The palatial Hyland’s Hotel, Narooma and New Years Eve ‘celebrations’- news from 100 years ago today

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 17 January 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

POLICE COURT. – At Moruya Police Court on Wednesday, before Mr. Shropshire, P.M., two local lads were convicted of celebrating the New Year to the detriment of others, viz., by daubing carbide over doors, gates and animals, and a fine of £3 with 6/- costs was inflicted in each case with a warning that a subsequent appearance would be more harshly dealt with.  Being first offenders we are reluctant to publish their names.

TAILORING. – Mr Alf Turner, of Dyson Austen Firm of city tailors will be in to Moruya to-day (Saturday) and will remain for a few days only with an up-to-date range of samples for Race and Show suits.

COMPLIMENTARY SOCIAL. – The Centennial Hall on Monday was thronged with friends and admirers of Miss Winnie Johnson, the popular and pretty daughter of Mr. and Mrs C. Johnson, the object of the gathering being to present this charming lady with a token of their esteem for the manner in which she contested the seat of honor in the recent Bazaar Queen Competition.  

A most enjoyable social evening was spent in tripping the light fantastic.  Mrs C. C. Luck and Mr. J. Buckley, assisted by Mrs S. Ryan and Miss Hasty (Sydney) discoursed sweet music, and Mr. E. Corbett kept the dancers merrily whirling in his capacity as M.C. During the evening Mr. T. Flood, on behalf of the guest’s admirers, presented her with an exquisite diamond and pearl necklet.  In doing so the speaker referred to the gracious manner in which Miss Johnson had always given her assistance in charitable and patriotic work, and wished her a long and happy life.  

Mr. P. Flynn, who returned sincere thanks for the recipient, said that the very large assemblage that evening testified to the popularity of the young lady and was a vindication of the fair and honourable manner in which this candidate had conducted her contest.  Mrs Flynn then clasped the necklet around the guest’s fair throat amidst loud and prolonged applause.   “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow” was then enthusiastically rendered, and a lusty “Three Cheers” given.  

Dainty refreshments were afterwards partaken of in the adjoining supper-room.  The promoters, Messrs. E. Corbett and A. Barclay, who were assisted by a number of lady friends of Miss Johnson, should be highly gratified at the result of their kindly efforts.

Mr. C. Keating, the Cattle King dealer of the far South Coast, has purchased portion of Bredbatoura estate and Allendale, near Cobargo, we hear at the big sum of £3,000.

Norma Talmadge, in a Six-Act Select Feature – “Her Only Way” – to be screened at the Star Theatre Wednesday night, is supported by Eugene O’Brien, and together this accomplished pair create an atmosphere of pulsating dramatic intensity, and shine in the supreme climax of an absolute super-feature.

LOCAL NEWS:- Recent results of the University examinations contain the name of Miss V.M. Colefax who has successfully completed her first year in the Arts course.

NAROOMA. (From our Correspondent) On Wednesday, Dec 17th, Miss Linda Willcocks, our popular local music teacher, and her pupils, gave a very successful concert in aid of the School of Arts Soldiers’ War Memorial fund, which was well patronised resulting in the door takings amounting to £7/14s. Of this the fund will benefit to the amount of £7.

Extensive additions and improvements have just been completed at Mr. J. P. Hyland’s Narooma Hotel, which, being in a prominent position, looks quite palatial, and adds greatly to the beauty of the town. Great credit is due to the builder, Mr. Martin, of Cobargo, who carried out the work, and we feel sure it is not exaggerating to say that it is about the best hotel south of Sydney in appearance and position.

Twenty one 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1919 are available ($6 to $8ea) 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.

If you would like to read the oldest surviving issue of the Moruya Examiner then you will find it at

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.

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