100 Years Ago - January 8 1921

Good Travelling.– Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bate, of “Mountain View,” Tilba Tilba, have just returned after a 1000 mile spin in their handsome Buick car through the wheat and Murrumbidgee irrigation areas. Mr. Bate says that, although he traversed some of the very best wheat country, contrary to expectations, he found none damaged. Strippers were to be seen everywhere working both on holidays and Sundays. We hope to receive a few interesting items from the able pen of our energetic Shire Councillor.

Above: Councillor Bate outside the Moruya courthouse.

Our Experimental Plot.—The Dept. of Agriculture, in conjunction with Mr. A. Louttit, of Moruya, is carrying out experiments with maize and sorghum. At present the promise of good results are encouraging. There about 16 varieties of maize under test and already a great difference in maturity is noticeable. U.S. 133, a variety imported from the United States of America by the Department and grown to advantage last year was much sought after during the past planting season, is now showing signs of very early maturity. These plots should be of interest to corn growers locally. The sorghum plots consist of four varieties, one of which has been bred by the Dept., and has shown to advantage in other parts as compared with the old varieties.

New Year’s Eve.– According to reports brought to this Office, some of the residents of Coila-Turlinjah received “over-the-odds” attention from the young bloods of the district on New Year’s Eve. A joke is a joke, and there are very few who begrudge periodical bursts of exhuberance of youth in this direction, but when property is interfered with and persons subjected to losses the joke, or lark becomes a “horse” of another colour. Boats are said to have been interfered with, gates carried away and fences pulled down but as the Police are investigating we will say nothing further at present, except to worn the lads of the fate of those who tried on some of these games in Moruya some little time ago.

A Better Land.– For the coming year, what Australia needs most is a national conscience, a religion of faith in our country that will make every operation sacramental. If we milked every cow to the glory of Australia, turned every spadeful of earth to the hope of the future, yarded every sheep with the idea that its fleece had a patriotic meaning, sold every commodity as an act of Australian piety, and made the work of every day a solid Hallelujah, the vision of the ages (a better land) would become a sudden actuality.

UNVEILING OF SOLDIERS’ MEMORIAL AT NELLIGEN. The unveiling of the Nelligen Soldiers’ Memorial took place on Friday last, 31st inst., in the presence of the largest crowd seen there for over 20 years. Despite the sweltering heat the people poured in from all directions, and by 3.30—the hour of unveiling—the town was thronged with visitors. ...

The ball was also a huge success but too crowded for comfort. … The sports on Saturday were also well attended, the gate takings amounting to £10 2s.

The hall was again crowded on New Year’s Night at the Cinderella.


St. Patrick’s College Goulburn. Conducted by the Christian College. Registered under the Bursary Endowment Act. The College is beautifully situated in a Park of 50 acres. Bracing climate, affording a welcome change from the enervating heat of the coast. The President may be interviewed at Moruya till January 17th, 1921. TERMS MODERATE. PROSPECTUS ON APPLICATION.

Engineers wanted. To repair and erect Machinery at Spoke Factory, Bateman’s Bay. ALBERT PERRY, Manager

CAUTION. PERSONS trespassing or removing firewood from my paddock known as “Noad’s” on the Bodalla road, after this date will be prosecuted without respect of persons. JOHN JEFFERY.