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100 years Ago Feb 22nd 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 22 February 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

MERITORIOUS PASS. – Miss Ita Quilter, eldest daughter of Dr Quilter, has very successfully passed the Intermediate Examination. She gained what all ladies covet much, viz., A in English, A in History, and B in all other subjects. The “Examiner” congratulates Miss Quilter, who is a pupil of the Rose Bay Convent, Sydney, on her meritorious pass.

ANOTHER HONOR. – Dentist R. N. Ball received a letter on Saturday from the Minister of Education that his eldest son, Willie, had successfully gained his bursary and to proceed at once to the Boys’ High School, Sydney. Willie, who is an exceptionally clever boy, is at the Jervis Bay College, having also passed his Naval Examination, for which he sat in Sydney the day previous to the bursary examination. We heartily congratulate Master Ball on his excellent accomplishment.

WATER SUPPLY. – As we have mentioned in a recent issue larger receiving tanks should be erected at our public wind-mills, as those at present are not equal to keep the drinking troughs supplied during a lull in the wind, as has been experienced during the late hot weather. Perhaps the Shire Council will attend to this matter, as it is pitiable to listen to the poor famished animals bellowing for a mouthful when the troughs run dry.

SCHOLASTIC. – Since the new school year opened Mogo is suffering the disadvantage of having only one teacher in the local school. Miss Bunker, who was there last year left because there was no accommodation to be had and the department refuses to send another teacher without the assurance that a home can be obtained for her. This is reasonable enough from some points of view, but meanwhile the children are the ones who suffer, and the master, Mr. Robinson, has to face the impossible task of trying to instruct some 60 or 70 youngsters.

AN HONEST YOUTH. – Returning from Moruya races a well-known “sport” dropped a £5 note at Bateman’s Bay. A local lad under 20 years, discovered it, although the owner up to that time had not missed it. The finder promptly handed the note over to Mr. P. Bill, who was not long in discovering the loser. The action of this lad under the particular circumstances, was especially praiseworthy, and we hope the owner did not forget to reward the boy as he merited.

COUNTRY SHOWS. – Owing to the dry weather and pneumonic influenza, country shows all over the state have either been abandoned or postponed. Moruya, which has not suffered as much from the drought as many other districts, had made all arrangements to carry out its annual show on the advertised dates, viz., 26th and 27th inst., but a wire from the Government on Tuesday completely blocked them in their determination.

FIVE TIMES WOUNDED. – Private Arthur Hartman, who went to the war at the commencement of hostilities, and who has been wounded as well as gassed five times, is now on his way back to his native land.

LATEST TELEGRAMS. – Ten fresh influenza cases were reported in this State yesterday.

An elderly man at Lidcombe Hospital died.

There were 13 deaths and 93 admissions into the hospitals in Victoria yesterday.

The Cabinet yesterday decided to impose medical examination on persons travelling from infected towns in this State to non-infected towns.


98 in the shade at Bega on Sunday.

It is estimated that 20,000 American soldiers have married French women.

Twenty-five New Zealand nurses will leave Wellington for Australia to assist in the outbreak.

PARIS. – Wilson is confident that the peace treaty will be signed by June.

Ezberger in a speech announced the signing of the armistice, saying the whole world knows that Germany unwishes and cannot conduct a fresh war. All Germany is full of apprehension at the armistice agreement and its results.

Twenty 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1918 are available ($6 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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