Anyone for tennis? News from 100 years ago

Featured image: Early tennis players, Moruya.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 1 May 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

RETURN THANKS.- We desire to return our very sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted in the publication of the “Examiner” during the family’s absence at the bedside of the proprietor, Mr. R. H. Harvison; also thanks to all sympathetic enquirers and to our brother pressmen.

SOMETHING SPECIAL.- The Australian Kinema Picture Company announces a special attraction for Friday next 7th inst. When a sensational Australian production ‘The Bermagui Mystery” will be unreeled.  Scenes and familiar faces at Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba and Central Tilba will also be screened.

LAWN TENNIS.- The annual meeting of Moruya Lawn Tennis Club was held in the Shire Hall on Monday, 19th April. The Secretary mentioned that the past year was a record one for the Lawn Tennis Club as regards matches, practice and general interest.  Matches were played with Narooma, The Heads, Mogo, Eurobodalla, Nerrigundah, Bodalla and Convent Clubs.  Moruya Club won on every occasion excepting one……  The following officers were elected: President, Mr. S. Bastian; Vice Presidents, Messrs. F. Knight and W. Jermyn; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. C. Carter; Committee-  Mrs Ison, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Cheesman, Messrs. C. Selden and R. Dixon; Selection Committee – C. Carter, C. Selden, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Ison.

STEAMER AUGHINISH. A diver’s investigation of the steamer Aughinish showed that a piece of rope was embedded in the torn plates of the steamer’s bottom, clearly proving that the steamer had struck some submerged wreckage.


FATAL ACCIDENT.- An accident occurred on Tuesday, through which the death of Mr. C. Rootsey, of Queen Street was caused. The unfortunate man was returning home with his horse and cart, & when within a few yards of his own gate the horse suddenly stopped, precipitating the driver onto the metalled road. On examination Dr. Quilter found that the spine had been injured and gave no hope of recovery.  The victim lingered until Thursday evening, when he peacefully passed “Out Beyond” surrounded by his grief-stricken wife and family.  Deceased who was only 61 years of age leaves a widow and four children.

WEDDING.– A quiet wedding was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Monday evening, when Vincent, youngest son of Mrs W. Ryan, of Mynora, was united in the Holy Bonds of matrimony to Miss Jean, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Rankin, of Eurobodalla, and sister of Mr E. J. Rankin of Kiora.  Rev. Father O’Sullivan officiated.

Sacred Heart church, Moruya

TURLINJAH. (From our Correspondent)

On Wednesday evening, 14th inst. another returned soldier in the person of Sergeant Knox M.M. was accorded a “Welcome Home” in the Coila-Turlinjah Hall. Sergeant Knox, who is a Military Medallist and has also been recommended for the Victoria Cross, is a native of Coila, though it is many years (over three of which he spent on active service), since his departure from the district.  The hall was very prettily decorated with flags and greenery, and reflected the greatest credit on the artistic skill of the two capable and energetic secretaries, Mesdames T. Davis and E. Bown.

Sergeant Knox entered the Hall to the singing of “Home Sweet Home,” which ended with bursts of cheering.  Dancing was then commenced to music supplied by Mr. R. Hawdon (clarionet) and Messrs Marsden and Worland (cornet and violin).


WANTED. A family, with not less than 20 cows, to work a Dairy Farm on the halves, from 1st day of July 1920.  Apply P. HEFFERNAN Moggendoura.

SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION. ON THE PREMISES of the Property known as GLENBRAE, Together with Household Furniture and Effects on Saturday Next, May 8th. Mr J. Thomson has received instructions from Mrs C. Burns to sell.

NOTICE.  All spirits 9d per glass. Bottled Ale 9d per glass. Draught Beer 6d per glass.  From May 1st KEATNGS HOTEL Moruya.

Keatings Hotel, 1920
Keatings Hotel, Vulcan Street Moruya

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.Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 6.45.45 pmThe 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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