Miss Kellerman makes impression

Swimmers pose on the railway station footbridge after giving a reception to Australian star of...
Swimmers pose on the railway station footbridge after giving a reception to Australian star of swimming, stage and pictures Miss Annette Kellerman on her arrival at Dunedin. — Otago Witness, 13.12.1921
Charmingly expressive in her language, appropriate in her every gesture — and she is full of gesture, hands, eyes, and smile emphasising the story as her talk ripples merrily along — Miss Annette Kellerman has a still greater source of attraction — she is frankly and obviously natural.

She bubbles over with joie de vivre, and does not put any check on her enthusiasm when telling how she likes this or that.

The restless vivaciousness of the famous artist prompted the newspaper man to ask if she ever got tired — did she have an afternoon nap? “I never feel tired,” said the petite Miss Kellerman. “I go like this all the time. When I come home at night from the theatre — and I am always there about half-past 5 preparing for my acts — I have two glasses of hot water and four spoonfuls of bran, and then I hit the hay and am fast asleep in five minutes.”

It is easily seen that Miss Kellerman is of the type who realises that to succeed on the stage — as in every other walk of life — one must work. When she left Australia 15 years ago for America — and she is as Australian now as then — her claim to fame had been mostly made as a swimmer. By sheer hard work over a long period of years she became an accomplished tip-toe dancer and also a clever wirewalker. And then she has also appeared in the pictures.

Lake Logan differences

The members of the Otago Harbour Board, who hold with the chairman of that body (Mr Scollay) that the board ought to deal with the Lake Logan area only from a revenue-earning point of view, either forget or are not acquainted with the conditions upon which the public opposition to the reclamation of the area was overcome.

Mr Loudon is, we think, the only present member of the board who took an active part in the controversy that was excited by the proposal to utilise Lake Logan as a depositary of dredging spoil from the Upper Harbour.

It was by him and by Mr Belcher that the case in support of the board’s proposal was publicly stated. It was represented by them that it was absolutely necessary that the board should deposit the spoil in Lake Logan.

The alternative, they showed, was the extremely costly and tedious process of transporting the spoil all the way from the Upper Harbour to the open sea. So urgent was the need for saving the cost of transport of spoil to the sea, that it is not extravagant to assert that there were members of the board of that time who were prepared to assent to the transference to the city, free of all cost, of the whole of the area that was to be reclaimed.

Teviot power scheme progress

The Teviot Electric Power Board, at a meeting held on Friday last, unanimously decided (our correspondent writes) to proceed with its electrical scheme for the district. The engineer’s proposal for a permanent hydraulic scheme has been adopted, as also were power station and reticulation plans for the first part of the entire scheme.

The proposal will be placed before the ratepayers, and a poll arranged for at the earliest possible date.

Successful garden fete

Mr S. Solomon’s garden in Belleknowes has become recognised as one of the show places of Dunedin, and his willingness to permit the public to enjoy its beauty was again in evidence on Saturday, when it was placed at the disposal of the St Vincent’s Orphanage for the purpose of raising funds for the new building.

The attendance was very large, numbering considerably over 2000, and with the many activities carried on, all of which were well patronised, a great financial success was achieved.

Mr Solomon himself was much about, taking great interest in the proceedings and being an extensive purchaser.

ODT, 28.11.1921.



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