A liberal minded cleric leaves and the Post Office is renovated – news from 100 years ago


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 13 April 1918, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

RENOVATION – The Post Office, which is being thoroughly renovated inside and out, now presents a decidedly attractive appearance under its artistically coloured garb. The work has been carried out by a city firm assisted by our local artisans, Messrs. H. Ball and M. Johnston. Sergt. Keating’s residence is also under repair, Mr. J. T. Brogan having the contract.

APPENDICITIS – Mr. J. A. Greig, who, with Mrs. Greig took their younger son, aged five years, to Sydney last week, suffering from appendicitis, returned on Tuesday night. Mr. Greig informed us that the patient had not yet been operated upon, and Mrs. Greig would remain in Sydney awaiting developments of the case. As the child is now free from pain, it is hoped that an operation will not be necessary.

MAIZE DEMONSTRATION – On next Wednesday, Mr. H. Wenholtz, the Government maize expert, will give a field demonstration on the growing and selection of seed maize at Mr. A. Louttits’s farm. Mr. Wenholtz has had trial plots for the past two years on the ear to row system with astonishing results.

METHODIST – The Rev. J. A. Walsh, our popular Methodist pastor, will, with his wife and family, take his departure on Thursday next for Corrimal, near Wollongong, to which Parish he has been appointed. We regret very much that it was not possible for Mr. Walsh to have remained in charge of this circuit for a few years more, as he is undoubtedly one of the most liberal minded clerics that we have ever had in our midst. Rev. Mr. Hyde, his successor, is expected to arrive from Moree on Wednesday next.

The former Methodist Church, Page St Moruya – now the Uniting Church.

KNITTING PRIZES – At the Knitting Class afternoon tea last week prizes were donated by Mesdames James, J. Mercer, E. Lawrence, C. Cheesman, and Miss Salter, for the best knitters amongst the younger pupils. In the elder girls’ competition, Miss Lalie Mercer was awarded first, and Miss Nella Parbery second.

HAIRDRESSER – Mr. W. H. Anderson, one of our tonsorial artists, notifies in our business columns that he has removed from Queen St. to the premises lately occupied by Mr. H. Fordham in Vulcan St.

CORDIAL FACTORY – Mr. J. Hansen, who has leased Mrs. W. H. Simpson’s residence, has had a building erected with solid concrete flooring on the property for his cordial factory. He expects to move his plant from Queen Street next week.

CHANGE IN BUSINESS – Messrs. C. and G. Cheesman have dissolved partnerships and the former will carry on the store-keeping business in Queen St. Mr. George, who has not been enjoying good health for some time past, leaves next week on a visit to friends in the western towns.


– Mrs. W. Thomson, who has been undergoing medical treatment in Sydney, returned last week, very little, we regret to say, improved in health.

– SERGT. And Mrs. Keating are in receipt of some dainty souvenirs of France, such as handkerchiefs, sachets etc., from their only son, Pte. Noel Keating, who is now in the great offensive on General Birdwood’s staff.

 NERRIGUNDAH – (From our Correspondent).

– The eucalyptus oil industry is suffering from the effects of the war, it being almost impossible to export for want of shipping. This will have the effect of giving more time for prospecting for gold.

– Sutherland Bros. have discovered a vein from which they have obtained some rich specimens and is likely to develop into a good mine. George Thomas and R. Latty are also getting good stone on the Wandella Mountain.

– Jessop Bros. experienced a good deal of trouble in getting their stone to the battery about fourteen miles away, owing to the bad roads and the recent rains. They also had the misfortune to get a small copper plate crushed in one of the boxes and the copper amalgamated with the gold and had to be sent to the Mint to be purified.

– There is a movement on foot to establish a co-operative battery in a central position near the village, and a good many have promised to take shares. This should stimulate mining and I have no doubt that many reefs now lying idle will again be worked.

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Twenty one 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1919 are available ($6 to $8 ea) from the Museum.  Back copies of local newspapers can be viewed on microfilm at the Society’s Family History Research Library (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya.

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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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One response to “A liberal minded cleric leaves and the Post Office is renovated – news from 100 years ago”

  1. Dawn Daken Avatar
    Dawn Daken

    I would like to have more details of the cordial factory as mentioned above, its whereabouts before moving to Queen Street? My father started the cordial factory at Kiora in the 50’s. I didn’t realise that there was another one earlier and am interested in details of this.
    Thank you

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