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100 Years Ago - 14th September 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 14 September 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

ROLL OF HONOR. – Christopher Baldwin, son of the late Thomas Baldwin, died in action on July 12th in France, He leaves two brothers and two sisters. One brother, Thomas, is a munition maker in England, the other is J. H. Baldwin of Brogo. They are nephews of Mrs. J. Jenner, Moruya.

HONOR ROLL. – Private Frederick Clarke, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clarke, aged 22 years, paid the supreme penalty in defence of his King and Country through wounds received at the Front on 23/7/18. A wire received by the Anglican Clergyman at Bodalla, Mr. Lewin last week announced the sad news with a request to convey same to the sorrowing parents, to whom we tender our deepest condolence.

Q. C. EXAMINATION. – The Q. C. Examination is to be held on Monday 4th November. Moruya and Bodalla will be centres for the holding of the examination. Teachers have been asked to nominate a local committee to supervise the exam. The members of the committee should not be interested in the success of any of the candidates.

POLICE COURT. – On Wednesday before Mr. O. A. Edwards, S.M., and Mr. T. Flood, J. P., Charlie Ahoy sued Jackey Hoskins for fraudulently appropriating a bicycle. The information was dismissed. David Mison was fined £1 and 6/- costs for supplying milk for profit without being registered. Three charges of assault were withdrawn. A. L. Graham was fined 2/6 and 6/- costs for not having his motor cycle registered. A Sunday trading licence was granted to Miss E. Corbett.

DRIVING ACCIDENT. – While proceeding to Bateman’s Bay on Friday with Mr. Ross’ (undertaker) hearse, the driver, Mr. Bennett, sen, of Gundary, met with painful injuries through the vehicle upsetting, and he being dragged along the road for some distance entangled in the reins. It appears that when descending a hill near the Bay a bolt fell out of the swingle-bar, and the horses increasing the pace the vehicle swerved and upset. Dr. Quilter attended the sufferer, who was brought to his home on the following day, where he is now rapidly recovering.

FUNERALS. – Before going to press we heard that two funerals had taken place in this district on the previous day – one at Nelligen, when the Rev. Mr. Sanders buried an old man named Drury, and the other when the Rev. Mr. Hyde conducted the service at the funeral of an infant daughter of Mr. Innes.

OLD FRIEND GONE. – An old land mark in the shape of the Union Church, erected over half a century ago, at Kiora, did the disappearing trick on Saturday. A number of willing hands set to work and bit by bit the old land mark was levelled to the ground. Underneath the building some old papers were unearthed indicating that the structure had been erected 51 years ago by Messrs E. Walter and Long.


Sir George Reid died yesterday morning.

Byng crossed the Canal below Moeuvres and established points on the east side.

Rawlinson moved his line northward about a thousand yards north of Atilly.

The British crossed the Canal Du Nord, near Havrincourt.

The French launched a heavy attack against the St. Mihiel salient.

The Americans started an offensive between the Meuse and Noselle. They have already captured ten villages.

The “Daily Express” states that the Red Guards tried to seize the Dowager Empress at Yalta. The sailors of the Black Sea fleet intervened. The fighting lasted a week and the Red Guards retreated.

An Amsterdam telegram states that the 25th regiment at Cologne refused to entrain for the front on August 31st. Another regiment refused to coerce their comrades. The authorities summoned the local Cadets who attacked the mutineers with swords but were severely handled, losing eleven killed.

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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