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100 Years Ago: July 6th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 6 July 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: GOING NORTH. – Mr. George Robb, Auctioneer and Storekeeper, of Mogo, whose business and private premises were totally destroyed by fire some short time ago, is removing his family to Nowra where he intends settling down, probably on the land in the capacity of a dairy man, as he is the fortunate possessor of a few thousand pounds. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Robb – who recently had a son killed in the war- and family health and prosperity in their new home. BIG FISH HAUL. – On Monday last Mr. Dennis netted in one haul from Coila Lake the phenomenal weight of 1070 lbs of Jew fish, some weighing to 15 lbs. This big catch was at once brought into the Freezing Works in Moruya, and being of the value of 4d per lb to the fisherman, Mr. Dennis made a very good day’s wages. JERVIS BAY RAILWAY. – The Shoalhaven “News” states: That with the certain developments at Tuggeranong, the selected site for the Commonwealth arsenal in the Federal Capital area, a big impetus will be given to the Yass-Canberra to Jervis Bay railway. BALL. – The Grand United Order of Oddfellow’s ball, held on Friday night, was a very successful and enjoyable function. There was a was a very fair attendance, and with the best of music by our champion musicians, Miss Kurz and Mr. J. Buckley, and a courteous Master of Ceremonies in the person of Mr. J. Graham. Brothers George Mercer and the Secretary, Leo Walker, had charge of the outer door, and Brother H. W. Luck officiated as ticket taker at the inner door. CINDERELLA DANCE. – In our last issue we omitted to mention that the Poultry Club held a very nice Cinderella dance on the night of their annual show. The attendance was fair, considering the severity of the cold at this season of the year, and one and all had a good time. Mr. J. R. Milne, as usual, ably filled the position of M.C., and the music being supplied by Miss Kurz and Mr. Buckley, there was nothing wanting that could contribute to the enjoyment of the devotees of Terpsichore. THE SHIRE COUNCILLORS have decided to repair the wash away near the Company’s Store and Wharf at an estimated cost of £20; the Illawarra Co. and Sir Allen Taylor to bear an equal share of the cost.THE local steamer from Sydney, came whistling up the Moruya River at 3.30 yesterday morning. We can imagine the loveable things said by the local agent as he turned out of his warm nest at Gundary into the frosty night. NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent.)The prospectus of the battery being established here by a local syndicate has already made a stir. Several parties are out prospecting and Jessop Bros. are on good stone in their claim.A Progress Association has been formed. The roads around the village have been put in good order, new gates erected on the northern section, and dangerous places filled in on the southern road. Our energetic townsman, Mr. W. Wallace, has removed from North’s Creek and purchased a more commodious residence in the centre of the township, where he will have a better opportunity of looking after the public’s interest.A tennis club has been formed and the old court repaired, and a good number of members attend regular practice. Some of our neighbouring clubs may soon expect to receive a challenge.We are sorry to hear that Private Gilbert Jessop, who was one of Nerrigundah’s best cricketers, and known on the oval as “Toots,” has been gassed and taken as a prisoner of war.Private Alf Crapp, whom we reported some time back as having enlisted for Home defence, as it was found that he was over the prescribed age for Service Abroad, has now re-enlisted, this time for the A.M.C. and will sail on the 9th of the month. 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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