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Moruya and District AGM Report

The Annual General Meeting of the Moruya and District Historical Society took place on Wednesday, 13 August. As well as the election of committee members for the 2014-2015 year, three resolutions were discussed and voted upon.

RESOLUTIONS

A .Special Resolution (Proposed Brian Harris/ Seconded Christine Adams)

It is proposed that the term of office bearers and committee members of Moruya and District Historical Society be limited to 3 years IN The SAME ROLE, with an option for a further two in the case of the President and the Curator SHOULD IT BE DEEMED NECESSARY by the management committee

This resolution was not passed. While it received the majority of the vote, it did not receive 75% of the vote necessary to pass a special resolution.

B. Ordinary Resolution 1 (Proposed Wendy Simes/ Seconded Janene Love)

It is proposed to hold our general meetings every second month instead of every month. Meetings would be in February, April, June, August, October and December

This resolution was not passed.

C. Ordinary Resolution 2 (Proposed Brian Harris/ Seconded Christine Adams)

It is proposed that the all General and Annual General Meeting times of Moruya and District Historical Society be on a Saturday to allow more members who are working to attend.

This resolution was passed
Meetings will now be held on Saturdays. Initial meetings will be held at 2pm for a trial period.

ELECTION OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2014 – 2015

President                            Michael Gold (2006 -)
Vice President                    Janene Love (2006 – )
Treasurer                            James Henningham(2014 – )
Secretary                             Huon Hassall (2014 – )
Public Officer                     Janene Love ( 2006 – )
Committeee member      Wendy Simes (2006 – )
Committee member         Christine Adams (2014 – )
Committee member         Brian Harris ( 2014 – )

Please note that the year in brackets indicate the beginning of tenure in the current role.

A letter written to Captain Hutching's son who was in Egypt.

Red Cross Ladies 1 – ‘The Bay’ Men 0

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

GOOD RANGE – Captain F. Hutchings, of the Bergalia Rifle Club, informs us that their range is considered to be one of the best outside Randwick. It is comprised of four targets and has the very latest telephone installed, communications with the marker being available from all ranges. 22/8/1914

A letter written to Captain Hutching's son who was in Egypt.

A letter written to Captain Hutching’s son – Herbert Frederick Hutchings  – who first served in the Light Horse.

BODALLA (From our Correspondent) – A meeting of the women of Bodalla was held on Wednesday at 11.15 a.m. There was a large and representative gathering of ladies and their daughters, Mrs. Hutchison being elected to the chair. Mrs. Hutchison, in addressing the meeting said: -

“Ladies, we are called together here to decide the best way of raising money for the Red Cross, which is a society formed to provide medical necessaries and hospital comforts for our men should they be needed (which we hope not). In this sad time of war our men are going to the front, and we all know that such a person requires more comforts and feels climatic changes than when in health, and although we may not have any of our own going we, as wives and mothers, feel we would like to do something in preserving the lives of other women’s best beloved.”

Mrs. Hutchison was elected president, Miss Mort secretary and Nurse Salter treasurer. It was decided to make a house to house collection …22/8/1914

Red Cross donation box . this artefact is featured in our current exhibition.

Red Cross donation box . this artefact is featured in our current exhibition.

RED CROSS APPEAL. A PLEA FOR HASTE – In Australia a Red Cross Society has been sanctioned to assist the military authorities of the Commonwealth in the defence of the Empire, and to relieve and benefit our men who are serving with the expeditionary forces.

The Red Cross Society is urgently wanted, not only to meet the needs of this grave crisis, when the Empire is in danger, but to provide a permanent and efficient organisation which in times of peace will make careful preparation, and in times of war and stress will be ready to give immediate assistance…

It is notified that those who are preparing soldiers’ bags and hospital bags should complete them as quickly as possible. It is urgently necessary that as many as possible of these bags should be made available at once…

Australian support for the Red Cross during World War 1

Australian support for the Red Cross during World War 1

The soldiers’ bag for use in military hospitals will be in a new but washed pillow-case, containing the following articles. End to be stitched up and the list of contents sewn on the outside on a piece of calico: – Two flannel shirts, large, to be washed; two pyjamas, strong, large, to be washed; two colored handkerchiefs, to be washed; two pairs large socks, to be washed; one reel cotton, white; one reel cotton, black (No 20); one packet No. 4 needles; two black lead pencils (not indelible); one letter pad, envelopes, pen and nibs.

