from all points of the compass. Capt. Darley, Marine Superintendent, with 2 sons of the owner of the vessel came through from Sydney by their own car arriving here on Tuesday morning at Dawn. They at once proceeded to the steamer by Mr. Jones’ launch. The ss. Bermagui is chartered to be in attendance on the vessel and is expected to leave Sydney this week with the necessary gear etc.

LAND & CATTLE SALE. Also FURNITURE & EFFECTS. Saturday 17th April 1920. JNO. BOAG

Acting under instruction from Mr. C. Fletcher, senr., Benandrah, will sell his FINE HOME AND GROUNDS comprising 40 acres Freehold, well cleared and fenced, 4 acres of which is leased for a Sawmill at a rental of £30 (thirty pounds) per annum. The land is fronting the main South Coast Road, permanently watered, together with a five-roomed Weatherboard Cottage, lined throughout with pine. Also Benandrah Post Office, Sheds, Five stalled stable, Harness Room, Outbuildings, Orchard … There are two good Huts on the property……

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