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The project of providing a home of health and comfort for soldiers returning sick and wounded from the war is one that has readily commanded widespread sympathy and support throughout the community, and the gathering that assembled at the home yesterday was further significant evidence of the public interest that has been aroused in this beneficent enterprise.
Among those present were Sir James Allen, the Hon. T. M. Wilford (Minister of Justice), Messrs C. E. Statham and A. Walker, M.P.s, the Mayors of Dunedin, St. Kilda, and Port Chalmers, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen occupying leading positions in patriotic and philanthropic societies, leaders in military and medical circles, in local politics, in commerce, and in the various religious denominations.
There were a considerable number of visitors from other parts of the dominion.
The Red Cross is to be congratulated upon the opening yesterday of the Convalescent Military Home at Montecillo, a site which commands a fine view of the harbour, the Peninsula, and the Ocean Beach, and which was justly described by the Acting Prime Minister as one of the most beautiful in Dunedin.
The achievement of the Society in providing a handsome building, practically free of debt, for the purpose to which is to be put - that of affording a rest home for wounded and invalided soldiers during the period of the convalescence - was rendered possible through the goodwill and financial support of the citizens, upon whose assistance it may, we feel sure, be always able to rely in respect of any project for promoting the comfort of those who have suffered in the cause of the Empire and for assisting the enfeebled soldiers of the district back to health and strength.
A deputation of women representative of practically all the organisations carrying on social work in this city waited on the Hon. T. M. Wilford (Minister of Justice) yesterday morning to ask for the appointment of women police, women patrols, women on juries, women as justices of the peace, and women as magistrates.
The speakers presented their case clearly, earnestly, and briefly, and used many arguments that were based on their personal experiences.
His reply was a polite but uncompromising refusal to extertain any of the requests, with the exception of that asking for the appointment of women patrols, and respecting this matter he expressed himself as strongly in accordance with the views of the deputation.
A portion of the block of 5270 acres of the Gladbrook Estate, near Middlemarch, recently purchased by the Government for discharged soldiers, has been divided into seven sections, each containing from 80 to 100 acres, and will be opened for selection at an early date.
The land is suitable for dairying or mixed farming. In addition, an area of 36 acres (known as the creamery block), lying next to the township, will be opened for public selection.
- ODT, 27.6.1918.
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