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100 Years Ago - March 2nd 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 2 March 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

SUDDEN DEATH. – The community was considerably shocked on Friday of last week when it was made known that Mr. Vincent Hawdon, of Mullenderree had been found dead on his bed that day. It appears that Mr. Hawdon, who had been in delicate health for some considerable time, was not seen down from his home on the Thursday, as was his daily custom, and that when the Baker called on the Friday he opened the door and found the poor fellow lying on his bed dead. The Police and Doctor were communicated with and after enquiry found that death was due to natural causes, and that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding it. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. Francis Hawdon of Sydney, and his age was 54 years. He leaves a wife and grown up family.

BURSARIES FOR THE DISTRICT. – We heartily congratulate the following who have succeeded in obtaining bursaries :- George A. Brown and Ivy Milliner from Bodalla Public School: Florence Russell and Jessie Cantlay from the Public School, Turlinjah. These passes mean that these children can attend High schools in Sydney for four years. All text books will be provided free. £30 per annum is granted to the parents for the first and second year, and £40 for the fourth and fifth year. It is a magnificent opportunity for these children, with study and application all the professions are now open to them for a choice. While congratulating the children we extend a word of praise to Messrs. Hogan and Walsh who directed and supervised the children in their studies.

THE Q.C. – Talking of records in connection with the Q.C., this will take beating:- George A. Brown (Bodalla), under 14, has passed the Q.C. on 3 occasions, this time secured a bursary. His sister 11½ (special permission obtained to sit) passed the Q.C. this time. His elder sister got a bursary from the same school and passed the recent intermediate exam with considerable credit. The elder brother has recently matriculated in New Zealand and is at present in the teaching service. Mr. Brown might well be pardoned in feeling a considerable amount of pride in the educational achievements of his children.

WATTLE BARK. – The Department writes to Mr. Chapman: - I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th instant forwarding communication (copy attached) from Francis Riley, J. P. protesting against the prohibition of the exportation of Wattle Bark to New Zealand. 2. In reply I desire to inform you that in view of the shortage of supplies and difficulties experienced by local tanners in procuring quantities sufficient to meet their requirements, it has been decided to restrict the exportation of Wattle Bark until the requirements of the Australian Tanners are met. 3. It is hoped however, that such action will not seriously curtail exports of Wattle Bark to New Zealand.

EMMOTT MEMORIAL. – The Methodist Church was crowded to the doors on Sunday afternoon when Chaplain the Rev. Fred Colwell unveiled the memorial tablet to the late John Emmott.

During the service the Rev. J. A. Walsh offered prayer and read the 91st Psalm, and Mrs Walsh rendered the solo “Only Remembered.”

The tablet is a beautifully carved block of white Italian marble. It is inscribed as follows: - “In loving memory of John Emmott called to higher service July 27 1917 aged 77 years.” This tablet is erected as a memorial of his untiring labors for 55 years as S. S. Superintendent, as well as Trustee, Steward, Lay Preacher and member of the church.

MORUYA 44th ANNUAL SHOW. – The 44th Annual Show of the Moruya Agricultural and Pastoral Society was opened in their picturesque grounds situated in the Moruya Park on Wednesday last. The weather was anything but inviting to holiday makers in the early hours of the morning, the sky being threatening with an occasional sprinkle of rain. As the day wore on however, the rain held off and there were occasional gleams of sunshine. Mrs J. Strahan of the Mynora Orchard made one of the most valuable and attractive displays ever seen in the hall, by her exhibit for “Collection of articles in domestic use.” The exhibit comprised Bottled Fruit, Vegetables and Fish of all descriptions.

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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