Historical Happenings: Nowra held in high regard by outsiders

Street scene at Nowra.
Street scene at Nowra.

Q’, a Sydney writer in Punch, a Melbourne publication, has the following complimentary reference to Nowra and some of its citizens in the February issue of that publication:

It is astonishing that the South Coast of New South Wales is not eulogised by people in every corner of the Commonwealth.

Katoomba has its mountains and Manly its waves; but the South Coast has both.

Its landscape is unequalled in Australia, and its seascape is appreciated by those fortunate people who visit the district.

The trip in the train from Sydney to Nowra (the terminus) is in itself interesting.

From a sanitary point of view, Nowra is a model place...


Skimming the shore for many miles, the spectator is treated to a view of the ocean that is refreshing, particularly in the hot summer months. Nowra is an historical town; it reared Stanbury, the champion oarsman of the world, and in that place was the idea first conceived of his challenging Towns.

The Shoalhaven River, with its magnificent bridge, is close to the town, and there, unobserved except by his immediate friends, did Stanbury train for that race which made him famous.

From a sanitary point of view, Nowra is a model place, and it has been fortunate from time to time in having for aldermen gentlemen who have taken a life interest in their work.

The present Mayor, Alderman Peak, is the right man in the right place.

He has been in the district for more than two decades, and is a general favourite in the locality.

His ideas in municipal matters are progressive, and Nowra will do well to keep him in the chair for a lengthened period.

The visitors to Nowra can be assured of good accommodation.

Robinson's Prince of Wales' Hotel is run on city lines.

The table appointments are costly and the cuisine superb.

Mr Perkins, of the Empire Hotel, has become quite a factor in Nowra since introducing his footracing competitions.

He uses his own starting machine, which is a marvel of ingenuity.

The races, which usually take place on Saturday evening, are largely patronised and create great excitement.

Altogether, there is much to be seen in Nowra, the landscape in some parts being unequalled on the coast.


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