100 Years Ago – 24 March 1923

MR. Ball says the time is not far distant when most of the transport will be by motors over good roads. There will not be the same necessity for railways, or even tramways.

DURING the Parliamentary Party visit to Narooma Dr. Birmingham, on behalf of residents, and in the interest of tourists generally, requested that the waters of Narooma should be permanently closed against net fishing. The Minister for Works said he regarded the request as reasonable, and it would be looked into.

ON Friday morning last week Mrs. Sarah Swain [nee O’Herir], one of the oldest residents of the Moruya district, passed to her eternal reward after a few weeks illness, during which she was devotedly nursed by her daughter and son, Miss S. Swain and Mr. A. Swain.

Deceased, who was 89 years of age, was born in Newrif, County Armagh, Ireland. She left there in November, 1849, and arrived in Sydney in May, 1850. Seven weeks later she left for Moruya in the “Dove,” arriving here on July 9th (the trip taking a fortnight), where she has resided ever since. … Deceased, who had been twice married, leaves a family of seven children, Messrs. John, Michael and James Daley, Mrs. Murphy (Orange), and Tornquist (Sydney), Mr. A. Swain and Miss S. Swain (Moruya). R.I.P.

AT the age of 85 years, a pioneer, and one of the first settlers in this district, in the person of Mr. Joseph J. Jenner, passed to his reward in the early hours of yesterday, 23rd inst. Born in Groombridge, Kent, England, Mr. Jenner came to this country when 18 years of age, and went to live at Bergalia. After spending a few years in this locality, the lure of gold attracted him. He worked on most of the principal diggings in New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand, and could recount many interesting stories of the good old days. He married Miss Louisa Baldwin and finally selecting land at Newstead, Moruya, there made his home. When the Municipality was first formed he was elected an alderman, afterwards occupying the Mayoral chair for a term. … Besides a sorrowing widow he leaves to mourn their sad loss three sons, Messrs. Richard (Comboyne), Leslie T. (Newstead), Bert (Gunnedah), and three daughters, Mrs. Cambey (Lismore), Foote (Crow’s Nest), and Dickson (Auburn).

Mr. and Mrs. Les Graham have removed to Tuross, where they will take over the management of Mr. E. Bown’s home and farm.

The marriage of Mr. James Williams and Miss Jane Brierley (sister of Mr. Walter Brierley) took place on Wednesday, the Rev. G. A. Sanders officiating.

Advert. LOST. – A gold Nellie Stewart Bangle between Centennial Hall and Mr. Rankins residence on the night of the Catholic Ball. Would the finder kindly return same to: “EXAMINER” OFFICE, Moruya.

Nellie Stewart gold bangles. These bangles were made popular by Nellie Stewart – a famous actress and light operetta star in Australia and New Zealand adored by the public until her death in 1931

Extracted from the Moruya Examiner by the Moruya and District Historical Society Inc. If you are interested in history why not join us and become a volunteer at the Museum or our library. Check us out at https://www.mdhs.org.au

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