Public Baths, Pensions, Bookmakers and more – News From 100 Years Ago Today.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 13 November 1915, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

A 'Gloria Light' chandelier of the time.
A ‘Gloria Light’ chandelier of the time.

GLORIA LIGHT – Our R. C. friends have installed that beautiful illuminant, the “Gloria Light” in the Presbytery.

CHEESE MAKING – Mr. Sylvester Perry, the capable Kiora cheesemaker, is the successful tenderer for the position of cheesemaker at Corunna.

SPECIAL MOTOR CAR TRIP – Mr. G. Harrison has arranged a special motor car trip from Nowra to Sydney, leaving Nowra on 20th inst. Any one desirous of taking this enjoyable trip along the picturesque coastal road, can do so by arrangement with Mr. Harrison’s Moruya agent, Mr. Nelson.

Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes

PENSION – Austin Chapman asked Prime Minister Hughes in Parliament last week whether he proposed to grant the promised increase of 2/6 to Pensioners. Mr. Hughes said no – not this session owing to financial stringency.

BOOKMAKERS – APPLICATIONS are invited from BOOKMAKERS wishing to BET at BODALLA RACES, on December 27th 1915. Successful applicants will be required to deposit £7. £5 will be returned if all bets are satisfactorily settled. Only four bookmakers will be registered. If a successful applicant fails to carry out his agreement his fee of £2 will be liable to forfeiture.
Hon. Sec.

NOTICE – NOTICE is hereby given that any person CUTTING TIMBER on the KIORA ESTATE without permission of the undersigned, or any teamster or other person, drawing timber across any part of the same property will be liable to PROSECUTION.
Agent for the owners.

OUR PUBLIC BATHS – Now that our public baths have been completed and rules drawn up for their management, it is to be sincerely hoped that the bathers will see that such rules are strictly observed. No mixed bathing on any account to be permitted. The Inspector would do a kindly act by keeping a keen lookout to see that the hours are strictly observed and have anyone breaking them expelled or brought before the Court.

Moruya Swimming Pool 1910
Moruya Swimming Pool, 1910

OPERATION – Mr. R. Cantlay returned by boat yesterday after successfully undergoing an operation in Sydney.

SERIOUS ILLNESS – Universal sorrow is expressed throughout the district at the sad news of the almost hopeless condition of Mr. “Harry” Burns in Prince Alfred’s Hospital. The worst is hourly expected.

HOSPITAL – It is really a pleasure to pay a visit to the Moruya Cottage Hospital, everything being kept so clean and inviting by the popular matron, Mrs. F. Constable and her cheery maid, Miss Elsie Brown. During the past few months the Matron had a very anxious and wearying tim of it owing to the serious nature of several cases over which she had supervision. Last Saturday the lad named Kenneth Kimpton, who had his hand amputated in the hospital, was discharged, the wound having healed in a short space of time. The only patient in hospital at the present time is little Miss Olive Denny , of Bodalla, who a few weeks ago was terribly burnt of the back and thighs though her clothes becoming ignited while standing with her back to a fire.

NERRIGUNDAH – (From our Correspondent). Bush fires have been raging around the ranges for the past week but have done more good than harm from the miner’s point of view by clearing the scrub and leaving the hills open for prospecting.

Some of the claims are ready to crush but are unable to get teams to draw the stone as farmers are getting their crops in. Motby Bros. and Noble have about 25 tons ready for carting, which should yield about 3 oz per ton. W. W. Motby and McGill have about 10 tons also about 1 oz stuff.

What has become of the Nerrigundah Rifle Club? Only one went to the war. Have the rest lost all their energy?

Mountains behind Nerrigundah

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1914 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 Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (

A New DVD entitled Soldiers of the Eurobodalla, Stories of our Locals is also now available from the Society.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: