100 Years Ago 16th February 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 16 February 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

MEETING of the local Red Cross Society on Tuesday next.

MORUYA SHOW. – Don’t forget that entries for the Moruya Show close TODAY.

WORKS COMMITTEE. The Show Works Committee meet tonight at the Shire Hall.

ILLNESS. – Mr. T. Donnelly, of Gundary, took suddenly ill during the week and was removed to the local hospital.

HOSPITAL. – A meeting of the Committee of the local Hospital was held on Thursday night, a report of which will appear in the next issue.

THE WEATHER. – after a scorching hot day on Tuesday a cold southerly came up on Wednesday with intermittent light showers, lasting up until the time we went to Press yesterday.

MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY. – Before Mr. C. F. Howard J. P. a Magisterial inquiry was held on 6th February, concerning the death of Mrs. Macartney-Noake, who was killed in the motor-car accident on the Moruya-Bodalla road on that day.

Michael Keating, Sergeant of Police, duly sworn, said: “I reside at Moruya. On 6th February 1918, I proceeded about 2 miles along the Moruya-Bodalla road to the spot where a motor car accident occurred, and there saw the body of a woman lying on the side of the road near the fence, which I recognised as that of Mrs. Ada Isabelle Macartney-Noake. I saw Mr. Macartney-Noake, husband of the deceased and several other persons who had been passengers in the car. I saw Miss Jermyn and asked her if she though anything had gone wrong with the steering gear. She said “No, the car was running all right, but I think Mother, who was driving, must have lost her nerve.” I saw the tracks of the car some 150 yards back, and by the tracks the car appeared to have been swerving from side to side of the road. It appeared as though the driver had lost control. The other persons in the car escaped with slight injury. The car was only slightly damaged and was in a fit condition to be driven back to Moruya. The deceased had a large wound across the right temple and it appeared as though the neck was broken. Mrs Jermyn was driving the car. Miss Cathlene and Miss Beryl Jermyn, Mrs. Robert Dawson, Rev. Martney-Noake and his son John were also in the car beside the deceased.”

A verdict of accidental death was returned.

NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent.) The parents and children of Cadgee are to be congratulated on their good fortune in having such a refined young lady as Miss Bishop appointed to take charge of the Forest Home School, and they appear to be alive to the fact, as on, Saturday 19th January a social welcome was tendered to Miss Bishop in the Nerrigundah School of Arts. Mr. J. Pollock occupied the chair and spoke in eulogistic terms of the Bishop family and of the high esteem in which they are held by all who had the pleasure of their acquaintance, and also of the patriotic sacrifices endured by a fond mother in the loss of two sons at the front. Miss Bishop is a native of the district and received her education in the best school of its size in the state under that talented teacher Mrs. Johnston, of Eurobodalla. Mr. Arthur Bishop replied on behalf of his sister.

NERRIGUNDAH AS A DAIRYING DISTRICT. It has often been remarked by visitors that there is no better district in Australia than Nerrigundah for fruit growing, and the following will show it is equally good when the land is cleared for dairying. Mr. S. Lake is milking eleven cows and his cheque from the factory for December is £34/17/11, besides this Mr. Lake sold to a local customer six shillings worth of milk during the month making a total of £35/3/11, equal to something over £2/5/9 per cow.

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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