Returned Heroes, Death and Tennis – News from 100 years ago.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of the week ending Friday 3 November 1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

fullsizeoutput_2cfFIRE – Early on Sunday morning the Flat Rock Sawmill near Brooman owned by Mr. Allen, was totally destroyed by fire. The plant was insured.

ILLNESS – We are sorry to report that Mrs. Currie, of Araluen, and daughter of Mr. M. Keating, of Mullenderree, is again in a precarious state of health.

SALE at BODALLA – R. H. Harvison’s big clearance sale of Mrs. S. Baldwin’s household furniture, horses, fowls, farming implements, etc., will take place at their Bodalla residence today, commencing at 2 p.m. sharp.

DEATH – On Thursday of last week the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Heffernan, of Moggendoura, died at the age of eight days. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents in the loss of their first-born.

HONOR ROLL – Mr. G. Riley, of Narooma, received official word last week that his son, Pte. Earnest. H. Riley, who had been reported missing since April 11th, was killed in action on that date. This young hero enlisted at the outbreak of the war, but was rejected owing to defective eyesight. In May 1916, he again gave his name in and passed. His age was 25 years.

RETURNED HEROES – A correspondent from Wagonga writes: – Amongst the returned soldiers last week I noticed some boys from this district. One well known identity from Eurobodalla was Cpl. Esmonde W. Coman, eldest son of Mr. D. Coman; also Spr. A. J. Brothers, of Wagonga, who was wounded and gassed at Messines, Belgium, last June. Spr. Brothers belongs to the Australian Field Engineers who rendered great service at Messines and Hill 60 on June 7th 1917.

ELECTRIC LIGHTING – The Braidwood freezing works submitted a proposition to the Municipal Council to electrically light the town, but the civic body decided not to entertain it for the present.

TENNIS MATCH – The third match between the Moruya and Convent Tennis clubs was played at the former’s court on Wednesday and resulted in a win for the Moruya one by six sets.

Moruya Tennis Club. Daisy walter is standing oat the top right while  Ilma Walter is sitting bottom left.


– The gun licence fee in State forests has been reduced from 2s 6d to 1s per week.
– Everythig to delight the eye, ear and mouth at the Cafe Chantant on Wednesday.
– Pte. Ernie Wise of Narooma, was severely wounded during the recent heavy fighting in Flanders.
– Messrs. L. and W. Stafford enlisted at Cobargo last week. Their father has been at the front for some time.
Pte. Walter Francis Coman, aged 23 years, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Coman, of Albion Park (formerly of Nerrigundah) and nephew of Mrs. R. Heffernan, of Yarragee, was killed in action in France on 11 April.
– Private John W. Flack, of Major’s Creek, has answered his last roll call.
– The Rev. Father Stephens, a young priest and a native of Sydney, has succeeded Father Walsh at Pambula.
– In Conversation with Pte. Jack Beathe the other night he said that he was unconscious for three weeks after being gassed.
– I. and J. O’Reilly reports the sale of Mr. W. Blacka’s dairy herd to Mr. C. Keating.
Lieut. Horace Rex, of Braidwood, has paid the supreme sacrifice on the blood-stained fields of France. He was a cousin of Mr. Rae Mater of Buckenboura.

PECULIAR ACCIDENT – On Monday last Mr. W. Crapp had a peculiar accident happen to his timber waggon at the water hole near the cemetery. He had been giving his horses a drink and when in the act of driving them out, one of the animals swerved, suddenly causing the waggon to turn a complete somersault. One of the wheels went right under the end of the culvert, and was jambed so tightly against the stringer that the decking had to be removed before the jinker could be extricated.

DEPARTURE – Mr. E. L. Arnett, of Cooboora, with his wife and child, left here on Thursday for Nashua, Richmond River, where he intends purchasing a farm. Mr. Arnett has leased his Cooboora property to Mrs. M. Mylott, of Tuross.

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 (

The Moruya Museum houses a collection of furniture, books, artefacts and memorabilia that is intended to show visitors something of the lives of the ordinary people of this community from the middle of the nineteenth century. Most items on display were donated by local families.

To explore the museum’s online collection click here.

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