Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of July 13, 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
BATEMAN’S BAY. – A tragic accident resulting in the death of Percy Roberts, aged 19½ years, occurred at the local sawmill just at knock-off time on Friday afternoon last. The deceased, who had only entered upon duty at the mill at midday that day, was in the act of rolling the opposite half of a divided log off the saw stage, using his foot from beneath to achieve the purpose, when the nearer part fell forward, its whole weight coming across his body. Death was instantaneous. The sad happening cast a gloom over the whole town where the young fellow, with his parents, has always resided.
KIORA SALE. – Mr. Weatherby will run motor cars to the Kiora sale on Wednesday next, leaving Moruya at 11.30.
ON the 24th July a gift afternoon and Cinderella dance will be conducted by the War Chest Committee for Xmas parcels for the Boys at the front.
RIDING ACCIDENT. – On Friday last week, a little daughter of Mr. Cam Mercer fell from a horse onto a stump, with the result that her right arm was broken in two places above the elbow. She was brought to Cobargo for surgical attention, and is doing well. – ‘Chronicle.’
RETURNED PATIENT. – We are pleased to state that Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilson’s little daughter, who has been an inmate of a Sydney private hospital for some months, suffering from an internal trouble, and who has been under special treatment, has returned with her father, very considerably improved.
SPINNING INDUSTRY. – The Hon. Secretary of the Red Cross Society has been notified that Miss Kidson, an instructress of spinning will arrive in Moruya in a few days. Anyone wishing to join the circle, as well as others interested, are invited to attend a demonstration of this fast growing industry in the Shire Hall on Tuesday afternoon next, the 16th inst. At 3 p.m. Mrs Jermyn, the supervisor of the circle, or the Secretary, will be pleased to receive names of intending members.
MONUMENTAL STONE. – An importer of stone for monumental purposes was in Milton last week investigating material in the district. He was much impressed with some granite on Stony Hill. In pre-war days he imported stone from other countries, but these supplies being now cut off he is seeking substitutes in Australia. He has secured several good samples but he is after greater variety, and proceeded southward to Tilba to sample the rock formation at Mt. Dromedary. What’s the matter with Moruya Granite? The best in the world!
PAPER FOR SALE. – By advertisement in our business columns it will be seen that Mr. Harvison, after 44 years of continual occupancy of the editorial chair, has decided to sell the “Examiner” newspaper and plant, owing to an apparently incurable attack of neuritis in his right arm, and also to a desire of his family for a change of climate and occupation.
BUSH FIRES. – With the continuous long spell of dry weather and westerly winds with which this district has been visited, extending over several months, it has become imperative that the very greatest caution should be observed in the use of fire in the open, otherwise bush fires of a very ruinous character will devastate the whole country side, and the dry grass the only fodder our already hungry stock have to tide them over the severity of the remaining winter months, will be consumed, and our cattle inevitably perish.
EUROBODALLA SHIRE. – The monthly meeting of the above Shire was held last week and attended by Crs. D. Hutchison (chair), Sebbens, H. J. Thomson, H. J. Mallon, J. and H. Bate.
From W. McIntosh, asking for repairs to the fence of the Shire Hall Paddock. The Engineer was instructed to have the fence repaired temporarily.
From T. Annetts, Mogo, asking for repairs to road leading to his property. The Engineer was instructed to have the work carried out, provided the writer renders fair assistance.
From I. J. Stormon, Eurobodalla, asking the Council to make a road to his property known as Olsons. The Clerk was instructed to inform the writer that the Council could not carry out the work asked for, being on private property.
Nineteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1917 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).