The Adelaide Hotel, racing in Moruya, a wedding in Bodalla and news from Nerrigundah


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 27 January 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

HOTEL CHANGES HANDS – At the Moruya Court on Tuesday the license of the Adelaide Hotel was transferred from Ada Pollock to “Tom” Mallet of the Hotel Carlton, Sydney.

H. J. THOMSON will offer three milking cows for sale at the Adelaide Hotel today.

The Adelaide Hotel, Moruya c.1920

GENERAL ENTRY – Horse owners are reminded that general entry night for the Moruya annual races has been fixed for Thursday next the 1st of February, at 8 o’clock at Tatts, Keating’s Hotel.

AMUSEMENT TAX As the Government has fixed the amusement tax at one penny in the shilling, the Moruya Jockey Club has decided to make this collection at the inner gate where gentlemen will pay an extra sixpence and ladies an extra threepence, and thus do away with the penny collection at the outer gate. The public is requested to bring the correct change.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY – The Secretary, Mr. Flanagan, has received a communication from Mr. H. E. Simpson, Shire Clerk, that Monday, 5th Feb., first day of Moruya Annual Races has been gazetted a Public Holiday.

Moruya Races at the former racecourse – now the Moruya Showground.

DEATH AT COBARGO – Soon after resuming work after dinner on Friday, a man named McCauley, employed on the new Bank premises, collapsed from heat apoplexy. He was working at the filling-in of concrete foundations, and complained of feeling dizzy. His mates went to his assistance but he collapsed. He was taken to Hammond’s Hotel, and attended by Dr. Lister. He later developed delirium. “Mac,” as he was familiarly called in Cobargo was a prime favorite. – “Chronicle.”

OUR HARBOUR – As we have already pointed out in these columns the channel in the Moruya River, which is utilised as the port for this big shipping district, has so silted up, consequent upon the late flood, that on every occasion that the steamer tries to navigate it the little craft gets so firmly stuck that it is compelled, after struggling in vain and wasting fuel, to wait until the following tide. On Saturday morning last the regular boat, the s.s. Benandra, stuck fast when nearing the town and was obliged to put its passengers ashore in one of the small boats. If some strong concertive action is not soon taken by the public to get a suction pump at work here, it won’t be very long before Moruya will be minus a boat altogether.

WEDDING – BERRIMAN – RAVAILLION All Saint’s Church, Bodalla was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Wednesday 17th inst. When Alfred Joseph, fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Berriman, Congo Bergalia, was married to Phyllis Elsie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Ravailiion “Fernleigh,” Coila. Rev. H. E. Lewin officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a beautiful gown of ivory crepe-de-chene, with over dress of shadow lace, the square Court train of white satin being lined with shell pink and trimmed with true lover’s knots, and sprays of orange blossoms. After the ceremony the bridal party were driven to the residence of the bride’s parents where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was served and the usual toasts being proposed and responded to, only the immediate relatives of both families being present. Later Mr. and Mrs. Ravaillion gave a brilliant reception in the Turlinjah Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Berriman left early in the evening on their wedding tour of the South Coast.

All Saints’ Bodalla – the location of the Berriman-Ravaillon wedding.

NERRIGUNDAH – (From our Correspondent). Miss Madeline Mather, who was a pupil of that talented teacher, Mrs. Johnstone of Eurobodalla, received notice last week that she had been appointed teacher of a school at Kyogle at a salary of £132 a year. Miss Mather left on Thursday for her new home with good wishes from all who have had the pleasure of her acquaintance.

Eurobodalla Public School – June 1906. Mrs Johnston is on the left.

Mr. W. E. Guest received a letter from Private Frank Curtis, who has been fighting on the Somme but is now in the Beaufort War Hospital in England suffering from “trench feet.” Frank says that he expects to be back in that butcher’s shop of a battle field in a few weeks. “We are getting a bit the better of things on the Somme but it is a hard-fought battle. It is terrible weather in France, all the battle ground is nothing but a great big bog hole, many who get wounded in the early stages of the battle smother in the mud. One gets bogged up to the waist and has to be pulled out at times.


Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 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 (

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