100 Years Ago - May 18th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 18 May 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: A BALL under the auspices of the Oddfellows’ Lodge will be held on 18th June. INTERESTING SIGHT. – A somewhat interesting and novel sight was on view in Campbell St. on Tuesday, when mill proprietor, Mr George Sly’s fine team of 14, mostly shod, well conditioned bullocks pulled up in front of the “Examiner” Office. The bullocks were attached to a wagon loaded with sawn timber for Kiora. FATAL ACCIDENT. – Deep sympathy was expressed for Mr. G. Hanscom on Thursday, when it became know that he had that morning received the sad news that his eldest son, Ollie, had been accidentally killed. It is surmised that he was riding a young horse at Kensington when the fatality occurred. The deceased’s brother, Godfred, at once left for Sydney. REYNARD. – Mr. Charlie Stubbs was a severe poultry loser during the week through the depredations of that cunning fox, Reynard. It appears that on Monday night Mr. Stubbs’ fowl house at Gundary was visited and two fowls killed. On Tuesday night another couple were treated in a like manner, but on the third night Reynard eclipsed his previous tally of two by killing the record number of 19. The fowlhouse on Thursday morning presented the appearance of a shambles, and how the cunning animals – for there must have been more than one on this occasion – entered the yard it is difficult to imagine, as the wall was netted to the height of 8ft. Other poultry owners in the vicinity of West End, Gundary, should now be on the alert. RIVER DREDGING. – WE are pleased to report that the powers that be have at last placed one of their good sand-shifting dredges in the Moruya River. This dredge (Latona) was for some time engaged in the Narooma harbour and subsequently at Bateman’s Bay. At present the Latona is opening up the channel opposite “Kissing Point” and taking the silt out to sea. After she has completed this work she will gradually work up the River, clearing the channel as far as the Steamer’s wharf.

Sutton Veny Camp Wiltshire England 7th March, ‘18 Dear friends, - It was with great pleasure I received your kind and thoughtful parcel which arrived on 4-3- ’18. I can assure you that I am extremely grateful, not only for the value of the present but for the spirit with which I know it was sent. I may add here that we had a splendid trip to England via the Panama Canal. We came to the Canal on the 25th November, it was a beautiful sight, on either side there are mountains upon mountains and the green vegetation is beautiful. On Christmas night we came to Plymouth Sound, England. Next day we disembarked at Devonport and were taken by train to Sutton Veny Camp. It is very cold over here, plenty of snow, slush and mud. We are getting very well fed considering food is scarce. I am keeping in the best of health and will no doubt be in France by the time you receive this letter. With kind regards to all from PTE. FRED CLARKE NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent) At a public meeting held in the School of Arts it was decided to form a cooperative company to establish a quartz crushing battery at Nerrigundah, shares to the amount of £200 were applied for in the hall, and a committee appointed to draw up a prospectus. This is a move in the right direction and will supply what has been needed for many years. It is a well known fact that there are many reefs that will be worked again when the means of treating the stone is available, and it will also encourage prospecting and may be the means of once more reviving gold-mining in the old Gulph. 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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