Caledonian wins bowls

Members of the Caledonian Bowling Club, winners of the inter-club banner for the fifth year...
Members of the Caledonian Bowling Club, winners of the inter-club banner for the fifth year running. — Otago Witness, 22.4.1924
Congratulations to the Caledonian Club on winning the inter-club banner for the fifth year in succession. When it is remembered that the 19 clubs in the Dunedin Centre compete for this banner, the Caledonian Club’s record is a remarkable one, and probably will never be surpassed, if, indeed, it is ever equalled. The Caledonian Club is represented by 15 rinks in the competition, and although this is practically its full strength, the general average of the play in the club is of a high standard, and when all the players are  available it is probably quite as strong with 15 as with less rinks.

It is certainly not too much to say that the credit for winning the banner is principally due to the efforts of Mr Abbott, whose work on behalf of his club is second to none in the centre. St Clair, which finished a close second to Caledonian (only one point behind), and St Kilda, two points further back, are also deserving of hearty congratulations on the consistently high standard set by their representatives throughout the season. — by ‘Jack’

Strait is the gate

So far as a reporter could learn in the course of local inquiries, the activities of the lightfingered among Dunedin's population do not represent a very large sum to the average firm. The aggregate losses in the city, however, would doubtless amount to an impressive amount — an amount that, of course, has to be paid indirectly by the honest purchasers of goods. 

Still, the impression given by the managers with whom the reporter discussed the matter was that there is considerably less thieving from shops here than lakes place in the north. It is generally agreed by police officers and others in a position to judge that the Dunedin public is comparatively law-abiding, and there are those with business experience in both the north and south who unhesitatingly declare that the standard of morality commercially is much higher south of Cook Strait than north of it.

Forgot he was married

A young man named Oswald Ben Kennedy was proceeded against by his wife for separation, maintenance and guardianship of three children, the case coming before Mr J.R. Bartholomew SM in the City Police Court yesterday morning. 

Mr B.S. Irwin appeared for Mrs Kennedy and Mr J.B. Callan for defendant. Mr Irwin stated that defendant had been located in Auckland and had denied his identity and that he had a wife in Dunedin. He had not communicated with his wife since the warrant had been issued, but had said that if his identity were established he would admit it. He had apparently been “asleep for 20 years,” and could not remember having been married. Mr Callan said that the position was that the young people had been married at Dunedin in 1913, they then being 19 years of age. Defendant appeared to have met with an accident to his head; and had suffered from lapse of memory.

His Worship made an order for separation, and the custody of the children and for maintenance at the rate of £2 10 shillings per week, together with solicitor's fee of £3 3s, and fixed the bond at £100. — ODT, 27.3.1924

Compiled by Peter Dowden