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100 Years Ago - 21st December 1918

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 21 December 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

MORUYA PONY RACES. – The Moruya Pony Club registered under A.R.C. rules, has advertised and issued posters announcing a good prize programme of races to be held on the Moruya Park Course, on New Year’s Day, proceeds to be devoted to the local Hospital and local Repatriation Fund.

HAWKER’S licenses were granted to Nabob Kahn and Ganesha Tabo; and collector’s licenses to Nabob Kahn and to Carl Otto Macas.

HOLIDAYS. – In addition to Xmas Day and Boxing Day which fall on Wednesday and Thursday, the Friday and Saturday have been gazetted public holidays. This will mean five days continuous holiday.

MUSICAL. – Our talented young musician, Miss Hilda Keith, A.L.C.M., L.L.G., left on Tuesday for a few weeks vacation in Sydney. Miss Keith has been engaged to play at two A.I.F. Concerts to be held during the Xmas holiday, at one of which a well-known vocalist will sing one of Miss Keith’s own composition.

GOOD NEWS. – The Bega Chamber of Commerce has agreed to co-operate with Eden in urging the Governments of New South Wales and Victoria to link up the coastal railways.

VALEDICTORY. – On Monday last we had the privilege of attending an exceptionally well-managed and pleasant social evening in the Convent School, the occasion being a farewell given by the Children of Mary to Miss Monnie Johnson, one of their members prior to her departure to take the veil in the order of Sisters of Mercy.

STEAMER DAMAGED. – The local Steamer, Bodalla, on her way from Sydney struck a rock in the Shoalhaven River on Thursday, and knocked a hole in her side. The passengers were landed and came on by car. The cargo, some of which was damaged by water, was discharged, and will be brought on by another steamer if the Bodalla is found to be beyond temporary repair.

SILVER MINE. – Mr. Gordon Johnston is calling tenders in this issue for the hand picking and bagging 20 tons to 50 tons per week of black sulphide ore on the No 1 shaft on the Moruya Silver Mine. He is also inviting tenders for carting the ore to the Illawarra Co’s wharf. It is the proprietor’s present intention to proceed working the ground and later to erect a battery to treat the ore on the ground. Like other reefs in this auriferous locality (Donkey Hill) it only require depth to be reached to obtain ore of immense richness. We hope that the proprietor will get plenty of willing assistance to carry out his intentions, which may yet mean the booming of mining in this district.


Mr. F. Smith and Miss Wilton of Cuttaggee, were married at Bermagui last Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs Woodward of Bodalla left for Sydney per car on Wednesday. Mrs. Woodward having received advice that her brother was seriously ill.

Our leviathan motor proprietor, Mr. George Harrison, has been operated on in the Jenner Hospital, Sydney, for appendicitis, and, we are pleased to say, is progressing satisfactorily.

Advice has been received by his father, that Private Charlie Innes of Mogo is ill in hospital in England. He left Australia with “Carmichael’s second Thousand.

Mr. H. P. Jeffrey received the sad intelligence on Thursday that Mr. Sid Jackson, erstwhile of the local Post Office, had died that day from pneumonia, aged about 32 years.

Despite the dry weather, the Bodalla flats are looking rich and green. The cows are milking well, many of the farms averaging over 2 gallons per cow per day. There is a different story to tell about Bergalia.

It is a world of sadness. Mr. Halliday, chairman of the Land Board, received the sad news last week of the death of his son from wounds received at the front some time ago.

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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