The hospital bag will be a new but washed pillow-case containing the following articles: – Six large collar studs, two pens and nibs, two medicine glasses, one ½ -minute thermometer, two enamel basins, one kidney tray, one reel self-colored thread (strong). One of these bags to every 50 soldiers’ bags sent from any one centre. 22/8/1914

BATEMAN’S BAY (From our Correspondent) – The Bateman’s Bay attempt to raise a team of soldiers proved a failure.
Raynor Bros. mill has stopped work; the spoke factory has stopped also; the cows are all going dry and the fish won’t bite, so needless to say we are all in a pretty bad way. 22/8/1914

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (mdhs.org.au).

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Scan The Clan – Saturday, 23 August.

Don’t forget to Scan Your Clan – or just your Nan – at Moruya and District Historical Society this Saturday. Simply bring those precious old family photos and a memory stick and we will scan the the photos onto the stick for you.

You will take home the original images and the scanned version. We simply ask that we keep a scanned copy of your image in our photographic archives. This will help us expand the archive by adding more images of people, places, clothing, housing, sports and events.

You are also invited to make a donation to our building fund. The fund is currently raising money towards the restoration of the Remembrance Room. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
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The district responds to the outbreak of war …and a homing pigeon

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

LADIES CALLED – In this issue a meeting of ladies is called for Tuesday next at 3 p.m., in the “Town Hall” (old Council Chambers) for the purpose of forming a helpers’ branch of the Red Cross Society in this district. Help in this national crisis is forthcoming from almost every town in the Commonwealth, and we are sure the ladies of Moruya will not fail to add their quota. This is an opportunity that every patriotic woman here, young and old, should avail themselves of to assist the British soldiers on active service by preparing clothing and comforts for them. 15/8/1914

Red Cross donation box . this artefact is featured in our current exhibition.

Red Cross donation box . this artefact is featured in our current exhibition.

The men and boys of 'the Bay' didn't seem quite so keen to buy a ticket to war.

The men and boys of ‘the Bay’ didn’t seem quite so keen to buy a ticket to war.

BATEMAN’S BAY NEWS – The whole topic of conversation in the Bay is the war, Lieutenant Maloney is trying his best to master a squadron, but the class of men that is required seem to hesitate a good deal. They don’t evince any eagerness to join. It is supposed that if there was no talk of war a large body of brave volunteers would be offering. The thought of the air being adulterated with lead causes them to think they are safer amongst the blackbutts and ironbarks of the South Coast. 15/8/1914

REPORT TO POLICE – Mr. Millen made the announcement on Monday that all German subjects in Australia are required to at once report to the police, and to give their names and addresses. If desiring to change their place of residence they must notify the police before leaving, and must again report on arriving at the new place of residence. All German reservists are held as prisoners of war and released on parole. 15/8/1914

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HOMING PIGEON – On Monday last a homing pigeon arrived at Mr. J. Green’s residence, Mantle Hill. On the bird’s leg was a ring marked as follows: W.P.H.S. 162, 1913. 15/8/1914

NEW BRANCH– On Sunday last Mr. R.B. Heffernan, Vice-President, and Mr. J. McKeon, Secretary, accompanied by a number of other members of the Moruya branch of the Catholic Federation journeyed to Narooma in one of Balmain’s special motors for the purpose of forming a branch of the Federation in that charming seaport town. After receiving a cordial welcome by the warm-hearted Narooma folk, the visitors adjourned to Lynch’s Hall where a large and most enthusiastic meeting was held, members of other denominations being also present. The Rev. Father O’Connell, in the absence of the President, Very Rev. Father Cassidy, occupied the chair, and Mr. R.B. Heffernan, in a very lucid and eloquent speech explained the aims and methods of the organisation. Mr. P. Flynn, (Moruya), then ably and effectively addressed the meeting, laying particular emphasis on the fact that the object was non-political….The large audience gave close attention to the speakers’ remarks, and at the termination of the addresses a motion by Mr. J. Hyland, seconded by Mr. J. Lynch for the formation of a branch was then unanimously carried…15/8/1914

Father Cassidy of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moruya

Father Cassidy of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moruya

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya  – http.www.mdhs.org.au).

