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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

100 Years Ago - March 17th, 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 17 March 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HELP our boys at the front by patronising the show luncheon and tea tent.

WE trust that all who have promised donations to the War Chest Luncheon at the Show next week will send them early on Wednesday morning.

OUR BOYS. – Mr. H. Molloy has received a cable from his two sons, Bob and Harry, who are at Salisbury Plains Camp, saying that they were leaving for France on 7th inst.

SNAKE OH! – A big black snake was given the quietus in Dentist Bull’s back yard, Campbell St., on Thursday.

ARCADIA PICTURES. – Mr. Dick Hooper’s Arcadia Pictures screened here on Saturday night were thoroughly enjoyed by his patrons, but the “Big Push” on Show night is expected to excel all.

PICTURE SHOW. – Our local picture show proprietor, Mr. G. Hanscom, should be satisfied with the patronage bestowed on him on the re-opening of his show on Saturday night, when a good house greeted him. The films unreeled were some of the best ever shown here.

CIRCUS. – Perry Circus played to a good house on Tuesday night. The Proprietary have a splendid string of jumpers, which they are taking on to compete in the Sydney Show.

SHOW RIGHTS. – R. H. Harvison reports the sale of show rights for the Moruya Show to be held on the 21st and 22nd inst. As follows: - Publican’s booth to Mr. Leo Lynch, of the Criterion Hotel, at £18; No. 1 fruit stall to Mr. Harry Lavis at £7 7s 6d and No. 2 at £1 13s.

BODALLA NEWS. – Ambler’s Pictures showed in the Hall last week to a fair house, the pictures were of a high class and were much enjoyed by the audience. Perrys’ Circus played here on Monday night to a large audience, the seating accommodation being fully taken up. Mr. Pete Davis’ fine launch is in great demand just now. Several parties have enjoyed a trip down the Tuross River, and all speak in high terms of the launch and the courtesy of Mr. Davis. It is rumoured that several Bodalla boys intend leaving for Queensland shortly, and will leave more than one sad heart behind them. Cheer up girls it’s not far to Queensland in these days of fast travelling.

DEATH. – Another old pioneer and highly respected resident, in the person of Mrs. James McIntosh, passed peacefully over to that bourne from whence no traveller returns on Monday last, at the age of 79 years. The deceased, whose husband predeceased her about 12 years ago, lived for many years at the Burra, and was well known for her many kind and neighbourly actions. For some time previous to her demise she had resided with her daughter, Mrs. J. Colefax. The deceased leaves 4 sons and 5 daughters to mourn the irreparable loss, viz., Charles (Gosford), James (Burra), John and David (Mantle Hill), Medames J. Turner (Mynora), J. Green (Mantle Hill), J. Colefax (Gundary), H. Lavis (Burra) and J. Ransbury (Gosford). The funeral took place on Tuesday when the remains were interred in the Presbyterian cemetery, the Rev. E. S. Henderson officiating.

MARKET REPORTS. – John Bridge & Coy. Ltd. Report, on 9th March 1917 :-

WATTLE BARK. – During the past fortnight the turnover in sales has been greatly diminished and a fairly large quantity now awaits purchasers. The difficulty attending the export of leather and hides is likely to affect tanners’ operations until means are found of disposing of the surplus leather, which has hitherto found buyers in the United Kingdom, but is now refused admission there.

RABBIT SKINS. – Suppliers are increasing offerings this week totalling 44 tons towards which we have contributed about ten (10) tons. The Americans again bought the bulk of the catalogues and as long as exportation to the United States is permitted we expect that good prices will rule.

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 (

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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