Riotous behaviour in Church Street – News from 100 years ago.

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 20 December 1919, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

Advertisers and Correspondents please note that there will be no issue of the “Examiner” next week.

TOURISTS say that Narooma to Moruya is the greenest spot on the South Coast.

DEATH. – There passed away at Nelligen on Tuesday night, William Backhouse, aged 80 years. Deceased, who was the oldest resident of the Clyde, leaves a family of grown-up sons and daughters, as well as a number of grandchildren.

INSPECTION. – Mr. D. Hutchison left on Monday for Gundagai to inspect some cattle on the Darbalara Estate, which are going to South Africa. Mr. Hutchison, who was accompanied by Mr. A. F. Emmott, returned again on Thursday.

POLICE COURT. – At the local Police Court on Thursday two local residents were proceeded against by Fisheries Dept. for unlawfully taking away oysters from Crown property, to wit, the training walls of Moruya River. Pleaded guilty; fined £1 each, with 12/3 costs.

George Andrew Barling, Alice May Barling, Jane Hammond and Alice Ada Thomson were proceeded against by the police for riotous behaviour in Church Street on 6th December, and were fined 5/- each with 6/- costs. Cross cases for unlawful assault between Jane Hammond and A. A. Thompson and between Alice Barling and A. A. Thompson were considered and dismissed by the bench.

George Andrew Barling was ordered to enter into recognizances of £20 to keep the peace between Jane Hammond and Alice Barling for the ensuing 12 months and to pay all costs in actions brought against him for assault. Alice Ada Thompson was fined £1 with £2 1/- costs and witnesses’ expenses, for using insulting language to Alice May Barling

CONCERT AND DANCE. – Mrs Heffernan advertises that a concert and dance in aid of her Bazaar Stall will be held in the Mechanics’ Hall on Boxing night.

LICENSING COURT. – At the Licensing Court on Tuesday, renewal of publican’s licenses were granted to James Turnbull for Criterion Hotel, Mullenderree and to William Ryan for Club House Hotel, Queen Street.

PERSONAL & OTHERWISE. – At the close of the Darwin Banquet tendered aviator Captain Ross Smith and his party a lady kissed all the aviators. This promiscuous osculatory habit is growing all too common in Australia, and shows a lamentable decadence of that feminine modesty so much admired by cultured and refined men and women.

NELLIGEN. – (From our Correspondent).

– This district received a liberal share of the late rains, upwards of 9 inches having fallen. Already stock are picking up and stocks look well. A good season now seems assured.

– The lifting of restrictions on the use of wireless apparatus has given the teacher of the Nelligen School an opportunity to erect an aerial, with a receiving gear of a 2,000 mile radius. This has been working for some time, messages being received from Thursday Island, Wellington (N.Z.), Adelaide, Hobart, &c., with occasional messages from more distant stations. Later on transmitting apparatus will be installed. Our teacher, who by the way received notice of his promotion to Class 2A by examination some little time ago, hopes to see a new wireless station at Bateman’s Bay in the near future and is negotiating with that end in view.

THE CLYDE CO. – Mr. John McMillan, J.P., of Narooma, has disposed of his interest in the Clyde Sawmilling and Shipping Co., and will resign from the Directorship. Mr. Robert McMillan has purchased the entire interest of Mr. John McMillan in the company. The Wee Clyde is one of the boats owned by these enterprising gentlemen.

WALTER MANTON (a returned soldier) was the successful applicant for the position of Town Clerk of Milton at a salary of £182 per annum.

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Twenty 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1918 are available ($6 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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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.

Click to read a copy of the current museum brochure.


The Criterion Hotel, Mullenderree – where the Moruya Waterfront Hotel now stands




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