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That same year gold was discovered 60 km upstream at Araluen and on smaller creeks running into the river between Araluen and Moruya.The Araluen valley proved one of the richest goldfields in the county.
The Moruya Co-operative Dairy factory was opened in 1892, supplying the Sydney markets.This quarry was taken over in 1924 by the contractors for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dorman Long & Co., who chose the material for the bridge's pylons.The company built Granite Town adjacent to the quarry, a 1000-acre village with 72 mostly-four-room low-rent cottages, that existed between 19.The Erin-go-Bragh Hotel was also shifted from Broulee Island to Campbell St, Moruya by Abraham Emmott who opened it as the 'Beehive' store.Emmott later set up his store elsewhere and used the old inn as his home, naming it 'Merlyn', until he could afford to build what was one of the first semi-detached houses in Moruya in 1875.Initially diggers disembarked at Broulee and walked to the site but, with the establishment of a new and improved road from Araluen to Moruya between 18, Moruya became the preferred service centre to the northern goldfields.
In 1859 the court was relocated, building and all, to Moruya, where it remained until the present courthouse was constructed in 1879.
Moruya Pleasant south coast township servicing the surrounding rich agricultural region.
Situated 306 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway Moruya (population 2520) is a coastal town reliant upon timber, dairying, cattle, vegetables, fish, oysters and tourism for its sustenance.
Exploring Moruya's Historic Past As you enter Moruya from the north you will find, over the bridge, at the intersection with Queen St, the Court House (1879).
West along Queen St, to the right, just before the first crossroad, is the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1889) built of local granite.
At this time the population of Moruya was about 1000 (it was 2386 in 1986).