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This week 100 years ago


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 13 January 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

MOGO SOLDIERS. – Mr. J. Molloy, of Bimbimbie, has just received a cablegram from his two fine soldier sons, R. & H., who enlisted from Mogo, stating that they had arrived safely in England.

CLEARANCE SALE. – R. H. Harvison reports a highly successful clearance sale of household furniture and effects on Wednesday, on account of the Rev. A. G. Rix, who left for Yass on the following morning by Weatherby’s motor car.

MORUYA-BODALLA MAILS. – Mr. “Batty” J. Moran, mail contractor, has arranged with the Postal Department to use motor car in lieu of coach, for a period of one month from 18th inst., between Moruya and Bodalla.


DEPARTURE. – Miss M. Clements, who conducted the millinery business in Queen Street for the past 9½ years disposed of her stock-in-trade, and on Wednesday morning took her departure for the metropolis, where, we understand, she intends starting a similar establishment. During her sojourn here, Miss Clements always took an active part and liberally subscribed to any charitable movement.

CAMPBELL STREET. – The improvements to Campbell Street sidewalks, started some six months ago, by the Council, are now being proceeded with by that good workman, Mr. Chesher. Let us hope this important and necessary work will be carried to completion before another stoppage is made.


PAINFUL ACCIDENT. – On Wednesday of last week Mr. Paul Bettini of Narooma, met with a very painful accident to his right wrist through the handle of the starting gear of his motor car striking it while in full revolution. It appears that Mr. Bettini had taken the Eurobodalla Shire Councillors on a tour of inspection as far as Nelligen, and when starting the engine of his car, on leaving the punt on that side, the accident occurred. Fortunately Mr. Webber, who is regarded by many of the Nelligenites equal, if not superior, to not a few members of the medical profession in cases of this nature, was close at hand and rendered first aid. Chauffeur “Ted” Riley, who happened to be in Nelligen at the time, kindly took the Councillors on to inspect the Suspension Bridge at Ryan’s Creek, and on his return Mr. Bettini was sufficiently recovered from the shock and first spasms of pain to steer his car back to Moruya with his important freight, and then on to Narooma the same evening, which he did with his left hand, Councillor Taylor adjusting the gear. On examination by the Dr. it was found that no bones were broken but that the wrist joint had been very severely sprained.

DEATH. – On Friday night last at his late residence, Bingie, Mr. Charles Hutchings heard the Last Post at the ripe old age of 85 years, and quietly passed into the unknown world. The late Mr. Hutchings arrived in Australia in the year 1858, and almost immediately came to this district, where he resided up to the time of his death. During his long residence in this district the late Mr. Hutchings lived and exemplary life, and was highly respected by all to whom he was known. He leaves a family of two sons and one daughter, viz., Mr. Herbert, manager of Bergalia Cheese Factory, Mr. Alfred, Home Missionary at Wallsend, and Mrs. John Baldwin, of Bodalla, all of which are highly esteemed.

TO THE MORUYA PONY CLUB. – I challenge the Committee or any other man to prove I was not a tryer in the last race on 1st January, 1917, for which I have been disqualified, and I defy any man to say that I backed Kenite for me in the same race, or to say that any man had Swan Lark running dead in the race.

Now if the Committee knew so much let them prove their rights in what they have done, not go on what they think, or what they hear from the squeakers that backed the horse and lost their few bob.

JOSEPH TURNER


Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 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).

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