100 years Ago May 10th 1919


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 10 May 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

THE Moruya Poultry Club will hold its annual show on Monday, 23rd June, 1919.

RAINFALL. – For the month of April this district had a rainfall of 114 points. This month has started with 48 points, which fell last week.

ILLNESS. – Mr. J. Buckley, snr., was taken suddenly ill while on his way to church on Sunday morning. He was able, however, to ride to his home at Mullenderree, but had to be assisted off his horse. Dr. Quilter was called in, and under his skilful treatment we are pleased to say that the patient whose trouble was an affection of the kidneys, is now almost recovered.

BLACKSMITHING. – Mr. D. E. Head announces in this issue, that he has taken over the blacksmithing and wheelwright business at Bodalla.

TENNIS. – The return match between the Moruya and Newstead clubs resulted in a win for Moruya. An enjoyable day was spent. The Newstead ladies provided refreshments.

PRIZE POULTRY. – Mr. H. P. Jeffrey, who is becoming a noted poultry prize taker at our coastal shows, secured first and second in the minorca section, and first for table birds at the Cobargo Show this week.

GOOD CATCH. – Messrs. Butler and Party caught with line last Saturday over 100 large schnapper, as well as close on 100 other edible fish. This great catch was made between Moruya Heads and Narooma. The result of their days work realised £16 odd.

SCHOLASTIC. – The Bateman’s Bay Public School, which was never in a more flourishing condition, is now fully qualified for an assistant teacher under the present Act. We trust that no further time will be lost in providing this school with the teacher referred to, as there is no public school teacher in the State more deserving of assistance in this connection than the present master of the Bateman’s Bay Public School, Mr. E. Lunn, for not only has he got his school to the front, but he is the moving spirit in keeping his village in the van of progress through his indomitable energy and clerical ability. Such men should receive every possible assistance from their Department and sympathetic encouragement from the public, as they are not to be found hanging on every bush.

PAINFUL ACCIDENT. – We have just been informed of a painful accident which befell Mr. Jack Bennett, of Gundary, who went to Huskisson recently with a few other young men. It appears that Mr. Bennett was at work with young Solomon, recently in the employ of Mr. E. Heffernan, of Moggendoura, grubbing out a tree on a street in a newly surveyed township, about nine miles distant from Huskisson, to be named “St. Vincent Town” and that when in the act of shovelling away some dirt from a root, his shovel slipped on a pebble and coming under the axe of his mate, who had commenced cutting the root, his hand was terribly gashed. The sufferer was driven by Mr. Ned Corbett into Huskisson, from whence he was taken by motor car to the doctor at Nowra, and thence on to the Berry Hospital.

MINING. – Mr. Stateham, F.M., has taken up an important interest in Mr. Dan. Buckley’s recently discovered reef situated at the back of Mrs. J. Bishop’s, on the Moggendoura Reserve, with a view to having it satisfactorily developed. The reef, which is at present 18 inches wide, has been sunk to a depth of 10 feet, and a parcel of stone forwarded for assay. A crude test already made gave a result of 6 oz. 15dwts. to the ton, and Mr Stateham is hopeful that the parcel under test will give a still better result. There are two other reefs leading into this one , one 3 feet wide and the other 2 feet in width, which Mr Stateham expects to cut at a depth of about 50 feet.

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 (www.mdhs.org.au).


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