News from the Front, Ploughing Matches and Death Notices – News from 100 years ago today

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

FROM THE FRONT – On Saturday evening Mr C. De Saxe received word that his son, Private Leo De Saxe, was ill and had disembarked at Malta. On Wednesday Mr. W. J. Lynch of Narooma, was notified that his son Private E. J. Lynch, brother of Mr Leo Lynch, of Criterion Hotel, Mullenderree, was in the First Australian Hospital, Heliopolis, suffering from scalp wounds. We trust soon to hear of these brave boys’ return to the front. 21 August 1915

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First Australian Hospital, Heliopolis

HERO DEAD – Word was received during the week that Private Alex McMillan of “Durass Lake,” who was wounded at the Dardanelles, had died. This gallant Australian had been dead only three days when his two sisters arrived at the hospital. 21 August 1915

SHIPPING – The Bodalla arrived at Moruya yesterday morning, and leaves again for Sydney today at 9 a.m. 21 August 1915

PLOUGHING MATCH – We would again remind our readers of the A. and P. Society’s annual ploughing match and sports whic are listed to take place in Miss Boot’s paddock, on Wednesday next, the 1st proximo. The locality of the rendezvous is within easy distance of the town, so that persons who prefer a constitutional walk to riding or driving can do so via the river through Mr. Heffernan’s paddock. After the day’s sport a grand ball will be held in the Centennial Hall at night. 21 August 1915

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LADIES’ MEETING – The ladies’ Ploughing Match Committee will meet at the Shire Hall on Monday next, at 3 p.m., to make final arrangements in connection with the luncheon for Wednesday. 21 August 1915

BATEMAN’S BAY – (From our Correspondent.) No local news in the “Examiner” columns has been read with greater pleasure than that contained in last issue. The news referred to is the report of the Council’s meeting wherein it states they have at last decided to stamp out the cattle straying on the streets. Probably some of the Councillors have been rudely awaked at night or suffered a personnel inconvenience, or a garden loss. The large majority of Bateman’s Bay congratulate them on their action, and thank them from the bottom of their heart. 21 August 1915

BODALLA’S AUSTRALIA DAY – The grand pageant, which must have been over half a mile in length, arrived on the trysting ground at about 11.30 a.m. Here the band played “God Save the King,” after which the manager of the Estate, Mr D. Hutchison, mounted the “John Bull” lorry and delivered one of the best recruiting speeches we have heard since the beginning of the campaign, and which was punctuated throughout by loud applause. Mr. Hutchison was followed by a well-delivered recitation, “Give, Give” by a young lad from Tilba named Cochrane. 21 August 1915

BURNING FATALITY. – A sad and shocking burning fatality occurred at Mogo on Wednesday. Mrs. A. E. Ison who was nursing her four weeks old baby, was in the act of preparing the dinner, when her clothes caught fire, the child’s garments also becoming ignited. After extinguishing the latter’s burning clothes the mother rushed into the next room and rolled on the bed, the clothes of which also caught fire. Her screams attracted the neighbours, who tore the remaining garments off the unfortunate victim, but she was then severely burnt, the left arm being almost baked. Dr Quilter was at once sent for but the poor woman, passed peacefully away at noon on Thursday, being conscious to the last. Deceased, who was only 27 years of age, was a daughter of Mr. A. Templeman of the Clyde River, and leaves a widower and four children, the eldest only eight years, to mourn their irreparable loss. 21 August 1915

DEATH – It is our sad duty this week to report the death of Mr. Albert Henry Green, watchmaker and jeweller which occurred at his residence, Vulcan Street , at 4 o’clock yesterday morning from enlargement of the heart, at the early age of 41 years. He leaves a widow and four sons, the eldest being only 11 years. The widow is the eldest daughter of the late Bernard and Mrs. Tier of Moruya. 21 August 1915

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