News from 100 years ago – 20 August 1921

Featured Image: The Royal Hotel Moruya – also known as Carden’s.Hotel. MDHS collection


Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of  20 August 1921provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society

SUCCESSFUL PASS. – Congratulations to Master Fred Walsh, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Walsh, Turlinjah, who has received notification of having passes the Bankers’ Institute examination.

WHALE WASHED ASHORE. – On the 12th inst. a son of Mr. H. B. O’Neill, of Tomakin, discovered a fine specimen of a black whale, which had been washed up on the beach on the north eastern side of Burrawarra Point, the leviathan of the sea being 40ft in length.

AFTER MANY YEARS. – About 28 years ago Mrs. J. E. Lavis, of “Glenella,” Bateman’s Bay, broke the point of a needle off in her right hand from which she never experienced any trouble until a few days ago, when she felt an irritating sensation near her waist. On examination it turned out to be the point of the needle which, when extracted measured half an inch and none the worse for its 28 years of “seclusion.”

FIRES. -On Wednesday afternoon a sensation was caused here by the outbreak of two fires. About 3 o’clock as Messrs. A. M. Wilson and Moran were passing the Royal at the corner of Page and Queen Sts. they noticed smoke issuing from the wall of an up-stair room on the eastern side of the building. On giving the alarm, it was discovered that a fire had started in front of the fire-place of the room occupied by the proprietor, Mr. R. N. Carden, who is confined to his bed with an attack of quinsey (sic). An ember evidently had fallen out, and burning a hole through the flooring boards, set alight to the joist and pine ceiling of the parlor underneath.

Many willing hands were quickly on the scene and tearing away a number of the lining boards extinguished the flames with water carried in buckets and jugs from the bathroom. Mr. and Mrs. Carden are extremely lucky in having their premises saved in the nick of time; another five minutes and the whole structure would have been in flames, following that every building in Queen St. would have been reduced to ashes. Nothing less than a miracle would have saved them, as a strong westerly wind was blowing at the time.

Later in the afternoon there was an outbreak of fire in a shed at the rear of Mrs. George Constable’s residence at Gundary. Fortunately,this was also extinguished before any serious damage resulted.

BODALLA. – On Saturday last a very enjoyable football match was played at Bodalla between teams representing Mogo and a second grade team from Bodalla. The home team won by 3 to nil. The Mogo players were afterwards entertained at tea by the Bodalla team. The Mogoites made the trip per Charlie Marsden’s lorry.                                                                                                              — On Saturday evening a very successful dance was held in aid of the Moruya Hospital. Mr. Brice had the floor in perfect order, and, with Mr. Desclen at the piano, everybody had a real good time.

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.

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

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