Death, punts, chooks and more from – 11 July, 1914

Blog_Jan14HeaderShire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

OBITUARY – There died at the residence of Mr. W. Mepstead, Gundary, on Monday night, Miss Marion Mary Hawdon at the age of 89 years. She was the eldest child of the late Francis Flanagan, Esq., of Shannon View Estate, Mullenderree (one of the earliest settlers in this district), and the only surviving member of that highly respected family. The deceased, who had the distinction of being the first white person born in Moruya, was a remarkably well preserved woman for her age, her tranquil and amiable disposition no doubt being accountable for the wonderful preservation. In the heyday of their youth she and her sister, the late Mrs. Manton, were known as the beautiful Miss Flanagans. The late Mrs. Hawdon had not resided on her Shannon View Estate for the last few years, having been in lodgings nearer town. About four months ago she was taken to the home of Mr. W. Mepstead, where she was carefully attended to by his wife and Nurse Constable. Deceased, who was a kind and indulgent mother, leaves two sons, Vincent (Mullenderree), and William (Sydney.) The funeral took place on Wednesday, the remains being interred in the R.C. Cemetary. The Rev. Father O’Connell performed the last sad rites at the graveside. 11/7/1914

Shannon View, Mullanderee
Shannon View, Mullenderree

BBay2BATEMAN’S BAY NEWS – Our correspondent writes: The spoke factory will resume operations on Monday morning. This news will be hailed with delight by the local people here, and as a special inducement to the spoke getters and carters they are offering cash as soon as dropped at the factory… Mr. Turnbull, the contractor for the new motor punt, has already started. He is bringing his own staff from Sydney next boat and hopes to be able to launch her by New Year’s Day. Mr. Turnbull is a solid worker himself and seems to know his business thoroughly. 11/7/1914

NERRIGUNDAH – Mr. B. Mather, while driving home from Reedy Creek on Saturday, had a narrow escape from drowning in the river at Connolly’s Crossing. The horse and sulky went almost out of sight in a hole that had been washed out by a fresh in the river. Fortunately he was heard by Messrs. P. Connolly and W. Sutherland, who with a pole managed to rescue “Ben.” The horse plunged until he broke the shafts and got free. A violin and other parcels were carried away by the current and have not since been found. A short time after Mr. “Bert” Wilson drove into the same hole and had a similar experience, he had to cut the harness to free the horse and leave the sultk stuck in the river until next day. 11/7/1914

FOR PRIVATE SALE – Freehold & Goodwill of Steam Packet Hotel, Nelligen. For particulars apply M. White Nelligen. 11/7/1914

The original Steam Packet Hotel at Nelligen


The Sussex is a breed which boomed strongly in early Australian poultry history

EGGS, EGGS, EGGS – (1) Red Sussex. Champion winter layers, and cannot be beaten for table purposes. 7/6 per setting. (2) White Leghorns. Padman Cockerel, mated with Ellis and Grantham pullets. 7/6 per setting. Jos. Turner Mullenderree Moruya   11/7/1914

TENDERS – Tenders are invited for the PURCHASE with all its faults the building known as the “Old Bergalia Cheese Factory.” Tenders close on JULY 14TH, 1914. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Tenders to be endorsed “Tenders,” and addressed to C.H. Hutchings, Bergalia. By order,     C.H. HUTCHINGS, Secretary.       11/7/1914


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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