Little Interest In an Anzac Memorial for Moruya in 1916

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 15 April 1916, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

ANZAC DAY – The public meeting called by circular, issued under the hand of the Shire President for Wednesday night last to arrange the best means of commemorating Anzac Day, which falls on Tuesday, the 25th instant, was only attended by the Rev. Mr. Walsh outside the members of the Recruiting Committee. After a little discussion of a conversational nature it was unanimously decided on the motion of Messrs. Harvison and Dawson “That this public meeting held at Moruya whilst in sympathy with the sentiments of the movement consider the proposal to expend funds on the erection of a memorial is premature and in its opinion such action should be deferred until after the war has been prosecuted to a successful issue, and that the clergymen of the town be asked to confer with a view to holding a united commemoration service.

The memorial outside the RSL Hall,  Moruya was not erected until 1992 and before then Moruya was one of the few towns in Australia that did not have a war monument.

MARRIAGE. O’CONNOR – STRAHAN – On 4th March at St. James’ Church, Glebe Pt., Sydney, by the Rev. Father Smyth, Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin O’Connor, of Araluen, to Elizabeth Margaret (Lily) eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Strahan, of Moruya.

Rain, rain, lovely rain

THERE are no less than nine residents in this district under the prohibition flag.

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An early advertisement for Millikin’s.

AUCTION Sale. – H. J. Thomson’s sale of Mr. A. Millikin’s cottage, shop, furniture, etc. to-day (Saturday) at 2 p.m.

ENLISTED – The latest local boys to hand in their names to Recruiting Sergeant Heydon are: L. Tracey, S. Constable, W. Deane, G. Hanscom, L. Brown and C. Burke.

MILLINERY – Our up-to-date Queen Street milliner, Miss Clements, intends leaving for Sydney next week, and will immediately select a choice assortment of the very latest hats for the coming season.

A BADGE – The Hon. Austin Chapman has urged the Minister for Defence to expedite a badge or armlet or some distinguishing mark for those who have offered their services in the war and have not been accepted. The Secy. For Defence advises Mr. Chapman that the matter is receiving attention.

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 11.08.39 pmCATTLE BLINDNESS – During his recent visit to the district, Mr. Will Zingel was informed that Cobargo cattle, says the “Chronicle,” were suffering from blight. He also saw some cases in Bega of what he was convinced was opthalmia. This, he says, is a very common complaint in South Africa. The Africanders have a certain care for this and one application usually suffices. Make a mixture of one part of MacDougall’s sheep dip to 50 parts of water, and carefully syringe this into the socket of the eye. This, in Africa, is a simple and certain cure for opthalmia, which, if neglected may result in total blindness.

6 O’CLOCK CLOSING – A public meeting of those interested in the closing of Hotels during the existence of the war was held in the Centennial Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Shire President Flood occupied the chair, and in a very forceful address made a strong appeal in favour of 6 o’clock closing. Mr. H. G. Payne, Alliance Lecturer then addressed the meeting, giving full information to those disposed to interest themselves in favour of closing hotel bars at the hour named – 6 o’clock- and distributed ballot papers showing how to vote, either for 6, 7 or 8 o’clock. But not later.

The Criterion Hotel, Moruya
Keatings Hotel, 1920
Keating’s Hotel, 1920
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Miss Helen Hassall

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE – Messrs. H. E. Simpson and H. P. Jeffery intend spending Easter in Sydney

The amount raised by election of Queen for Allies’ Day in Braidwood totalled £515.

Miss Helen Hassall who was a visitor to our recent show, was elected Queen of Allies’ Day in Braidwood by a majority of 24,002 votes.

Balloch. – 30th March, 1916, at Working, England, Mr. and Mrs. Gidgeon Balloch (daughter of late E. M. Mort, Bodalla) – a son.

SPECIAL CAR TRIPS TO NOWRA – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fares only 30/- Arrange early with E. Riley or A. Weatherby.

MESSRS Emmott Bros invite tenders in this issue for the erection of a brick building, the removal of a cottage and pulling down of portion of “Examiner” office.

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 (






One response to “Little Interest In an Anzac Memorial for Moruya in 1916”

  1. Bee Dawson Avatar
    Bee Dawson

    WOW, My grandmothers family were all born in and around Braidwood in the 1800’s. They were Dawsons and I’m wondering if there are any Dawsons left there.

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