Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 29 December 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
PTE. Harry Molloy, of Mogo, is still ill in a German detention camp. Nothing has yet been heard of his brother Robert.
AN OLD IDENTITY. – The mortal remains of Mr. Tipping, an old and respected resident of Benandra, “East Lynn,” was laid to rest in Bateman’s Bay last Friday, 21st inst. Mr. Tipping had reached the 74th milestone. In the absence of the C. of E. clergyman the service was read by Mr. Alfred Annetts. After life’s weary fever he sleeps well.
DEATH OF MR. “BATTY” CASEY. – Just as we were going to Press we received the sad news that Mr. Bartholomew (Batty) Casey, an old and respected resident of Mogo, had passed away at 1 p.m. on Thursday. “Batty,” as he was best known, had passed the 82nd milestone before the grim Reaper called. He was a Sydney side native, and came to Mogo as a young man, attracted by the call of gold. His was a most strenuous life, from gold to timber and from timber to gold: even up to a few months ago he was still working among the timber. Truly his was a remarkable life. His father was one of the four who mysteriously disappeared at Bermagui. Mr. Casey, who was quite sensible to the moment of death was attended by the Reverend Father Musgrave, who administered the last Sacrament. His wife died some 8 years ago. A large family of boys and girls mourn their loss.
PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. –
The results of the annual examinations in connection with the University of Sydney have been issued. Congratulations to N. A. Lawler, and E. A. Storman (Eurobodalla) who received their first degree in the Faculty of Medicine. Miss Electra Rankin passed her first year exam, in arts.
Miss Ravaillion, who met with a serious accident through her horse bolting some time ago, Left for Sydney on Xmas morning in Lawless and Manns’ car. Dr. Quilter advised this as the limb was badly fractured.
Mr. Lynch and party are having a hard battle with the inflow of water at their alluvial claim at Mogo. Many years ago the Cabbage Tree Creek at Mogo was prospected with good results. They are only a few feet from the bottom. A few weeks of hot weather would materially assist the party to combat the water difficulty.
“Teddy” Riley and his car are going to be busy on New Year’s Day. A party of sports from Moruya and Turlinjah are going to Bega for the races. He expects to leave here at 5.30 a.m. on Tuesday and to arrive at Bega at 9.30 a.m. This will be smart going, but if “Teddy” says it can be done, well, no argument is necessary.
Miss Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ross, and Miss Izzie Weatherby are home on a visit to their parents. Miss Weatherby is accompanied by a lady friend.
We have received the following postcard from Eva Mylott Gibson:- “My very best wishes to you all and all friends for a very happy Xmas and many new years. From your old friend, Eva Mylott Gibson.”
The news has been received in Braidwood that Private Henry Miller, son of Mr. Frank Miller, formerly of Bodalla, but recently of Mackellar Street, Braidwood, has been killed in France. This soldier sailed only last January, and had not spent many months in the trenches when he was killed. Deepest sympathy is felt for his relatives.
OUR BATHING HOLE. – Surely the powers that be should do something for the bathers who make use of the swimming hole just below the town wharf. During the hot days of the early summer, and more especially during the holidays this bathing place has been well patronised. What is urgently required is that some accommodation should be provided for the bathers to change costumes. You cannot get much privacy behind a sleeper or an empty petrol tin. This should appeal to Mr. H. J. Thompson, Councillor for A Riding.
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).