This Maori group is busily engaged in cutting and rendering blubber from a pod of 150 blackfish that stranded at Te Arai Bluff on the Auckland west coast. - Otago Witness, 22.1.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
A feature of the wool sales held here on Wednesday was that
quite a number of large station clips which have hitherto
been exported to Great Britain for sale were this year placed
on the local markets. Some idea of what such a change means
may be gathered from the fact that among the clips alluded to
are those from the Rocklands, Beaumont, Cecil Peaks,
Otekaike, and Glencoe stations.
The wool in these clips was beautifully got up, perfectly
classed, and in splendid order, and made good prices. The
Wool Brokers' Association states that the revised number of
bales submitted at the sale was 27,900. The wealth which is
represented by the January offerings in this portion of the
dominion alone may be gauged by a simple calculation. The
wool will average approximately 14 per bale at current
prices, and 27,900 bales represent in money value 390,600.
As the sale constitutes a record for the dominion special
interest attaches to these figures. The prices realised
average nearly 1 1/2d over those realised last season. The
total value of the wool exported from the dominion last year
was 6,579,074, and, other things being equal, this season's
advance in values will mean an increase in this amount of
921,070, or 14 per cent ... the greater portion of which will
go into the pockets of the flockowners of the dominion.
• The formal opening of the surf-bathing season, so far as
the Pacific Surf Bathing Club is concerned, took place on
Saturday afternoon at the St. Kilda Beach in the presence of
a large crowd. Two or three ladies and quite a number of
children took time by the forelock and were in the water long
before the Mayor (Mr. S. B. Macdonald) had officially
announced that the season was open. Mr Macdonald, in
declaring the season open, stated that the club had commenced
operations in 1910, when it had a successful season, the
summer being a good one.
In 1911 they had not been so well favoured with regard to
weather, and the opening of the season had had to be
postponed. The same thing had happened this season. The club
was indebted to the domain Board and to several gentlemen for
donations. The property of the club consisted of four sheds -
one at St. Clair, one at Forbury, and two at St. Kilda - and
it possessed one up-to-date life-saving reel and two other
life-saving reels. Last season a life-saving class had been
formed, and most of its members had gained medallions.
Classes had been started this year, and already 14 ladies and
20 gentlemen had enrolled as members. He made passing
reference to the recent fatalities at St. Clair, and urged
bathers not to venture out too far. The club had 480 members,
and there was still plenty of room for more. The club was
preparing rules and regulations with the object of
safeguarding surf bathers from accident, and once passed
these would be enforced.
A vote of thanks having been accorded the Mayor for his
attendance, the water was entered by about 20 young men, and
the number of bathers, both male and female, increased as the
afternoon wore on. About 4 o'clock an exhibition of a
life-saving appliance was given.
• ''I do not understand why women will persist in coming into
these courts and chattering,'' said Mr Love, S. M.
indignantly, at the Glebe Police Court, Sydney, last week.
''Do stop those people talking! Do anything with them - put
them out into the street. Why don't they stay at home and
cook their husbands' dinners?'' - ODT, 27.1.1913.