One hundred years ago- 17 January

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

SHIPPING – The Hillmeads arrived yesterday morning with a good loading.  Wire for rabbit proof fencing being in strong evidence.    17/1/1914

Moruya Racecourse Grandstand - early 1900s
Moruya Racecourse Grandstand – early 1900s

MORUYA RACE CLUB – A committee meeting of the Moruya Registered Race Club was held at Tattersall’s (Keating’s Hotel) on Monday night in response to a circular issued by the secretary.  Members present were: Messrs. McKeon (chair), C. Simon, J.M. Lee, P. Hoolahan, H.J. Thomson, J. Heffernan (Mullenderree), Harvison and the secretary Frank Flanagan.   17/1/1914


A TOAST TO MCINTOSH – Mr. W. McIntosh, our veteran sportsman, was a visitor to the Bega annuals.  Mr. McIntosh assures me that he has missed only two Bega Cups in the last 45 years.  Rather a record, eh!

He is a sport,  A real good sort, We see he is, by gosh!
He’s played the game,  Has old friend McIntosh.
There on the course  He’s backed his horse,
And had his downs and ups.
We hope, we’re sure  That many more
He’ll see of Bega’s Cups,
And gather in the golden splosh
Good luck to ye, Sport McIntosh!

Truth”                                    17/1/1914

Mr, Havison, chairman of the meeting and editor of the Moruya Examiner
Mr Robert Henry Harvison, chairman of the meeting and also owner/editor of the Moruya Examiner between 1878 and and his death in 1925.

PARK TRUST – Messrs. Harvison (chair), McKeon, Gannon, Heffernan and Emmott were in attendance at a meeting of the Park Trustees on Tuesday night.  After the minutes of previous meetings were read and adopted the matter of non payment of the Park grazing right for last year was discussed.  After the very liberal concession made to owners in the reduction of fees from 10s to 5s per year the Trustees naturally felt that the failure to pay so small a sum for the privilege of training on one of the best cared, safest and most convenient training tracks in the State was, to put it mildly, most unsportsmanlike and mean in the extreme.  It was then decided to publically notify the owners that these fees must be paid forthwith, also that any interference with property protecting training tracks will incur expulsion from the ground.  Attention was drawn to the existence of a number of rabbits under No.1 race course culvert, and Mr. Bede Heffernan kindly undertook to bring up a couple of Mr. Behringer’s ferrets with a view to having the rabbits dislodged… 17/1/1914                 

HOSPITAL  MEETING – The committee met on Thursday night.  Present: J.L. Ross (chair), Messrs. Cheesman, Milne, Lee, Dawson, Hancock, Coxon, Wilson, and the secretary…  Reports. – The House Committee reported having visited the Hospital and found everything satisfactory.  The Matron asked for a fortnight’s holiday, the time being opportune owing to Nurse Hawdon being available, permission was granted by the House Committee…  There is only one patient in the wards, and he is doing well.  Patients’ fees amounting to £1 1s have been received from the Matron.  Accounts amounting to £28 6s 8d are recommended for payment.  The Matron reported patients in residence 17th December, 3; since admitted 1; discharged 2; died 1; remaining at this date 1; patient fees received £1 1s.  Christmas gifts were received from Messrs. Cheesman Bros., M. Morris, C. Johnstone, G. Chewying, Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. DeSaxe.    24/1/1914

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 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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