Eva Mylott, the Queen of Song dies in New York and other news of 100 years ago


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 27 March 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

Mrs. HUTTON GIBSON (Miss Eva Mylott).  Intense grief prevailed when the news came through that Mrs Hutton Gibson (Miss Eva Mylott) had died on the previous Saturday at her home in N.Y., America, aged 40 years.  It is hard to realise that this charming and loveable woman will no more be seen on this terrestrial sphere.  She was indeed the “Queen of Song”, having won her way into the hearts of thousands throughout the world with her magnificent contralto voice.  The very deepest sympathy is expressed for her aged mother and brothers and sister. Besides her relatives in Australia she leaves a widower and two little children the youngest about 3 months old…..

Eva Mylott – framed portrait c. 1910 from the MDHS collection. Object No: 000/432

FARM TO LET.-  Tenders are invited for the Lease of the Farm near Kiora at present occupied by Mr. Kenneth Taylor, containing 146 acres 2 roods 18 perches (less roads).  TERM FIVE YEARS from 1st September 1920. RENT to be payable half-yearly, the first half-yearly payment in advance and all other payments at expiration of each half-year. The successful tender will be required to execute a Lease (to be prepared at his expense by the Solicitor of the owner) containing all the usual covenants and including the covenant to pay all rates and to destroy all blackberry vines.

TENDERS close at 6p.m, on 9th April, 1920, and to be addressed to the undersigned.

SEPARATE TENDERS. Are also invited for the purchase (subject to the present Lease, which will expire on 1stSeptember, 1920) of the above property on a basis of a cash settlement on completion.  The successful tenderer to sign the usual contract for sale thereupon to pay a deposit of £100.

TENDERS to close at 6 p.m. on 9th April, 1920 and to be addressed to – Charles Colefax Campbell Street Moruya.

KIORA.- A tender in the vicinity of £400 has been accepted for the erection of a new school building at Kiora.  Mr. C.J. Louis of Braidwood is the successful tenderer.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.- On Monday Mr. Lance Sly met with a serious and painful accident.  He had a young horse tied to a post and was about to put a pair of winkers on the animal when it reared, striking Lance on the lower jaw, and the unfortunate victim sustained a compound fracture.  Mr de Saxe assisted Dr. Quilter in rendering temporary relief to the patient, who was as soon as possible sent by special car to Sydney.

WANTED Split Spoke Billets

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Iron Turner and Fitter wanted.
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Mr. A. E. HUNT.  On Tuesday last at his residence, the Silvermine, there passed over to the Bourne from whence no traveller returns, Mr. A. Hunt, at the age of 47 years.  He was the second son of the late Mr. William Hunt, manager of the Little Gem Gold Mining Coy.  Poor Bert, as he was familiarly called, has been a sufferer for a number of years from internal complications, the main trouble being attributed to the inhalation of dust from mines……Under a mining lease he took up a small selection at the Silver Mine, and with the help of his sterling and devoted little wife cleared the place and built a small home………

MR JACK TIER. After a short illness the death of Mr. Jack Tier, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs John Tier, occurred at this residence, Queen St. Moruya on Tuesday, at the age of 50 years…… In his youth he was a great athlete, being one of our noted South Coast foot runners……Deceased leaves a widow, three young children, two brothers and four sisters, to whom we offer our very sincere sympathy.

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. 

To explore the museum’s online collection click HERE.

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