Otago Women's Club

The homes of our soldiers who are serving King and country: Mrs W. Strode, of Kyeburn, who has four sons at the front. - Otago Witness, 5.12.1917.
The homes of our soldiers who are serving King and country: Mrs W. Strode, of Kyeburn, who has four sons at the front. - Otago Witness, 5.12.1917.
The Otago Women's Club is an institution that performs a very useful function in the city. Started only a few years ago, it already has a membership of 400.

It is a pleasant resort for both town and country members, with its library, writing room, lounges, and other attractions, and one learns without surprise that the roll of members is every week increasing.

Apart from the patriotic work in which the club engages, it has various circles, the members of which give their attention to a particular line of action. Two of these came into prominence in the club's rooms yesterday - the gardening and the arts and crafts.

The gardening circle has perhaps the largest membership of all the circles, and its devotees, judging by the display they sent forward, are keen enthusiasts in the culture of flowers.

Among the exhibits, all of which were tastefully arranged on tables, were lovely roses, pink peonies, geum (a rarity in these parts), sweet peas (including an English variety and a perennial), Californian yellow wild-flower, heath, kalmia, and a host of others.

Old colonist dies

Mr James Wyllie, who passed away at this residence, West Taieri, last week, was a colonist of very long standing, having arrived in the colony in the ship City of Dunedin in 1863. He was a native of Fenwick, Ayrshire, and was brought up to farm life.

After his arrival in Otago he entered into the service of the late Mr Shand, of Meadowbank, East Taieri, but subsequently tried his fortune for some time at the diggings on the West Coast. Returning to the Taieri, he engaged in buying and carting produce from the Taieri to Dunedin, his home at that time being near the present site of the Mosgiel Woollen Factory.

After some years he entered into partnership with Mr Thomas Craig, and took up land at North Taieri, now known as Wyllie's Crossing.

The firm were very successful as show exhibitors, and owned some high-class Clydesdale stock. Mr Wyllie removed to West Taieri some 30 years ago.

Sydney brewer interned

The internment of Mr Edmund Resch, founder and head of the well-known firm of brewers - Resch's Ltd., of Dowling street, Redfern - was reported last week in a cable from Sydney.

A warrant authorising his internment was, we learn from the Morning Herald, executed by military officers from Victoria Barracks.

Mr Resch returned to his home, Swifts, Darling Point, after visiting the brewery in the morning, and, after taking his lunch, he accompanied the officers to the German internment camp at Holdsworthy, the journey being accomplished in his own automobile, driven by his son.

Mr Resch, who is 71 years of age, has occupied a prominent place in commercial circles in Sydney for many years. Mr Resch, jun., informed a representative of the Sydney Morning Herald that his father was born in Westphalia, and left Germany at the age of 16 years, evading the military service required by law.

100,000 NZ troops

In the course of an address at Motuhora (Gisborne), the Hon. W. D. S. MacDonald mentioned that nearly 100,000 of New Zealand's sons had joined the Expeditionary Force. The actual number was 98,500.

- ODT, 7.12.1917.


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