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100 Years Ago May 4th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 4 May 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:


MOLLOY – In loving memory of Robert Francis Molloy, aged 25 years, killed in action at Reincourt on May 3rd, 1917. Beloved oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Molloy and brother of Harry (prisoner of war), Maggie and Jim.

We who love him sadly miss him.

WOOD DAY at the local Hospital next Wednesday.

WELCOME Home to Private Allan Rose on Monday night next.

HOTEL CHANGE. – We understand that the lease of the Hotel Adelaide will shortly be transferred from Mr. T. Mallet to a Mr. King.

PARCELS RECEIVED. – Private Harry Molloy, who is a prisoner of war, writing to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Molloy, of Mogo, says he is working with a German family, and an Englishman and a Victorian are his mates. His treatment at first was not good. Lately he has been receiving his parcels, three having arrived in one day through the Red Cross Society.

ILLNESS. – Mr. Fred Ryan has been on the sick-list for some months from an internal trouble, and acting on the advice of Dr. Quilter left per special car on Monday for admission to Lewisham Hospital, Sydney. The patient was accompanied by his brother, Mr. W. Ryan, of the Club House Hotel.

SHIPPING. – The Illawarra Steam Ship Company intend to place the steamer Eden into commission to replace the Merimbula after 6th May. The steamer will make two trips a week as far as Tathra, leaving Sydney every Monday and Thursday afternoon at 4. On the second trip she will go as far as Eden, leaving there at 7 a.m. every Saturday on the return trip.


Rumours of an enemy secret wireless on the Far South Coast of N.S.W.

Private Alf Colbran was tendered a send-off at Bermagui on Tuesday night.

Mr. R. G. Hassall, of Braidwood, had one of his ribs broken and another cracked, through his horse falling on some rocks when mustering bullocks.

Dr. Kirwin King, an erstwhile resident medico, was among the visiting Masonic brethren on Friday of last week. The Doctor, who resides in Nowra, informed our Rep. that his wife is now a confirmed invalid.

The British leaders were intensely relieved when Bretonneaux was recaptured. Mr. Lloyd George, talking to an Australian, said: “Your men have done magnificent things since they entered the battle, but this is more. It is superb soldiering. “

A movement is being made throughout Australia to secure Liquor prohibition during the period of the war.

A trawler recovered a bale of greasy wool in good condition from the depth of the ocean. It is believed to be part of the sunken steamer Cumberland.

Mr. G. V. Ebsworth, of Bodalla, has taken a place about eight miles from Mudgee. Mr. and Mrs. Ebsworth will leave for their new home within a month or two.

Miss Marjorie Mort, one of the Joint Hon. Secretaries of the N.S.W. division of the Red Cross Society, arrived in Moruya on Tuesday night. She will be the guest of her sister, Mrs. G. V. Ebsworth, of Bodalla, for a month.

Cpl. W. C. Ravaillion of 35th Battalion and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ravaillion of Turlinjah, is officially reported missing since 5th April. He enlisted just 2 years ago, and was seriously wounded at Messines in June last.

WEDDING. – At the Methodist Church, Bateman’s Bay, on Wednesday morning last, a pretty wedding took place, the contracting parties being Mr. C. E. Proctor and Miss May Ladmore. The Church, which had been tastefully decorated with white flowers, was crowded to the door. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a neat cream pencilled serge costume with cream velvet hat to match. Following several happy speeches the usual toasts were cordially honored and the couple left per motor for their future home at Nowra.

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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