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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

100 Years Ago - October 26th 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 26 October 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

The two year-old son of Mr. Charles Baldwin, of Bodalla, died of pneumonia, and was buried on Monday afternoon.

FREEZING WORKS. – Mr. H. J. Thomson informs us that he has taken over the Bermagui Freezing Works from Mr. Moore. Messrs George Barling and C. Weatherby (a returned soldier brother of Mr. A. H. Weatherby), left on Wednesday for Bermagui, the former to take charge of the engine room and the latter the book-keeping department.

TRUSTEES. – The following have been appointed trustees of the Recreation Ground at Bateman’s Bay; - Messrs. A. H. Annetts, D. F. Mackay, W. P. Bill, A. J. Fenning, W. J. Gorman, E. Lunn and F. W. Ladmore, jun.


British captured 6000 prisoners on Valenciennes front.

A French Eastern communique says the Servians carried Bakovinch Massif, north of Edgalexinatz.

The Allies reached Bor Mines, north-west of Zaitchar.

A Belgian communique says there is great artillery machine gun fire on the whole Belgian front.

The French captured Werghem, Flanders.


Mr. Hugh Costello, of Araluen, died on Monday, aged 80 years.

Miss Fraser, of Tilba Public School, has been transferred to Wolumla.

Loafers and postage stamps are generally stuck on corners.

Miss Mollie Madigan of Braidwood, is on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Bull.

Sergeant Face, of Araluen, is spending his holidays on our salubrious coastal shores.

Mr. Somerset, manager of the Commercial Bank, is an inmate of the local Hospital, through an attack of influenza.

HOSPITAL BALL. – Under the most favorable auspices the annual Hospital Ball took place on Friday night of last week. Considering the very many patriotic calls made upon our people, and the ball being the third dance within a week, there was a splendid attendance. Visitors were present from Bateman’s Bay, Eurobodalla, Narooma and Bodalla.

DETECTIVE WILLIAM ROBERTSON died in Braidwood Hospital on Wednesday through severe injuries to the back and ribs, the result of having been thrown from his horse whilst on Departmental business.

A number of changes are to be made in the administration of the State income tax. One is that Federal and State returns, shall be furnished at the same time, and it is expected the form of the returns will be uniform.

WAR CHEST DAY. – A meeting of the Committee for War Chest Day was held in the Mechanics’ Institute on Tuesday last. Present, Messrs E. J. Egan, (chair) F. Knight, G. Mercer, C. R. Howard, C. Carter, Rev. Sanders, Mesdames Cheesman, De Saxe, Garrad, Allen, Flynn, Mercer, Lawrence, and Miss Coppin and Miss Colefax. The Secretary was instructed to get 100 dodgers printed and distribute them about the district. It was decided to hold a day’s coursing on Sat. 23rd Nov. and a dance at night. The next meeting was fixed for the first Tuesday after Jack’s Day.

ILLNESS. – Mrs. P. Egan, of Bolaro, who is on a visit to her sister, Mrs. T. Daly, of Jembaicumbene, was in a serious condition last week, and a Goulburn doctor was wired for. She is now making satisfactory progress towards recovery. Acute bronchitis was the cause of the trouble.

UNLICENSED SAWMILL. – At the Bulli Police Court, W. R. Jackson was proceeded against by Mr. R. J. Madden, forest ranger, for conducting an unlicensed sawmill on the Bulli Pass. Defendant pleaded guilty and said he was not aware that sawmills had to be licensed. He was fined 10s, with 6s costs and 21s witness expenses.

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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