The Great War, Spring Novelties and Strippers – all on 26 September, 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:

SPRING NOVELTIES – Our Queen-st. milliner, Miss Clements, left for Sydney on Monday last to purchase her spring stock. Her patrons should therefore be on the watch for the arrival of the new shipment, as it is Miss Clements’ intention to return with the very latest and daintiest of pretties for our lady friends.     26/9/1914

Millinery of the tie. I wonder if    bought these back to Moruya?
Millinery of the tie. I wonder if Miss Clements brought these back to Moruya?
Marshall Joffre of France
Marshall Joffre of France

WAR GUIDE – The average man who eagerly reads the war cables is constantly puzzled by such queries as “What is an Army Corps?” “Who is Joffre?” “How is an Army Formed?” “Which Nation Owns the Most Airships?” “Who Leads the Great Armies?” etc.

“Life” magazine has just issued the first sixpenny number of “Life War Guide” – a new and excellent war publication – in which hundreds of queries such as the above are clearly and accurately answered. These many answers to was queries are supplemented by a number of special articles – notable two by Dr. W.H. Fitchett, entitled “The Strategy of the Great War,” and “How the Great War Began.” If 2/4 in stamps or postal note is sent to 382 Swanston Street, Melbourne, the first four numbers of “Life’s War Guide” will be sent by post to any address immediately they are published.   26/9/1914

JAPANESE FAIR – The Japanese Fair which takes place next week in the Centennial Hall, in aid of the Church of England, promises to be something unique for Moruya and quite out of the ordinary type of bazaar. No trouble or expense is being spared to make it attractive and give patrons something to see for their money. The whole of the hall will be arranged to represent a Japanese fair with decorations of wisteria, peach blossoms, iris and other distinct Japanese flowers. All the stall-holders will wear the complete Japanese national costume in colors to match the flowers of Japan. The whole effect will be very pleasing to the eye. All the usual articles will be displayed on the stalls. Special attention is being given to side shows. There will be a penny-shining competition, nail-driving, hat-trimming, etc., also a hoop-la stall and a ring-o-let gallery, and a specially constructed trelee shooting gallery. Mrs. Jarley’s wax works will be staged each evening for the amusement of patrons. A troupe of people are being trained to represent the wax figures and much amusement will be afforded by the humorous “burlesque.” Admission will be 1s, children half price, season ticket 2s 6d. Messrs. R. Somerset and I.S. Wilson are the secretaries.   26/9/1914

WANTED  – BARK STRIPPERS  Only large trees to be stripped. THE BUCKENBOURA WATTLE BARK CO., LTD.   J VIDER, Estate Manager.

Three men with a wagon load of wattle bark. The load was 3 tons and was worth 11 pounds per ton. Wattle bark was used in the tanning industry. Acknowledgement: The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria

LECTURE – On Wednesday night a lecture was delivered by Mr. Massie, Government Veterinary Officer, in the Mechanics’ Hall under the auspices of the Agricultural Bureau. The subject treated was pigs, and the vet gave a fairly general routine of the management and care of the pig, and then dealt with the various diseases to which they are subject, the most common being paralysis in the hind limbs, kidney worms, and pneumonia. He clearly pointed out the different symptoms of disease in plain and simple words, and gave instructions for treatment… 26/9/1914

Fifteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1912 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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