100 Years Ago Nov 9th 1918
Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 9 November 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society: RECRUITING. – Sergeant Healy, Recruiting Officer in charge of the South Coast division, passed through Moruya during the week. This popular officer informed us that he has received instructions from Melbourne not to slacken his efforts in the matter of securing fresh recruits, as they will be required before peace terms have been concluded MASONRY. – During the year, Moruya centre has been honoured in having two of the brethren raised to the rank of Inspector of Works. Our worthy townsman Mr. C. Cheesman has been made Inspector of Works on the South Coast his district as far as Pambula. Mr. R. Nixon (Bodalla) has been appointed Inspector of Works for the Royal Arch Chapters of the South Coast. WAKE UP AUSTRALIANS. – Australia must buck up – not when the war is over – now, right now, is the time to be up and doing. Otherwise we will miss our opportunity. We must have industrial development and we must call in scientific investigation to our commercial aid. Look at the rapid strides Japan has made of late years? She has voted £800,000 for the establishment of the dye industry. Japan was the first country in the world to establish a chair for aeronautics at its University. America is also spending enormous sums of money on scientific research. What are we doing in this respect? BODALLA SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOR. – We are informed that the number of tickets already sold for the Grand Ball at Bodalla on 6th Dec. in aid of the Roll of Honor indicate that a financial success is assured. To ensure a social success all that is now required is that Jupiter Pluvius will behave himself on the night of the function. DEATH. – Widespread sorrow was experienced throughout the district on Tuesday when it became known that Mrs. McIntosh had died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. Flanagan, Mullenderree, at the age of 67 years. Only last week the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh was destroyed by fire, the shock of which undoubtedly hastened the unfortunate lady’s death. Deceased who was the daughter of the late Mr. J. Boyd of Araluen was beloved by all who knew her, being of a exceptionally kind and sympathetic nature, always willing and ready to assist in time of need. Deceased leaves four sisters and six brothers, as well as a sorrowing husband, son and daughter. The funeral took place on Thursday, the large cortege testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased lady was held. LATEST CABLES. – It is officially reported that Germany signed armistice. Hostilities ceased at 2 o’clock. It has since been officially denied. The entire navy revolted.The Americans continue to press on the Verdun front.The Germans are rapidly retiring, fighting rear-guard actions. The Germans set Sedan afire during the retreat. The Americans captured Sedan. Four German delegates arrived at British headquarters to interview Foch.The whole German navy has revolted. A general strike has been proclaimed at Kiel, where the Governor and Admiral Stuchon have been imprisoned.The Red Guards seized the food supplies.“Politiken” says a revolution has broken out in Hamburg, where street battles have caused many deaths. A New York message says that the Washington State Department has not yet received official confirmation of the signing of an armistice.Germany demands that Russia gives guarantees against the Bolshevik’s propaganda in Germany.Large numbers of Servian prisoners are returning to their own country, assisted by the Hungarian population.French troops occupy the Danube near Orsova THE WEATHER. – On last Friday Moruya was visited by a thunderstorm which recorded 49 points of rain. The weather has since been very pleasant, and at times there are very hopeful signs of a further substantial downpour. 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).