The Prime Minister, Mr William Massey, speaking at the opening of the new Lawrence Technical School. - Otago Witness, 18.12.1912.
Lawrence was en fete yesterday.
A section of the Parliamentary party, consisting of the Hon.
J. Allen, the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes, the Hon. Dr Pomare,
Messrs W. Nosworthy (Ashburton), D. H. Guthrie (Oroua), C. E.
Statham (Dunedin Central), and G. J. Anderson (Mataura), was
met at Clarksville by the Reception Committee, headed by the
Deputy Mayor of Lawrence (Mr B. W. Winn), and driven in motor
cars to Lawrence, where they arrived at a quarter to 2. The
Hon. Mr Massey (Prime Minister), the Hon. Mr Fraser, and Mr
A. S. Malcolm (Clutha), who travelled by another route from
Balclutha, reached the township three-quarters of an hour
The new Technical School was opened by Mr Massey at half past
2, a garden party was held in the Domain between 3 o'clock
and half-past 4, and a visit was then paid to the mines under
the guidance of the Tuapeka Miners' Association.
Several deputations were received and others will be heard
this morning. A public meeting was held in the evening,
followed by a banquet to the Hon. Mr Allen.
Today the Ministers will leave Lawrence - the Hon. Mr Fraser
for Dunedin, en route to Christchurch, and the Prime
Minister, the Hon. Mr Allan, the Hon. Mr Rhodes, and Hon. Dr
Pomare for Milton, where the day will be spent in attending
to public and other matters, Dunedin being reached in the
• Some particularly violent weather was experienced by the
steamer Indrapura on the passage from London to Australian
and New Zealand ports.
The Indrapura called at Capetown to coal, and it was shortly
after resuming her voyage that she encountered the worst of
the weather. On October 28 she ran into a violent gale, and
the sea was running dangerously high. One immense sea broke
over her bows, and, crashing on to the foredeck, swept
everything before it.
Ventilators were carried away, sky-lights smashed in, and
doors and fittings smashed to splinters. Great volumes of
water poured down the companion-way, causing a great deal of
confusion amongst the 990 immigrants on board. Fearing a
succession of violent seas, Captain Craven put his ship
about, and ran before the storm for some time.
The vessel was struck by a hurricane several hours later, and
a huge sea broke over the poop, doing considerable damage.
A large deck-house, used as a hospital, was crumpled up, and
went overboard in the swirl of waters, accompanied by one of
the starboard boats.
Iron rails were torn away, and the woodwork was splintered,
while the iron bulkhead of the after deck-house was bulged in
nearly a foot by the water.
The storm lasted for two days.
- ODT, 7.12.1912.