100 Years Ago January 26th, 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 26 January 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

ANNIVERSARY DAY (today) – a statutory holiday.

AT WORK AGAIN. – After five weeks’ vacation our district pedagogues have got into harness again and are now hard at work teaching the young how to shoot.

DELAY. – The Moruya Mails which should, as by the former timetable, reach Moruya from south on Saturday night, arrived in Moruya on Tuesday morning, the bag not having been despatched from Tilba. These mistakes are very annoying to the public, especially to persons expecting important correspondence.

QUICK CURE. – Last week Mr. J. J. Heffernan (Yarragee) was so ill that he was not able to move about or even stand up, suffering with severe pains in the back. On Saturday he was taken to Mr. R. Mehl’s private residence for treatment, and on Tuesday the patient called at our office almost as well as ever he was in his life, he said.

Word was received by wire on Thursday that five racehorses were leaving Sydney by boat for Moruya. Amongst these we understand, is old Treacherous and a Derby candidate.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION. – There is sure to be some very great inconvenience experienced by late visitors to our races, as we hear that already most of the Hotels are filled to overflowing.

Mr. Thomas Mitchell, chauffeur of Mr. Harrison’s big eight seater car, has become a great favourite with the travelling public, and being the lucky possessor of a keen eye, steady nerves, and muscular arms makes a driver of the very first water, and is now racing Les Ree for the honour of the South Coast road.

FOXES. – During the week Mr. Jos. Turner, of Mynora, lost nine very valuable fowls which were killed by foxes.

ROLL OF HONOR. – Archdeacon Cassidy and Father McCormack have been informed by the military authorities to the effect that Pte. Robert Francis Molloy, of the 19th Battalion, who was reported missing on May 3rd, 1917, was killed in action on that date. Pte. Robert was the eldes son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Molloy, Bimbimbie. He was enlisted in a bombing school in January but left it to follow and keep with his brother Harry, a Lewis machine gunner who had been drafted into a front line corps, and is now a prisoner of war in Gustrow head camp, Germany. They both visited Scotland and spent a short time with their grandfather and relatives before going to France.

CINDERELLA. – We have great pleasure in drawing attention to the Cinderella dance which has been arranged to take place in the Centennial Hall on the 2nd of next month in aid of the newly established Poultry Club. Miss Kurz (piano) and Mr. Buckley (clarinet) will supply the music and Miss L. Corbett will conduct a refreshment stall in the shape of edibles and delicious cups of tea and coffee. Tickets are very reasonable, 2/6 for gentlemen and 2/- for ladies.


State income tax returns must be made by 6th February next.

Messrs. Egan and Carter, head teachers of Moruya and Dwyer’s Creek schools, respectively – the only pedagogues we have met since the Xmas vacation – are looking vastly improved after their holidays. The former, who was away up as far as Tenterfield for a week or two, has put on half a stone in weight. Both gentlemen give very interesting and instructive incidents of their holiday trip.

Miss Cupitt, of the Public School teaching staff, who has been all the way to Honolulu for her Xmas holidays, returned to Manley on Tuesday and arrived in Moruya by car on Wednesday to resume her duties. Miss Cupitt gives an interesting account of her trip and of some of the wonderful sights of Honolulu, and has promised to supply us with a short report for publication in the “Examiner”.

Nineteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1917 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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