News from 100 years ago – 2 April 1921

Featured Image: Illustration from ‘The Young Fur Traders’, 1949. Illustrated by Ian Cole


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 2 April 192i, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

WEDDING. – on the 24th ult., at St. John’s Church, the Rev. G. A. Sanders celebrated the marriage of Miss Elsie Agnes, younger daughter of Mr. John Jeffery, of Greenwood, Moruya, and Mr. Clarence Selden, of Newstead Public School. The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, wore a pretty cream frock of crepe de chine, with the customary wreath and veil, and carried a bouquet of Easter daisies and pink dahlias. The bridesmaid, Miss Olive Bartlett, wore cream net, with cream hat, relieved with pink. Mr. C. De Saxe attended as best man. After the ceremony the bridal party adjourned to “Vivian” Cottage, where the breakfast was in readiness, the tables having been artistically arranged by the proprietress, Miss Williams.

AERIAL SURVEY FLEET AT MORUYA. – ……On Good Friday the flying boat “Seagull” piloted by Captain Andrew Lang, who holds the world’s height record of 30,600 feet, or a fraction under six miles, gracefully lit upon the water near the I.S.N. Company’s wharf. Owing to the unfavorable winds, Capt. Lang was not anxious to indulge in passenger flights, and only two fortunate enough to participate in the exciting pastime were Constable Fuller and Mr. A. W. Constable. As the boat left its anchorage it gathered pace until it had reached a speed of 57 miles an hour; then rising into the air it flew towards the ocean. When near Pompey Point it ran into an air pocket, falling 150 feet. The flight down the river and out to sea for nearly 10 miles occupied about 15 minutes, the boat rising to a height of one thousand feet, affording a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful beaches, lakes and winding creeks as far as Tomakin on the North and Narooma on the south. Looking down from such a height the fields of Mullenderee appeared to the aerial passengers as a beautiful miniature garden and the road leading thereto as narrow tracks. The return of the ship was anxiously awaited by the hundreds of spectators who line the banks on either side. …..
Note: Last week’s 100 Years Ago featured an image of the yacht Acielle which had run aground at the Moruya River entrance.  The yacht which was owned by Lebbeus Hordern was accompanying his flying boat featured in this weeks article.  They were conducting an aerial reconnaissance of the coastline from Sydney to Tasmania.


SILO BURSTS. – A 930 ton brick silo on Mr. S. W. Bate’s farm at Marshmead, Tilba Tilba, which has just been filled, burst on Thursday night of last week. More than half of it fell, rendering the contents useless. Six chaff cutters were smashed and an engine was damaged extensively. The loss will run into over £300. Some time ago a barn of hay attached to the silo, was burnt, and it is thought that the fire injured the bricks and mortar, which, when the ensilage began to swell, were unable to stand the pressure.

FOOTBALL. – A meeting for the purpose of forming a football club was held in the Shire Hall on 26th ult. Mr. H. Sebbens occupied the chair. Others present were Messrs. C. Coppin, A. Keyte, B. Coppin, F. Coppin, C. Burke, H. Richards, J. Donnelly, A. Taylor, Toby Keyte, R. Whittaker, W. Luther, J. Turner, G. Donnelly, C. Smith, W. Turnbull, H. Crapp, H. Burke and L. Coppin. On the motion of Messrs. R. Whittaker and Taylor, it was decided to form a football club in Moruya. …… Membership was fixed at 5/, players to provide their own costumes.

Extracted from the Moruya Examiner by the Moruya and District Historical Society Inc.

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.

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