Ball season in a busy town – news from 100 years ago

Featured image: Residence of the original Bodalla Public school


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

Hospital Ball 25th August.
FROSTY mornings.
OYSTER lease application.
MOGO Catholic Ball 6th August.
HOSPITAL BALL 25th August.
CONVENT BALL 17th September.
E. BAZAAR 15th and 16th October.
FIVE weeks to the Hospital Ball.
SPECIAL cattle sales at Moruya and Mogo next month.
MORUYA Factory shareholders’ meeting on 31st Inst.
WHO is our best looking man? Answer on 15th October.
One topic of conversation – fancy costumes for the Hospital Ball.

FANCY COSTUMES.– Mrs. A. W. Constable, Hon Secretary of the Hospital Ball, is in receipt of list of fancy costumes from Mrs. Heady, of Bega. Anyone wishing to hire a costume may inspect the list at the ‘Examiner’ Office. The Secretary desires all those requiring masks to leave their order with her, as she can procure them in Bega for the small sum of nine pence.

DEATH.—Once again we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of our old and highly respected residents.  This time it is Mr. Charles Colefax, who passed peacefully over the Great Divide early on Sunday morning at the age of 75 years. Mr. Colefax, who was a native of Maitland came to Moruya when a boy and has resided here ever since. He followed farming pursuits, and being industrious and a man of the strictest integrity, he was very successful in the industry, amassing a comfortable income to live on in his declining days.

He was greatly esteemed throughout the district, being of a quite reserved disposition, he lived for his wife and family only. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the body being taken first to the Church of England, where an impressive service was held by the Rev. G. A. Sanders, who also performed the last sad rites at the graveside. Deceased leaves a widow (a sister of Mr. W. Constable, of Gundary, and Mrs R. Little, Moruya), and a grown-up family of seven sons and four daughters, to all of whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

SUCCESSFUL PASS.– The “Examiner” offers its congratulations to Miss Lyla Ball, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Ball, of Mullenderree, who has been successful in passing the necessary examinations for appointment as telephonist in the G.P.O., Sydney. This clever young lady left on Thursday to take up her position.

MOGO. (From our Correspondent.)
Great interest was manifested in the return football match played here on Saturday, 10th inst. between the local lads and a team from Bodalla. Good humour and sportsman like behaviour governed the game. … At night a good supper was provided at D. Casey’s, where both teams showed their appreciation of the other fellows good qualities on the field. A dance at night finished the sport of a pleasant afternoon.

A grand ball in aid of the funds of the Catholic Church is to take place on Friday, 6th August. As the ladies here are noted for providing good refreshments at these functions, a bumper house may be expected.

He was an old “merchant who had built up a big business by advertising.
“John,” said his wife, “what do you want on your tombstone?” “Oh.” he answered. “It isn’t important what the text is, so long as it gets good space and is well displayed.”
For Chronic Chest complaints, Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure.

Department of Education, Sydney ,9th July, 1920.
FRESH TENDERS are invited for New School Building and Remodelling Residence, Public School, Bodalla. Plans and specifications may be seen and tender terms obtained at Public Schools, Bega, Moruya, Braidwood and Bodalla.

 LOST.  GREEN MOTOR HOOD COVER between Moruya and Dalmeny last Saturday. Reward. A.H. WEATHERBY, 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.

Click to read a copy of the current museum brochure.

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