Agitation for harbour access

A group of competitors in the sawing events at the recent Owaka sports. — Otago Witness, 20.1.1920.
A group of competitors in the sawing events at the recent Owaka sports. — Otago Witness, 20.1.1920.
A conference of delegates from local bodies was held in the Chamber of Commerce rooms last evening for the purpose of considering what action should be taken to gain better access to the Harbour Board's lands on the foreshore side of the railway line, and also to obtain better facilities for approaching the wharves. 

The chairman, Mr H. L. Tapley, said the Harbour Board had called the meeting for the purpose of invoking the aid of local public bodies in combating the very grave disability which existed in connection with the affairs of the Harbour Board. 

He thought he was correct in saying that from 1875 till 1901 the Railway Department had practically filched, without any compensation, about 75 acres of the board's lands that had been reclaimed.

The board owned some hundreds of acres of land on the foreshore side of the railway, and the only access to it — particularly at the north end — was by way of Rattray street.

This street was frequently blocked by the trains running over the crossing.  He considered such a state of affairs was economically wrong.

Mr Campbell said they knew that the congestion in Rattray street was becoming greater and greater, and it must be apparent to everyone that the approach to their wharves was quite insufficient. 

There were no fewer than seven streets to the foreshore which should be open.  It was all very well to say it would be an inexpensive thing to shift the yards, but something should be done to obtain better access to the wharves and the lands of the Harbour Board.

Hardy, barefoot Scots

‘‘My great-grandfather never had on a pair of boots in his life till they were but on when he went to fight for Prince Charlie at Culloden, and we have not the physique of our forefathers,’’ said a Scotchman at Devonport, Auckland, after he had been barracked for going without his boots during the holiday season. 

‘‘If we had a little more of the barefooted business, and a little less of the stuck-up collar, we might have a return to the days when men lived on plain fare, and when they ate, and when they threw themselves down at night and slept.’’

Horses’ homing instinct

The homing instinct of horses was well exemplified by four animals found on the Ahuriri saddle by a passer-by (states the Oamaru Mail). 

They had come from the Lindis, and, despite his precautions to herd them until he ascertained their owners, two of them reached Weston, which they had not seen for eight years, since they were bought there as two-year-olds, and another was found near its former owner's property at Waikouaiti, where it had also not been for many years.  The fourth horse died. 

— ODT, 16.1.1920.


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