One hundred years ago – 4 July, 1914


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

THE WEATHER – Splendid soaking rain has been falling since Tuesday evening, and at the time of going to Press there was every appearance of it continuing. Up to 9 a m yesterday the following points, kindly supplied us by Postmaster Taylor, had been recorded: – Araluen 277 points, Braidwood 70, Goulburn 18, Cooma 38, Jervis Bay 141, Milton 150, Bateman’s Bay 154, Eden 150 and Moruya 110.  4/7/1914

Merlyn  Campbell Street, Moruya
Campbell Street, Moruya

BROULEE – Mr. Crayton Burns has kindly shown us a beautiful picture of Broulee beach and township. This interesting illustration, which was recently sent by a friend to Mr. Burns, was taken when the old town was in a thriving state about 70 years ago. The most prominent building in the picture is a dwelling on the summit of the hill and which was owned by Mr. McCauley, grandfather of Mr. V.W.McCauley, of Mullenderree. This house was afterwards brought to Moruya, purchased by the late Mr. Abraham Emmott, and re-erected in Campbell Street as the Beehive Store. It is still in existence, being at present occupied by Mr. W. Emmott and his family. 4/7/1914

Early Broulee
Early Broulee

THE POLICE in various towns of the State are prosecuting people for playing football in public places on Sunday. 4/7/1914

IT IS NOW POSSIBLE to speak over the telephone from Bega to Sydney, but the facility is not yet available to the public. 4/7/1914

BURCH BENEFIT CONCERT A HUGE SUCCESS – The Garlandtown and Newstead residents with their unsurpassable secretaries, Misses Smith and Jenner, fully demonstrated the fact on Friday night last that they can organise a concert which will attract a large audience, as well as proving themselves adept in collecting the necessary for the poor and afflicted. On Friday night the seating accommodation in Centennial Hall was taxed to its utmost, the occasion being the concert and ball promoted for the benefit of the Burch family who are in indigent circumstances. Certainly Moruya can hold the palm for spontaneous liberality wherever an opportunity for genuine Christian charity arises, and when there are such indefatigable and cheerful workers, as the Misses Smith and Jenner, at the helm, its generosity is unbounded…

Following is the programme rendered: –

Overture (piano) – Mrs. Somerset.

Song – “They all Love Jack,” Mr. R.B. Heffernan.

Song – “Slumber Sea (encore) Miss N. Mylott.

Song – “Monarchs of the Road,” Rev. A.G. Rix.

Song – “The Swallows” (encore), Miss Ryan.

Song –  “I Hear you calling Me” (encore “Mary”) Rev. G.A. McDonald.

Song – “I Love a Lassie” (encore), Capt. Miller.

Orchestra (piano, cornet and clarionet) Miss Kennedy, Messrs. H.J. Parbery and J. Buckley.

Song – “Lillies” Miss N. Simpson.

Song – “Come Back to Erin” (encore “The Night has a Thousand Eyes”) Miss N. Mylott.

Song – “The Little Hero” (encore “Oh-ucha-San”) Mr. Sherlock.

Song – “My Wife’s gone to the Country” (encore, recitation “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Ride”)               Master Baden Graham.

Song – “The Reason Why I Wear a Kilt” (encore) Capt. Miller.

Song – “At My Window” (encore, “Killarney”) Miss Ryan.

Song – “Loch Lomond” (encore “Wee Deoch and Doris,” encore, recitation “Me and Bill”)         Rev. G.A. McDonald…..


The secretaries are not yet in a position to announce the total amount of proceeds, as some of the out district collections have to come in, but we feel sure that the gross takings will be a fitting recompense for their untiring efforts on behalf of a noble cause.   4/7/1914

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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