24/4/2022 Aged 92 years
Loving husband of Helen; father and friend.
Norman’s relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service to be held
at the Chapel of the Broulee Memorial Gardens, 195 Broulee Road, Broulee, on Monday 2nd May, 2022
commencing at 1.00pm.
Editor's Note: Norm was a pleasure to know. He was passionate about his Moruya history and committed to keeping it alive. One way to do so was by way of his many contributions to the history pages of The Beagle over the past five years. You can find Norm's wealth of contributions HERE Norm and I had long conversations about the ineptitudes and unwillingness of many of those officially put in charge of capturing, nurturing, presenting and celebrating local history. "If only they stepped outside of their tiny, ego driven little boxes" I would say, giving Norm a belly chuckle. One of Norm's passions was the exhibition he created that celebrated James Gee, the blacksmith of Vulcan Street. Norm had sought for years to have the interactive display installed for the public in Moruya but his offer fell on cloth ears. Much to everybody's delight Norm's exhibit was featured in this year's Moruya Celebration Parade. Possibly having a new chair on the Historic Committee at Council there might finally be an opportunity for Norm's passion, spirit and legacy to be recognised and respected. RIP Norm Lei
Above: Photo by South Coast Pix
Above: Norm Moore is passionate about the history of Moruya and is flummoxed with the disinterest shown by the Eurobodalla Council Heritage Committee to apply itself to even the simplest of measures to promote and showcase the history of the town. Norm has been nominated for the 2022 Local Hero award in recognition of his passion for local history. Mr Norm Moore has passionately and accurately researched, compiled and presented the rich history of Moruya for decades, bringing together the layers of Moruya's past to ensure they are celebrated in Moruya's present, and future.
His publications and recordings celebrate the role that Moruya played in the birth of the Sydney, from monuments to buildings and bridges that all carry Moruya granite. Behind those larger than life edifices are the people of Moruya. And with the birth of the city came the birth of the township of Moruya and the region it serves.
Norm spent years attempting to have the history of Moruya celebrated as a tourism feature. He dreamed of information boards, historical walks and points of interest. One of his passions was the James Gee exhibition he created that told of the first blacksmith to Moruya and why Vulcan Street came to be named.
Norm had so wanted that exhibition to be installed in the public space so that locals and visitors alike could come to know more of Moruya's past.
Norm was passionate in his quest to ensure the town's history was not forgotten. So much so that he attended schools as a local historian and brought smiles to the young ones who listened attentively to stories of Moruya's past.
Norm spent countless hours compiling an oral history, recorded on CD and aired on 2EARFM.
And always he spoke of his James Gee project.
It was a wonderful sight to see the James Gee project, installed in a trailer for the occasion, towed as a featured float in the Celebrating 90 Years of the Sydney Harbour Bridge - Moruya River Lights festival.
After so many years Norm's legacy saw the light of day in the public arena.
Sadly Norm died on April 24th 2022, aged 92.
Norm leaves so much behind by way of the books he wrote, the articles, the recordings. Though Norm will not be able to attend the Local Hero awards he will be there in spirit with this nomination and his legacy will long be a part of the rich history of Moruya and its region for generations to come.