Miss Lillie, sister of the vice-president, throwing the
first bowl at the opening of the Naseby bowling green. -
Otago Witness, 4.12.1912. Copies of picture available from
ODT front office, lower Stuart St, or
It is pleasing at all times to note the progress of
industry, the success of enterprise, or the development of any
branch of the resources of the dominion.
An instance came under notice yesterday. Only a year ago the
Waitaki Dairy Company was started in the thriving district of
Oamaru with 30 customers; today it has 285. Another sign of
its expanding business is the fact that it has now commenced
operations in Dunedin.
A fully-equipped factory was opened in Castle Street (near
the railway station) yesterday, fitted with modern machinery
which is capable of turning out 400 tons of butter per annum;
fitted also with an 18 horse-power gas engine to work the
machinery, and with every requisite for carrying on a tidy
business, which shows every prospect of still greater
Mr S Bowman, the manager, was on the Government dairy staff a
few years ago, and took charge of affairs at Oamaru 12 months
ago. The headquarters of the company will in future be in
• The Press remarks that the changes in the
weather have caused a slump in the whitebait catch. The
season has been an uncertain one, and not of long duration.
Some of the men employed in fishing, who were ever on the
alert, made fairly good wages. In October, 8 and 10 a week
was not uncommon, and a limited few have made as much as 5 in
a single day, when the whitebait has been in full run and the
river and the weather at their best. But this harvest of the
sea is never long enough to satisfy those who net the fish,
nor do they reap all the exclusive profits from it.
• All over the Lower Waihao district, in North
Otago, from Morven and Willowbridge across to the Waihao
Downs, the farmers have gone in largely for potatoes. This
year (the Oamaru Mail states) one cropper, who should be able
to gauge the prospects states that with an average yield
there should be over 30,000 sacks available for export next
year from Lower Waihao district.
• An unusually large crowd found their way to the
second beach, St. Clair, when the band of the 4th Regiment,
under Lieut. S. S. George, played an exceptionally fine
programme of music. Excellent renderings were given of the
march, "Boston commandery", in which the reed instruments
were heard to advantage, Handel's "Largo in G"; chorus, "The
heavens are telling"; "Vesper Bells", Morceau; prelude from
"Scenes des poetiques"; "War march of priests" (Athalie);
hymn, "Days and moments"; march, and "The cavalier", the
last-mentioned item finding particular favour with those
- ODT, 3.12.1912.