The crowd in front of the totalisator at the Forbury Park Trotting Club's autumn meeting on January 29. - Otago Witness, 5.2.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
We have been informed by Mr G. M. Thomson, M.P., chairman of
the Marine Fish Hatchery Board, that Mr Anderton, the
curator, is due at Port Chalmers next week, in the Waimana.
Writing on January 2 he stated that there were in readiness
at Plymouth, 300 turbot, 100 plaice, 40 lobsters, and 40
crabs. He had also procured as food for the small fish 30
boxes of mussels, 30 pints of worms, and 30 boxes of squids,
and other fish food would be ordered later. The main object
of Mr Anderton's visit to England, however, was to bring out
herring ova, and, as at the date of writing the herrings were
close into Plymouth, he anticipated no difficulty in
obtaining all the ova he required a day or two before the
Waimana called at Plymouth.
The officials of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company had
assisted him in every way possible. Dr Allen, of the Marine
Biological Laboratory at Plymouth, and his assistants had
entered into the scheme with great zest. All that care and
forethought have suggested, said Mr Thomson, has been done,
and the experiment promises to be a very successful one.
Mr Chamberlain and himself, representing the board, together
with the Inspector of Fisheries (Mr L. F. Ayson) will be in
readiness to meet Mr Anderton. Mr W. Adams, the acting
curator, has made complete preparations for the reception of
the fish, and he has kept the station in first class order
during Mr Anderton's absence.
• This week will probably mark a change in the method of
transport of goods to the Upper Clutha district, as the motor
lorry recently imported by Mr G. Partridge, of Lowburn,
passed through Clyde at midday on Monday, after doing the
journey from Roxburgh in three and a-half hours. Whether the
power-driven machine will prove a cheaper and more
expeditious system than that now in vogue will be eagerly
watched by those dwellers in the Upper Clutha Valley to whom
the cost of transport is such a big item.
• The storm at the end of last week was responsible for many
curious freaks. In a garden at Avenal (Invercargill) on
Friday a surprising discovery was made in the shape of a
considerable quantity of sea shells and seaweed which had,
from all appearances, literally dropped from the clouds. The
stuff had evidently been lifted by some considerable force,
and, as the nearest beach is a considerable distance away,
the performance by the elements was a remarkable one. Exactly
how the feat was performed it is difficult to say, but there
can be no question that the shells and seaweed were
transferred from their native habitat to the garden, greatly
to the astonishment of the owner of the property and others
who viewed the debris. - ODT, 19.2.1913.