King’s weather for the Moruya Annual Races – News from 100 years ago

Featured image:  The dredge Antleon at Quarry Wharf – see letter below.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 7 February 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:


Parliament House December 29 1919
To: C. Carter Esq Hon. Sec. Progress Ass. Moruya.

Dear Friend, – I enclose copy of letter sent to the Minister on the question of necessity for prompt action to improve navigation of Moruya River.  Later, I had an interview with Mr. Burrowes of the Works Department, the officer in charge of harbours and rivers, who informed me that the “Antleon” is now in dock, undergoing repairs that will take up to nearly the end of January to complete.  As soon as she is ready to start, she will be sent to Narooma, to give relief to that port, and as soon as that work is finished, she will be sent to Moruya.

I will continue to keep in touch with this work, recognising how important it is.  As a matter of fact, the dredges in commission are altogether inadequate to meet the work required of them.

Yours sincerely, W. Millard.

Bodalla (Ship) Sketch from Add
The Bodalla

ADVERTISEMENT. – The Illawarra & South Coast Steam Navigation Co., Ltd.

The fine new passenger and cargo steamers Benandra and Bodalla specially built for the MORUYA TRADE will maintain a REGULAR WEEKLY SERVICE between SYDNEY AND MORUYA and vice versa (weather and other circumstances permitting) as follows:-

From Moruya to Sydney –

From Sydney to Moruya
The Passenger Steamers EDEN or BERMAGUI leaves SYDNEY for BATEMAN’S BAY and vice versa as follows:

From Bateman’s Bay to Sydney
From Sydney to Bateman’s Bay

Full particulars of application as under.
D.J.M. SIM, General Manager Box 81 G.P.O. Sydney.
CONSTABLE , Tel. no. 2, Moruya.
BURNS Bateman’s Bay

A010-2-15 Two Steamer's at wharf about 1908
‘Steamers at wharf, Moruya’

POSTAL. – Mr. Austin Chapman, M.P. has received the following communications from the Deputy Postmaster-General: – “Sir, I have to inform you that the communication dated 17th January, 1920, from Mr. S. W. Bate of Tilba Tilba presented by you re the delay in the delivery of mail matter owing to its being carried beyond Central Tilba and left at Tilba Tilba Office, is under consideration, and that a further communication respecting it will be addressed to you as soon as a decision has been arrived at in the matter, which has been referred to the District Postal Inspector for attention.  Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) E.J. Young.  Deputy Postmaster-General.

MORUYA ANNUAL RACES. –  These races, which commenced on Monday last were favoured with King’s weather, the day being one of the most perfect experienced for many months past.  There was a fair attendance.  Visitors were present from many parts of the State, the immediate centres of population being particularly well represented. The course was in perfect condition, due in a large measure to the untiring supervision of the true sport, the Club’s esteemed president, Mr. J. McKeon, and the picturesque trysting ground and its fascinating surroundings never looked more beautiful.

NERRIGUNDAH (From our correspondent).  In the report of the Concert and Ball on the 29th Dec. one most important item was overlooked – special thanks to Mr. H. O’Toole, who donated a pig to be raffled as first prize, and to Mrs P. Connolly, who donated a pair of fowls as second prize, the sum of £8 18s being raised by same, which was a big help to the funds.

Mr, and Mrs Lake arrived home after a few weeks holiday in Sydney and Kiama, and experienced a wet trip, but the climax came on arrival at Nerrigundah to find the creek a banker.  Leaving the vehicle on the Eurobodalla side Mr and Mrs Lake mounted the coach horses and facing the raging current succeeded in landing safely on their home side after being buffeted about and washed down the stream a considerable distance. Few women would have attempted so dangerous a task, but Mrs. Lake is one of those fearless horsewomen who, like her brothers (the Thompsons) were as the old saying is “born on horseback.”


Sydney, 23rd January, 1920
State Fisheries
Chief Secretary’s Department

It is hereby notified, for general information, the undermentioned person has applied to lease for Oyster Culture the portion of land described below.  A tracing showing the position of the portion may be inspected at this Department….  All objections on account of interference with alleged hauling grounds must be accompanied by a statutory declaration by one or more of the licensed fisherman so objecting, that they have personally known bona fide hauls to have been made over the area during the preceding twelve months.  They must also be prepared to make a test haul with their own nets when requested to do so.

E.H. HARKNESS, Under Secretary

WAGONGA RIVER  Lease no. 10551; Sydney Alfred Lewis, Parish of Noorooma; County of Dampier; about 10 acres.  About 400 yards westerly from the northern end of reserve 49561 for aborigines.  10 years.

Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 6.45.45 pmTwenty 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.

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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. 

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2 responses to “King’s weather for the Moruya Annual Races – News from 100 years ago”

  1. Richard Avatar

    Magnificent photo of the dredge ‘Antleon’. I think it might still have been around when I was a boy in the 1940s, but memories are of the dredge ‘Latona’ Regards, Richard Gorrell

  2. Keith Wyatt Avatar
    Keith Wyatt

    Great to read. My heritage goes back to Dalmeny 1944.

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