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Why YOU need to attend our AGM this Wednesday!

agmMake sure you attend this vital meeting and have a real say in the future direction of the Moruya and District Historical Society.

Annual General Meeting date: Wednesday, 13 August
Time: 10 am
Venue: Meeting Room (at the back of the museum)
All members are urged to attend this meeting.

Nominations have been received for the following positions:

President : Michael Gold, Brian Harris – election needed
Vice President: Janene Love
Secretary: Huon Hassell
Treasurer: James Henningham
Committee members: Christine Greig-Adams, Wendy Simes (3 needed)

In light of these nominations there will be an election for the position of president and a call for nominations from the floor for the position of committee member.

All members need to be aware of two current constitutional points

1. There is no limit on tenure in any position on the management committee.
2. There is no provision for proxy voting in the current constitution.

To vote on any matter at the AGM or in the subsequent general meeting members must be both financial and physically present.

Resolutions

Three resolutions have also been proposed and will be discussed and voted upon.

The first is a special resolution as it deals with a constitutional point.
The other resolutions are ordinary resolutions as they deal with organisational  matters that do not have any impact on the constitution..

Special Resolution

It is proposed that the term of office bearers and committee members of Moruya and District Historical Society be limited to 3 years IN The SAME ROLE, with an option for a further two in the case of the President and the Curator SHOULD IT BE DEEMED NECESSARY by the management committee

Ordinary Resolution 1:

It is proposed to hold our general meetings every second month instead of every month. Meetings would be in February, April, June, August, October and December

Ordinary Resolution 2:

It is proposed that the all General and Annual General Meeting times of Moruya and District Historical Society be on a Saturday to allow more members who are working to attend.

The AGM will be followed by a general meeting at which the various volunteer positions in the society will be filled by election. Nominations for these positions may be made at the meeting.

Brian Harris
Secretary, MDHS
Secretary@mdhs.org.au

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Prayers For Peace – August 8, 1914

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

PRAYERS FOR PEACE – All the services at St. John’s next Sunday will take the form of intercessions for peace and the protection of our Empire. The special prayers issued by the Archbishop will be used and the psalms and hymns will be of an intercessory nature. 8/8/1914

St John's Anglican Church, Moruya - where the prayers for peace were held.

St John’s Anglican Church, Moruya – where the prayers for peace were held.

MR. THOMAS CHARLES COXON – Quite a gloom was cast over the town on Wednesday morning when it became known that Mr. Thomas Coxon, of the Adelaide Hotel, had breathed his last. Though he had been in indifferent health for some time, suffering from diabetes, the news of his demise came as a sad surprise to his large circle of friends with whom he was held in the highest esteem. It was only Friday night last that Mr. Coxon was seen indulging in his favourite pastime – a game of billiards – at Keating’s rooms. …Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs E. Coxon. On the death of the latter he took over the business of the Adelaide Hotel, a concern which he successfully and capably managed for about 30 years, and his honesty and integrity in all transactions were household words. He was always looked upon as one of the keenest and most far-seeing business men in our midst, and unquestionably he was one of the best stock judges on the South Coast, his opinions on the points of any animal being listened to with deepest interest and treated with every consideration. Deceased leaves one brother, Edward Coxon (N.Coast) and two sisters, Mrs D.A.B. Pollock and Miss Polly Coxon (Sydney), to all of whom we extend our sympathy…8/8/1914

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Vulcan St, Moruya in 1911. The Adelaide Hotel is the first building on the left of the street.

PICTURES – Mr. Weatherby was rewarded by a full attendance of his patrons at the re-opening of his Picture Palace on Saturday night last, and the excellence of the films released were greatly appreciated. Tonight the star picture to be screened is entitled “Red Cross Nurse,” an illustration that should be of particular interest at this anxious time. Amongst the supporting programme will be the drama, “Lieut. Rose and the Raiders,” one of the most beautiful pictures ever depicted. 8/8/1914

Above: The clip above was directed by Percy Stow, the director of the twelve Lieutenant Rose films. The film mentioned in the article was the 1912 film Lieutenant Rose and the Moorish Raiders.

