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100 Years Ago August 25th, 1917


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 25 August 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

NURSING. – Miss Heavey, a professional nurse, arrived from Sydney on Tuesday to attend to Mrs T. Tarlinton, who has been in a very low state at Cardin’s Hotel.

MOTOR LORRY. – Our progressive young picture show proprietor, Mr. Godfrey Hanscom, is negotiating for the purchase of a motor-lorry for the purpose of conveying his picture plant to outside centres.


A GOOD many residents of Braidwood who were formerly engaged in rabbit trapping are now forsaking the business in favour of eucalyptus oil distillation. The increased price offered for the juice of the eucalyptus accounts for the milk in the coconut.

AUSTIN CHAPMAN is trying to arrange for the next party of Federal members to inspect Canberra and Jervis Bay to make the trip via Nerriga so that they may be able to see the route of the Federal railway and the country it passes through. – “Review.”

THE TEA DUTY. – It is now apparent that no tea duty is to be imposed on tea. The fact that large importations of Ceylon have reached this country should effectually dispose of the scares circulated by interested traders who have sort to unload low-grade teas by alarming consumers about a threatened shortage.

EUCHRE PARTY. – Lovers of the popular game of euchre have another opportunity of competing for valuable and useful prizes, as the War Chest Committee has arranged a party and dance in the Mechanics’ Hall for Wednesday night next.

IN HOSPITAL. – Moruyaites who remember the pretty little Miss ‘Jenny’ Craig of the Adelaide Hotel, now Mrs. William Scott Grieve, will regret to hear that she has been a patient for the past six weeks in a Private Hospital suffering from neuritus and insomnia.

PICTURE SHOW. – A large crowd patronised the Star Theatre on Wednesday night, the attraction being “Charlie Chaplin.” Mr. Hanscom, the proprietor, informs us that this film is insured for £12,000. He intends screening one of these popular pictures once a month.

DRUNKENNESS. – During the past two days two local men of the district were locked up for drunkenness and fined, one in the sum of £1 and costs and the other £2 and costs. Serve them right for they are both old enough to know that getting drunk is a fool’s game.

FORD CARS. – These cars are fast becoming popular with motorists and residents for private use, in fact they are now said by some experienced experts to be the “best cars in the world” for the purpose named. The latest 1917 model of this make was bought in Sydney and brought to Moruya last week by Mr. A. Keating, of Hong Kong, who purposes using it on an extended holiday in touring the State.

ON HOLIDAY. – Mr. C. Crapp, of Dalmeny, has received a cablegram from his son, Private Hilton Crapp stating that he is now on holiday in England, after a lengthy spell at the front.

THE STRIKE. – Developments of the present unfortunate strike are daily wired to the Moruya “Examiner” and posted on the office notice board for public information. Public meetings are being held in country towns all over the State for the purpose of enrolling volunteers to proceed to Sydney and assist the Government to provide the city with foodstuff and load despatch transports, as well as load and unload other vessels. Now Moruya, are you going to hang back and allow a famine in your town?

BODALLA NEWS. – On Friday night last a very successful dance was held at Bodalla to raise funds for the War Chest. A large number attended from Moruya and report having a most enjoyable time. Excellent music was supplied by Messrs. J. Lipschombe and H. Desclan assisted by others. The takings amounted to £15, a result which must be highly gratifying to the promoter, Mrs. Ebsworth, as well as her patriotic followers.

The Bodalla Brass Band has been reformed and practice commenced under the conductorship of Mr. J. Lipscombe.

Mrs. Woodward received word that her mother, Mrs Jackson, had died suddenly. The bereaved daughter at once left for her parent’s home.

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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