Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of December 7, 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
FLYING FOXES. – What fruit the late frosts spared in the country between here and Braidwood, the flying foxes are rapidly destroying. They are more numerous than they have been for a long time, and fruit lovers may expect to have to “shell out” solidly for their luxuries this season.
THE Freezing Works notify that 5d per pound will be paid for poultry live weight.
FISH O’. – A big haul, containing 60 baskets of nice assorted fish was brought from Broulee to the Moruya Freezing Works on Wednesday night. Mr. Thomson states that a good supply of poultry is now being received at the freezer.
GALLIPOLI STROLLERS. – From all accounts a treat is in store for those who are privileged to attend the Gallipoli Strollers’ entertainment on next Thursday night in Moruya.
BIBLE SOCIETY. – There was only a poor attendance at the lantern lecture given in the Centennial Hall in aid of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Both the speaker and the cause were worthy of a better gathering.
WOUNDED SOLDIER. – Mr. A. Hartmann, of this town, has received further word from the Base Records Office re the wounding of his son, Pte. E. Hartmann, which is as follows: “Dear Sir, - I now beg to advise you that Pte. E. Hartmann has been reported transferred 25/10/18. To South African Hospital, Richmond, England, suffering from gunshot wound side and gunshot wound penetrating abdomen, severe. You are already aware he is progressing favorably.
RAIN WANTED. – Some of the maize along the banks of the Deua River is looking well. A couple of inches of rain would assure a good return to the grower. But even now it would be too late to save the hay crop, which is stunted and seedy. The potato crop too, is in peril by lack of seasonable showers. No wonder the farmer is beginning to look serious.
NELLIGEN. – (From our Correspondent)
THE SEASON. – Cool windy weather, with showers at long intervals, has resulted in our dairy farmers taking on the habits of the Biblical locust –“Their voices are heard in the land in,” in loud and oft repeated complaint. Rain is badly needed, herbage is languishing and crops of all kinds practically at a standstill. Our weather prophets look upon the abnormally cool season as a bad sign, so the rest of us are looking for an early change for the better.
SOLDIERS MEMORIAL. – Now that the war is over we intend to go ahead with erecting a memorial to our local soldiers. About £80 is in hand, and a meeting will shortly and a meeting will shortly be held to decide what form the Memorial shall take.
S.S. Bermagui took away a sawmilling plant from our town on Sunday last en route for Red Head. Heavy cargoes of timber are now leaving the Clyde. On Sunday last the Bermagui was compelled to leave a large quantity for the next trip.
PERSONAL & OTHERWISE. –
Mrs. J. Emmott’s sale of choice furniture today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. sharp.
Help the boys who have fought for you. The Gallipoli Strollers will entertain you on Thursday night next.
The popular little Miss Edna McKee, of the Bay View Hotel, Bateman’s Bay, went to Sydney to meet her brother, returned from the war.
During the past fortnight No.1 dredge of the Araluen Redbank Gold Dredging Co. worked 238 hours, and recovered 47oz. 7dwt. of gold.
Cpl. Ethelbert Jenner, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Jenner, of Newstead, who enlisted on 4th August 1914 in the A.M.C. will be amongst the next batch of Anzacs to return.
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).
The Moruya Museum houses a collection of furniture, books, artefacts and memorabilia that is intended to show visitors something of the lives of the ordinary people of this community from the middle of the 19th century. Most items on display were donated by local families. The result is an eclectic mix of considerable charm.