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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

100 Years Ago - May 19th, 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 19 May 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

THE BIG LORRY. – Mr. Harry Water’s big 4-ton motor lorry which he purchased for £1,050 some few weeks ago, is engaged in conveying rabbits for the Manager of the Krawarree Freezing Works, Mr. Draper, to Goulburn. Harry is on a good wicket, as he is making £15 a day, five days a week. He runs his lorry 100 miles a day for the five days and carries 1500 pairs a load. Mr. Waters has purchased another lorry, 3½ tons, and has taken a partner into the business.

BRAIDWOOD FREEZING WORKS. – Operations at the Braidwood Freezing works for the week ended Saturday last, easily constituted a record. The number of pairs of rabbits delivered at the works during the week was 12,207, in comparison with only 8977 pairs for the corresponding week of last year. The amount of money paid out on Saturday was £700, a fact loudly proclaiming the value of this flourishing enterprise in the community. Now Moruya!

HARRISON’S GARAGE. – We notice by the “Leader” that Mr. G. Harrison is having installed in his Nowra garage the Bowser system of petrol storage. The system will register accurately all petrol used and any quantity required for a car in a few seconds. The petrol will be stored in an underground steel tank and will be operated by a special pumping apparatus. The risk from fire is reduced to a minimum. The Bowser system is world-wide known and is used in all up-to-date garages.

OUR HARBOR. – Once again we would remind the “powers that be” of the fact that the channel in our harbor (?) from the wharf downwards is gradually silting up and that if steps are not soon taken to have the silt removed shippers of perishable goods may any day find their little boat unable to reach the shipping wharf and their goods in consequence, unable to reach the market. There is much truth in the old saying “A stitch in time saves nine.” By getting the suction pump dredge at work before we are visited by another flood, a two-fold good can be accomplished, viz., the filling up of the great chasm which the last flood made along the back of the training wall and prevent it being washed over into the bed of the river, as well as assuring navigation.


Amongst the last list of wounded appears the name of Pte. H. A. Payne (Bodalla).

Pte. R. M. Fowler, formerly accountant, in the N.S.W. Bank here has been wounded, one of his legs having been amputated.

Mr. George H. James, of “Lynwood,” left for Sydney on Tuesday per Mr. “Ted” Riley’s special car.

Miss Boot, of Yarragee, left on Thursday for Sydney, where she was recommended by Dr. Quilter to seek a specialist’s advice about her throat.

PUBLIC MEETING. – A Public Meeting called for the purpose of discussing ways and means, and the advisability of forming a Poultry Club in Moruya will be held in the Old Council Chambers on WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 23rd May, at 8 p.m. All interested are cordially invited to attend.



F.TOOSE Conveners

FAREWELL SOCIAL. – On reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that Mr. “Alf” Crapp, one of our finest type of Moruya native, who is about leaving Moruya, having accepted a boss position in the timber industry up North is to be tendered a public farewell and presentation this (Saturday) night in the Mechanics Hall. As Alf is one of the biggest hearted and best fellows in this district, we feel sure that there will be a great gathering to bid him adieu. All are welcome.

RECRUITING. – There was only a poor attendance at the Mechanics Hall on Monday night to hear Captain Salier’s address, delivered with the view of obtaining recruits for the front. In fact the audience was composed almost entirely of women, children and ineligible men, very few, if any, fit to fill a gap in our depleted ranks at the present big battle, putting in an appearance.

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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