100 Years Ago 12th October 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 12 October 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

ROLL OF HONOR. – BROOK. – In Loving memory of our dear son and brother, PRIVATE H. BROOK, killed in action in France on October 5, 1917, aged 31 years. Inserted by his loving mother, father, brothers and sisters.

MRS. T. FLOOD. – We are sorry to report that the injury to Mrs. Flood’s arm, which occurred accidentally last week, and which necessitated her removal to Sydney was of much more serious nature than at first surmised. On arrival in Sydney the patient was placed under X-rays, and then operated upon under chloroform, when it was found necessary to open the flesh to the broken bones, which it was imperative to rivet together in silver splints.

STREET STALL. As will be seen by advertisement the local Red Cross Society has been granted permission by the Repatriation Department to conduct a Street Stall every Saturday for three months. The committee therefore decided to open one today (Saturday) on the Shire Hall verandah in Page Street where all patriotic residents are invited to buy their vegetables, cakes, etc. for Sunday, and thus help, as Sergeant Paddy Geoghan said on the War Loan Tank, “the noblest institution in the world.”


Turkey is likely to be over basted by Xmas. She has now sent a peace note through Spain.

Miss Foster, who has been absent for about 12 years, is on a visit to her sister, Mrs. J. Emmott.

Master Phil Carden, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Carden, of the Royal Hotel, a college pupil, was home last week on holidays.

Mrs. H. McGrade (nee Miss Ethel Stormon) who has been on a visit to her parents at Eurobodalla, returned home to Sydney on Tuesday morning.

The baby bonus is to be amended to provide that payment shall be made only in the cases where income does not exceed an amount to be fixed.

Travellers along the road between Moruya and Braidwood are impressed by the number of foxes in evidence. They are causing some discomfort to the sheep-men whose lambs are an easy prey to the pest.

Recent frosts which were much more severe inland than in the Coastal districts have destroyed the prospects for the early stone-fruit crop at Araluen, and those who had their potato paddocks well advanced are doubtful whether the early bird does really catch the worm.

Mr. James Foreman, of Mantle Hill, is recognised as an important institution in town. He looks after your winter fires, the Presbyterian Church and the Mechanics’ Billiard Room, in such a capable manner, that should he marry and retire into private life, he would be very much missed.

The Hon. Austin Chapman, speaking at Eden on Tuesday said he was convinced that as a result of changes that were being brought about by the War, Eden would before long emerge from the condition of isolation in which she had so long be left, and become a port of considerable importance, with railways radiating therefrom to serve the purposes of development and defence.


The German Retreat from Cambrai exceeded fifteen miles in two days.

A quarter of a million Germans are in full retreat on the Cambrai front.

There have been furious Anglo-French attacks for several days past north and south of St. Quentin. They forced a general German retreat in that region.

The French first army pursued the enemy rear guards between the Somme and Aisne, taking prisoners and advanced eight kilometres east of St. Quentin.

TURLINJAH. – (From our Correspondent) The Annual Picnic for the pupils attending the Turlinjah Public School was held at the Coila Park on Friday, the 4th inst. While the children and some of their parents were enjoying themselves with various games, others were having a friendly chat together. The popular and painstaking teacher, Mr. M. Walsh, was here there and everywhere, seeing that everyone had a good time.

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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