Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 9 March 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
TENDERS. – Tenders for the carriage of milk by motor launch to the Narooma Co-operative Dairy Factory, on Wagonga River, is called for by Mr. Cecil T. Costin, of Kianga, in this issue.
OUR SOLDIERS. – The many friends of Private Charles Harper, Ashfield, son of Mr. C. A. Harper, surveyor, will be sorry to hear that he has been ill for some time past, in the hospital, suffering from trench fever. He was attached to the A.A.M.C. and saw service in the battlefields of France, being closely associated in the work of Dr. Eric Hutchinson, also a well-known Sydney man. Private Harper’s brother, Oswald, who was wounded seriously at Bullecourt, returns shortly to Australia.
MARRIAGE. – Mr. Thomas Mallett, licensee of the Hotel Adelaide, Moruya, and Mrs. Fennell (nee Miss Boland) of Ashfield, Sydney, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony on Monday last in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, by the Rev. Father P. J. Murphy. The happy couple returned by Harrison’s motor car on Tuesday night, and were met and welcomed by the Manager, Staff and a number of friends. The bride will be remembered as Miss Boland, a popular assistant teacher at the Moruya Public School and a high class elocutionist and entertainer at public and private functions in the district.
EXPECTED HOME. – Pte. Phil Knight is expected to arrive in Sydney next week. His mother intends going to Sydney to meet him.
NEW BAKERY. – By our business columns it will be seen that a new bakery has been established here. Messrs. P. Connors and L. Hogan have opened one in Queen St., on the site of Tier’s old place, and are prepared to sell at 3½d per loaf for cash and 4d booked.
DEATH. – A sad death occurred at Tilba on Saturday night when Miss Adelaide McGregor, daughter of Mr. Charles McGregor of Brogo, died after a few hours illness. Deceased had been living at Tilba with Mrs. Flower, and on Saturday afternoon was playing tennis at Mrs. Endicott’s residence, when she complained of being ill. Dr. Lister was summoned at at 10 o’clock the patient was asleep and apparently so well that the occupants of the house retired. At 3 a.m. on Sunday it was discovered that Miss McGregor had died in her sleep.
This locality has been favored with an excellent summer season. The abundant rainfall spoilt many of the fruit crops, but the magnificent vegetable growth has more than compensated for the loss. Prime apples are selling at 2d a dozen and other fruits at corresponding rates. The corn crops are looking well but those on low-lying land have a somewhat knock-kneed appearance due to heavy rains and being for some time partially submerged.
PATRIOTIC. – A public meeting was held here on the 16th at which a strong committee was formed for the purpose of carrying out a series of fortnightly dances in aid of the Lord Mayor’s and other patriotic funds. It was also decided to hold a day’s sport on Easter Monday with a ball and euchre tournament at night. A good programme has been drawn up and a substantial sum should result.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. – On Sunday last, 24th, a man known as “Bolaro Mick” in the employ of Mr. F. Egan, attempted to shoot himself with a small revolver. On the afternoon of that date he retired to his bedroom, and placing the revolver close to his head, inflicted a wound at the back of his ear. Apparently the bullet failed to penetrate and rebounded from the skull. The wounded man seemed to experience little inconvenience and in the evening set about his ordinary duties. Mesdames F. and J. Egan were alone in the house at the time, with the exception of their children, but they secured the revolver and attended to the wounded man. Constable Johnson was phoned for and went out at once by car and brought the man into town. The next day he appeared before Mr. Webber, J.P. and was sentenced to one month in Goulburn gaol.
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