BATEMAN’S BAY (From our Correspondent). – A meeting was called by Mr. Lunn for Wednesday night in the public hall, when a goodly number was present. Mr. Lunn took the chair and explained to the audience in a most lucid manner the object of his calling the meeting. It was that of considering the immediate necessity of forming a local corps for Bateman’s Bay, and after some lengthy addresses had been given by Lieutenant Maloney and others, it was decided to enrol a troop for military training immediately. Consequently it was agreed to make the enrolment on Thursday night. Lieutenant Maloney was unanimously selected enrolling officer and drill instructor, and said he would at once take up the work and requisition the Government for the necessary arms. Mr. Brookes moved that a very hearty vote of thanks be tended to Mr. Lunn for his prompt action in the matter, also to Lieutenant Maloney for undertaking the work, and congratulated the people of the Bay in having such capable officer in the district. The Meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem. 8/8/1814

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (mdhs.org.au).

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The winds of war and pedigree pigs – 100 years ago – 1st August, 1914.

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

_39916018_englandready203LONDON, THURSDAY – A European war is almost certain. Germany sent an ultimatum to Russia, giving 24 hours to explain her mobilisating. The Austrians occupied Belgrade after a heavy bombardment, which did considerable damage. The Serbians withdrew after a brief engagement. An artillery duel is proceeding four miles from Belgrade…

A strong anti war current prevails in Germany, fostered by Socialists. Meetings in protest against the war are being held throughout Europe, and Socialists are striving for means to prevent an international conflict. 1/8/1914

The new altar was consecrated at the church's silver jubilee in 1915.

The new altar was consecrated at the church’s silver jubilee in 1915.

CHURCH ADORNMENT– A member of St. John’s Church has presented a handsome carved altar to the Church. The work is being done by a Goulburn firm and will be the commencement of a scheme to beautify the sanctuary, including a revredos, which it is hoped soon to complete. A Litany desk, the work of a parishioner, has also been presented to the Church, and another member is making alterations to the structure of the sanctuary to elevate the altar and give a more dignified appearance to the Church. When the whole scheme of beautifying the edifice is completed St. John’s will be one of the prettiest churches on the coast. 1/8/1914

St. John"s Anglican Church, Moruya.

St. John”s Anglican Church, Moruya.

TENNIS CLUB – An enthusiastic meeting was held on Thursday night last for the purpose of forming a tennis club in connection with the Church. Mr. O.L. Harrison was elected secretary with a strong committee to assist him. The Rector ex-officio was elected president of the club. The place for the new court is to be in the Rectory grounds on the site of the old court laid down in the time of the Rev. J. Spencer, at one time Rector of this parish. Not only will the court improve the Rectory grounds but will be a means of promoting the social life of the Church. With two tennis clubs in the town in time we hope to see some interesting tournaments and matches arranged, and an impetus given to tennis. 1/8/1914

Early tennis players

Early tennis players

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.36.19 pmPEDIGREE PIGS – In this issue Mr. H.P. Jeffery is advertising pure-bred Berkshire weaners for sale. Mr. Jeffery recently purchased from the Newington Asylum, a pure-bred Berkshire sow, which is considered by judges in this class to be one of the best imported into this district… 1/8/1914

BILLIARD ROOM – On Saturday night last the official opening of the newly-installed billiard table in the Mechanics’ Institute took place, the President, Mr. R.L. Dawson, making the first cannon. Mr. Dawson, in a neat little speech, told how strict perseverance overcame all opposition to the installation, in the course of which he said that one of the principal objects in installing the present table was to provide recreation for young fellows away from the places where it might be considered the associations were not calculated to be enlightening or uplifting. He hoped each member would now do his or her best to make the table a successful venture…1/8/1914

The Moruya Mechanic's Institute, Page St, Moruya re

The Moruya Mechanic’s Institute, Page St, Moruya re

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya-  http://www.mdhs.org.au  .

The gift tin in our collection

Australian War Contingent Association Gift Tin -1915

This gift ‘tin’ is a small but very interesting item that is one of the many objects on display in our museum for the exhibition that we are holding throughout August to mark the outbreak of World War 1. These artefacts, including letters, postcards and photographs, really do provide a rich and quite fascinating local perspective to an event that was the first real test of Australia as a nation.

