Motor cars which have been ferried across the Clutha on a punt. - Otago Witness, 5.2.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Suart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
An event of considerable importance to settlers in the Hawea
district will be the establishment of a motor lorry service
between Hawea and the railway terminus at Clyde.
To meet the special needs of this piece of country a large
and powerful wagon has just been imported by Mr W.F. Searle,
of Oamaru, for Mr George Partridge, of Lowburn, and yesterday
the wagon was inspected by a Times representative.
It is a ''Commer'' British-made machine from Luton, England,
and when all complete weighs four and a-quarter tons. The
body of the wagon is 14ft by 7ft, and it is designed to carry
a load of about six tons. The engine is a 40-h.p. one, R.A.C.
rating, and is fitted with a patent five-speed gearbox. It is
so arranged that the gears are always in mesh, thus avoiding
the possibility of stripping, and it is claimed that no other
motor lorry is made in this way, as the patent is a special
protection of the ''Commer'' Company.
The engine has an extra high road clearance, suitable for the
particular kind of country in which it will be used, and it
is fitted with a winding gear, by means of which the wagon
can haul itself out if at any time it becomes stuck.
Aluminium oil-tight chain cases are a convenience of
considerable value. The wheels are 40in in diameter, fitted
with twin solid rubber tyres, giving an 11in tread on the
The motor travels at from one to two miles on the lowest
gear, up to 20 miles an hour on the top speed, and one great
object which it is expected to achieve is to bring a load of
grain or other merchandise from Hawea to Clyde and return to
the starting-point in a single day. The Dunedin Expansion
League is at present negotiating with the Vincent County
Council to arrange for motor traffic to be allowed at certain
hours of the day on the east side of the river, where motor
traffic is at present prohibited. Special arrangements will
be made with the coach traffic to avoid the dangers of
meeting in the gorge.
The lorry Mr Partridge has secured has an extremely solid and
businesslike appearance, the the most casual inspection shows
it has been built to stand really hard service.
• For the moment we are righteously at odds with the Harbour
Board because of the enormity they would perpetrate at Lake
Logan - a shallow loop or bend of the Upper Harbour withdrawn
into the hills.
What the Oval was for years and years, what the foreshore by
the railway is now - a Gehenna of smouldering rubbish heaps,
dead cats, battered kerosene tins - is the board's ideal for
Lake Logan. Put otherwise, they intend what they call
''reclaiming'' it, a process which would last till the days
of our children's children. The present generation will know
Lake Logan only as a dumping place for mud scraped from the
Harbour bottom and as a tip for the corporation dust carts.
As we have it now, the lake is pleasant to see, pleasant to
loiter near; you may boat and you may fish; it is sheet of
water predestined to children's regattas; at little expense
it might be greatly improved. We have just woke up to the
fact that the Harbour Board would take it from us. Are we in
time? I think we are. The auguries point that way. Or if too
late to stop the thing itself, we are still in time to ask -
Whom shall we hang? - Civis.
• The report of the destruction of a church by lightning
between Rata and Porewa, in the Rangitikei district, has been
confirmed. It appears that a big flash of lightning was seen
to strike the building, and in a very brief space of time it
was reduced to ashes. The lightning also shattered a large
tree near Rata at the same time, and it, too, burst into
flames. The church destroyed was prized in the district for
its early associations. - ODT 8.2.1913.