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100 Years Ago - 21st September 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 21 September 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

THE ladies’ committee for the Hospital gift afternoon and ball will meet at the Shire Hall on Thursday next at 3 p.m. A good attendance is kindly requested.

RAINFALL. – On Sunday night we were blessed with a most welcome and refreshing shower, recording 73 points. At Bodalla there was a much heavier fall, the record being 173 points.

SALE OF PROPERTY. – M. and J. O’Reilly, of Cobargo, in conjunction with W. Rixon, of Bega, report the sale of Mrs. Bishop’s Eurobodalla farm of 410 acres to Mr. Alf Richards, of Cadgee.

SUDDEN ILLNESS. – When journeying from Moruya to Sydney a few days ago, Mr. Thos. Emmott was seized with a fainting fit while at Milton. A wire was at once dispatched to his daughter, Matron Emmott, of the Bomaderry Convalescent Home, who at once came to her father’s relief, and, we are pleased to report, he soon recovered sufficiently to proceed on his journey under his daughter’s supervision.

MEDICAL BRAVE. – We are informed per medium of the “Cobargo Chronicle” that Mr. and Mrs. M. Storman’s (jnr) eldest son, Dr. Storman, has donned khaki with the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Corps.

HONOR ROLL. – Mrs. Doyle (nee Hunt) received a wire on Tuesday announcing the sad intelligence that her husband, Private Jack Doyle, had been killed at the front. Pte. Doyle enlisted from Bodalla where he married his now unfortunate widow, who is left with two young children, one being born after his departure for the firing line. Very deep sympathy, in which we join, is expressed for the afflicted widow, who is staying with Mrs. Gibbons, at Mantle Hill.

PRISONER OF WAR. – Through the Australian Red Cross in London, Miss Molloy, of Mogo, has received a splendid post card photo. of her brother Harry, who is a prisoner of war in Germany. On the back of the card her brother has written; - “Deutschland. Here I am, and what do you think of me; don’t look so bad, only a bit older with a grey hair or two. But don’t worry, I will be home some day. The clothes I am wearing are all from the Australian Red Cross in London. Your loving brother, Harry.”

£5 FINE. – Darcy Ross, well known in Moruya as a photographer some few years ago, was fined £5 at Goulburn for inserting an advt. in a local paper stating that he cured certain ailments and failing to sign the same with his Christian and surname.

ALL animals and birds are absolutely protected until 31st December, 1920, with the following exceptions:

  • Rabbits, native dogs, foxes, tiger cats, flying foxes, venomous snakes, domestic pests and parasites; sparrows, starlings, parakeets (including all fruit-eating parakeets), crows, silver eyes, cormorants. The Government has provided a severe penalty for any breach of this regulation.


Mr. Harry Thomson left for Sydney on Thursday morning to meet his son, Private Arthur Thomson, who is expected from the war zone to-day (Saturday.)

Mrs. Swift, daughter of Mr. G. E. Hanscom, received word from the Base Records, Melbourne, to say Pte. William Carnell, late of Moruya, was admitted to Bristol War Hospital gassed on 3rd instant.

Mrs. Smith of Homebush, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kimpton, Deua River, is at present spending a few weeks at her parents’ home. She is accompanied by her husband. Mr. Smith is seeking recovery from the effect of a slight paralytic seizure from which he has been suffering for the past couple of months.


The British attack on the West front began on Wednesday morning and was fully successful. The object was apparently the Siegfried Line, which the British passed in some places.

The Australians carried the Hindenburg line outposts northward of Pontruet.

A Swiss report states that the Germans are evacuating Mulhouse.

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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