One hundred years ago today – 8 November

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1913, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

WHITE FROST on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  8/11/1913

NEW BUILDING – Messrs. J. Behringer and C. Stubbs have commenced the erection of Mr. F. Ryan’s butchery in Queen St., next door to the Club House Hotel.  8/11/1913

One of the Bettini family's early launches
One of the Bettini family’s early ferries.

NEW LAUNCH – Mr. P. Bettini, of Narooma, who returned from Sydney yesterday, has purchased a pretty little launch with a 12 h.p. Invincible engine.  Mr. Bettini has now quite a large fleet, and will be better able to cope with the fast-increasing traffic on the beautiful Wagonga River.  8/11/1913

NAROOMA NEWS – The fancy fair held at Narooma in aid of St. Paul’s Church of England was one of the greatest successes ever witnessed at the pretty little seaport.  The takings were £105 4s 3d, and after all expenses were defrayed the grand balance of £88 10s 11d was in hand.  Very much credit is due to the able manner in which this function was carried out by the workers, who spared no energy in bringing about the grand result.  Following is a list of the prizetakers: – Best collection flowers – Mrs. Carter;  best collection geraniums – Mesdames Carter and F. Thomsen divided;  best 3 worked buttonholes – Miss Rowlands;  best darning by girl under 14 – Miss Rowlands;  best crochet doyley – Mrs. Bond (Moruya);  best fancy pincushion – Mrs. W. Thomsen;  best collection jams and jellies – Rev. Mr. Clive;  best collection vegetables – Rev. Mr. Clive;  best Victoria sandwich – Miss Costin; best sponge roll – Mrs. Carter;  home-made bread – Miss Fuller;  best milk scones – Mrs. J. Davison;  best passion fruit cake – Miss M. Davison;  best plum pudding – Mrs. G. Thomson;  best home-made pickles – Rev. Mr. Clive;  best home-made butter – Mrs. J. Davison;  heaviest half dozen hen eggs – Mrs. T. Field;  bed making – Mr. Carl Mitchell.  8/11/1913

Church flower shows and fetes were common in those times.
Church flower shows and fetes were common in those times.

BATEMAN’S BAY  …In the “Telegraph,” Saturday’s issue, the Government is inviting tenders for the construction of an oil-driven punt for the Bateman’s Bay ferry.  This will be hailed with delight by the many travellers and the public generally who are obliged to use the ferry.  One traveller remarked the other day that the people of Bateman’s Bay are a long suffering body.  This comment emanated from the fact that he lost exactly three quarters of an hour in crossing from one side to the other.

An early image of Bateman's Bay
An early image of Batemans Bay – note the original spelling.

BATEMAN’S BAY –  The Progress Committee has sent a request from the people here to Captain Sim asking him to issue fares to Bateman’s Bay during the holidays at reduced rates.  This, doubtless, if granted, will be the means of inducing a number of visitors to come and see our little town, which if only better known would rapidly become popular.  Those who have chosen this as a holiday resort in the past always come again.  The most tangible advertisement for the Bay is that a doctor cannot make a living, a chemist cannot exist in the place, even our resident dentist had to seek fresh fields, and our old and esteemed undertaker is obliged to take on other employment.  What more can health seekers require?   8/11/1913

Fourteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1912 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 Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (

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