News from 100 years ago – 16 April 1921

Featured Image: Monarch Hotel Moruya


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of 16 April 192i, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

MOTOR CAR PIONEER. – We notice that Mr. G. Harrison has put another eight-cylinder Cadillac on the Moruya run in charge of his old driver, Mr. Les Ree, who has always won public regard by his courtesy, civility and careful driving. Last Christmas was the eleventh anniversary of Mr. Harrison’s start on this line, and although the early trials were severe and the great war a set-back, we are all pleased to see him “carrying on” with the grit and perseverance that are characteristic of the pioneer.

ACCIDENTS.- On Friday last whilst playing in the Public School ground, Jack, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Coppin, Gundary, fell and broke two small bones in his wrist. Dr. Cutler set the fractures and the injured member is progressing favorably. Little Colin White, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dawson, also is laid aside for repairs, through falling and partially dislocating his hip. Dr Cutler placed the patient under chloroform and successfully performed the replacement of the bone.

HOLIDAY. – April 25th (Anzac Day) is to be a Federal public holiday, but not a State holiday. The post office will be closed, but everything else will go on as usual. 

ORDERED TO REST. – Mr. A. F. Loutitt, while on a holiday in Sydney, was taken ill. On consulting a doctor he was told that organically he was quite well, but his nervous system was run down. He was ordered to take a complete rest for at least three months. This is the hardest command the energetic Abe has ever had to obey.

SHIPPING. – The small coaster “Seagull” has been at the local wharf during the week reducing the congestion of timber. The I.S.N. Company steamer was expected to arrive at her moorings here by yesterday afternoon’s tide and leave again for Sydney by this (Saturday) evening’s tide.

TO THE EDITOR. –  Dear Sir, Allow me a little space in your valuable paper to give a word of warning to our travelling sportsmen who frequently trespass through our property. One would expect to find real men amoung sports. Even if the sport is angling, one need not be “fishy.” Yet it’s a fishy act to travel through a person’s paddocks and leave all the rails down, which has been done here a few times. I’ll admit that rails are somewhat cumbersome, and will hasten to replace same with gates as soon as the travelling ‘sports’ donate sufficient for their erection. Anyhow, concluding, don’t do it again, or else find some other place to recreate. C. DuRoss.

DuRoss Point showing the bridge built to get to favourite fishing spots.

SUDDEN DEATH. – On Sunday evening last on returning from church to her home at Bergalia, Mrs. W. R. Jeffery (who was accompanied by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Nelson) was shocked to find that her husband had been seized with a paralytic stroke during her absence and was then unconscious. Dr. Cutler, who a short time after was passing on his way home from Narooma, was called in, but gave the sorrowing ones no hope of the patient’s recovery. Mr. Jeffrey never regained consciousness and at 12.15 the next morning passed peacefully over to that Bourne from which no traveller  returns. Although not enjoying good health for some time the end was quite unexpected. Mr. Jeffery was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Jeffery, of Summer Hill, and was 71 years of age at the time of his demise. He was a J.P. and a member of the local Licensing Bench. Besides a widow he is survived by two daughters, Mesdames S. W. Nelson (Bergalia), P. Russell (Bathurst), and one son Verner (Sydney), four brothers John “Greenwood,” Alfred L. “Summer Hill,” (Moruya), Sidney (Waratah), Robert (Murwillumbah) and three sisters, Mrs. Walter and Miss Emily (Moruya) and Mrs. J. Jauncey to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred in the Methodist portion of the Moruya cemetery.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. – Rags make paper. Paper makes money. Money makes banks. Banks make loans. Loans make poverty. Poverty makes rags. And, so around we go again.

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

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.

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

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