Directory pioneer dies

The late Henry Wise, founder of Wise’s Directories. — Otago Witness, 27.6.1922
The late Henry Wise, founder of Wise’s Directories. — Otago Witness, 27.6.1922
Death removed from our midst yesterday morning Mr Henry Wise, a resident of the district who was prominently connected with commercial interests in this city for a number of years. Mr Wise was born in Edinburgh on December 28, 1835, so that he was in his eighty-seventh year. For many years past he had resided at Burkes, where he passed away after about a week’s illness, though for several years past he had been feeling the infirmities of old age.

Wise’s Directories may be said to mark an era of New Zealand progression, as they have been coincident with the increasing trade of the colonies. The first, issue of the directories by the firm was Wise’s Dunedin Directory, published in 1855, and it was followed later on by a directory of Hokitika, when gold was discovered there and a town formed. Then a directory of New Zealand was started; and the first issue was a small volume published in 1872. With increasing population the directory increased, until it became in 1875 a large volume with 35 maps and plans of the various chief towns in the dominion. In 1880, owing to an increased demand from abroad for the directory, an office was opened in London; and in 1883, by permission of the Post Office, Wise’s Directory came out as the New Zealand Post Office Directory, by which name it is as well and favourably known outside New Zealand as in it.

Soccer and rugby

Football is, in a general sense, recognised to be the national game of New Zealand, but it is only in a secondary degree that the "association" form of the sport can be said to share in this distinction. In some parts of the Home Country rugby and soccer contend pretty equally for pride of place in popular regard; in other parts soccer is supreme; but in this country the superior popularity of the older variety of the game is incontestable. For rugby can claim the seniority, though the history of football goes back to centuries before the formulation of systems and rules. There is mention of the game in England as far back as 1175, and some centuries later that sapient monarch James I forbade the heir-apparent to play it. We are not tempted, however, to linger either on the subject of football in general or on the superior popularity, merited or undeserved, of rugby. The association game is having a festival, as it were, in New Zealand, and it must not miss its meed of liberal recognition.

The association player claims plausibly, though rather pedantically, that he really does play football, whereas foot-and-hand-ball would be a more accurate name for the rugbyite’s diversion. Of course, association has been well-established in Dunedin for many years, — a fact sufficiently authenticated by the excellent, though not conquering, performance of the local team on Wednesday last. Whether the visit of the Australian team will make converts from rugby may be a doubtful point, but we have no doubt that it will give a decided stimulus to soccer, and today’s test match is sure to engage the interest of very many people who are novices as regards their attention to this form of the winter pastime.

Impressive memorial for Balclutha

The Balclutha Soldiers’ Memorial Committee yesterday accepted the offer of Messrs J Fraser and Co, monumental masons of Invercargill, for the supply and erection of a monument to be placed at the intersection of three streets near the railway station, for the sum of £700. The monument, which is to be 36 feet high, with a base measuring 25ft by 15ft will be crowned with a 6ft figure of a New Zealand soldier, with rifle etc, set in white Italian marble, and this piece of sculpture, together with female figures representing Hope and Grief, will require to be executed in Italy.

The base is to be concrete, but there are eight white marble pillars and a large marble slab for the inscription and the list of the fallen — a fairly lengthy one.

It has not yet been decided whether the upper structure of the monument is to be of Castle Rock (Otago) stone or reinforced concrete. The monument was designed by Mr Anderson, with Fraser and Co, and was selected from 18 other designs submitted by various firms. Work on the memorial is to be commenced almost immediately, but the successful tenderers anticipate that it will take five months to get the pieces of sculpture from Italy.  — ODT, 17.6.1922