Object: An Australian War Contingent Association gift tin with original chocolate contents, postcard and label. The rectangular gift tin is made of lacquered tin-plate and has a hinged lid printed in black with the Australian coat of arms in the centre and ‘1915.’ on either side.

The gift tin in our collection

The gift tin in our collection

Beneath this are the words ‘TO THE AUSTRALIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN WAR CONTINGENT ASSOCIATION, LONDON. “A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL.”‘.

Original contents: The tin originally contained Fry’s chocolate, with the yellow, black and orange label reading ‘FRY’S ROYAL CHOCOLATE 300 GRANDS PRIX, GOLD MEDALS, ETC. Makers to H.M. THE KING, H.M. THE QUEEN and H.M. QUEEN ALEXANDRA.’ In the top left corner of the label is the British royal coat of arms, and in the right is Queen Alexandra’s coat of arms. ‘BY APPOINTMENT’ is printed below each coat of arms.

Fry's Chocolate ( now Cadburys

Fry’s Chocolate ( now Cadburys

The gift tin also contained a novelty postcard from J. S. Fry & Sons, Ltd. It featuresd a series of red, blue, white, yellow and black circles which represent the colours of the allied forces, Belgium, England, France and Russia. Gently rotating the card produces an optical effect where the circles appear to revolve.
The Australian War Contingent Association in London produced gift tins such as this which were distributed to Australian soldiers to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

The gift tin with chocolate and novelty postcard

The gift tin with chocolate and novelty postcard

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Mountain Identities, Plague and Concerts – from 25 July, 1914

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

John Riley at his mountain hut

John Riley at his mountain hut

JOHN RILEY, an old mountain identity, said to be the original of Patterson’s “The Man from Snowy River,” died on the way from Groggen on Wednesday night (says Friday’s Melbourne “Argus”). He was carried on a stretcher most of the distance, and died on the road from heart failure. Groggen is 50 miles up the Murray from Corryong. Although the pace was lacking, Riley’s last journey over the rough mountain tracks must have recalled to his mates the lines he inspire: -

Through the stringy-bark and saplings on the rough unbroken ground,
Down the hillside at a racing pace he went;
And he never drew his bridle till he landed safe and sound
At the bottom of that perilous descent. 25/7/1914

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THE FEDERAL DIRECTOR of Quarantines has given a warning regarding the possibility re the introduction of bubonic plague. Cumpton says that rats are again becoming a menace. He advocates strong measures for their extermination. 25/7/1914

BATEMAN’S BAY (From our Correspondent). – The greatest assemblage of people that has been seen in the Bay for years attended the public hall here on Wednesday night at a concert in connection with the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. R.J. Brookes some months ago took a number of local children in hand and trained them for this entertainment, and although many hours have been spent in their tuition, she was amply repaid on Wednesday night, both with a liberal patronage and an appreciative audience.

Batemans Bay before the bridge over the Clyde River was built

Batemans Bay before the bridge over the Clyde River was built

Dozens were deprived of a seat, yet it did not in any way interfere with their enthusiasm or their wholehearted applause. Much lustre was added to the evening’s entertainment by a number of ladies from Moruya who were kind enough and travel all the distance to assist the cause. The chairman, Rev. G.A. MacDonald, was a host in himself, in fact some were heard to remark he has mistaken his calling, he should be before the footlights. He can be confidently recommended to the chair (at any entertainment), and especially if there is a probability of it going flat in any way…

The first part of the programme concluded with the song “Carry me back to old Virginny” in character, in which Master Jack Duffy scored a big success, his makeup as the old negro being exceptionally good, the charm of this was also enhanced by a good chorus. The wig worn by Master Jack, and of which he is very proud, was kindly made by Mrs. H. Thomson, of Moruya.


