Featured image:  Rectory, Bodalla. 2016.


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 31 July 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

FISH GOING TO WASTE.– Mr. H. Whitehead, who has just returned to Sydney from a trip for fish along the South Coast, states that at Narooma he saw a wonderful exhibition of Nature’s prodigality with fish.
“A shoal of salmon,” he says, “came into the harbor, which is only a little pocket inlet on the coast protected by a bar, and went up the river. They were pursued by sharks, larger tailer, and kingfish, and occasionally my fishing companions and I could see the leap of startled salmon away from their enemies. When the shoal reached our boat we could hardly see the water for fish.
It looked as if we could walk ashore on the backs of the fish, they were so numerous. As far as we could see in every direction the salmon appeared. Evidently the fish did not like the place as most of them went out on the next ebb. Beyond catching a few for bait, no one makes any use of these Australian salmon at Narooma.

A HAPPY COMMUNITY.– Mr. Ben McCauley, J.P., informs us that Nelligen was never better served officially than at the present time.  The schoolmaster, Mr. Cameron is, apparently, a pedagogue to the manner born; the postmistress, Mrs. S. Harkus one of the most obliging officials, probably, to be found on the South Coast; the officer in charge of the Police Station, Constable Bently has a bent in the right way in the discharge of his multifarious duties; besides these the local boniface, Mr. Neate, is a very popular entertainer, and an exceptionally conscientious dispenser of the cup that cheers.

DANGEROUS.- We notice that a couple of wires on the Southern end of the Moruya Bridge have been broken, leaving a dangerous opening through which small children might easily fall. Let us hope that the “Powers that be” will have the matter attended to without delay.

TENDERS for sawn planking for Moruya bridge close 19th prox.

TENDERS for cartage of timber from Tuross bridge to Moruya bridge close 19th prox.

Tuross Bridge
Tuross Bridge

BODALLA GLEE CLUB.- The Bodalla Glee Club (with Mrs. Hutchinson as accompanist and the Rev. E. C. Lewis as conductor) is putting in good work in preparation, we hope, for something big in the way of a concert.

BUTCHERS’ AWARD.— The new award for butchers throughout the State has come into force. On Mondays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays all shops will open at 6 a.m. and close at 4.30 p.m., on Wednesdays open at 6 and close at 12; Saturdays open at 5 and close at 1 o’clock.

MUSICAL EXAMINATIONS. The “Examiner” offers it congratulations to Miss Mira Bull, elder daughter of Dentist R.N. Bull, on her successful pass in the A Grade of the Intermediate Theoretical examinations of the London College of Music.

MANY CHANGES.– Mr. S. Wrightson, butcher, Bodalla is leaving for fresh fields, Mr. S. O’Cass takes his place. Mr. O. Harrison (Bodalla) is to leave shortly and Mr. D’Esclen is to take on the bakery. Miss O’Leary is leaving the store and Mr. C. Nixon takes her place at the drapery counter. Mr. E. Taylor is trying his luck elsewhere and Miss A. Love has gone to Sydney. Mr. McIntryre, snr. is leaving Brou and taking up his residence at the Presbytery, Bodalla.

Bodalla c. 1918
Bodalla c.1918

OBITUARY.– The Grim Reaper’s sickle has been very busy in our midst lately, garnering in the old and young. On Saturday morning last another of our old and esteemed residents, Mr. James Lynch, passed peacefully to sleep at the age of 82 years. Mr. Lynch, who was a native of Araluen, was the second eldest son of the late Mr. James Lynch, who in the olden days kept the hotel at Mullenderree known as The Ark, situated on the water’s edge on the opposite side of the road to where the Criterion Hotel now stands.  Mr Lynch, with his parents, came from Araluen when very young and had resided in Mullenderree until a few years ago, when he and his son Jack went to live on their property at Long Vale. ….

MOGO. (From our Correspondent)

Something of a shock to the community was occasioned by the sudden death of Mrs R. Innes of Dunn’s Creek, Mogo, as it was one of those unexpected happenings. Sympathy of all is extended to the bereaved husband and relatives.

WANTED  A “KIND PERSON” to take charge of a baby for a short period. Apply—C. E. Bessey, Page Street.

WANTED A GOOD GIRL, must be able to cook. Address applications to Mrs. E. M. DUNMOOR, “Examiner” Office, 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 $8 ea) 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.

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