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100 Years Ago - Feb 23rd 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 23 February 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

TO LET. – Mr. Costin advertises for lease, in this issue, the grass paddock at Coila known as R. Mort’s.

MOROYA SHOW. – Given fine weather the Moruya Annual Show of 1918, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday next, will be a successful and pleasant function.

UNVEILING TABLET. – At 3 o’clock tomorrow, (Sunday), Captain Chaplain Rev. Fred Colwell will conduct a special service in the Moruya Methodist Church, when he will unveil the tablet to the memory of the late Mr. John Emmott.

INVALIDED HOME. – The many friends of Pte. Phil Knight will be pleased to hear that he is returning. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Knight, received a cable on Tuesday to say that after some months in Hospital in England suffering from wounds, their brave young son had been invalided home.

SCHOLASTIC. – At the recent Intermediate Examination Albert Fraser, a Bursar from the Eurobodalla Public School, and now at Ford Street Secondary School, secured a brilliant pass, getting A in English, History, Geography, Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Chemistry and Physics; and B in French, Business Principles and shorthand. Mrs Johnston was successful in passing five pupils at the Qualifying Certificate Examination; Gladys Reed, Norah Storman, Stanley Reed, Alohonsus Love, and Bertie Curtis.

WEDDING. – A fashionable and very pretty wedding, which was the centre of great interest throughout the district, was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Cobargo, on Tuesday, 12th February. The contracting parties were Mr. John Francis Collins, oldest son of Mrs. J. J. Collins, “Ferncliffe,” Candelo, and Miss Florence May Tarlinton, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Tarlinton, “Fairview,” Cobargo. The Rev. Father E. Hanrahan performed the sacred ceremony, and also celebrated the Nuptial Mass (which was fully choral).

The Moruya River, westerly from the town bridge has been closed against net fishing for five years.

DEUA RIVER. – (From our Correspondent.)

The Araluen traction engine, which was proceeding to Moruya laden with scrap iron, etc., broke through the road near Half-Way-House on Sunday. By means of jacks it was raised on Tuesday and resumed the journey, but had only got as far as the Half-Way-House when it again went amiss. This time the shaft was broken.

Mr. S. Kimpton, jnr., of Merricumbene, claims to have eased the “Bookie” of twenty five “pun” notes as a result of the Moruya races. Evidently he is “in the know.”

Mr. J. Kimpton of Nowra was here on Tuesday. He is a son of our old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Kimpton of Snaphook.

The Snaphook sluicing claim is said to be “the best of good things.” It’s rumoured that for the month of December it won 125 ounces of gold. I wonder if this is correct. Anyhow the venture is being run by men who are as reticent as a mute.

Cooper’s Creek is growing in popularity as a lover’s resort. It’s a common thing to see lots of the dear children playing and giving each other the glad eye there. Ask Len!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM THE FRONT. – To Miss Brown, Secretary Bergalia and Turlinjah Comforts Fund.


Dec. 20th, 1917.

To Miss Brown, - I received the parcel sent by the residents of Bergalia and Turlinjah and I can assure you that I appreciated both the kindness that prompted the sending and the parcel itself, the contents were all that a soldier could wish for. The cake was (tres bon), French for very good, we all say tres bon over here. The weather is not tres bon just now it’s cold, my sock were frozen to the side of the tent this morning and my boots are frozen hard as rocks every morning, and we have to screw big spikes called frost cogs into the horses shoes so they can stand up on the roads, for every scrap of mud and earth is frozen hard as rocks and slippery as glass, some cold believe me. Will you please thank the residents of Bergalia and Turlinjah for me. Remember me to them all and with best regards to yourself. I am yours faithfully.


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 (

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