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100 Years Ago - June 8th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 8th June 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

TENNIS. – A Tennis match between Moruya and Mogo tennis clubs will take place on 15th inst. on the Moruya Mechanics’ Court.

MECHANICS’ READING ROOM. – Complaints have reached us that certain papers and pamphlets are regularly purloined from the table of the Mechanics’ Reading Room, conspicuous among them being the Moruya “Examiner”. We are not in the least surprised to hear this report, as we know there are certain individuals who would walk to Mogo and back and stay up all night if it would ensure their snaking the “Examiner” rather than be patriotic enough to pay for it and support local industry.

Moruya won the Braidwood Sock challenge despite the decision of the local knitting class to turn the scheme down.

Our Lady Editor was the recipient of many hearty congratulations from her numerous lady friends and admirers in the district when it became known that she had won the “Carmichael Sock Challenge,” as thoughtfully issued to her by the patriotic Lady Editor of the Braidwood “News.”

MISS P. Bishop and Mr. P. Hoolahan of Moruya, were married at Newtown on Saturday last. Report next issue.

SHOOTING ACCIDENT. – On Saturday last a son of Mr. H. South, of the Araluen road, Braidwood, was accidentally shot through the leg by another lad named Rees Doherty, whilst rabbit shooting, owing to the charge exploding whilst the breech was being closed. The unfortunate lad was only a few yards away from the gun’s muzzle, and, consequently, received the whole of the compressed charge, which caused a terrible gash, which bled copiously.


Lieut. Harry Carr, of the Flying Corps, who will be remembered by many when he was in the Post Office at Araluen and afterwards at Bateman’s Bay, is reported killed.

Sergt. A. W. Burns, son of the late Mr. Crayton Burns, of Mullenderree, and formerly of Wollongong recruiting staff, was married at Willoughby on Wednesday, to Miss Jessie Holmes. Sergt. Burns will again take up duties in the Illawarra district in connection with recruiting.

WEDDING. – A quiet wedding was solemnised on Monday evening 27th May, by the Rev. Father McCormack, the contracting parties being Miss Helen Maud Newman and Mr. Francis Knight, both of this town. The bride looked charming in a handsome cream permo tailored costume with blue panne tam hat, she carried a gold-mounted prayer book. The bridesmaids were Miss Dolly Nomchong, of Braidwood, and Miss Agatha Chewing, the former wearing a light grey gabardine tailored costume, hat en suite, and the latter white China silk bolero suit, both carrying sheafs of lilies and asparagus fern with blue tulle streamers. Mr. Bert Chewing attended the bridegroom. The happy couple motored to the Bay en route to Kiama and Sydney where the honeymoon will be spent.

BODALLA CORRESPONDENT WRITES: – Friday evening May 31st a very successful Ball was held in aid of Red Cross Day. The floor was in excellent order and everything passed off successfully. First class music was provided by Lipscombe Bros. and H. Desclen. Mr S Wrightson gave every satisfaction as M.C. Miss Marjorie Mort, secretary of the Red Cross Society was present and explained the work of the Red Cross both at home and abroad. The proceeds amounted to about £20.


Private Roy Curtis, who was home on final leave, was accorded a farewell social in the Eurobodalla School of Arts on the 29th May. Considering the shortness of the notice, the hall was packed with his many friends. When it became known that Mr. Curtis had only two days to spend among his people willing hands set about the decorations of the room which soon presented a pretty appearance. Mr. P. J. Coman was chairman, and in a few well-chosen words introduced the guest of the evening. Messrs Arthur Bishop and John Ryan said a few words in praise of our young friend, who very suitably responded. Private Curtis was presented with a wristlet watch and a money belt and other articles of comfort.

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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