The second part of the programme was opened by a pianoforte duet by Miss Kennedy (Moruya), and a small pupil of this lady named Olive Thomson. The performance of this little mite excited great admiration and reflects much credit on her teacher….
One of the crowning jokes of the evening was a “pitched musical battle” between six little girls by Aggie, Ella and Rita Latta, and the Duffy Family called “You shan’t play in our yard,” the applause and laughter was long and loud… The evening’s amusement concluded with a screaming musical comicality in character entitled “Bunk-a-Doodle” by the children.
Master Snowy Ison’s get-up as a Highlander baffled description, as also Jack Duffy’s bookmaker’s costume (Barney Allen). The girls appeared as old ladies in Noah’s Ark costumes also causing much amusement, especially in the dance… 25/7/1914

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (mdhs.org.au).

One of the football teams of the time - Bodalla c1900

Labor scrutineers, steamships and football – 27 June, 1914

Blog_Jan14HeaderShire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of this time in 1914, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:

NEW STEAMER – The s.s. “Bodalla,” which is being built for the Illawarra and South Coast S.N. Co., Ltd., by Messrs. Morrison and Sinclair, of Balmain, is expected to be launched about the third week in July, and will be in commission in October. The “Bodalla” is a twin screw passenger and cargo steamer of 550 tons and is a sister ship to the “Benandra.” The policy of the Company in arranging for passenger accommodation even in the smallest of their vessels, and which has found favour with the general public, has been followed in the “Benandra” and “Bodalla”. The “Bodalla” has been built expressly for the Moruya and Narooma trade, and as her name implies, special provisions have been made for the carriage of cheese. She will, like the “Benandra,” carry a large dead weight of cargo on a light draught. The contract speed of the vessel is 9 knots loaded, and it is expected that she will do this comfortably.   27/6/1914

The ss Bodalla was wrecked off Narooma jut under 10 years later - on 27.01.1924

The ss Bodalla was wrecked off Narooma jut under 10 years later – on 27.01.1924

The seat was eventually won by the Liberal candidate Austen Chapman

The seat was eventually won by the Liberal candidate Austin Chapman

DEUA RIVER (From our Correspondent). – The pending Federal elections are being greatly discussed locally, and the critical day promises to be one brimful of excitement. There are here many loyal and enthusiastic supporters of both the Labor and the Liberal parties – the latter slightly holding sway! “Joe,” the Socialist, is still in our midst, and is as keen on politics as ever. For the last two elections “Joe” has held the exalted position here of scrutineer for the Labor candidate. It is not unusual to see “Joe” a few days before an election going the rounds after votes. “Joe” has a great pal in an enthusiast from Mullenderree, and these two are constantly seen vying with one another when there is a vacillating voter about, so I am told. Our Mullenderree friend visited this centre during the last State elections and promised that if the Labor candidate topped the poll a pedagogue would be immediately sent from the Education Department to fill the vacancy at Snaphook. The Labor candidate topped the poll, but no teacher has yet arrived. 27/6/1914

FOOTBALL, MORUYA V. TILBA TILBA For the McCauley Challenge Cup (From our Correspondent). – A large crowd assembled on the show ground on Saturday afternoon to witness the return match between Tilba and Moruya for the McCauley Cup. It was some time after the appointed hour (3 p.m.) when the play started, and being bitterly cold, there was a bit of grumbling on the part of the spectators.

From the start both sides made things lively and within five minutes Moruya were penalised for off-side, Coles landing a good penalty goal. Tilba 3, Moruya nil. Play still continued very willing, both sides indulging in passing rushes, the ball travelling rapidly up and down the field, till from scrum men halfway Debenham secured for Moruya, beating several men, passed to McDiarmid, who ran well and transferred to Sullivan, who dashed across and secured Moruya’s first try, this was the gem of the game, the excitement being intense….

Moruya 6 Tilba 3. Towards the close play became very exciting, first Tilba then Moruya having the upper hand, the full-time whistle sounding with play in neutral ground and scores unchanged. The Moruya team played very evenly, no single man being above his fellows. Debenham captained the visitors with Graham vice. All the Tilba men played good football, the most prominent being Morris, W. Grumley, Ward, Sebbens, Endicott and Parkins. The dinner, or judging from the display of good things served up might more appropriately be termed a banquet, was held in the large dining room of the Tilba Hotel…27/6/1914

 

One of the football teams of the time - Bodalla c1900

One of the football teams of the time – Bodalla c1900

Sixteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1913 are available ($5 ea) from the society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Pioneer Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (mdhs.org.au).