100 Years Ago July 7th 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 7 July 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

PARCEL RECEIVED. – Mr. C. Burns is in receipt of a letter from his son, Pte Rex. In which he says he had just received the Xmas parcel sent by the local Red Cross Society in October last. It has been 9 months in transit, having travelled to each camp in which Pte Burns was in in Egypt, England and back to Egypt.

DREDGING. – We have heard that Messrs. Sinclair Bros., from Beechworth, have taken up some ten miles of river from Larry’s Point to the Deua River Accommodation House. They are reported to have made an offer for one of the unemployed dredges in Araluen. Mr. Kimpton, of Deua Rive, is said to be interested in this important venture. Should it materialise it will be a big factor in the increase of Moruya’s spending power, even if it increases the already large sand accumulations.

DO NOT FORGET the Bread and Butter dance and sale of goods for France, next Friday night.

TEACHING. – On Friday last Miss Madge, eldest daughter of Mrs. W. Bishop of Eurobodalla, left by car for Sydney to enter Hereford House in order to study for the teaching profession.

RIFLE CLUB BALL. – We have to acknowledge the favour of complimentary tickets for the Ball in aid of the Red Cross Society which takes place under the auspices of the Moruya Rifle Club on Wednesday, 18th.


Mr. Holroyd Innes has just returned to Tomakin from Melbourne after bidding good-bye to his brother, Gunner Fred Innes, who left these shores last month.

That the Bolong farmers in Shoalhaven district have agreed to give a day’s milk in aid of the France’s Day Fund; and

That this generous patriotic decision may be imitated by the farmers of this district. The cause is worthy.

That the Braidwood “Despatch” has entered upon its 62nd birthday and the Moruya “Examiner” on its 53rd, the last 43 being under its present management.

That the paper famine is causing consternation amongst paper proprietors everywhere, some are reducing the size of their sheets, some are calling up arrears of subscription in order to secure a stock of paper before the final blockage or stoppage arrives, whilst many have raised their prices; and That subscribers to the Moruya “Examiner” are only being charged the same fee as has been paid for over the last 40 odd years.

That it is nearly time the proposed football match between Major’s Creek and Moruya eventuated. The match is to take place on Moruya ground.

That Pte. Jack Heffernan in a letter home to Candelo says his lot were reviewed by the King. “I was close to His Majesty” says Jack, “but he didn’t seem to recognise me.”


“FRANCE’S DAY” – At a public meeting held here it was decided to celebrate “France’s Day” and assist the grand appeal on behalf of the widows and orphans of France by holding a sale of gifts on Saturday afternoon, July 14th, and a social at night. The committee also decided to cater for those coming from a distance by serving tea in the School of Arts Hall at 5 30pm. And light refreshments during the evening.


EN FETE. Friday and Saturday last, especially Saturday, will be remembered for some time as a Red-Letter Day in the ancient village of Bateman’s Bay. As is their wont when anything of a charitable or patriotic nature is on the tapis, the residents assemble as members of one family and do their share with an energy and will that brooks no failure. The call lately made for assistance in support of the War Chest Fund and the Y.M.C.A. found a ready response in the hearts of the ever-charitable residents of Bateman’s Bay and its immediate surroundings, with the result that they met, consulted, planned and carried out to a successful issue a fancy dress ball on the Friday night and a day’s sports, auction sale and Cinderella on the following day and night.

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).

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