One hundred years ago – 11 April

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

VISIT OF LADIES’ COLLEGE OF HEALTH SPECIALIST – In another column will be found an announcement from Nurse Ricketts, the skilful Sydney specialist in the ailments of women, who represents the Ladies’ College of Health, 54 Oxford Street, Sydney.  In response to requests from a number of women, who are desirous of undergoing the treatment of the College, which has already effected numerous wonderful cures among local residents, Nurse Ricketts will make a special visit to Moruya next Tuesday when she may be consulted at the School of Arts. As no fee is made for consultations, this visit affords an opportunity which should be availed of by every woman in ill health to get expert opinion concerning her ailments. The Ladies’ College of Health, which has been established for over 20 years, enjoys a reputation throughout Australia for the successful treatment of hundreds of cases which had baffled leading physicians and surgeons for years…   11/4/1914

ILLNESS – His many friends will regret to hear of the serious illness of Mr. C. Brice, Sen., Postmaster of Wagonga.  His illness was of such an alarming nature that his people had him removed to Sydney.

The Bega Budget 18 April, 1914. The Lynch Bellringers continued on their South Coast Fatewell tour after performing at Moruya.
The Bega Budget
18 April, 1914. The Lynch Bellringers continued on their South Coast Fatewell tour after performing at Moruya.

LYNCH FAMILY BELL RINGERS – On Tuesday evening next this famous company of campanologians, well-known as the Lynch Family Musical Entertainers, will re-appear in Moruya, at the School of Arts, when they will introduce their remarkable handbell, specialty, and glassophone performances.  Since their last appearance here the Family has travelled greatly, and has journeyed half round the world, meeting with the success their undoubted talents deserve.  On this occasion they bring with them some novel attractions, notably the Aluminium Organ Chimes, an invention by Deagan, Chicago, U.S.A., which has recently been patented all over the world.  The tones of the instrument are said to be very beautiful.
Included in the English Concert Co are Miss Annie Kinnaird, the popular soprano; Mr. Ambrose Neilson, tenor; Mr. Will Rollow, society raconteur; and others. The bell ringers and glassophonists still form, however, the backbone of the entertainments, and those who have not heard them should certainly not miss this opportunity…   11/4/1914

EXODUS – After all the sports and pastimes which the people of this district have revelled in during the past few months one would naturally think that just now they would be resting on their oars. Not so, however, as on Monday morning no less than three packed motor cars left for the “Big Smoke,” besides an unusually large contingent by the s.s. Hillmeads, bent on participating in the gaieties of the Royal Show and A.J.C. big race carnival. With such an exodus of the sporting element a noticeable dullness will pervade Moruya for the time being.   11/4/1914

How many of the moruya locals followed this advertisement and met at the marble Bar in 1914.
The program for the 1914 Royal Easter Show. How many of the Moruya locals read the cover and met at the Marble Bar?
From The Bega Budget Wednesday 17 June, 1916
From The Bega Budget
Wednesday 17 June, 1916

THE ILLAWARRA & SOUTH COAST S.N. CO., LTD – Maintains frequent and regular PASSENGER and CARGO SERVICES (weather and other circumstances permitting) as under:

Every SATURDAY afternoon or SUNDAY morning for SYDNEY.

S.S. EDEN leaves SYDNEY for BATEMAN’S BAY every THURSDAY at 12 noon,
and leaves BATEMAN’S BAY for SYDNEY every Saturday as tide permits.

Full particulars on application to Local Agent.
D.J.M. Sim, General Manager.

LOCAL AGENTS: Moruya – G Constable; tel. No.2.; Bateman’s Bay – S.G. Lewis.


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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