News from 100 years ago – 18 December 1920

Featured image: Gibson House and Emmott House (Moruya Museum) during Luminous, 17 December 2020


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 18 December 1920, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

Doug aboard a broncho dashes up to a crowd of cow punchers and yells, “Come on quick, follow me—we’re going to fight!” Douglas Fairbanks in “Arizona.” Star Theatre TONIGHT.

Arizona 1918 – Image from Wikipedia

DIOCESAN EXAMINATION.—The results of the written examination held last October at the different centres of the Catholic Diocese of Goulburn have just been published. Twenty-three pupils from our local Convent presented themselves, the whole number successfully passing as follows: Preparatory Intermediate Class—Ena Carden 841, Kathleen Brogan 817… Sixth Class—Francis Keating 788, Noel Kennedy 767…Fifth Class—Marjorie Turner 807, Nellie Constable 760 …In addition to the above two of the scholars secured distinctions, viz., Ena Carden a gold medal for Geography and Olga Thompson a silver medal for English. Although the success achieved is most meritorious the success achieved is most meritorious, undoubtedly it would have been greater had it not been for the fact that examination papers for this school were delayed a week, in consequence of which the children were in a state of high nervous tension, totally unfitting them for the arduous task set before them.

(Unfortunately one of these children will drown in the river in the week following this announcement)

KIND ACTION.– The local branch of the Red Cross Society, which is indebted to Mr. G.H. James for the filling in of names, etc., on the Workers’ Certificates, tenders him sincere thanks for his kindness and his excellent chirography.

XMAS TREE.– At 3 o’clock this afternoon (Saturday) doors will be open to view the wonderland scene at the Mechanics Hall, where an immense Xmas Tree will be laden with presents to delight the hearts of both young and old.

DECLINE IN DAIRYING.– In the past the producer has had to provide a cheap pound of butter for the consumer; when the price increased there has been an outcry. There has been a cry raised about child slavery on the dairy farms, but those responsible never suggested that they and other consumers pay more for milk, butter and cheese, in order to permit of the dairy farmer employing adult labor at current rates of wages. The dairy farmer thinks he has been exploited, and is therefore discontented. That a considerable number are getting out of the industry is evident from figures given. The great question is how to better conditions for dairymen, not only financially, but socially. Of all the dairy problems to be solved, this the most urgent and transcends all others in national importance.

TO MINERS.  TENDERS are invited per ton for stoping and raising to surface a block of ore of 300 tons (more or Less) on Donkey Hill, Moruya. The lowest of any tender not necessarily accepted. Tenders to be in the hands of the undersigned not later than THURSDAY, 30th December, and from whom any other information may be obtained. J. McKEON.

NELLIGEN (From our Correspondent)

– After four Saturday afternoons of hard voluntary labor we have finished the site for our Soldiers’ Memorial…. The stone has been delivered here by the I.S.N. Co free of cost…. The unveiling is to take place on 31st December, at 3 p.m.  …. A procession is be formed, led by the Bateman’s Bay Band, the members kindly giving their services free of charge. … A concert and plain and fancy dress ball will be held at night.

– On New Year’s Day a programme of sporting events will be run off, and there will be a Cinderella at night.

– The contractor for the new Police Station Mr. Rolfe, of Nowra, has been engaged for some time in the demolition of the old building and clearing the site for the new one. Owing to the shortage of cement, there is some doubt about going ahead with the foundation. When finished, the building will be a commodious and convenient residence for our respected and popular police officer, Mr. Bentley, who is tired of waiting for this long overdue improvement.

– Miss E. Barrie has opened refreshment rooms in the building lately occupied by Mr. J. Richardson. I wish this plucky young lady every success in her enterprise.

– The committee of the School of Arts lately installed the Gloria light in the hall and reading room. Other improvements are to be made from time to time as money is available.

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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.

Twenty one editions of our 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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