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100 Years Ago - June 7th 1919

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 7 June 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

SALE OF BOOTHS. – R. H. Harvison will offer for sale today (Saturday) the rights for the Benefit Race Meeting; also booth and tea tent for the Poultry Club’s Show.

MR. R. N. MAKIN will be in town on Wednesday next to pull and test the corn on the experimental plot at the old show ground.

THE PANDEMIC. – The cause of Miss Gwen Kilkelly’s death was pneumonic influenza. Since her demise the whole of the Kilkelly family, except Mr. Sil, have been suffering from the same complaint. Five are in the Coast Hospital and three are at the home at Annandale.

RETURNED SOLDIERS. – Pte, “Rube” Constable, who was rejected five times for the firing line, owing to heart affection, but who spent two years in a munition factory in England, returned to Moruya last week. Pte. Ellis Hartmann also returned to visit his parents.

MARRIAGE. – Mr. George Stubbs, brother of Mr. C. R. Stubbs, of Gundary, was married on Thursday last at Nowra to Mrs. Farmer, daughter of Mrs. Collett, sen., of Mungerarie. Their future home will be at Granville, Sydney.

DEATH. – On Saturday last an old man named Owen Clarke was brought into the local hospital from Benandrah in a very low sate of health and died the following morning at the age of 80 years. Deceased, who was suffering from tuberculosis, was a native of Bataburra, Ireland, and was unmarried.

BEWARE. – Owners of dogs, beware! The poison fiend is at his nefarious work again. A number of canine pets have already been laid to rest, amongst them some very valuable ones, in fact of far more value than the despicable mongrel who wilfully and promiscuously throws these baits broadcast.

PREMIER’S VISIT. Our Premier, the Hon. W. A. Holman, is advertised to address the electors in the Mechanic’s Hall on Thursday next, 12th inst. at 8 p.m. As this is only the second time Moruya has been honoured by a visit from a Premier we feel sure there will be a large number present to hear the silver-tongued orator.

OBITUARY. – After a short illness extending for little over a week only, Mrs. Alexander Kennedy, of Mantle Hill, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78 years, death being due to heart failure. The deceased, who was a native of Scotland, came with her husband to this country many years ago, and spent the early part of her married life at Yarranung, Bega. Later Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy removed to the Tilba district, but for the past 15 years have resided at Mantle Hill. Mrs. Kennedy was of a retiring and unassuming disposition, and was highly esteemed by those who were intimately acquainted with her. Deceased leaves a widower, four sons (Messrs William, James, and Alexander of New Zealand) and George, and four daughters, Mesdames W. Stephens, H. J. Parberry, A. E. Coppin (Moruya) and A. G. McDonald (Lismore).

TENNIS. – A meeting at Moruya Heads on 3rd inst. formed the Newstead Tennis Club and the following officers were appointed:- President, Mr. L. T. Jenner; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. C. N. Seldon; Vice Presidents, Mr. McNeilly and Mrs. L. T. Jenner; Selection Committee, Messrs C. N. Seldon, H. Miller, D. Rose, and Miss D. Motby.

ILLNESS. – The health of Mr. Martin Strahan, of Mynora, is causing his family considerable anxiety. On Thursday it was reported at Cobargo that Mrs. Dan. Tarlinton, of Bredbatoura, was very ill. We inadvertently omitted to mention that Mrs. A. Hartman fell down stairs and broke her wrist last week. She is now on the improve.

LATEST TELEGRAMS. – There were 159 fresh cases and seven deaths of influenza in the 24 hours ended 8 p.m. yesterday. There have been nearly 2000 deaths from influenza in this State so far, of whom 1488 were in the city.

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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