News from 100 years ago – 25 December 1920.


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

XMAS TREE.– The Xmas Tree Fair held under the auspices of the Methodist Church on Saturday and Monday nights was a complete success. A very large cherry tree laden with everything to delight the hearts of the juveniles, as well as many useful articles, was the centre of attraction. In addition there were refreshments, cakes and sweets and ice cream stalls. A brisk business was carried on throughout Saturday afternoon, Saturday and Monday nights, double the amount aimed at being raised.

DOUBLE FATALITY.  Mr J. T. Brogan and his Daughter Kathleen Drowned.

The worst and most tragic drowning fatality in this district occurred on Wednesday evening near the local Hospital. About 7.45 consternation prevailed in our midst when the sad news flashed around that Mr. John Thomas Brogan, of “West End”, Gundary and his second eldest daughter, Kathleen Margaret, had drowned. As was often his custom before nightfall, Mr. Brogan took his children down to the river for a bathe. The eldest son, Jack, aged 12, and little Ellie, 11 were coming ashore, when the sand bank gave way, throwing them back into deep water. On seeing his children in difficulties, Mr. Brogan who was sitting on the embankment about 10 yards away, rushed to their rescue without waiting to divest himself of his clothing or boots. The eldest daughter, Mimi, aged 16 years, also jumped into the river and heroically succeeded in bringing her brother and sister to land. In the meantime the father, apparently overcome by shock, appeared helpless, and Kathleen, aged 13 years had bravely endeavoured to assist him, but both sank never to rise. …

An article on this family can be downloaded by clicking HERE

MAIL TENDER.– Mr. Batty Moran is the successful tendered for the Moruya to Bega mail contract from 1st January. This contract has been punctually and efficiently carried out by Mr. A. H. Weatherby for the past twelve months.

C.E. MOTOR CAR.– A meeting of the C.E. parishioners was held on Tuesday evening, the Rector, Rev. G. A. Sanders presiding. The gathering was convened to finalise the matter of expending the money realised at the recent bazaar.  After discussion it was decided to erect a balcony on the Rectory building. The remainder of the money being insufficient to purchase a Parish car a further sum of £100 was generously lent free of interest by four gentlemen present at the meeting.

DEATH OF SERGT. KEATING.—many indeed were the expression of sympathy on Saturday for Mr. M. Keating and family, when the news reached Moruya that Sergeant Keating had passed away that morning at his residence. ….

MORUYA HEADS.– The Newstead Public School, Moruya Heads, had a pleasing and entertaining break-up on the 17th inst., when parent and children gathered and indulged in the usual picnic games, whilst the children also went through a competitive program of events for the main purpose of inculcating individualism and originality, but which also gave to the visitors an enjoyable hour or so. Mr. Jenner, sen., made a nice little speech complimenting the children. A bevy of ladies formed the judging section for the various children’s events, and the time taken to decide some of the events showed that some of the contestants must have been of very even calibre. The program was: Best recitation, best reading, funniest drawing, best writing line, best bird call, ugliest face made, most pleasant face made, best three jokes, best story told, best description of something useful, as potting a plant etc., best behaved, neatest child, quickest at grasping a series of question, smartest at games, best song sang. So great was the enjoyment that it is intended to repeat this little function at each break-up during each year.

Students of Newstead Public School, 1926. The school is in the background. Can you name any of these children?

 SECONDARY EDUCATION.—The elder scholars of the Moruya school and some of the citizens were on Friday morning last afforded the opportunity to know something of the nature of the training received by those who having passed through the primary course are now receiving the advanced instruction of the High Schools. It was a demonstration in chemistry given by Norman Parbery and Bob Colefax (both ex-pupils of Moruya school) and amidst gases and fumes and ignitions and explosions a very interesting and profitable couple of hours were spent.

TO LET BY TENDER.  COTTAGE in Mullenderree, immediately opposite Criterion Hotel. Tenders to be addressed. MRS McPHAIL, c/o Mr. F. Jeffery, Summer Hill 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. 

Explore the virtual exhibition ILLUMINATE: The Art of Children’s Book Illustration

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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