The Dart Valley at the head of Lake Wakatipu.- Otago Witness, 25.12.1912. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
The population of New Zealand was increased by 544 persons
yesterday, that being the number of third class passengers
brought to the dominion by the Shaw, Savill liner Mamari,
which arrived at Port Chalmers early yesterday morning.
They are described as being a specially desirable lot, and,
with the exception of eight young people, who are laid up
with measles, they all arrived in good health. The eight
mentioned will have to remain on board for from two to eight
days. Early yesterday morning over 300 left by special train
for Lyttelton, where they joined the Mararoa en route for
various northern destinations. The new arrivals are being
distributed throughout the dominion.
There were 500 assisted passengers on board - 235 women, 147
men, and 118 children - a record number for New Zealand. Of
these 228 were nominated by residence of New Zealand, 145
adults and 83 children, and 237 adults and 35 children were
approved by the High Commissioner. Among those assisted there
are 132 domestic servants, 25 farmers, and 78 farm labourers,
2 ploughmen, 1 cook, 2 gardeners, and 44 wives joining their
husbands. The capital runs from 2 to 300 each.
• Christmas Eve in Dunedin passed off very quietly. Beautiful
weather was experienced both during the day and in the
evening, and till well on till 11 o'clock at night the
streets were crowded.
The popularity of ''week-ending'' is, however, growing here
every year, and a large number of people must have gone out
of town, as, despite the fine weather, it is not considered
by those competent to form an opinion that the crowd was
quite as large as that on the streets on Christmas Eve of
The different shops were well filled with people throughout
the day, and the takings of the business people must have
been very satisfactory indeed. In the early hours of
yesterday morning several parties of musicians followed the
time-honoured practice of journeying round the different
suburban districts singing and playing Christmas carols.
Taken all round, the crowds were most orderly; there was an
absence of the boy with the cracker, and very few cases of
drunkenness came under the notice of the police. It may be of
interest to point out that it was the day before Christmas
last year that the heavy flood took place in North-east
From Press Association telegrams we learn that in the
northern centres the weather was good, and that the business
people had a busy time on Christmas Eve.
• One frequently hears Australians and New Zealanders engaged
in debate as to whether the average pronunciation of our
common language approximates nearer to the English standard
in the Commonwealth or in the dominion.
Travellers who speak on the matter mostly declare in favour
of the people of New Zealand. We here are said to be
developing a twang akin to that of the cockney. It would
appear to be a general tendency in new countries to import a
nasal accent into the spoken language. No doubt it can be
explained on some physiological ground or other. - ODT,