Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 28 July 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
ANOTHER MORUYA BOY WOUNDED. – Mrs. Rose of “Kissing Point,” Moruya River, who received a cable some short time back announcing that her son, Private Allen Rose, had been wounded at the front, received another wire on Thursday stating that he had been seriously wounded in a lung and arm.
GORED BY BULL. – Mr. Claude Underhill met with a nasty accident on the Bega showground, being gored by a bull in the leg. The bull was donated to the France’s Day fund by Mr. Chas. Parbery. Mr. Underhill was taken to Bega Hospital, where several stitches were inserted in the injury.
SHIRE CLERK. – Mr. Jermyn, the Eurobodalla Shire Council’s new Clerk, is now fully installed in his office. Mr. Jermyn, has had a long and strenuous experience as Shire Clerk in his last appointment, which he filled for many years, he had no less than five ledgers to keep; so there is no doubt he is an excellent officer and well qualified to fill the position vacated by his popular predecessor, Mr. H. E. Simpson.
ILLNESS. – During the week the smiling face of Mr. Crayton Burns was missed from behind the counter of Emmott’s Beehive Store, and inquiries elicited the fact that this genial gentleman was an inmate of the local Hospital, suffering from gastritis. His many friends will be delighted to hear that he is now considerably improved.
FINED. – An Insurance agent was fined £2 and 6s costs by P.M. Shepherd, on Tuesday last, for riding a motor bike in the street without a light.
MORE RABBITS. – Mr. J. Veitch brought in another motor lorry load of rabbits from Cobargo on Thursday – about 350 – making approximately 700 for the two days.
PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. –
The marriage of Mr. Lyle Rosenthall and Miss Madge Jewell is announced to take place on August 15.
The engagement is announced of Miss Myra, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Walter of this town, and Mr. Alfred Jefferson, of the Cable Service, Newcastle.
Mr. and Mrs. “Clem” Luck, who went to Sydney some two months ago, returned by car on Monday night. Bringing with them a fine baby daughter three weeks old.
OUR OWN BOYS. – Miss Madge, daughter of Mr. C. Harper, licensed surveyor, writes:- “Dear Mr. Harvison. You will be glad to hear that my brother Oswald is now pronounced out of danger. We have had several cables from London and the bullet has been removed from his head. He is in the 1st London General Hospital, and is progressing favourably. When my brother was wounded in France he was carried by the stretcher bearers into the Dressing Station where Carl was attending to the wounded, so he had the comfort of having his brother near him. Some time ago Oswald asked us to write and thank the Secretary of the Moruya Red Cross Society for two nice little parcels he received while in camp in England. It was a coincidence that out of seven or eight parcels despatched from Sydney friends at the same time, the only ones to reach him were the two posted from his native place. A few months ago you published in the “Examiner” a letter that was picked up in a bottle at Bateman’s Bay, that had been thrown off a troop-ship. This young soldier, Private Roy Brown, second Battalion, who is a friend of mine, and enlisted from Ashfield, was anxious to receive a copy of the “Examiner” but it went astray and he never received it. Since throwing the bottle overboard at the Bay, he has had a fair share of the war. It is just 3 years since he enlisted and after returning from New Guinea, went to the front where he was wounded in the head and unconscious for 28 days, paralysed and deaf, and his skull shattered. He is now back again in the lines.
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).