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100 Years Ago - 10th August 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 10 August 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

A KINK. – The iron telegraph poles extending along the full extent of the Moruya Bridge, which were completely bent over the side of the bridge by the late Westerly winds, have since been raised to the perpendicular by Line-Repairer Doyle and made fast by strong wires, but unfortunately each post exhibits a nasty kink in its uprightness .

THIRTEEN points of rain were recorded at Moruya for the 24 hours ended 9 a.m. yesterday (Friday.)

THE WEATHER. – Beautiful mild showery weather is now the order of the day, and in the consequent absence of frosts, a nice spring in the grass is perceptible.

THREE hundred thousand Australians have gone forth to fight. Their cost to Australia is seven millions a month.

NERRIGUNDAH. – The Secretary, Mr. J. Jessop, invites tenders on behalf of the Nerrigundah Gold Mining and Crushing Syndicate for the removal of the Tin Pot battery to the syndicate’s mining tenement at Nerrigundah.

AFTER 46 YEARS. – Mrs Blamey (nee Miss Ellen Williams), third daughter of Mrs. P. Williams, and sister of Miss H. Williams, of Campbell St. and a native of the town, after an absence of 46 years, accompanied by her husband, visited her old home last week. After conducting a profitable business in Sydney for some years Mr. and Mrs. Blamey purchased a valuable landed property on the Dorrigo, where they made good and reared an excellent family, all of whom are now settled, prosperous and happy.

DEATH. – The sudden death of Mrs. Sebbens, wife of Mr. W. Sebbens, took place at Braidwood last week, whilst Mr. Sebbens was engaged at the Moggendoura saw mill.

MECHANICS INSTITUTE. – The following gentlemen were elected as officers for the Moruya Mechanics’ institute for the ensuing year: - R. L. Dawson, President; C. T. Howard and W. Jermyn, Vice Presidents; W. Jermyn, Hon. Treasurer; C. Carter, Hon. Secretary; A. F. Emmott and Rev. E. Henderson, Hon. Auditors; Billiard Committee, Messrs C. Carter, C. deSaxe, F. Knight, G. H. James, and J. C. Hull. It was also decided to have the fences and minor repairs attended to.


Mr. Howard Trapp of Central Tilba, and Miss Vera Olsen, of Corunna, were married on Saturday last.

Dead, at the age of 96, Mr. F. Halliday, father of the Chairman of the Moruya Land Board. He was one of the first diggers on the Ophir gold rush.

358 returned soldiers have been allotted farms in New South Wales, while a total of 1603 have been allotted in the Commonwealth out of 4765 applications.

Mrs. Simpson, of Gundary, after an absence of three or four months in Queensland, has returned accompanied by her sister, Mrs. D. Davis, of Bananaland, both ladies looking charming.

Twelve months ago organised labor endeavoured to hold up the community by a general strike to gain their ends. To-day the beef cattle kings are playing the same game by withholding supplies. – Shoalhaven “News.”

LATEST TELEGRAMS. – (From our Sydney Correspondent.)

Haig reports that the British and French armies attacked a wide front eastward and south-eastwards of Amiens at dawn on Thursday with satisfactory progress. Later the Franco-British advanced 4000 yards between Moseuil and Morlancourt.

Repington estimates the German casualties at over a million this year to the end July, which is greater than Britain and France combined.

The following letter was received by Mrs. W. Morris, of “Ethelbert,” Narooma, from her nephew, Lieut. Arthur Davison: -

France, 24/4/18

I’m sure I don’t know how to start this to you although you will have heard of dear old Charles’ death long before this arrives. After the last three weeks turmoil to hear about him this evening has made everything look dreary and I feel as if the last link with home had snapped. It happened on the morning of the 7th. Their battalion was attacking a wood and while crossing an open space Charlie was wounded in the arm. He turned round saying “This will do me for an issue” when a M. gun caught him in the back. His officer told me to tell you how splendidly he behaved in the attack and also how everyone in his Coy had a good opinion of him.

Your loving nephew ARTHUR

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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