Late sovereign remembered

A memorial statue of King Edward VII is unveiled in Waterloo Place, London, by his son, King...
A memorial statue of King Edward VII is unveiled in Waterloo Place, London, by his son, King George V. The statue was funded by public subscription and sculp ted by Bertram Mackennal. — Otago Witness, 13.9.1921
The equestrian statue of King Edward VII now erected in Waterloo Place, London, has a martial aspect, but the tribute expressed by King George in performing the unveiling of it, emphasises that aspect of his father’s character which will ever most exalt his memory and evoke a warmth of affectionate remembrance whenever his name is mentioned.

King Edward reigned but nine years, but they were years replete with demonstrations of his capacity for kingship. Passers-by in Waterloo Place will lift their gaze to an impressive figure of the royal field- marshal upon his charger, cast in imperishable bronze, but equally imperishable will stand King George’s simple words, a worthy epitaph for any man or any ruler, ‘‘My father was above all a great lover of peace’’.

If the great war demonstrated how difficult it is to lay securely the foundations of international concord, it also demonstrated more strongly than anything else could have done the need for unremitting pursuit of the example set by the monarch of whom Mr Asquith has said, “In external affairs his powerful personal influence was steadily and zealously directed to the avoidance not only of war, but of the causes and pretexts for war.

‘‘He well earned the title by which he will always be remembered — the Peace-maker of the World.”

Tahakopa School overcrowding

At the meeting of the Otago Education Board yesterday Mr Martin, representing the Tahakopa School Committee, waited on the board in regard to the overcrowded state of the school.

He said that four years ago the building accommodated 25 children and there were over 40 in it now. There were altogether 78 children at the school now, and the shelter shed was in use as a classroom, with the result that the children had no shelter shed. The playground was very restricted and altogether the whole conditions were very bad. Mr Martin suggested that until the new school could be built some relief might be got by removing the infant department to the hall at the railway, a mile and a half away. There were  44 children in that department. The Hall Committee had offered the use of the building for the purpose. It would be inconvenient from the point of view of the efficient working of the school, but it would provide temporary relief. Mr Fleming said the conditions were certainly very bad and something must be done. In response to a request the architect said that it was hoped to get the new building started about September. It should be available for the new year. Mr Martin was informed that the board would do what it could to meet his wishes, and it was afterwards resolved to accept the offer of the Hall Committee, the necessary heating and other conveniences to be installed.

Hellyers import Jersey bull

A purebred Jersey bull has been imported from Canada in the order of Mrs F.E. Hellyer and Sons of North- East Harbour. The bull, which is a splendid type of Jersey and is 18 months old, was chosen after careful consideration of pedigrees submitted by different breeders.

He comes from the renowned Jersey herd of Messrs Bartley, Bull and Sons of Canada, and his dam produced 800 pounds of butterfat after being down with milk fever prior to entering the test conducted by the Canadian Department of Agriculture. His sire, La Santo King’s Onyx, was the winner of several prizes on the island of Jersey. This young animal possesses 75 per cent of Oxford You’ll Do blood, Oxford You’ll

Do being considered by the most competent Jersey judges to be one of the best show ring and butterfat bulls that the Jersey world has known.

When landed he was in first-class condition, and he should add lustre to the already well-known high- producing butterfat and show ring records of the herd possessed by Mrs Hellyer and Sons. The price is probably among the highest paid for an imported Jersey.  —  ODT, 22.7.1921.





'The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there'.

- LP Hartley, 'The Go Between', set in Edwardian times.