The “salubrious little seaside resort” of Batemans Bay was in the news 100 hears ago.

Featured image: Former Catholic Church, Nelligen c. 2013


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 30 October 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

Don’t forget the Oddfelows’ Ball on 12th Nov. the social gathering of the year.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.– That live Secretary, Mr. C. Carter, has extended to us the usual Press Courtesy for the Oddfellows’ Ball, on Friday, 12th prox.

XMAS CARDS.– Leave your order now at the “Examiner” Office for dainty missives of goodwill printed with the sender’s name, address and greeting. Specimen book containing cards of the most exquisite design and coloring on view at this office.

BAY SPORTS.– That salubrious little seaside resort, Bateman’s Bay, certainly possesses some splendid types of citizens, men who are endowed with an unlimited supply of energy and progress, as they never allow an opportunity to pass without catering for the pleasure of the people, as well as assisting to augment the funds of their various institutions. …A monster day’s sport is announced to take place on Boxing Day…

HOSPITAL REPORT. Matron’s report showed number of patients remaining in Hospital on 15th Sept., was 2; admitted since last report, 6; total treated since last report, 8; discharged 6; died 1; remaining in Hospital on Oct. 20, 1 patient.  Fees received by Matron, £2 3s.

Gifts received on behalf of the Hospital in kind viz.: Mrs. W. Stephens, vegetables and flowers; Miss Mason, sugar and eggs; Mrs. G. Mercer, butter and old linen; Mr. B. Heffernan, scones; Mrs. J. Louttit, vegetables and eggs; Miss Williams, old linen; Mrs. F. Jeffery, oranges and eggs; Mrs. Hyde, oranges, cakes and old linen; Mrs. J. Behringer, cake; Mrs.  R. Heffernan, eggs; Mrs. G. Luck, oranges and flowers; Mrs. Jencer, flowers. 

NELLIGEN. (From our Correspondent) A Tennis Club is being formed here, and a block of land containing about an acre has been secured from the Lands Dept. on an annual lease. We intend to build an up-to-date tennis court and to improve the land by planning trees and providing seats etc.

A Progress Association was formed here at a meeting held on Saturday, 9th inst. A good start has been made and the Association promises to be very successful.

My remarks in your issue of 9th instant re Bateman’s Bay Progress Association have caused a considerable amount of discussion; also two letters in reply from members of the Association. That being so, I wish to point out as briefly as possible the objectionable features of the present mail service…  Replies to letters posted here for Moruya do not reach us for five days. If letters are posted here on Saturdays, the reply does not reach us for seven days. Residents of Bolaro and Runnyford have to wait nine days. Business in connection with Land Board, Stock Board, Shire Council, medicines, etc. go to Moruya, so that delay is often a serious matter……..

Former Catholic Church, Nelligen c. 2013

 FAMOUS LYNCH FAMILY.– Once more we are to be favored with another visit of the world celebrated entertainers, the Lynch Family of Bellringers, who have just completed a tour of the whole of Queensland and New Zealand and who will appear in the Mechanics’ Hall on Thursday next, November 4th. The Handbells, Glassophone, and beautiful silver organ chimes will be heard to full advantage in operatic excerpts and new selections while the Concert Company is headed by Miss Zillah Harrison, the noted Prima Donna, Miss Irene Brunning, charming soubrette and Mr. Harry Baxter, Australia’s favorite Comedian—all artists of an unexcelled standard and well worth going a long way to see. Box plan at Weatherby’s.

PUBLIC NOTICE.  H. WATERS. Begs to notify that he has arranged for weekly supplies from Sydney of Prime Mutton, Sausages and Saveloys, which can be had at Moruya Freezing Works.

List of Prices for CASH: MUTTON Forequarters—9d per lb.; hindquarters 11d. SAUSAGES. Anderson’s Famous Mixed Pork, 1/3 per lb. Anderson’s Famous Beef 1/- per lb. Anderson’s Famous Saveloys 3d each by ½ doz.

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Twenty 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.

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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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