100 Years Ago June 23rd 1917
Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 23 June 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
HOSPITAL SOCIAL. – An enjoyable social thoughtfully promoted by Mr. E. Rankin, of Kiora on behalf of the local Hospital, took place in the Centennial Hall on Wednesday night. Mr. F. Russell capably officiated as M.C., and Miss Korz and Mr. J. Buckley provided the music.
TRUNK LINE. – The Deputy P.M.G. advises the Hon. Austin Chapman as follows: - I have to inform you that approval has been given for the erection of a telephone trunk line between Nowra and Eden and that the work has been commenced in three sections viz., Nowra to Nelligen, Nelligen to Bodalla and Bodalla to Eden. It is expected that it will be completed in about six months.
METHODIST. – On Sunday next the Rev. Wesley Stocks of Bega, is taking Mr. Walsh’s place here. Mr. Stocks has spent some years in German New Guinea as a missionary of the Methodist Church, and will on Sunday and the two following days give a thrilling account of his work there. For the week evenings he brings a lantern and 120 slides to illustrate his speech.
ACCIDENT. – On Saturday last Mr. J. T. Brogan met with a very painful accident at Nelligen. Whilst he was felling a tree a large limb became jammed against the tree and as he was cutting it away it suddenly sprang, striking Mr. Brogan, the forces almost dislocating his neck. The victim, who was severely bruised and cut about the face, was immediately brought to Moruya by Mr. H. Ball. After examination Dr. Quilter found that fortunately no bones were broken nor the sight impaired. He dressed the wounds and ordered the patient, who was weak from loss of blood, to bed. Mr. Brogan has we are pleased to say almost recovered.
HONOR MEDALS. – The Secy. For Defence advises the Hon. Austin Chapman as follows: - With reference to your communication of the 22nd ultimo, addressed to the Secy. State War Council Sydney, relative to the issue of Medals to the nearest female relatives of A.I.F. soldiers abroad. I have to inform you that as soon as the medals referred to in your letter are available a notice will be published in the press inviting all persons entitled to receive the same to submit an application on a form which will be made available by this Dept.
ANGLING. – A number of Moruya deep-sea anglers have spent a few pleasant days on the briny during the last week or two, some small parties having hooked and landed no less than 50 schnapper, besides a great number of other varieties. Choice fish appear to be very plentiful along the coast at the present time, as the State trawlers have been making big hauls of schnapper and flathead down Twofold Bay way. Our editor would very much like to see a small syndicate of persons desirous of a few weeks holiday – and he feels one to fit the roll – formed in Moruya, as he is of the opinion that with the assistance of the freezing works those who could not afford the time would be remunerated as well as having a good and healthful holiday. Now don’t all speak at once!
PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. –
Pte. Ted Wollett, of Narooma, reported missing some time ago, has written home stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany.
Mrs. M. Morris this week received a cable from her son Fred, who is at the front, saying that he is safe and well.
Mr. C. de Saxe received word last week that his nephew, Pte Tindall, had paid the supreme sacrifice in France.
Private Leslie Vivian Boot, third son of the late Mr. Henry Boot, of Pompey Point, Moruya, has been dangerously wounded in France.
For the first time in the history of the State’s Education Department, women teachers predominate, there being 3718 women against 3589 men.
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).