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100 Years Ago September 1st 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 1 September 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

VOLUNTEERING. – A number of ladies in Nowra have volunteered for service in Sydney during the strike and 76 men have already gone from Berry to assist the Government to keep the wheels of industry turning.

LAWN TENNIS. – A tennis match took place between the Moruya Lawn Tennis Club and the Convent. After an enjoyable afternoon’s tennis the game resulted in a win for the former club.

IMPROVED STREET. – Shore street, the bad condition of which we commented upon some time back, has now been put in very good order by the Shire Council, the centre having been well raised and top-dressed with gravel.

MOGO SALE. – R. H. Harvison reports having sold on Saturday, by public auction at Mogo, the School of Arts and 2 roods and 20 perches of land upon which it stands for £73. Mr. James E. Lavis, of Dunn’s Creek, was the purchaser. A galvanised iron tank used in connection with the building was knocked down to Mr. J. Marshall for £7, and a sulky and harness, on account of Mrs. A. Thomson was disposed of to Mr. John Robb at £10.

FACULTY OF MEDICINE. – We are pleased to notice that at the Sydney University Final Medical Degree Examination the following have passed with credit and have been requested to meet the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University Chambers to arrange hospital appointments: - viz., M. O. Storman, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Storman, Jun, of Eurobodalla and F. H. Wallace, son of Mr. P. C. Wallace – a native of Kiora – and grandson of Mr. Wallace, a one time School Teacher at Kiora. The latter Student will now proceed to France to attend the different Hospitals there, with the rank of Captain. Congratulations to our two young natives.

MARRIAGE. – The wedding of Mr. Fleming Duncan, son of Mr. James Duncan of Eurobodalla, to Miss Marjorie Byrne, daughter of Mr. A. A. Byrne of Eurobodalla, was celebrated in Moruya on Wednesday evening, July 18th. The bride was given away by her father and attended by her sister, Miss Sylvia Byrne. Mr. J. G. Duncan acted as best man and Mr. Roy Byrne as groomsman. After the ceremony the bridal party attended a military ball being held in the Centennial Hall, returning to Eurobodalla by motor. A wedding supper was served at “Waincourt.” Later Mr. and Mrs. Fleming Duncan left for Nowra where the will remain for some time before making their home on the North Coast.

DEPARTURE. – On Thursday morning Mr. Arthur Lynch, who has been working for the last 15 years in Mr. Albert Lynch’s Mullenderree bakery, left for Sydney where he purposes making a home. Mr. Lynch is a native of Moruya in which he has reared a very respectable family of smart children, four sons now occupying positions in Sydney, which no doubt is a strong factor in his attraction to the Big Smoke. Mr. Lynch has been a very energetic and useful citizen and it was through his importunities that the members of the Brass Band were kept together so long.

RAIN. – 14 points of rain fell in Moruya on Thursday night, making 60 points for the month in Moruya.

CHAMPION POULTRY. – In this issue appears an advt. from Mr. H. L. Hill of Braidwood, offering settings of eggs at £1 1s and 10/6 from his pens of White Wyandottes and Red Sussex, winners of champion prizes at the Sydney Royal Show.

WELCOME. – Constable Marsh, the popular officer of Major’s Creek, who has been promoted to the charge of Bateman’s Bay, received a welcome from the Clyde residents at Sergeant Keating’s send-off. Mr. Marsh is one of those level-headed Officers who doesn’t think as some evidently do, that as soon as they don the Police uniform, their only duty is to plant themselves in the shade and watch the already fleeced and persecuted hotel-keeper.

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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