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100 years Ago May 24th 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 24 May 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

SERIOUSLY ILL. – We were very sorry to hear on Thursday that Mr. Roger Heffernan was seriously ill.

DEATH. – Mr. M. McKeon received a wire on Thursday stating that Miss Gwendoline Kilkelly, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. Kilkelly, had died the previous night and would be buried that day. The cause of death was not stated.

ILLNESS. – Whilst in church on Sunday last Miss Linda Keating, youngest daughter of Mr. Martin Keating, of Keating’s Hotel, was taken suddenly ill and was at once taken home by her cousin, Miss Mary Browne. Dr. Birmingham, of Narooma was immediately wired for, and on arrival prescribed for the patient, who is now quite herself again.

RAINFALL. – After light rain, totalling 47 points, which had fallen during the preceding days, it began to come down in earnest on Wednesday, and by the following morning recorded 283 points. The rain is fairly general all along the coast and in Sydney it rained almost consecutively for ten days.

DEATH. – One of the pioneer and most highly respected residents of Araluen in the person of Mr. John Hyland, passed over to the Great Majority at his residence, “Bettowynd,” on Wednesday of last week at the ripe old age of 91 years. The late Mr. Hyland was a splendid type of the hearty and progressive men who blazed the roads of Australia.

HOSPITAL AT NAROOMA. – The Matron announces in this issue that the hospital at Narooma is open for the reception of surgical and medical patients.

SALE OF BOOTH. – Publicans should bear in mind that the booth for the Benefit Races will be sold by auction at the “Examiner” office on Monday, 2nd June.

POLICE COURT. – A number of residents were brought before the Police Magistrate, Mr. Shropshire, at the Moruya Court on Wednesday, charged with being unlawfully on licensed premises playing cards on a Sunday afternoon. Mr. E. A. H. Shepherd who appeared for the accused, pleaded not guilty, and contended that there was no evidence against his clients being on the premises for an unlawful purpose, no drink being consumed. The licensee, Leo Lynch, was charged with permitting the game. Case dismissed.

MILITARY WEDDING. – A military wedding was celebrated at Corpus Christi Church, Brixton Hill, London, on 4th January last, when Gunner O. J. Turnbull, “Rosscroft,” Braidwood, was married to Frances, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Cullimore, of London. The bride has been an active worker with the Y.M.C.A., and she was entertained at a victory ball by members of that association and friends. Gunner and Mrs. O. J. Turnbull expect to sail for Australia this month. The bridegroom has seen three and a half years’ active service in France and Belgium.

INTERESTING TO HOTELKEEPERS. – In the Licensing Court at Moruya, 21st May, 1919, the Chairman of the Licensing Bench remarked that the licensing laws now required improved arrangements re washing of glasses, and bath-rooms supply of hot water, and separate bath-rooms for ladies. He has given directions to the Licensing Inspector to issue notices with regard to additional bath-rooms for the use of ladies at Moruya Hotels, and to provide for a hot water service.


Mr. Les Hawdon, of Kyla Park, has invested in a new Ford motor car.

Mr. H. J. Thompson has been re-appointed Chairman of the Broulee Pastures Protection Board.

Our town maintenance man, Mr. Chesher, has been doing some more of his tasty work in Page Street during the week.

Mr. C. Grigsby, a returned soldier who at one time had charge of the Newstead (Heads) School, has been appointed Nuisance Inspector, and also Dairy and Sanitary Inspector at Milton.

When attempting to leave on her return trip to Sydney on Tuesday the local steamer again got fast on the sand bank which is gradually increasing near the town wharf.

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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