A Cinderella Dance, Deaths, Racing and Millinery – news from 100 years ago


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 22 January 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

DENTIST W. J. S. Perdrian will be at his surgery, next door to Weatherby’s Pharmacy, all next week.

FURNITURE SALE – Special attention is invited to the sale of Mr. H. White’s household furniture and effects which is advertised to take place on the premises, opposite the steamer’s wharf, this day (Saturday) at 2:30p.m. Everything must be sold as Mr. White and family are leaving the district.

SALE OF RACE PRIVILEGES – On Saturday H. H. Harvison submitted at auction the privileges in connection with the Moruya Annual two-days registered races of 1916 which are listed for 31st instant and the 1st of next month (February). The publican’s booth for the annuals was knocked down to Mr. W. J. Lynch for the satisfactory sum of £30 ; the fruit stall for the meeting fell to the bid of Mr. Les Graham, on behalf of Mrs. Norman of Araluen, for £3; whilst the right of the tea tent was secured by Mr. C. Johnston for £1.

The grandstand at the old Moruya Racecourse – now the Moruya Showground)

SUDDEN DEATH – Mr. J. R. Lamont, Saddler of Vulcan Street, Moruya, was called away very suddenly to join the great majority on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Lamont was a native of Grangemouth, Scotland, and came to this country when quite a young man, taking up his residence in Moruya about 40 years ago. Over 20 years ago he became effected in his eye-sight, and later on became totally blind.

CINDERELLA DANCE – Lovers of the “light fantastic” are notified that a Cinderella dance will take place in the Mechanics’ Hall tonight (Saturday) in aid of “Allies’ Day”; gentlemen 1s 6d, ladies 1s.

The dance held at the Mechanics’ Institute was called a Cinderella Dance because it ended at midnight.

MILLINERY – Our popular and up-to-date little milliner, of Queen Street, Miss Clements, returned from Sydney on Tuesday last with the very latest in chapeaux for the races and show. Now ladies of Moruya, don’t let your visiting sisters from other centres put you in the shade in chic and becoming head gear.

KIORA FACTORY – The 18th annual balance sheets of the Kiora Co-operative Dairy Co., Ltd., are now being issued to the suppliers. During the year 111821 gallons of milk were received ( equal to 110,000 standard gallons), the average price paid being a fraction over 6¾d per standard gallon. The shareholders will shortly be called upon to elect four new directors in the place of Messrs. C. Crapp and C. J. Lynch, who are retiring but who are eligible for re-election, and Messrs. E. Collett and L. D. Collett, who are not eligible for re-election, through having ceased to supply the factory.

The opening of the Kiora Co-Operative Dairy Co.

WIND MILL – A truism says that “A stitch in time saves nine” which our Shire Councillors should have applied at once to our town wind mill situated near the local wharf, which, if not attended to, will be beyond the one stich stage and in a dilapidated and useless condition. This mill, which is practically a new one, must have been badly erected as it never appears to run smoothly and is now in a very wobbly condition.

DEATH – Another very old a respected resident of this district passed away to the Bourne from whence no traveller returns on Monday morning, at the residence of his grandson, Mr. H. Lavis, Gundary, in the person of Mr. David Lavis, at the good old age of 87 years and nine months. The deceased has been an honourable resident of this district for about 62 years, the greater part of his life having been spent on a farm at Kiora, where he reared a large and highly respected family of sons and daughters. His wife predeceased him about 19 years ago. The sons and daughters living are Henry (Deua River), William (Eurobodalla), John and David (Maitland), James (Mosquito Bay), Mesdames Stubbs, (Gundary), Green (Kempsey), and Bates (N.Z.), to each of whom we extend our sympathy.

Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 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 (www.mdhs.org.au).

3 responses to “A Cinderella Dance, Deaths, Racing and Millinery – news from 100 years ago”

  1. Shirley Jurmann Avatar
    Shirley Jurmann

    Exactly what is a Cinderella dance? Shirley

    1. mdhsociety Avatar

      Hi Shirley. A Cinderella Dance was one that had to finish by midnight unlike the ball at Araluen that will be featured shortly. Supper was served at midnight and dancing finished at dawn.

  2. Shirley Jurmann Avatar
    Shirley Jurmann

    Guessed that is what it would be. Wouldn’t get many people there today. Young people would just be about to arrive when it finished.

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