Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 10 November 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
SALE OF GIFTS. – Attention is drawn to advertisement announcing that a sale of work and gifts and flower show will be held in aid of St. John’s Church of England Fund on 4th April 1918.
POULTRY COOPS. – At the Committee meeting of the local A. and P. Society, held on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. J. E. Hawdon stated that there were not nearly sufficient coops for the large number of poultry entered for the last show. The question of additional coops was left over for discussion at the next monthly meeting.
SUDDEN DEATH. – On Monday last the sad news of the sudden death of Mr. Ben George was received in town. It appears that the deceased had returned from Queensland and was living with his cousin, Mr. Dan Hart of Krawarree, where he intended to remain during the summer months. Mr. George, on the morning in question not appearing for breakfast and being an exceptionally early riser his relatives became uneasy and went to his room, where he was found dead on the floor. The deceased was the son of the late Mr. Joseph George and a brother of the late Mr. Randolph George, who is still the owner of the old homestead at Bendithra. The deceased was an exceptionally smart man amongst stock – a speciality of the family – and always lived a quiet and inoffensive life.
ARALUEN-MORUYA MAILS. – The Acting Deputy P.M.G. advises the Hon. Austin Chapman as follows: -- With reference to your communications of 14th August and 21st August last, enclosing a letter from the Eurobodalla Shire Council, Moruya, and Mumbulla Shire Council, Aukland St. Bega, respectively, urging the necessity of the mail service from Braidwood to Moruya, or Araluen to Moruya being carried out by car instead of coach as at present, I have to intimate that the matter has had inquiry and it has been decided to accept the tender of Mr. W. H. McIntosh for the conveyance of mails between Araluen and Moruya by 4 wheeled coach and 2 or more horses, six times weekly for a period of three years from 1.1.18.
BODALLA SALE. R. H. Harvison conducted a clearance sale for Mrs. J. Baldwin at Bodalla on Saturday afternoon last. Owing to the great Patriotic function on the previous day and night, held in the Bodalla Assembly rooms, which was kept going until daylight, the attendance was not as large as would otherwise have been. However, those who did attend bid up smartly and every stick of furniture was cleared out at satisfactory prices. The poultry all sold at excellent prices, but some of the horses had to be disposed of privately at the close of the sale, the bidding not reaching reserve prices. The Baldwin family will leave for Queensland in a few days, carrying with them the esteem and respect of the whole district.
METHODIST EXAMINATION. – The 14th examination in connection with Methodist Sunday Schools was held in August last and the result is now published. The Moruya scholars who sat passed as follows :- Norman Parbery 89, Howard Walsh 69, John Hawdon 83, Ralph Hawdon 68, Jean Walsh 81, Gordon Walsh 73, Enid Linda Walsh 66.
PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. –
Mr. G. Barling has received word that his son Pte. George has been gassed.
We are pleased to state that Messrs. Luck Bros., of Yarraggee, had a big win on the Melbourne Cup.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Baldwin and family, of Bodalla, leave for Boongie, north of Queensland, on Monday next.
The South Coast burglar, although supposed to be a foreigner seems to have the habits of a dingo – sleeps by day and prowls by night – has been reported in the Nambugga locality.
When the war is over flying machines will be as cheap as peanuts, and will take the place of the motor car with people who are not nervy. The cost of running a car is growing every day, while the pace of the aero. keeps down the cost of transport.
London newspapers are puzzled regarding the electrically controlled boat destroyed by British patrols on the Belgian coast. Naval writer suggest that the boat was crewless and was controlled by means of wireless waves from the shore or from aircraft. Electrical engineers are sceptical.
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).