Narooma In Festal Array – News from 100 years ago.

Featured Image: The facade of the Narooma Kinema, housed in the historic Soldiers Memorial School of Arts Hall.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 6 April 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

KIND FRIENDS – We have to acknowledge with sincere thanks some beautiful samples of his choice apples from Mr S. Kimpton, of Deua River, and a case of the very best pears and apples from Mr Jos. Taylor, of Kiora. We are truly grateful for our friends’ kind thought. May their shadows never grow less!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – Mrs Lawrence, treasurer of the local Knitting Class, in receipt of the following:-

“ I am writing you a few lines thanking you and the people of the Knitting Class for parcel received. It was very acceptable. I am getting along fine over here. It is twelve months since I left Moruya. Well, you will have to excuse this short note. Wishing all the best and kindest regards, from a Moruya soldier, Tpr. J. Coman.”

AFTERNOON TEA – Mrs C. Cheesman entertained the members of the Knitting Class to an afternoon tea in the Shire Hall on Thursday, when a pleasant time was spent, the younger members particularly having an enjoyable time.

DR QUILTER – The youngest son of Mr J. A. Greig, of Bingie, was taken suddenly ill during the week. Dr Quilter at once ordered the patient to Sydney for treatment, and kindly gave the use of his car and chauffeur to take the child as far as Nowra, to catch the early train yesterday.

ILLNESS – On Thursday Mrs E. Lawrence was admitted to the local hospital suffering from a severe attack of her old complaint – bronchitis. Mrs Alf Foreman was also admitted the same day in a state of excruciating pain through erysipelas. At the time of going to press both patients were much improved.

SHIPPING – The local steamer which left the wharf here last Saturday morning became fast on a sandbank near Mr A. Louttit’s. She however floated off on the evening tide, but only proceeded as far as the coal wharf, nearly opposite Mr Rose’s where she again stuck. Here she remained until the following night, when she crossed the bar for Sydney at about 11 p.m. Low tides and being heavily laden with timber was the cause of trouble. The steamer returned yesterday morning and was to have left again at 2 o’clock this morning.

MOTOR CAR – Mr. Thomson of Bateman’s Bay brought a new model motor car to town on Tuesday morning. It was the centre of interest to a large number of men whilst it remained in the main street. The engine and gears were taken from a Harley Davidson motor bicycle. The hand wheels are from some motor car and the remainder is Mr Thomson’s own make. A notable feature is the electric lighting arrangements in which the light remains at the same strength whether the engine is running fast or slow. The starting handle is also an improved model, being at the side of the car instead of in front.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE – Remember the sacrifices offered by our brave Australians in the great offensive, and buy a Red Cross House Badge.

Canvassers will shortly make a Red Cross “drive” in this district. Every house will be bombarded till it displays a Red Cross Badge.

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A donation box used to collect money for the Red Cross during World War 1. Moruya Museum collection – 000/074

 NAROOMA – (From our Correspondent.)

On Tuesday last, March 26th, Narooma was in Festal array, the occasion being the home-coming of Lance-Corporal James Anderson, D.C.M., who has been on active service for the past two years in France, having been wounded twice. On the first occasion he greatly distinguished himself although wounded, and on the second occasion he received a knock-out which necessitated his being invalided home, and is now an inmate of the Randwick Military Hospital, where, I understand, he has to undergo an operation, having lost one of his eyes, hence he was granted a few days leave to come home and visit his friends and relatives. Word was only received late on Monday evening by his father that he was coming home via the s.s. Merimbula, so the citizens were early astir on Tuesday morning making preparations for his reception.

Nineteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1917  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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