A dredge in its paddock near Alexandra, 30ft above the
Molyneux, cutting into a beautiful bit of orchard. - Otago
Witness, 8.1.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT
front officer, lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz.
The Dunedin Expansion League, at a meeting of one of its
subcommittees held yesterday afternoon, decided to hold what it
hopes will prove to be a monster baby show during the month of
The sum of £10 10s will be awarded in prizes
to those infants who excel in physical fitness and size, and
whose general pretensions to beauty are considered by a
committee of medical men and a vote of the public to be the
greatest. On an afternoon to be fixed the show will be held
in His Majesty's Theatre (which has been kindly lent by
Messrs John Fuller and Sons rent free), when all the
competitors will be carefully judged by three judges who will
all be medical men.
Each competitor will be photographed by a kinematograph
operator in order that the photographs of the competing
infants may be shown to the public at an evening
entertainment which will be arranged in connection with the
On the occasion of the evening entertainment the films will
be thrown on the screen, each infant having its number
attached, voting papers will be handed to each member of the
audience, and the three children getting the largest number
of votes will be awarded further prizes. The age limit has
been fixed at 15 months old on February 1, and babies over
that age will not be eligible.
• The rata trees in the Owaka district are at
present a glorious sight. The splendid weather seems to have
been appreciated by the ratas, as they are one mass of red,
and can be seen several miles away. The hundreds of
holiday-makers who have been staying at the seaside resorts
have fully enjoyed the fine display of bloom, and those who
have seen the sight for the first time have been delighted.
The young ratas stand transplanting well and start to flower
at an early age.
• The infinite variety and all-round interest of
the new pictures screened at the Queen's Theatre yesterday
ensures a high and well-merited degree of popularity for the
programme which is to be on view for the next few days. There
are several good dramatic subjects in the series, all up to
the high standard insisted upon by the management of the
Queen's Theatre, and these are interspersed by several
excellent scenic, comic and topical films which lend the
diversity which is required to round off the entertainment.
In the two fresh editions of the Gaumont Graphic the gazer is
given a demonstration of the up-to-dateness of the
kinematographer, for they depict events which took place on
the other side of the world as recently as the last week in
November. Views are included of the funeral of the late
Spanish Premier, Senor Canalejas, and of the Balkan war,
while other subjects of interest touched upon are the
launching of a German cruiser at Kiel and an exhibition of
fire-drill in New York.
• Permission to capture a couple of kiwis and
send them to an institution at Chicago, U.S.A., is sought
(says the Dominion) by a Marton resident formerly a school
master in the United States. The exportation of the kiwi,
which grows rarer year by year, is not readily permitted by
Not long ago a person who had obtained a number of kiwis, at
a cost of 50, was successful in conveying them as far as
Sydney but there the birds were seized, on the ground that no
permit had been obtained for their exportation. The birds
themselves are probably almost as difficult to obtain as
permits authorising their removal from the dominion, but they
are reported to be still fairly numerous in dark, sunless
gullies round about the upper waters of the Wanganui River.
- ODT, 14.1.1913.