100 Years Ago - 17th Nov 1917

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 17 November 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

PRESBYTERIANS kindly note that their cattle donations for the Church Fund will be sold at Kyla on 21st inst. Or if more convenient at the next Moruya Sale.

RETURNED. – Private “Joe” Kelly of Mynora, Moruya, who lost a leg in defence of his King ad Country, has returned to Sydney, where he was met by his brother, Mr. James Kelly.

SPECIAL CAR. – E. Riley’s special car will leave the “Examiner” Office today (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. for Bateman’s Bay Sale. A couple of seats still open for booking.

RAINFALL. – The total rain for Moruya from 1st of this month until the 16th was 225 points. For the corresponding period of last year there were only 125 points, but the remainder of the month added 409 points.

CONSCRIPTION. – The Prime Minister, Mr. Hughes, announced his Conscription Scheme at Bendigo on Tuesday night, making the issue a vital one.

Voluntary enlistment is to continue.

Reinforcements are required at the rate of 7000 a month

Compulsory reinforcements will be called up by ballot to the extent to which voluntary reinforcements fail to supply this number.

The ballot will be from single men only between the ages of 20 and 44 years, including widowers and divorcees without children dependent on them.

DEUA RIVER. – (From our Correspondent.)

Miss Lizzie Nevin, now a resident of Pambula, is visiting relatives here.

Mr. “Alf” Binns, of Sydney, expects to reach Snaphook today (Saturday) on a visit to his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kimpton.

Mr. “Billy” Coman of Merricumbene, has been notified that his second son, Corporal William Coman, was killed in action in France on October 11.

The winsome Miss May Hickey, of Reidsdale, whose marriage with Mr. Brown, of Queanbeyan, took place in Braidwood on Wednesday, has many admirers here, who unanimously wish her a long and happy wedded life. Mr. Brown, her husband, is a member of the Police Force, and is stationed in Queanbeyan.

Rain has come at last, and everything in the garden is looking lovely. The farmers, who, before the rain came, were growing pessimistic, are now both bright and cheerful, willing to face anything with alacrity.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent).

For the “Church of England Australian Fund for Soldiers” voluntary collectors have been busy in and around Narooma and District, collecting among the members of the Church of England for the above fund.

The crossing at this port has for some time been in a bad condition, rendering navigation difficult, and owing to the heavy range caused by rough sea on the bar on Saturday last it became shoaled right across, and in consequence the s.s. Wee Clyde became aground on it. Notwithstanding the fact that she was only half loaded, every endeavour to get her over proved futile, until on Tuesday morning at top of high water and a fair tide she was floated off, when she crossed out for Sydney.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Fuller, of “Island View,” Narooma, have just received official word that their son, Private Walter H. Fuller, of the Rifle Club Battalion, who was on active service, is missing.

EUROBODALLA SHIRE. – The monthly meeting of the above Shire last week was attended by Crs. D. Hutchison (chair), J. and H. J. Bate and J. Sebbens.

The President reported satisfactory examination of books, the ledger being posted to date.

Seven applications for the position of leading hand on Wagonga road were received and after due consideration Mr. Richard Smith of Wagonga was appointed to the position.

PETITIONS. From S. Veitch and others, objecting to the water frontage at Bateman’s Bay being occupied under permissive occupancy to the detriment of the public. Resolved to enter a strong protest against the granting of the application. It was also resolved to apply for a special lease of the land in question for the benefit of the general public.

From R. Somerset and others asking that a portion of the Moruya River be closed against net fishing. Referred to the next meeting for consideration.

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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