Otago’s latest All Black

Otago rugby team captain and All Black W. Fea. — Otago Witness, 13.9.1921
Otago rugby team captain and All Black W. Fea. — Otago Witness, 13.9.1921
An interesting function took place in the Allen Hall at the University, when Mr W.R. Fea was presented with a handsome walking stick, suitably engraved, as an appreciation by the University of his inclusion in the All Black team for the third test.

The presentation was made by Mr J.C. Leitel, president of the Students’ Association, who in a short speech pointed out that Mr Fea had done honour to the University and congratulated him on the splendid game he put up under adverse conditions.

Mr Fea was, he said, undoubtedly one of the quickest and most versatile players on the field that day, and despite the fact that the game was, to say the least of it, disappointing from a backs’ point of view, he more than justified his selection.

No activity on wharves

The dreary look of the Port Chalmers waterfront, owing to the lack of shipping activity, seems to become more marked as the weeks go by. The big fleet of laid-up steamers which are crowding the wharves in idleness do not make for liveliness so far as appearance goes.

These out-of-work steamers have in fact the opposite effect. For once in a while the past week’s drizzling rain has not stopped work, for there was none to stop. But the doleful dreariness of the past week is not a permanent affliction, and when better weather comes the fishing fleet at least will get going, while overseas  other steamers may be expected to resume the trade which has been merely languishing for a while in order to make a fresh start with increased activity.

Helicopter being developed

One of the results of a famous inventor’s embarkation on aerial research work has been the Brennan helicopter. Experimentation with this machine has been in progress at Farnborough for some time past, but publicity has been discouraged. The atmosphere of mystery surrounding the helicopter will no doubt be fully dissipated when it emerges successfully, as in all probability it will, from the experimental ordeal. What is generally known concerning the Brennan helicopter at present is that it is a new type of flying machine, the distinguishing feature of which is its ability to rise straight into the air.

Manifestly a flying machine able to rise straight up from any given point would possess great advantages over the type of aeroplane with which we are familiar. The prospect opens up of the helicopter’s invasion of the busiest of populous centres, where, by virtue of its facility in manoeuvre, it would be as easy to take as a train or a tram. Such suggestions open up for the imaginative mind a truly astonishing vista of future possibilities in passenger transport.

Bounties on hawks

There is still disagreement over the purchase of such parts of the hawk as are necessary to prove that he has been definitely taken.

The first trouble arose through the fact that some acclimatisation societies purchase feet and others beaks, with the result that a double operation with the knife doubles the number of hawks taken, according to aggregate figures, but not in fact. That trouble did not last long, but now certain societies are paying sixpence per pair of feet, while

Wellington Society pays 3d.

These other societies do not like this, for they turn their thoughts to the possible operation of wily ones, who may shoot their hawks in the Wellington district and sell the feet where the market is best. 

Kiwis with Shackleton

London: Two New Zealanders are among the crew of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. One is Captain F.A.Worsley, a master mariner who has brought more than one small vessel through hazardous experiences. The Prime Minister of New Zealand has more than once during his stay in England stressed the fact that the people of the dominion are a maritime race, and must always remain so.

Surely there is no better proof of this than the fact that among this small body of explorers two, at least, are New Zealanders. It has fallen to the lot of Major C.R. Carr, a young New Zealand flying man, to be in charge of the aerial department of the expedition. Great things are expected from this branch of the work, for mapping and the exploration of islands will thus be made easy.  — ODT, 17.10.1921.



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