100 Years Ago - Moruya Examiner

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of December 16, 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HORSE KILLED. – Mr. Hedley Luck, of Yarragee, had the misfortune on Friday night to lose his fine prize draught bay mare through being gored in the chest by a bull. The mare was a very choice one, valued at £40.

FURNITURE SALE. – Persons on the look out for choice furniture should reserve their purchases until the 10th Proximo when the Rectory furniture, the property of the Rev. Mr. Rix, will be disposed of at auction by R. H. Harvison.

PICTURE SHOW. – Mr. Dick Hooper, who is regarded as one of the best moving pictures operators outside the city, gave two shows in Moruya, one on Saturday and the other on Monday nights. Mr. Hooper has just finished a tour of Queensland and northern rivers and is now doing the South Coast, where his shows are so highly appreciated. He is travelling in his private motor car, the machinery of which generates the electric light. The pictures screened on Saturday and Monday nights were exceedingly fine and highly appreciated by the audience.

DEATH OF MRS. MARY ANN CRAPP. – Once more we are called upon to chronicle the passing away of another of Moruya’s old and highly respected residents in the person of Mrs. Mary Ann Crapp, relict of the late Mr. John Crapp, who predeceased her over 25 years ago. The deceased lady who had reached the ripe old age of 82 years, passed away quietly at her son’s (John) residence on Saturday morning from heart failure. She was a native of Ireland and came to this country 64 years ago, residing in this district the major portion of that time. She was a person of a very hearty and jovial disposition, and a truly Christian neighbour who has been known to repeatedly walk for miles carrying creature comforts to the sick and needy, invariably executing her kindly visits at night time in order that her benevolence might not be observed by others. Deceased leaves three sons and one daughter, viz., Robert Crapp (Northern Rivers), John Crapp (Kiora), Dacy Crapp (Gundary) and Miss Nellie Crapp (Cobar); also three step-sons and one step-daughter – William (Eurobodalla), Charles (Dalmeny), Alfred (Gundary) and Mrs. F. Callaghan (Redfern), and one brother, Mr. Robert Little (Dwyer’s Creek). The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon and was very largely attended the remains being interred in the Methodist portion of the Moruya cemetery.

NAROOMA NEWS. – A big storm broke over the village today (Wednesday), and it rained in torrents.

Mrs. Halcomb, mother of our Pilot’s wife, is in a very low state of health.

Mrs. Weinert, who has not been in good health lately, has left for Sydney for a holiday.

Our energetic Red Cross Society donated £5 worth of cheese to the Randwick Base Hospital, as a Christmas present to the soldiers, also £2 worth of raisins and currants to Ash Street Depot for Christmas cakes.

BATEMAN’S BAY. – Not much to chronicle of a startling character. There lies on the public wharf an ugly shadow of the coal strike, about 20 cords of firewood. It was a windfall for the local cutters but the I.S.N. Co. have a different opinion.

At Pebbly Beach, Mr. Guy is improving access to his sawmill by contracting a new road upon which are working all hands.

We are sorry to say our local spoke factory is silent for a short time, but glad to hear that the men so employed have been absorbed in other industries.

SEWER’S WANTED. – The Secretary of the Red Cross Society Mrs. A. W. Constable, has a few more cut out pyjama pants ready for making up, and requests if the members who were not at the meeting on Tuesday, or any other patriots, would kindly call, she will supply them with a pair.

100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 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).

The Museum:

The Moruya Museum houses a collection of furniture, books, artefacts and memorabilia that is intended to show visitors something of the lives of the ordinary people of this community from the middle of the nineteenth century. Most items on display were donated by local families. The result is an eclectic mix of considerable charm and interest. The Museum also has an excellent website and very informative Blog page that will delight you for hours.

Admission Costs:
  • Individual $ 5.00

  • Family $ 15.00

Museum Opening Hours:

11am to 1pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

During the January School Holidays, the museum is open every day 11:00am to 2:00pm except public holidays.

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