A Ford Service Station established at Narooma – and other news from 100 years ago

Featured image: Bank of NSW, Vulcan St, Moruya


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 14 August 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

R.S.S.I.L.A.:- Mr. S. Fitzpatrick advertises in our business column that a meeting will take place this afternoon for the purpose of forming a Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League.

PARK GRAZING RIGHT.– Intending purchasers please make a note that the sale of grazing right for 12 months of Moruya Park at the “Examiner” office on Saturday, 21st inst. at 12 o’clock sharp.

SERVICE STATION.– Special attention is drawn to Mr. H. J. Bate’s change of advertisement in this issue. Tilba’s most progressive citizen, who is sole distributor of Ford Cars in the Eurobodalla Shire, has secured the services of the well known Mechanic Mr. Fred Thomsen, to establish a Ford Service station at Narooma. These Service stations are a privilege Ford owners enjoy.

Advertisement for the Ford Repair Depot

SAWMILLERS’ SHIPPING CO.—A company has been formed at Narooma and registered as the Sawmillers’ Shipping Co. for the purpose of building a Steamer specially for the timber trade, the building being under the direction of Capt. R. J. Lucey, who is a competent shipwright as well as being one of the most capable and popular coastal skippers.  

The first directors are Messrs. A. Croll, Sawmiller, Bungwahl, Port Stephens, M. Ryan, Sawmiller, Bateman’s Bay, and C. Mitchell Sawmiller, Narooma.  The dimensions of the proposed vessel are 144 ft. long, 31 ft. beam and 8 ft. 6 ins. moulded depth.  The keel and bottom planking will be of North Coast Turpentine, supplied by A. Scroll and Sons, Bungwahl, the timbers, crooks and knees being procured locally, as well as the spotted gum for planking decking etc. which will be supplied by Mitchell Bros.

The builder has already made a start with operations on the site adjacent to Mitchell Bros. Sawmill at Narooma. The time of completion of hull is estimated at about 15 months, provided suitable labor can be obtained. Our worthy citizens are deserving of, the highest commendation for their pluck and enterprise, more especially at the present time when material, particularly machinery, is so costly, although, as Mr Mitchell says, the labor problem is the most difficult they have to combat.

Building the Kiama at Narooms

TENDERS FOR PASTURAGE.– Tenders called in this issue of occupation permits for pasturage over an area within Mogo State Forest.

DEDICATION.– The Rev. J.B. Fulton is in receipt of a letter from His Excellency the Governor, Sir Walter Davidson, thanking him for his poem on Nerrigundah, which appeared in our last issue, and which the Governor has read with much pleasure. His Excellency says he will be happy for it to be dedicated to him.

DEBATING SOCIETY.  A debate on “Should Bachelors be taxed,” will take place on Tuesday, 24th instant at 8 p.m. in Shire Hall.  All those interested are kindly requested to attend. C. Carter Hon. Sec. pro. tem.

WANTED  A capable girl, or one who is willing to be taught.  Apply Mrs. Fox.  Bank of N.S.W.


The sun is gone, my darling one,
The gentle night has come;
The mother sings her lullaby –
No danger threatens you, sweet one,
You’re tucked in quite secure;
And on the nursery mantelpiece
Is Wood’s Great Peppermint Cure.

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Twenty 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.

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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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