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100 Years Ago - September 28th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 28 September 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

COMPULSORY ENROLMENT OF ELECTORS. – The attention of persons eligible for enrolment on the Federal Electoral Roll is drawn to the compulsory provisions of the Act, whereby all persons, male or female, who fail to enrol within the prescribed period of one month, are liable to pay a penalty of £2.

BRAIDWOOD FREEZING WORKS. – Matters are very much mixed between the Directors and Shareholders of the Braidwood Freezing Works at the present time. At a meeting of the Directors held on the 17th instant an offer was made by Messrs O’Brien Bros, of Sydney, to lease the works at £500 per year payable quarterly, which offer was accepted on Tuesday of last week. A meeting of Shareholders was held on Tuesday last when an offer to lease the works for three years at a rental of 20 per cent on the registered capital was accepted from Mr. T. W. Draper. Further developments will be awaited with much interest.

MORUYA FREEZING WORKS. – It is reported that the Moruya Freezing Works have been sold to a Sydney Company. “Things are moving as well as freezing.”

MILL ACCIDENT. – A benchman named Dan Southam, for many years in the employ of Mitchell Bros., saw mill proprietors, Narooma, had his thumb and forefinger completely severed by a circular saw while at work last Friday. Mr. Carl Mitchell had the sufferer at once removed by motor car to Cobargo, where he was attended by Dr. Lister.

MINING. – The Nerrigundah crushing and mining syndicate have purchased Latty Bros.’ battery, and have started removing it to the new site near the village. Sutherland Bros. have a very good show on the road to Bumbo, and are taking in as partners Hattley and Wilson. R. Latty, G. Thomas and Gilbert are getting out stone for crushing at Deep Creek. Jessop Bros. are opening up a big lode formation on Russel’s Range and Guest and party are starting operations on Mount Gurney.

DEATH. – Mr. Richard Piety, a very honourable and highly esteemed half-cast, passed away to the Happy Hunting Grounds on Tuesday last at the residence of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Duran, Newstead, Moruya. Deceased was admitted to the local hospital on Wednesday of last week and on last Sunday was taken to her home by Mrs. Duran where he died on Tuesday from dropsy. He was born at Mullenderree and married Miss Kate Sutton by whom he had 10 children, all daughters, 5 of whom are still living. The funeral took place on Wednesday, conducted by Mr. J. L. Ross, the remains being interred in the R. C. portion of the Moruya Cemetery.


South Coast March to Freedom snared no less than 150 recruits during its march along our beautiful sea-girt dairy farms.

Mr. Arthur Bishop, lately cheesemaker at the Eurobodalla Factory, passed through Moruya on Tuesday en route for Cambewarra, where he takes possession of his recently purchased farm.

Mr. Noman Bate, who recently sold his dairy herd at Double Creek at record prices, has taken a dairy of 186 cows at Narellan.

Mr. Frank Hammond, eldest son of Mr. William Hammond, the popular host of the Cobargo Post Office Hotel, passed his second degree exam in the faculty of medicine.


The Franco-Americans have begun a new offensive in Champaigne.

Haig reports he has successfully continued local operations northward of St. Quentin, and improved our positions slightly northward of Armentiers.

A Hague message says that destroyers seized the German warship Nuremburg in Dutch territorial waters and interned her.

A French eastern communique says that despite fresh reinforcements, German troops were obliged to continue their retreat northward. Strong rear-guards are desperately resisting north-west of Monastir.

The Allies advanced beyond Prelip, progressing towards Krushero on the right wing.

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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