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100 Years Ago - Feb 3rd 1916

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

SCHOLASTIC. – Last week the schools in town and district were reopened for the purpose of teaching the young how to shoot. Most of our Pedagogues trekked to the city to enjoy a well deserved rest from their binding and strenuous labors, as well as a little legitimate “devarsion” with cronies of former days.

SHIRE COUNCILLOR. – In this issue Mr. Joseph Sebbens, Bateman’s Bay, announces that he is a candidate for A riding of the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Sebbens is well acquainted with the whole of the riding he seeks to represent since boyhood, and, therefore should know the wants of every corner of it.

RIDING E. – Mr. H. J. Bate, of Tilba Tilba, announces himself as a candidate for E. Riding in the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Bate should make an exceptionally smart Councillor, as he is young, educated and intellectually smart, as well as being thoroughly acquainted with every hole and corner and by-road in E. and other Southern Ridings.

RIDING A. – Mr. T. Flood, the esteemed President of the Eurobodalla Shire Council, advertises in this issue that he will contest A. Riding in the forthcoming Shire elections which takes place on the 24th instant. President Flood will be hard to beat as he is a great favourite with Bateman’s Bay residents and the majority of electors in A. Riding, as well as in Moruya.

RACING CARNIVAL. – The three days’ race carnival to be held on the Moruya Park Course on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next, promises to establish a record for the district in the large fields contesting and visitors attending. There are at present something like 80 horses working on the track, which will give an idea of what the racing is going to be like from a spectator’s point of view.

HOLIDAY. – Monday next, first day of the Moruya Annual Races, has been gazetted a public holiday for this district.

NICE CUP OF TEA. – Visitors to the three days’ races will be able to obtain a recherché cup of tea at Mr. H. Lavis’ tea booth on the ground.

MEALS READY. – Mrs. P. J. Gannon announces in this issue that she will be prepared to supply cold luncheon at 1/6 and a cup of tea with scone and cake for 6d at all hours during the three days’ racing carnival commencing on Monday next 5th instant.

A MORUYA BRAVE. – Mr. and Mrs. R. Knight, of this town, have received a cablegram from their son, Private “Phil” Knight, stating that he arrived in England safe and well on January the 10th. “Phil” sends kind regards to all Moruya friends.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent.)

Narooma still has a fair number of tourists after the finny tribe.

Mr. Herbert Snell had the misfortune to lose his fine shafter through his jinkers capsising and breaking the horse’s leg in two places.

A very heavy storm broke over the town on Sunday with very fierce thunder and lightning.

Our new Post mistress has arrived to take charge of the local office. Miss R. Davidson is about to try married life.

Mrs. Greig, daughter of Mr. John Emmott of Moruya, and a lady friend spent a few days here during the week.

NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent).

Large preparations are being made at Belimbla in the manufacturing of Eucalyptus Oil, it should also open up fresh Mining fields. Heavy rain has caused damage to several crops in the district.

Cattle buyers have been attending the Gulf regularly of late purchasing all the spare cattle available, which are in excellent condition.

Mr. Stewart has been very ill, but under the care of our expert nurse and faithful friend, Mrs. O’Toole, he has pulled through.

Mr. Dixon, of Queensland, is now with Mr. Davidge at Reedy Creek taking part in the making of Eucalyptus Oil.

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 (

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