Narrow win by visitors

Action during the Australia v Otago association football match. — Otago Witness, 20.6.1922
Action during the Australia v Otago association football match. — Otago Witness, 20.6.1922
Having in remembrance the fact that the Otago eleven was picked as late as Saturday night and had never previously played together, it put up a capital fight against the Australian combination, and did credit in a general way to the selectors. It was a very close game which, on the play, either side might have won, although the Australian side showed better method and greater accuracy. The Australian team was not the strongest it can place in the field, some of the best players being rested. Their backs were very sound on defence, and showed more judgement than Otago in directing the ball to their forwards.

The match was full of interest, and in view of the fact that Australia has a still better eleven available for Saturday next, while New Zealand has in training in Dunedin some excellent material, the first test match on Saturday promises to be something of note.

The final score was: Australia 2 goals, Otago 1 goal.

Community singing popular

The community singing movement has now a firm hold in Dunedin, and two theatres are now being used for this popular way of spending the lunch hour. The Octagon Hall was again overcrowded yesterday, when the singing was led by Mr W.R. Sinclair, Mr Les Burk being the pianist. The Grand Theatre "sing", offspring of the movement started some weeks ago in the Octagon Hall, proved a lusty youngster. Right from the start those present opened up their lungs with a boisterousness in full accord with the best traditions of infancy, and within a very short space of time the "sing" had reached the stage of full-throated maturity. The idea of extending the movement to the Grand Theatre as a separate and distinct "sing" was to afford those who are engaged at the southern end of the city with an opportunity of indulging in a "happiness hour", and the large attendance of songsters between 12:15 and 1:15pm completely justified the extension. Under the direction of Mr P. Braithwaite and led by Mr R. Coulton on the piano, they gave voice to the various songs on the now-familiar song sheet with a joyous heartiness that was good to hear. "Peggy O'Neil," "Pack Up Your Troubles", "Keep on Humming", "The Swanee River", "Three Blind Mice", and the other old favourites were among the numbers selected by the conductor or the audience itself.

Early Settlers fine building

The handsome and extensive additions to the buildings of the Otago Early Settlers’ Association are now completed within and without, and it will not be long before the association is able to take full advantage of the new accommodation provided. Externally, the Donald Reid wing, as it is named after the principal donor, so far from detracting from the appearance of the building, has made it even more impressive and pleasing to the eye. The improvements made include a large extension of the kitchen, which has been fitted with extra cupboards and shelves, and other up-to-date fittings, and a supper room some 40ft by 40ft, with a huge panelling of beautiful mottled wood. There are also two large well-lighted rooms, in which part of the association treasures will be housed. The main entrance is now a striking feature of the building. The brick walls in the new rooms are not yet sufficiently dry for pictures to be safely hung there but with the advent of warm weather, the association will enter into full possession. —  ODT, 15.6.1922