100 Years Ago - March 23rd, 1918

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

LONE PIPE BAND. – The Lone Pipe Band of 20 returned soldiers will give one of those highly enjoyable musical entertainments in the Mechanics’ Institute tonight, for which it has been highly eulogised in all parts of the State. Not only is the entertainment a treat, but the object is one that appeals to the heart of every true Australian brother and sister.

EASTER HOLIDAYS. – Don’t miss a comfortable seat in Weatherby’s Motor Cars during Easter to Nowra. Right to the Railway 30/- single, 50/- return. Good cars and experienced drivers.

Cars leaving daily for Nowra. Call and reserve your seat. Weatherby and Lawless and Mann Motor Service.

DIGNAM’S CREEK. – A Dignam’s Creek man had an exciting experience on Monday. He was driving a horse and dray along the road, and suddenly found himself in the midst of a flying swarm of bees. The insects lit on the horse’s head, and began to swarm there, despite the frantic efforts of the driver to dislodge them by vigorous belting with his hat. Ultimately the horse bolted. Two other horses being led behind also received close attention from the bees. When the bolting horses pulled up, an examination showed some 50 or 60 stings on the animal’s head.

TEACHERS’ MEETING. – A meeting of teachers was held at the Public School, Bodalla, on Saturday 16th inst. For the purpose of forming a branch of the N.S.W’s. Teachers Association. It was decided to form a branch to be known as the Bodalla Teacher’s Association, and to affiliate with the head Association. Mr. R. Nixon was elected President and Miss Lynch Secretary. It was decided to invite Mr. Inspector James B.A. to address the teachers on a convenient date. The next meeting will be held on Saturday 20th April. The questions set down for discussion on that date are. “Individual Teaching,” “Methods used to give a reading lesson to a sixth class.”

Mr. B. J. Moran is now agent for Perdrian’s tyres, tubes, etc. Read advertisement.

MINING. Messrs. C. Atfield and Party received a cheque of £97, the net proceeds from 9 tons, 7 cwt, 1 qr, 19 lbs of ore from their claim on the Bega River.

LIFE’S BLOOD. – Pte. David Jones, who one time was driving Otton’s lorry, is a prisoner in Germany. Writing to a Bega friend he urges the people to keep the Red Cross funds going, as it means their life’s blood.

WELCOME HOME. – Attention is called to the welcome home social to be tendered to Private Phil Knight in the Centennial Hall on Monday night. We feel sure that the Moruya public will rally to cheer the boy who “has done his bit.”

COMPLIMENTARY. – Discussing the general merits of a private boarding house, the other day, two well travelled gentlemen asserted that Miss William’s “Vivian Cottage” boarding house in Campbell St. Moruya, was one of the cleanest and best conducted in the State, and the cuisine department, at the price charged, unbeatable. Well done Campbell St.

MEDICAL. – On Monday afternoon, Dr. Marshall, of Bega, held a consultation with Dr. Quilter over Mr. Thomas Donnelly, a patient in the Moruya Cottage Hospital, but, we regret to say, the result was not of a very encouraging nature.

COMPLIMENTARY PICNIC. – Mrs. Norman Gregg, daughter of Mrs. John Emmott, was tendered a complimentary picnic to Congo Heads on Wednesday last by lady members of the St. John’s choir, in recognition of her kindly and gratuitous services as Church Organist.

CLEARANCE FURNITURE SALE. – Special attention is invited to the clearance sale of furniture and effects which is to take place this afternoon at the residence of the vendor, in Evans Street, at 2 o’clock. Mr. Somerset is giving up housekeeping, and besides his furniture – a brief list of which appears in this issue- and effects, his well-known champion Jersey cow, now on her third flushing, and one that we can very strongly recommend, will be sold.

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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