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100 years ago - November 29th 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 29 November 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

BODALLA RACES. – Pony owners are reminded that nominations for the Bodalla Boxing Day Races must be in the hands of the secretary, Mr. J. Brown, on Tuesday, 9th Dec.

FOREIGN MISSION. – Rev. Wesley Stocks, of Bega, has been in Moruya during the past week. He lectured in the Methodist Church here and also at Kiora in the interests of Foreign Missions.

PRESENTATION. – On Monday the Convent Tennis Club tendered the Rev. Father Musgrave a recherche afternoon tea prior to his departure from the parish.

FAREWELL. – At “Taronga,” River St., the pretty home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Flood, the large circle of friends of the Rev. Father Musgrave were given an opportunity of bidding farewell to this popular priest on the eve of his departure. The spacious rooms of the genial host and hostess were effulgent with light, with artistically arrange bowls of Dorothy Perkin roses and carnations adorning the tables. During the evening a charming program of musical items was rendered by Mrs. Flood, Misses D. Millikin, McIvor, Higgins (violin), E. Keating, Rev. Father Musgrave, Messrs Arnold and Phil Carden.

LICENSIN COURT. – At the Annual Licensing meeting held at the Court House, Moruya, on 25th Nov., 1919, the following applicants were granted district auctioneers’ licenses for the police district of Moruya: R. H. Harvison, R. B. Heffernan, A. Keating, H. McIntosh, M. E. Ryan, H. J. Thomson.

EUCHRE PARTY. – A very successful Euchre Party and Dance, arranged to swell the funds of the Regina Pacis Stall at the forthcoming R. C. bazaar, was held in the Mechanics’ Hall on Monday night. The gentleman’s prize, a safety razor, was appropriated by Mr. W. Johnson, and the lady’s by Miss Winnie Johnson. A few hours afterwards was spent tripping the light fantastic, Mr. C. Carter officiating as M.C.

BEAUTIFUL PASTURES. – Bodalla is presenting a perfect picture to the eye at present. The green grass has a very refreshing appearance. It would be an eye-opener to the man from “Back o’ Beyond” could he but only visit the Bodalla Flats at present. The dairy cattle are in the pink of condition.

OPERATION. – We are pleased to report that Mrs. W. Anderson, of Vulcan St., has been successfully operated upon by Dr. Birmingham in his private Hospital at Narooma. The patient who was suffering from internal trouble, is most favourably rapidly recovering. There is another lady in the Narooma Private Hospital, who came all the way from Goulburn to be operated upon by Dr. Birmingham, convalescing also.

STAR PICTURES. – On Wednesday night Mr. Godfred Hanscom’s Star Pictures, in the Centennial Hall, attracted a bumper house. Mr Hanscom possesses one of the best picture plants in the State outside Sydney, and as he displays good judgement and generous liberality in securing the best and most expensive films, he richly deserves the whole-hearted patronage now being bestowed upon him by a satisfied public. On this occasion the last “Melbourne Cup” and “The Better ‘Ole’” were unreeled. The view of the Flemington crowd, the arrival of the Vice-Regal Party, and the race itself was the best illustration of a Melbourne Cup race we have yet seen screened.


Mr. D. Brydon, erstwhile of Tilba, has sold out his store-keeping business to Mr. Thomas A. Starr from Coonabarabran.

A big shark has been seen in the river below the Hospital.

Mr. Jos. Fookes, of Central Tilba, is investing in a tractor from the International Harvester Co., which will take the place of horses in ploughing, etc.

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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