Stolen money and a ‘Maiden Hunt’ – News from 100 years ago.

Featured image: Sapper Fred Hutchlings of Bergalia. Fred was an engineer in Palestine when this photo was taken.


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

CONSCIENCE MONEY.- The postal authorities have received a packet posted at the Moruya Post Office, containing £10 in notes and silver and addressed, “To the P.M.G., stolen money.”


Monday, 26th April, 1920


Maiden Hunt – 1st prize £1 10/-, 2nd 10/-
Flag Race – 1st prize £1, 2nd 5/-
Rescue Race – 1st prize £1, 2nd 5/-
Single Scull Boat Race – 1st prize £1, 2nd 10/-
Double Scull Boat Race – 1st prize £1, 2nd 10/-
Tent Pegging, Slicing the Lemon and other events if time permits.
Pool Shooting on the Range 10 a.m. to 12.30. Open to All Comers.

In Turlinjah Hall

Double Ticket 4/-
Single Ticket 2/6
Lady’s Ticket 1/6
Admission to Ground 1/- Luncheon 1/6

J.R. GREIG Sec. B.R.C Sports Committee.

A pre-enlistment photo of the then Trooper Fred Hutchings of Bergalia. Fred was the captain of the Bengalia Rifle Club prior to enlistment.

RICKETS.- The cattle disease commonly referred to in this district as ‘rickets’ or ‘coastal disease’ is classified by Government veterinary officers as Osteomalacia, and is described as being confined to certain localities only. The best method of combating the disease, it is stated, is to arrest it in early stages by giving the affected animals a complete change of country.

MORUYA RIVER. Oyster Lease

Lease no. 10694: Timothy Wray: Parish of Moruya, County of Dampier: 100 yards.  On a southern bank, being identical with the area covered by the applicant’s oyster lease no. 4366, which expired on 31st March 1920. 15 years.


The monthly meeting of the above Council was held in the Shire Hall on 14th inst.

The tender for road work, Bateman’s Bay, was considered too high, and the engineer was instructed to have the work done by day labor.

The tender of Mr. C. Latta for working the ferry punt at Bateman’s Bay, being the lowest, was accepted, subject to the approval of the Minister for Local Govt.

The tender of Mr. J.E. Hawdon (the lowest) as Shire Valuator, was accepted.

It was resolved that the following weeds be declared noxious throughout the Shire, viz: Bathurst Burr, Blackberry, Sweet Briar, Red Ink Plant, Water Hyacinth, Wild Veryena and Purple Top.

Letter from the Soldiers” Memorial Association, Nelligen asking permission to erect a Memorial on the high bank near the Public School fronting Braidwood Street.  Permission was granted.

A Slaughtering Licence was granted to Roy R. Turnbull, of Moruya.

The engineer was instructed to call tenders for the erection of a new bridge over Dignam’s Creek.

Letter from Mr. S. W. Bate asking permission to obtain material for levelling off the foundation of the Soldiers’ Memorial at Central Tilba from the side of the road.  Permission was granted under supervision of the Council’s leading hand at Tilba.

Unveiling of the Central Tilba War Memorial – From the book Negatives of Glass by Diana Watson

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.

Click to read a copy of the current museum brochure.


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