NEWSFLASH – Eurobodalla Shire has best roads – August 29, 1914

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

OUR ROADS – With the permanent establishment of the motor car conveyance of passengers, and in many cases mails, the public naturally expect to see our main roads kept in first-class order, more especially the South Coast road from the terminus of the railway at Bomaderry, particularly so in and around Nowra and on to Milton, where the hum of the car is almost continually heard. Such unfortunately is not the case, but far from it. The road from Bomaderry to the Nowra bridge – which the writer last week was bumped over – is in a most disgraceful condition and is likely to remain so for some extended time unless those who have control of it succeed in an application made to the Government for a special grant.

Mr and Mrs GH James of Lynwood, Moruya (cnr Campbell and Evans St) owned the first Ford on the South Coast. Mr James also owned the district’s first Triumph motorcycle ( 1911).

For a town of the importance of Nowra its main street is a disgrace to the alderman who control it. The main road leading out of town toward Milton could be vastly improved also. It is the road from Ulladulla towards Termeil, under the control of the Clyde Shire, however, which takes the cake as the champion bad road of the South Coast. With its fine portable stone breaker the Council should render first aid to this portion and thereby save itself from the daily anathemas of drivers and passengers alike. On leaving the Clyde Shire and entering upon the Eurobodalla Shire road a marked change for the better is most noticeable and our Councillors and Engineer become the recipients of many blessings. 29/8/1914

Early Bega
Early Bega

SUCCESSFUL DAIRYING – Mr. J.R. Milne, who hails from the “Pines” dairy, Bega, where his success with the bovines made his name a household word amongst dairymen promises to out-do his Southern reputation on his own rich property at Mullenderree. Mr. Milne, like Mr. R. Heffernan and Sons of Yarragee, believes in breeding and keeping nothing but the best milking stock, and by doing so he now delivers to the factory 113 gallons from over 40 cows which is considerably over 2 ½ gallons per cow. Such a return must be considered highly satisfactory at the close of the winter, and places Mr. Milne top supplier at the local Factory. 29/8/1914

TELEGRAPHIC NEWS (From our Sydney Correspondent). – 1500,000 of the best German troops were hurled against the British in fighting at Mons on Monday. The British artillery fire was deadly, the Germans being driven back. The British showed marked superiority in their bayonet charges. The resistance by the British had a great moral effect on the whole of the French line. If the allies left had been turned the retreat might easily have been turned into a rout. There was great difficulty in holding the British from pursuing the retiring Germans. The order of the General for withdrawal irritated the British but they showed coolness and steadiness in retreat…

The German Attack at Nimy Bridge on 23rd August 1914
The German attack at Nimy Bridge on 23rd August 1914

3g11189u-1066The methods employed by the Germans in Zeppelin raids is to make the airship hover and outrange gun fire, then to lower a man in a bullet-proof cage by a two or three thousand feet wire, the man then releases the bombs. 29/8/1914


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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