This is an extract from Thomas Edward Walter's Diary from 1919. Thomas was a carpenter who lived in Queen Street, Moruya. He was born in Kent and arrived in Australia as a child in 1859 and died in 1936. With thanks to Wendy Simes.
May 16th 1919. Quarantining ourselves for four days.
May 18th 1919. All of us stayed home from Church in Quarantine. Cold windy day.
July 5th 19. Police District of Moruya an infected area from today - masks compulsory in shops etc. Got bottle of gargle. Peroxide of Hydrogen from Weatherby. (Weatherby was the Chemist.)
July 6th 1919. Rev. Saunders morning. 45 minutes service. Masks in church, only 4 at once at Communion rail.
May 12th 1919. Got my will from Mr. Shepherd this morning. Mr Shepherd and Arthur Constable signed as witnesses. Deposited deeds in Bank. (He was obviously preparing for the worst.)
July 19th 1919. Peace Day - very quiet owing to being an infected area. Bonfires at night at Gundary, a few flags around town. Resurrected one for our verandah.
July 23rd 1919. Flue restrictions lifted.
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Regarding 'Forestry ordered to cease tree harvesting near Batemans Bay'
Good. Harvesting of all old-growth eucalypt forests should be banned, now! There's just too much at stake, not only threatened species of flora and fauna, the loss of the trees themselves. We cannot go on carving up the planet's lungs.
So a few employees have to find work elsewhere? Better than a few tens of thousands of fauna having to find a home elsewhere. And what happens to the trees after all? Ground up into woodchips to send overseas. Such a waste.
Not until these public authorities, and their officials, are prosecuted will these agencies take seriously their obligations. Anyone else would now be looking at prosecution and a massive fine.
Regarding 'Far South Coast shires net fishing infrastructure dollars'
Building a new pontoon, toilet facilities and lighting, as well as upgrading car parking and installing a pollutant trap at Brierleys boat ramp at Moruya on the Moruya River. Once again everything goes to Moruya, while at Batemans Bay the council is looking at closing the boat ramp in Clyde Street and no doubt further reducing car parking spaces. (Will the toilet block be reinstated?) This boat ramp is very popular, used by oyster farmers and a safe launch for river users, yet gets the write-off treatment. On top of having the Batemans Bay Hospital closed if a new regional hospital is built miles down the road away from the largest population concentration and the junction of two major highways and where the demand is (Batemans Bay has the busiest emergency department on the South Coast), one wonders what will be next?
Boat ramp must stay
The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party stands with the recreational fishers of Eurobodalla, Recreational Fishing Alliance and Boat Owners Association in opposing the removal of the Lions Park boat ramp in Batemans Bay. The ramp is to be replaced by a toilet, of all things. The loss of the safe access ramp forms part of the Eurobodalla Shire Council's foreshore redevelopment plan. The plan forces boat users into using an unsafe ramp under constant threat of washing away due to the construction of the bridge. The registration fees of boat owners built these ramps. There should be compensation by fee reimbursement if the council wishes to persist. Alternatively, Andrew Constance can stand alongside the fishermen and boaters and insist the ramp stay.