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100 Years Ago - 23rd Nov 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 23 November 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

SHIPPING. – Owing, we understand, to the sailors keeping up the Victory jubilations in Sydney, last week, the Moruya steamer due on Friday, did not arrive until Sunday morning – a serious loss to local fruiterers and other business men.

C. E. THANKSGIVING SERVICE. – The Rev. G. A. Sanders, minister in charge, conducted a Thanksgiving Service in St. John’s Church, Moruya, on Tuesday 12th inst. There was a very good attendance and the collection on the occasion was given to the Church of England Australian Fund for Soldiers Overseas, in which soldiers of all denominations participate.

BATEMAN’S BAY PUNT. – When at Bateman’s Bay on Monday, our special representative was somewhat disgusted to find the old obsolete hand punt in use, the steam punt being unusable through a breakage in the wire rope.

NAROOMA PUNT. – On Monday morning last the southern mail car was somewhat late arriving in Moruya consequent on the breaking of the wheel wire rope on the Narooma Punt. A team of horses had to be requisitioned to work the punt.

ACCIDENT. – On Wednesday afternoon Mr. A. W. Constable severely sprained an ankle through jumping a fence at the Brae, and landing on a piece of round wood which rolled from under his foot. It was at first feared that the joint had been dislocated, but Dr. Quilter, who was called in diagnosed it as a severe sprain.

REPATRIATION. – Through the patriotic energy of the Hon. Secretary of the local Repatriation Committee, Mr. Jermyn, the handsome sum of £150 has been received to pay for Private Allan Rose’s motor launch.

WRECKAGE FOUND. – The Navigation Department has received information that a number of benzene cases have been picked up off Moruya. About a fortnight a deck-house was picked up off Sydney Heads. It is thought that it may have been a portion of the schooner Handa Isle, which has been missing for many weeks.

NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent)

A very pleasant evening was spent at the local School of Arts on Friday last, the occasion being a Complimentary Social tendered to Mrs. Latty, sen., and Miss Emma Latty, who are on a visit to their old home. Mr. P. Manning acted as M.C., and the music was supplied by Misses Wilson and Bishop, and Messrs. E. Sutherland and W. Jessop. Mrs. Egan, assisted by other ladies, attended to the catering. Dancing was kept up until the small hours of the morning.

Messrs. Mather and Sutherland are getting on well with the erection of the Nerrigundah syndicate’s battery and expect to have it ready for crushing before Christmas. Sutherland Bros., Wilson and Hartley are prospecting near Bumbo. S. Lake is following up a “loam show,” and has unearthed some places of rich stone, but has not yet located the reef, which should be a good one when it is struck. Jessop Bros. are getting good prospects in their shaft. Guest, Thomas and Gilbert have started a tunnel on a big reef, and intend to carry it in 300 feet. “Barney” says he has been 40 years looking for this one.


British fleet is in touch with the surrendering German ships in the North Sea. A later message says that the German main fleet has surrendered. There was no demonstration of any kind when the German submarines were handed over with their hatches open.

An Amsterdam message says that eleven torpedo boats and destroyers from Atwerp arrived at Hansweert and were interned.

2200 released war prisoners have arrived in the area of the Fifth Army in France.

The American Third Army crossed the German frontier and entered Luxemburg, and also progressed further in South Belgium.

The Minister for Food Supply announces that no more food will be sent to Germany until the Allied Food Council has satisfied itself concerning the condition of Germany.

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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