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12 April 2016

Jervis Bay Bits.


During the construction of the new Naval College at Captains Point men from all over the district found employment.   The college attracted a lot of attention and provided the local newspapers with a constant source of news.

This small article appeared in the Shoalhaven News in 1913.

First child born on Federal Territory.

Mr. L. Bellett had to go in last week to the local doctor at Nowra suffering from rheumatism of the heart.  Much sympathy is felt for Lou, in his trouble, as he has gradually risen to be on the permanent job here. Lou is anxious not to lose any time as he is about the longest man on the works. 


He had the honour of being father to the first child born on Federal Territory,  and so pleased were the office staff that they presented him a child's silver mug bearing the inscription, “Presented to the first child born on Federal Territory.” Lou intends to keep and hand it down to succeeding generations.

I wonder what became of that mug?


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