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100 Years Ago April 12th 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 12 April 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

IN MEMORIAM. RILEY. – In fond memory of our dear son PRIVATE E. H. RILEY, who was killed in action in France, April 11th, 1917.

Inserted by his fond parents, G. and M. Riley, Narooma.

NOTHING TO EAT. – A number of fisherman who came down the coast from Sydney a few days ago complain that they were unable to get anything to eat at the hotels as they came along, and at Nowra were obliged to engage a private car to finish their journey, the driver also being tabooed. Sydney visitors are now anathema to dwellers in the country, even to the hotels, owing to the ‘flu.

FREE INNOCULATION. – Mr. Jermyn, Shire Clerk announces in this issue the dates and hours on which the public may get free inoculation or re-inoculation in Moruya and at the other principal centres throughout the Shire.

SECOND CHILD DEAD. – Just before going to press we received word that the second child of the afflicted Lane family has also died at Braidwood from pneumonic influenza. This makes three in the family – mother, daughter and son.

ILLNESS. – The very many friends of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Walter will regret to hear that their only son, Mr. Howard Walter, who is engaged at the Shipping Office at Newcastle, is critically ill from pneumonic influenza. On Monday his wife telegraphed to say he had been taken to Waratah Hospital dangerously ill, but on Thursday news came that he was in a critical state.

DEATH. – Mr. J. Green of Mantle Hill, received the sad intelligence on Thursday that his brother Ambrose had died in Sydney from pneumonic influenza. Another victim to the disease was Mrs. Mary Gallagher, widow of Mr. Edward Gallagher, formerly a blacksmith of this town. Her daughter, who was on a visit to Moruya, left immediately for Sydney to attend the funeral.

LATEST TELEGRAMS. – Sydney, Friday.

29 deaths from influenza in the city in the 24 hours ended eight o’clock last night. 135 new cases were admitted to the Hospitals.


The Government has consented to the proposed establishment of a whaling industry at Jervis Bay.

No 1 dredge of the Araluen Redbank Gold Dredging Company worked 128 hours last week and recovered 32oz, 8dwt of gold.

HOSPITAL. – Our popular Nurse Constable has had her hands fairly full for some considerable time past, the result being that she has been confined to the Hospital premises with little or no hope of a change so absolutely necessary to one occupying her nerve-racking occupation. The nurse’s position at the time of writing (Thursday) was becoming more hopeful in this regard as her four patients were convalescing in a highly satisfactory way. Mr. Bain is now able to take short walks about the premises; Mr. J. Robb’s dislocated shoulder is doing splendidly; Mr. Ted Foreman is becoming quite strong again; and the Nelligen patient, who was admitted on Monday, Mr. Anderson, suffering from internal trouble, is now out of pain and doing well.

DANCE ABANDONED. – Miss Maud Mallon, the promoter of the dance advertised to be held at Deua River on Saturday, 12th instant, writes asking us to announce that owing to family bereavements the function has been abandoned.

FOR OUR SPINNERS. – As the Red Cross Society has decided to offer prizes for the best spun wool by our local circle, Mrs. Jermyn, the supervisor of the Spinning, would appreciate her pupil’s energy if they will roll up in full numbers to spin and make the exhibition a worthy one.

PARENT AND CITIZEN’S ASSOCIATION. – The annual meeting of the association was held on Friday, 21st March, when the following officers were elected to constitute the School Board: - Mr. Dawson, President; Mrs. De Saxe and Rev. E. W. Hyde, Vice President; Rev. E. Syd Henderson, Hon. Secretary; Mrs. Cheesman, Hon. Treasurer.

Twenty 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1918 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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