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100 Years Ago - December 4th 1920

December 4, 1920

FREEZING WORKS IMPROVEMENT.– Since taking over the lease of the Moruya Freezing Works, Messrs. H. Walters and Bagnall have made extensive improvements on the premises as well as giving the Moruya public an opportunity of obtaining edibles hitherto only procurable in the city. On the expert advice of that keen business gentleman, Mr. Gordon Johnston, who has been appointed General Manager, smoked and kippered fish have been added to the long list of dainties. Separate to the main building a smoke house and flue have been erected. A fly proof fish drying room, as well as pickling and cleaning troughs have been added. A fly proof butcher’s room with cement floor is occupied by Mr. H. Sebbens who serves out the prime fresh beef and mutton from the cooling chamber. Already there are six hands employed in the up-to-date concern. Miss Winnie Johnson, holds the position of book-keeper and Mr. Vidler that of engineer.

SOLDIERS’ MEMORIALS.– An occasion of special interest, not only to the Methodist community, but to the citizens as a whole, will present itself on Sunday, 12th Dec., in the afternoon at the local Methodist Church, there will be the unveiling of an Honor Roll, which is Sicilian marble set in marble background, contains the names of Methodist soldiers who responded to the call of Empire. The tablets are of the same material and designed to accord with the others already suspended to the walls of the church. One of the tablets is in memory of Lieut. Leslie Ross, the story of whose tragic death in the endeavour to fly from England to Australia is still fresh in the minds of the people of this country. The other contains the names of Lieut. H.M. and Pte. R.C. Bishop, both of whom forfeited their lives in the cause of the Allies.

BAY-NELLIGEN MAIL.– The Hon. A. Chapman, M.P., has been informed by the Postmaster-General’s Department (under dated 23rd inst.) with reference to the communication received from Messrs. Geo. Lee, T. Richardson, W. Ison and other residents of Nelligen and district regarding the Bateman’s Bay-Nelligen mail service, that the matter of altering the service to start from Nelligen was given full consideration, but in view of the cost being greater than that required for the existing service, and as the present arrangement serves all reasonable requirements a tender has been accepted for the service as now performed.

OPERATION.– Mr. G. H. James received word last week end that Mrs James has been ordered into hospital to have a growth removed from one of her eyes, Mrs James’ many friends in this district will be pleased to hear that the operation was successful and the patient is doing well.

ACCIDENT.– Mrs. C. Colefax received word from Sydney during the week that her son, Mr. Harold Colefax (son-in-law of Sergt. Caldwell) had had the misfortune to have one of his hands cut off by machinery.

PASTURISATION.– The first attempt at pasteurising milk for cheese making on a large scale in this district was successfully carried out at the Moruya Cheese Factory under the direction of Mr. Brown, Dairy Instructor, and Mr. H. Parbery, cheesemaker. The holding system was used in the experiment, and great interest was taken in it by the chairman of directors, who is ever on the look-out for improvement. The chief advantage pasteurisation has over non-pasteurisation milk is that it ensures a uniformity of product, and from an export standpoint this should appeal to every intelligent cheesemaker and directory. The day is not far off when, like New Zealand, only the pasteurised product will be exported from the State to protect its commercial interests overseas.

SCOTCH FAIR. This function in aid of the Presbyterian Church (below) was opened on Saturday afternoon last and continued on Saturday and Monday nights. Mr. T. Flood, Deputy President of the Shire Council, was allotted the honor of performing the opening ceremony, and was supported by Revs. Fulton, Sanders and Hyde, who each delivered pleasing speeches, congratulating the workers on the result of their efforts and wishing the bazaar every success. At the conclusion of the speeches, Mrs. W. Thomson and Miss D. Coppin rendered musical items, after which the business of the bazaar began. …. We are informed that the financial result of the Fair will reach about £128, which reflects much credit on the fair secretaries and the energetic band of workers.

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