Photo: Mick Newham
Jessie Pollock of Moruya has celebrated her 105 years of living in the Eurobodalla today, 7th November, 2022.
The extended family celebrated yesterday with a lovely lunchtime party for Jessie in the function room at the Adelaide Hotel and she was also spoiled at the IRT with another cake for morning tea.
Local historian and friend of Jessie, Norm Moore (below), told the Beagle in 2021, before he passed that "Jessie is the longest living pioneer of Moruya's gold rush days.
"Part of her life when living at Dwyer's Creek, was to help husband, Bill, in his work of maintaining the Donkey Hill mine thru out WW2.
"Part of Bill's work was to operate a steam driven pump to drain water from the mine. "Jess" would check the the mine was drained and then -in order to keep him company- sit on a bag nearby & knit while he worked to replace damaged mine props. This was often at the 600 ft level of the mine.
"The post war period saw returning miners choosing to select one of the many 'surface' jobs then available - leaving the mine- still with its rich ore content not worked - allowed to fall into disrepair.
"Jessie moved into town to live in an area she knew as Gundary. The name was derived from Gundary Station, built on land "squatted" by WT Morris in 1835. (it was in the area - directly opposite Moruya Hospital)
"There were then two towns divided by a 'lagune' or swamp. (now Gundary oval). Gundary was once 'envisaged' as to be the main business area.
"Jessie loved her "Village of Gundary" as she did with her volunteer work with Moruya Hospital Auxilliary - where she gave 40 years to her beloved organization.
A recent publication dealing with the history of Moruya and Louttit's Quarry written by Norm Moore was sold with the addition of a $6 levy and given as a donation to M&DHA and in gratitude for Jessie's service.