100 Years Ago - June 1st 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 1 June 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

TWO bullock drivers wanted.

150 HEAD of cattle for sale by auction on 10th instant.

RIFLE PRACTICE will be held on the Moruya rifle range this afternoon (Saturday.)

The manager of the Freezing Works is now prepared to buy rabbits in any number.

NICE GIRL. – A guessing competition to decide the nicest girl in Bateman’s Bay, which took place in conjunction with the Bateman’s Bay Red Cross effort on Saturday, was won by the “nicest girl I know,” Miss Edna McGee of the Bay View Hotel.

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. – Constable Lawrence, of this station, spent last week in the southern portion of the Moruya Police District testing the legality of weights and measures used by the business people of Tilba, Narooma, Wagonga, Cadgee, Nerrigundah, Bodalla and Bergalia. Mr. R. Knight drove the inspector and his testing paraphernalia during the trip, which lasted about a week. The business people concerned paid the carriage of the testing implements, it being more to their advantage to do so than bring theirs to Moruya.

MARRIAGE. – A quiet marriage was consummated in the R. C. Church on Monday night when Mr. Frank Knight, second son of Mr. R. Knight was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Nellie Newman, assistant at the “Working Man’s Store.” Immediately after partaking of refreshments the happy couple left on their honey moon, going as far as Bateman’s Bay that night by special car, and on to Sydney on the following day. The contracting parties are well known and respected in Moruya, and the “Examiner” wishes to them every happiness and prosperity.


Mr. Maltby, a returned soldier, has taken Mr. Pell’s place in the local Commercial Bank. The genial manager, Mr. Somerset, should now enjoy sweet repose, as the Bank’s cash will be well protected.

Miss Jean Keating, who has been spending a pleasurable holiday with relatives and friends at Randwick and on the mountains for the past few weeks, returned home last week looking quite chic.

The quail season opened on 15th instant, since which time Mr. A. W. Constable, the “Examiner’s” artistic printer, and a gun and pointer enthusiast, in company with the Rev. Father McCormack – a real true sport- bagged 46 brace and is still going strong

Mr. A. Keith, Moruya’s esteemed Postmaster, who has been on a three week’s holiday in the west, primarily to visit his mother, who is of advanced age, has returned to work like a lion refreshed with new wine and a living proof of the beneficial effects of a change of air.

NERRIGUNDAH. (From our Correspondent)

On Friday last a little girl aged two years and seven months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jessop was lost in the bush.

About midday the child was playing in the back yard and when Mrs. Jessop went to call her to dinner she was not to be found. The alarm was given to the few who were in the village, it being almost deserted as all who were able to get away went to Eurobodalla to patronise the “Red Cross” sports. Soon a search party was made up and the little tracks were picked up going towards the Rifle Range, the country surrounding being very rough and scrubby. As people returned from the sports the search party increased in numbers, and although the bush was scoured in all directions throughout the whole night, it was not until eight o’clock next morning that the little wanderer was found by her father and uncle, W. Jessop, upwards of a mile away from her home on the range behind the rifle butts, she appeared to have just awoke from her sleep and was none the worse for her night out, although it was a bitterly cold night in the valley.

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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