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100 years Ago April 26th 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 26 April 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

DEATH. – WALTER – April 14 1919 at Waratah Hospital, Newcastle, Howard Wellesley, dearly beloved husband of Alice Walter, and dearly loved and only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Walter, Queen Street, Moruya, in his 38th year.

IN MEMORIAM. – ARNETT. - In loving memory of our dear son Pte. Alexander Samuel Arnett, who gave his life for his country on the battlefields of France, 27th April, 1918. More than this no man could do.

DEATH. – On April 16th, 1919, at a private hospital, North Sydney, Alfred Charles Constable, beloved husband of Marian Constable, and third son of the late John Constable, of Moruya Heads, aged 49 years.

DANCE. – The dance organised by Mrs. J. Heffernan, of Mullenderree, to assist her stall in connection with the forthcoming R.C. Bazaar, eventuated on Wednesday night and was a successful and thoroughly enjoyable function. The music was supplied by Miss Kurz (piano) and Mr. J. Buckley (Clarinet).

GUN ACCIDENT. – On Good Friday while out duck shooting, Mr. James Donavan, of Gundary, coach proprietor, had the three fingers of his left hand taken off and a fourth smashed through his gun bursting. Dr. Quilter dressed the injured member, and the patient is now doing as well as can be expected after so painful an experience.

ROSES! ROSES!! – The garden at “The Gunyah,” the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ross, is now a veritable picture with its magnificent show of the Queen of Flora’s beauties. Mrs Ross, who is an enthusiastic gardener and does all the cultivating herself, has over 70 different kinds of the very latest and choicest of glorious roses in her small plot.

COBARGO FATALITY. – We have just heard that Mr. Harry Motby, an old and very popular resident of Wandella, Cobargo, met his death on Monday last through a burning tree which he was felling falling on him. The unfortunate man, when found by Amby Walsh was fast under the tree with one foot badly burnt, and only lived a few hours after being released. His age is stated to be fully 70 years or over.

BATEMAN’S BAY PUNT. – Mr. Charlie Latta is the successful tenderer for the running of the Bateman’s Bay steam punt. By this time Charlie should know his business from A to Z. For over 23 years he controlled the hand punt- a very responsible position over such a broad expanse of water – and since the installation of the present more up-to-date steam punt, some four years ago, friend Charlie has not lost the captaincy.

COBARGO SHOW. – In view of the fact that Moruya, Bega and Tilba societies have abandoned their annual shows for the year, Cobargo, which has had the pluck to face the obstacles that deterred the other societies, should have a record show this year, especially in the attendance.

INOCULATION. – During the week Dr. Quilter, accompanied by his assistant, Mr. Jermyn, visited Bateman’s Bay and Narooma, and inoculated a number of residents who presented themselves.

CHANGE OF RESIDENCES. – Mr. W. Flynn, of the Jubilee Inn, better known as the Halfway House, is leaving Deua River and coming to Moruya to reside, and Mr. Charlie Milliken of Gundary, has taken over Mr. Flynn’s late premises as his future residence.

PICNICKING. – The R.C. school children held a very enjoyable picnic at Moggendoura on Tuesday, and on Thursday the choir of St. John’s Church went picnicking to the Heads under the guardianship of the Rev. and Mrs. Sanders.

LATEST TELEGRAMS. – (From our Sydney Correspondent.)

There were 22 deaths and 116 new cases of influenza for 24 hours ended 8 o’clock last night.

There were 1155 new cases in Melbourne yesterday, being the highest number reported in one day since the outbreak. There were 17 deaths.

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 (

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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