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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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