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100 Years Ago - 15th September 1917


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 15 September 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:


SILOS. – Speaking of the introduction of silos to Tilba, Mr. J. Hapgood says practically all the farmers there now have a silo. “It came about this way,” he says. “One man built a couple on his farm. At the factory we could see he was beating us all, with the result that others followed suit, until there are now only a few without.” Are you listening Moruya?

UNSIGHTLY TREES. On Monday afternoon last the trustees, Messrs. J. McKeon, Bede Heffernan, P. J. Gannon and Harvison met a number of contractors on Moruya Park and arranged for the removal of 17 unsightly and obstructive trees. These trees are to be felled and entirely removed, the stumps to remain, with the exception of two, until sufficiently dry to be burnt out.

FAMILY GATHERING. – Mr. A. L. Vider, J. P. (of the Government Statistician’s Department) and Mr. Chas. Vider (manager of the produce department of Messrs. John Bridge and Co.) will pay a visit to Braidwood to participate in a family celebration of the 88th birthday of Mrs. A. Vider, senr. ( a lady well known and respected), which will occur on the 20th inst. Braidwood “News.” [This dear old lady is the mother of our good friend Mr. Julius Vider. Ed. M. E. ]

SIR Walter Edward Davidson, who has been Governor of Newfoundland since 1913, has been appointed Governor of N.S.W.

MR. Blomfield, dairy inspector in the Nowra district, states that he never saw cattle in that district at this time of the year in such poor condition.

IN the State Parliament on Wednesday bills were introduced to impose an extra tax of 3d in the £ on income, and also to increase the tax on betting, tickets and bookmakers’ registrations.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. –

That the amount to date collected for a memorial to the late Patrick Coffey, of Braidwood, reaches £133 4s 6d.

Mr. J. E. W. Wright, Hon. Secretary of the rejected Volunteers Association, has been advised to the effect that his brother-in-law, Private O. L. Harrison, who was wounded in France some months ago, is being invalided to Australia.

That about 20 strike volunteers went to Sydney in one lot last week from Milton; and

That we have not heard of many going from Moruya; and That probably their foresight of an early termination of the strike was the cause of their inaction.

A TRIP TO EDEN. – A trip from Moruya to Eden was chiefly remarkable for bus fires along the road and wide stretches of brown parched country. These uninteresting features were occasionally relieved by fragrant fern-filled gullies and refreshing clumps of gracefully climbing clematis. Here and there too graceful groups of weeping willows clothed in their spring tints of pale green relieve the monotony of the tall gums. Comfortable homes dot the landscape – some of them very handsome buildings. Among these is notable and well- known Bredbatoura home a mile south from Cobargo. This town might well be called “Tarlintonville.” This old family own many hundreds of acres round this part and their numerous descendants are settled on various wealth-producing slices of land. At Bredbatoura dwells the relict of the late Daniel Tarlinton, a gracious lady well-known for her hospitality and cheerfulness of nature. One cannot come in contact with this charming personality without at once conceiving an affection for her. Surrounded by her sons and daughters this lady is spending the evening of her life in quiet contentment.

Passing on south through the prosperous and picturesque town of Bega the Beautiful, one comes to Eden, sixty miles further south. Eden is indeed well named. Thrilling glimpses of beauty greet the eye on all sides, and the spectator does not know which to admire most. The town stands on a hill and commands both aspects of the inlet. The Imlay Shire has yet to build good streets and footpaths in the small settlement. This accomplished the township will be as pleasant a place as could be desired.

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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