Gathering gowans (yellow or white field flowers, especially
daisies): a snapshot of holidaymakers busy at Company Bay.
- Otago Witness, 8.1.1913. Copies of picture available from
ODT front office, lower Stuart St, or
For the year 1913 all drivers of motor vehicles in
Christchurch, will (says the Press), under the by-laws coming
into force immediately, be required to possess certificates of
proficiency. In the case of owners and drivers of
privately-owned motor cars or cycles these certificates are
called ''certificates of ability.''
In the case of drivers of vehicles for hire they are called
''certificates of competency''. The former certificates cost
10s; the latter 1s. Motor cyclists pay 5s for their
certificates. To carry out the duties created by the new
by-laws, a motor inspector has been appointed.
His duties, which start from to-day, will be ''to examine and
inspect all licensed motor cars and all motor delivery vans,
to examine applicants for certificates of ability to drive
and handle private motor cars or cycles, and for certificates
of competency to drive licensed motor cars or motor delivery
vans and to ensure the carrying out of the provisions of all
by-laws of the Council relating to motor cars, motor cycles,
or motor delivery vans.''
Six months' grace will be allowed to owners of private cars
and cycles to secure certificates of their ability to drive.
In the case of visitors (a ''visitor'' is one whose usual
place of abode is more than 100 miles from Christchurch) 28
days' freedom will be accorded.
• A leaflet has been issued by the Dunedin Expansion
League, in which are set out in emphatic terms the many
climatic advantages possessed by Dunedin and the whole of the
province of Otago as against the climate experienced in other
parts of the dominion.
''Far from the tropical dankness of Auckland, the windy
bluster of Wellington, the parching `nor'-westers' of
Canterbury,'' it states, ''New Zealand's climate is found at
its best in Dunedin, the capital of Otago.''
Tabulated figures are given showing the number of days on
which rain fell during 1911 at the four main centres
(Auckland 220, Wellington 161, Christchurch 122, Dunedin
118), the highest temperature recorded and the date, and also
the average rainfall for a period of three years to 1902.
• An incident reminiscent of the good old days when
prisoners in Dunedin were threatened with being locked out if
they did not return in time occurred on Saturday night.
A prisoner under reformative sentence had been in the Dunedin
Hospital for some time. At dusk on Saturday he eluded the
nurses, and proceeded to do a round of the hotels. Warders
searched the grounds and surrounding streets without avail,
and one of them, on going into the ward at midnight, found
the prisoner safely under the blankets, sound asleep. Sunday
morning saw the prisoner back in his cell.
- ODT, 13.1.1913.