The Dunstan-Manuherikia Jubilee procession coming through
the arch at Alexandra.- Otago Witness, 27.11.1912. Copies
of picture available from ODT front office, lower Stuart
Street, or www.otagoimages.co.nz.
The glorious summer weather which prevailed on Saturday
afternoon induced an especially large crowd of surfers and
spectators to visit St. Clair and witness the official opening
of the City Council's new pavilion, and also of the St. Clair
Life-saving Club's season.
Right from early afternoon the St. Clair end of the beach was
thronged with people, and very considerable interest was
manifested both in the pavilion and also in the movements of
the surf bathers. The pavilion looked at its best under the
conditions that prevailed, and, whatever its faults, visitors
were at any rate pleased with the tea rooms, which had been
tastefully fitted up, and which later in the day drove a
The opening ceremony took place in the assembly hall on the
ground floor of the building at 3 p.m. There was a large
number of people in the hall, and on the platform at the end
were his Worship the Mayor (Mr J. Wilson), Mr S. S. Myers
(chairman of the Tramways Committee), and Mr J. M'Donald (who
was present to open the club's season).
In the course of a few introductory remarks Mr Myers briefly
outlined the steps which led to the erection of the building,
which, he said, had altogether cost the council 5300.
• A rather unusual case came before Mr Page,
S.M., on Monday at the Wanganui Magistrate's Court, when the
police applied to have an order made against the grandfather
of an illegitimate child. Sergeant Burke gave an outline of
defendant's circumstances, and explained that the whereabouts
of the father of the child was not known, and the mother was
contributing towards the child's maintenance in the
The magistrate said that he hadpower under the Destitute
Persons Act to make an order against the grandfather, and an
order was made for a payment of 2s 6d weekly.
• The Inspector of Fire Brigades (Mr T. T. Hugo), in
his report to the Dunedin Fire Board in connection with his
recent inspection of the Dunedin and subsidiary brigades,
stated that, as the water reticulation had now been extended
over the greater portion of the North-east Valley district,
he would recommend the board to erect a small shed in some
central position sufficiently large to house a light
equipment to consist of reel, hose, stand-pipe, a couple of
light scaling ladders, and a bell.
From four to six men residing in the vicinity might be
enrolled as auxiliary firemen. The suggestion was favourably
received by the board, but in the meantime the matter was
referred to the superintendent of the brigade, to be reported
on at the next meeting of the board.
• The Timaru Herald states that a young man belonging
to a Government travelling gang went out recently to fish on
a Fairlie farmer's property on the Sunday. The farmer came
out and ordered him off his property, and gave him his
reasons for doing so - firstly, fishing on Sunday was against
his principles; and, secondly, it was a bad example for his
family. The young man, who knew better, confessed his wrong
and left, feeling very much ashamed of himself.
• Dr Brigham, an American visitor to New Zealand,
speaking with reference to Maori curios, said that when he
was in Hamburg he had seen Maori tikis being made, and these
tikis were afterwards sent out to New Zealand and sold as the
genuine article. The Maoris themselves bought these tikis,
most of those of their own manufacture having either been
sold or lost.
- ODT, 25.11.1912.