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100 Years Ago June 9th 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 9 June 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HAROLD Lockwood and Mary Allison in The Masked Rider, a thrilling drama of the Western Mountains. Star Pictures, TONIGHT.

RELIABLE DRIVER. – Mr. B. J. Moran, mail contractor, advertises for a reliable driver for his mail coach between Moruya and Bodalla.

SPECIAL CARS. – Mr. B. J. Moran, who is acknowledged to be one of the best and most careful chauffeurs in the State, announces in this issue that trips to any part of the district can be arranged by application to his address, Carden’s Hotel, Moruya.

MOTOR CAR DESTROYED. – Whilst on its way out to Yarraggee for a passenger on Saturday morning, a motor car, the property of Lawless and Manns, Bega, caught fire and the whole of the back part was completely destroyed. The car was one of the newest Minervas, and, we understand, was insured, but for what amount we have not heard. The car was being driven at the time by “Fred” Tucker.

EGGS, EGGS. – Mr. Joseph Turner, whose silver-laced Wyandottes are now leading all other pens of Wyandottes in the Hawkesbury competition by 100 eggs, advertises setting for sale, also setting from White Leghorns from tested layers.

PURE-BRED FOWLS. – Mr. G. R. McDowall, “Brightside,” Braidwood advertises for sale some pure-bred Black Orpington cockerels. Mr. McDowall is a noted breeder of Orpingtons, and it might be a wise step for Moruya poultry fanciers to secure a few of his young cockerels.

HOSPITAL PATIENTS. – There are now six patients in the local hospital, viz.: Mr. Rixon, recovering from a broken leg; young Phil Birch, injured leg; Mrs. Ritchie, neuritis; Miss Bella DuRoss, heart trouble; an old man named Adams and Surveyor Rankin, who is suffering from haemorrhage.

INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. – There were nine applicants for the position of Inspector of Nuisances, all district men, but owing to there not being a full meeting the Shire Councillors on Wednesday deferred their decision until next meeting. Master Wilfred Richards was appointed to collect this month’s sanitary rates.


Pte. Tom Byrne, Eurobodalla, and formerly of Bega, who was a member of the Bega Light Horse Squad, was killed in action in France on May 9th. He was only 22 years of age. This young warrior was a son of Mr. J. Byrne of Comerang, Bodalla, to whom we extend our sympathy.

News has been received that Pte. O. Harper, eldest son of Mr. C. A. Harper, licensed surveyor, has been dangerously wounded and was admitted to hospital on May 11 suffering from severe gunshot wounds in the head. He has been on active service for over 12 months, and is 21 years of age. His youngest brother, Charles A. Harper, of the Australian Medical Corps, has served two years in the A.I.F. and is also in France. Let us hope that young Harper will be spared to return and gladden the hearts of his now sad parents.

Pte. Walter Fuller, of Narooma, writes to his mother from France on March 9: I was for some time without any letters, but last week I received 11 in two days. They were brought up to the front line to me. I haven’t got that German helmet yet, although one morning one of my brother snipers and I got a Hun at point blank range. We both fired at once, counting “1”, “2”, “3” as we let go. The Hun tipped into his own trench, and we didn’t feel like going over to get his helmet. We are getting cold weather again and the wind almost blows through one, but that is the game. Kindest regards to all Narooma friends.

RABBIT SKINS. – In some districts men who usually trap for carcasses have, owing to disputes with the freezing works, turned their attention to skins. The fact that 78 tons was catalogued this week as compared to 54 tons the previous week bears eloquent testimony to their activity.

RABBIT TRAPPING is booming at Adaminaby. Close on 1600 pairs being received at the Depot in one day.

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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