Moruya’s Racing Reverends and other news from 19 September, 1914

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

PUBLIC BATHS – We understand that the Council has secured the right from the Government to erect public baths in the River near the Hospital, but so far there is no sign of a start being made with their erection, notwithstanding the fact that the summer is right upon us. Now, Councillor Flood, shake things up in this connection and give your constituents a chance of priding themselves on being cleanly. If not, perhaps it would be as well for the public to collect sufficient funds and assist Mr. McCauley in repairing his baths. 19/9/1914

SOME OF the Moruya sports express a desire to back our Presbyterian clergyman, the Rev. G. A. McDonald, ye ken, against the Very Rev. Father Cassidy for a motor car race to the Bay and back. 19/9/1914

Pres Church
Rev G.A.McDonald’s Presbyterian Church, Evans Street, Moruya

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 9.08.20 amNYAL’S HUSKEYS give magical relief for huskey voice, coughs and sore throats. Excellent for singers.
1s per box (very palatable) at Weatherby’s. 19/9/1914

DAIRY FACTORY – During the period, 23rd June to 31st July, 24901 gallons, equalling 24442 standard gallons of milk were delivered at Moruya factory. During August 1700 cheese, weighing 2407lbs, were shipped. The amount paid to suppliers at the rate of 7 ¼ d per standard gallon was £783 6s 8d. 19/9/1914

The opening of the Moruya Cheese Factory, 1898
The opening of the Moruya Cheese Factory, 1898
Colours of the 1st Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment
Colours of the 1st Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment

WAR NOTES – The new N.S.W. Infantry Brigade will be commanded by Colonel John Monash, the best of the Victorian Militia Brigadiers. Colonel Monash has been acting deputy-chief censor since Colonel M’Cay’s appointment as Brigadier in the First Imperial Force. 19/9/1914

MINING – Notwithstanding the fact that nearly every other consideration has been almost completely overshadowed by the war, there are certain matters of so momentous an interest, not only to the State, but more particularly to struggling districts and towns in the bush, that we should not allow them to be overlooked entirely.

If we intend to keep Moruya a solvent district when Government grants fail us, and timber cheques dwindle down to diminutive figures we must unitedly put our shoulders to the wheel and give it sufficient velocity to push our neglected mining industry into the position of prominence which it is destined and long since should have occupied.

The “Examiner” has, times without number, advocated the establishment of Government batteries at different points along our auriferous belt of country extending from Donkey Hill, at the back of town, right through Bumbo and Nerrigundah, to Cadgee and Tinpot, and the sinking of deep shafts by the Government on promising reefs abandoned by struggling miners through want of capital. This latter proposition should be strenuously supported by our miners. Now Joseph Jessop and you other expert miners of the once golden Valley, Nerrigundah, get to the Government through your member, and with the “Examiner” behind you success will eventually crown our united efforts and our hills and valleys will once more resound with the cheery song and merry laugh of a prosperous mining community. 19/9/1914

Abandoned battery at Coman's Mine, Nerrigundah
Abandoned battery at Coman’s Mine, Nerrigundah

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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