Hut Robbers, Closed Schools and the War: News from 13 October 1917


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 13 October 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

Louise Mack

LouiseMackLOUISE MACK –  There is coming to Moruya shortly one of the most remarkable personalities of the war. This is Miss Louise Mack, the pretty and charming little lady who has been thrilling crowded houses all over Australia with her wonderful recital: “What I saw in the war.” Miss Mack holds her audiences spell-bound wherever she goes. Her experiences were amazing. She went right through the German lines into the occupied city of Brussels, where she met that heroic figure, Edith Cavell.

HELP our poor and sick by attending the Hospital Ball on Wednesday night next.

HUT ROBBER – Sergt. Branch was out on Saturday searching for the robber, who has been visiting lonely huts and camps in Wadbillija, Tanto and Nerrigundah. A description of the man was furnished the police by a Cobargo resident who saw him on the eve of the robbery at Mr. W. Thompson’s hut. The stranger appears to be about 30 years of age and speaks with a foreign accent. The Sergeant was accompanied by Bill Brennan, of Wadbillija, noted for his bush lore, whose hut had been pillaged. They tracked the robber to Belowra and had to give up about 8 p.m. owing to the darkness.

A typical slab hut of the time

DOG REGISTRATION – Today is the last day’s grace allowed for the registration of bow-wows. Forms obtainable at this office.

SCHOOL CLOSED – Owing to the resignation of the teacher, Miss Alice Jenner, and the paucity of attendance of pupils the Newstead School has again been closed.

OFF TO FIGHT – Our old friend, Mr. Alf Crapp writing from Woolgoola says. “Enlisted and gone into camp please continue sending the “Examiner” to Mrs. Crapp, and kindly remember me to all my friends.”

PROPERTY SALE – Mr. M. Morris has disposed of his property in Queen St., the shop and land occupied by Messrs. Cheesman Bros. and land occupied by Mr. C. Rochsey, the purchaser being Mr. A. F. Emmott.

DEATH – On Friday morning last an old man named William Kasey, who had been ailing for some time, was found dead in his bed at Mr. H. Anderson’s residence. The deceased who was about 70 years of age, and an Englishman, had been working on the Bergalia Estate for a number of years. The remains were interred on Saturday in the Methodist portion of the Moruya Cemetery, the Rev. E. S. Henderson, in the absence of the Rev. J. A. Walsh, officiating.


Pvt, Leslie Stuart James Ross

– In his last letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ross, Pte. Leslie Ross says that he is now at Queen’s College, Oxford studying for a pilot in the Aerial Corps

– Mr. Horace Head, late assistant teacher at the Public School, Moruya, is the latest local recruit to don khaki.

– Pte. V. Edwards, of Central Tilba who has just returned from the front minus an arm, received an enthusiastic public welcome home.

– Amongst the 340th list of killed in action during the week appeared the name of Pte. Edwin Ernest Woollett, Narooma, previously reported missing.

– Corporal Ethelbert Jenner, of Newstead, who has been with the Army Medical Corps at the front since the first year of the war, is expected home shortly


– Miss Maud Mallon of Merricumbene drew a substantial cash prize in in Tattersalls’ sweep on the Spring Handicap recently at Randwick.

– We are pleased to state that Mr. “Paddy” Minihan, who was confined to his room last week, has resumed work at the Mt. Waddell mine.

– The many friends of Mrs. Thomas Cooper, of Crown Flat, Araluen, will regret to learn that she is in a poor state of health. She has, we understand, decided to go to Sydney in order to seek more skilful medical advice. Mrs. Cooper is a sister to Mr. “Glasgow” McIntosh, of Larry’s Point.

– Mr. George Turner snr. has gone to Moruya to undergo a course of treatment with Mr. R. Mehl for sciatica.

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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