A group of Dunstan pioneers: from left: David McConnachie, one of the first storekeepers in Alexandra and Clyde; William Theyers (standing) one of the first storekeepers of Alexandra; Jeremiah Drummey, a contractor; Mr Dewar (standing), one of the first miners on the field and Mr Fawcett, one of the old-time miners. - Otago Witness, 20.11.1912.
Westport, November 28: The following letter from Mr G.
Joachim, managing director of the Westport Coal Company, to
Dr Truby King, was read at the latter's meeting here last
evening, and evoked great applause:-
"I am glad to hear that you are going to lecture on the West
Coast on the health of women and children, and that there
will probably be a Plunket nurse established at Greymouth. I
am more especially interested in Westport and neighbourhood.
I feel confident that the Greymouth nurse will have as much
as she can do to manage that and surrounding places. I have
done what I can to ameliorate the life of the workmen in our
mines, but I have not been able to do anything for the wives.
"I am satisfied that nothing can lighten the burden of life
in the case of a married woman who has to bring up a family
and attend to her household duties so much as to give her the
benefit of the society's system, to be taught first by
yourself and Mrs King, and the teaching to be continued by
the Plunket nurse, aided by local committees.
"I am therefore most anxious to have a Plunket nurse
established in Westport to take charge of that district,
including Waimangaroa, Denniston, Burnett's Face, Birchfield,
Granity, Millerton, and Mokihinui. To enable the necessary
funds to be raised the Westport Coal Company will subsidise
funds subscribed locally by giving 1 for 1 up to 100 per
annum for a period of three years on condition that the
nurse's services are wholly given to the place"
All Dr King's meetings on the West Coast have been well
• The very valuable work which the Department of Agriculture
has been doing during the past few years in the way of
establishing experimental plots on farms dotted all over the
country is being extended rapidly in the South Island (says
the Lyttelton Times). Under the scheme adopted by the
Department the farmers supply the land and labour, and the
department the seed. The crops go to the growers to
recompense them in some measure for their part of the work.
It is stated that there are now over 200 farms in the South
Island where these plots have been made and the results
cannot fail to be of great value to all engaged in
agricultural and pastoral pursuits. There are experimental
plots in every province in the South Island and practically
all kinds of grain and root crops are being experimented
with. There are manurial experiments, tests to determine
whether certain classes are more immune from blight than
others, and so on. Large numbers of farmers, not so much in
Canterbury as in the other provinces, are experimenting with
lucerne and the results obtained in provinces so different
from the climate standpoints, as Nelson and Southland must
prove of value. The plots already arranged for have all been
dealt with in the past six months, and it is practically
certain that many more will be added to the list before long.
Some of these plots, such as those at the Canterbury Meat
Company's works at Belfast, are well known and their
educational value is freely admitted. The same remark applies
to the numerous experimental plots established in connection
with district high schools throughout the island. The recent
agricultural and pastoral shows have proved in a very marked
manner the great interest which these experiments have
created in the minds of the scholars.
- ODT, 29.11.1912
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