Who was the best looking man in the district – Clarrie or Clive?

Featured image: Vulcan Street Moruya looking south, c.1920


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 25 September 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

BEST-LOOKING MAN.– The committee in charge of the best-looking man competition in connection with the approaching C.E. Bazaar, announce that the seven leading names are:- Geo. Brown, Clive Burke, J.R. Collett, Thos. Coman, D.H. Lavis, G.A. Sanders, Clarrie Smith.  

LEASE OF NINDERRA.—The Ninderra dairy farm of 400 acres, which has been under the management of Mr. John Stuart for a few years, has been leased by H. E. Simpson to Mr. H. J. Thomson. The new lessee is placing Mr. and Mrs. Dave Mison in charge of the farm.

ACCIDENT.– On Friday evening last Mr. Walter Doyle, line repairer, met with a painful accident through severely cutting his arm with a tomahawk. Fortunately he was in the vicinity of the Hospital, whither he at once hurried and phoned for the doctor. The victim lost a quantity of blood through severing of an artery.

FOR SALE.– Mr. A.H. Costin, of Narooma advertises in this issue his well-known property at Tuross for sale by tender. The land is cleared, fenced and well watered, and contains 116 acres suitable for grazing or cultivating.

ANTHRAX FROM BRUSHES.– Some weeks ago the New South Wales Health Department issues a warning that there was a danger of contracting anthrax from shaving brushes imported from the East. A case has now been reported from Wodonga (Victoria) and it is said the victim contracted it from a shaving brush bought at Wagga. An official of the Health Department said that the danger was a very live one, and that the precautions recommended some weeks ago should be observed. Brushes should be immersed for a quarter of an hour in a 12 per cent. formalin solution having a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

HAND FEEDING.– During the hard times experienced this year by dairy farmers, there are some who believe that it does not pay to feed.  Here are figures supplied by a local farmer in a small way.  He fed 19 cows for 15 weeks on chaff and bran and pollard at a total cost of £138 (average about 9/3 per cow per week). His returns showed a profit of £57 over cost of feed. Of course, after other expenses, such as rent, etc., there is nothing flash about the income, but he kept his small herd in condition, which makes all the difference in their work in the spring.  If a cow will thus repay the money spent in feeding her through a bad time, with something to spare, surely it is bad policy to neglect it. Those 19 cows thus fed will in the spring outdistance cows that were not fed.—Milton “Times.”

SPOKE FACTORY. The spoke factory which was recently destroyed by fire at Bateman’s Bay is to be reconstructed on more modern lines.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. Amongst the University passes listed in last week’s Sydney press is the name of Mr. Alan Annetts, son of Mr. Henry Annetts of Mogo, who has successfully completed the fourth year of his medical course.

Mr. Norman Boot, second son of the late Mr. Henry Boot, of Pompey Point, Moruya, has been promoted from the accountancy at West Wyalong N.S.W. Bank to the management of a new branch.

The price of Cricket material is making prospective clubs wonder whether the game is worth the candle. A very inferior bat now costs between £3 and £4, and decent balls are 25s each. One time the best bat could be got for 35s.

A robbery of some proportions took place at Cobargo last week, when Mr. W. N. Stone’s skin depot was broken into, and nearly a cwt. of first quality rabbit skins taken. The “Chronicle” states that footprints indicate that a lady assisted in the removal.

FOR SALE BY TENDER. HOUSE AND LAND in Vulcan Street, known as “The Pioneer Bakery.” Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Tenders close with the undersigned on Wednesday, 20TH October.  J. WILTON, Moruya.

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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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