One hundred years ago – 20 December, 1913

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

ROYAL HOTEL – Mr.  R.N. Carden’s large Royal Hotel, which stands on the corner of Queen and Page Streets, has been renovated throughout by carpenters and painters, and is now an ornament to the town.  20/12/1913

Carden's Royal Hotel - an ornament to Moruya
Carden’s Royal Hotel – an ornament to Moruya

PRESENTATION AT COILA – On Sunday, the 7th instant, after service at the Church of England at Coila the Rev. S. Hart was presented with a handsome silver-mounted umbrella, by the parishioners of Coila Church.  20/12/1913

A scan of the Parish map to show where the church site was. The church was a little slab building.

MOTOR CAR ACCIDENT – Whilst on his way to Moruya from Narooma and near Mr. J. Lennard’s residence, the car driven by Mr. H. Mitchell, the property of his father, Mr. G. Mitchell, of the Narooma saw mills, came to grief owing to something going wrong with the steering gear.  The car struck the bank and the impact threw the passengers, five in number, together with the driver, onto the roadway.  Mr. J. Grumley and his little daughter and Miss Lunn, an assistant school teacher at the Narooma Public School, together with the driver, escaped scathless, but Mrs. Grumley and Mr. Fred Thomson were not so fortunate, the former having a nasty gash inflicted on her forehead, necessitating a number of stitches, and the latter an injured back.  Both patients were admitted to the Moruya hospital and are progressing satisfactory.  The car was very considerably damaged.   20/13/1913

Mr Mitchell's sawmill at Narooma - from the William Corkhill Collection, NLA.
Mr Mitchell’s sawmill at Narooma – from the William Corkhill Collection, NLA.

NERRIGUNDAH – Again I have to report that the grim Reaper, Death, has visited the village.  The death occurred yesterday of George Eagles, an old identity, and first discoverer of the old “Tin-Pot” reef, his mate at the time being George Pullin.  They worked the property for a considerable time, which was afterwards taken up by a syndicate, and the battery, at the present time owned by Latty Brothers, erected thereon.  The old man, for many years since that time, had resided near Fern Flat, where he held an alluvial claim, and had brought up a tail race to enable him to work the ground.  He had stuck tenaciously for the last 20 years to this property with the faith that he would eventually make a fortune out of it, but of late years his failing health had severely handicapped him, and he found it necessary to apply for the old age pension which he received up to his death.  During the past five or six weeks he had made several trips to Cobargo and Moruya for medical treatment, all of which were of no avail.  He returned to his home last week, and since that was attended daily by an old mining mate, James McGhie, who showed that devotion to his old comrade that we often read about, and at the graveside was visibly moved.  The funeral took place on Saturday in the Church of England portion of the old cemetery, and was attended by many old miners and friends. … 20/12/1913

Early gold mining
Early gold mining

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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