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Colour ceremony at First Church
A ceremony absolutely unique in the history of Dunedin was performed yesterday afternoon when the colours of two of the Otago battalions presented by his Majesty the King in recognition of conspicuous services on the battlefields of France were consecrated and deposited in First Church. A number of ex officers of the Otago Regiment NZEF and a very large number of townspeople gathered in the church to witness the arrival of the soldiers with the colours, and to take part in the service. Lieutenant-colonel A.B Charters, CMG, DSO, handed the colours of the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment to the Rev. Graham Balfour, minister of First Church, in memory of the men who had fallen and for safekeeping until such time as they might be required; and Lieutenant-colonel D. Colquhoun, DSO, handed over the colours of the Third Battalion for the same purpose. Mr Balfour accepted them on these conditions and placed them in positions where they could be seen by the whole congregation.
Expansion of rugby advocated
London: Writing in The Sporting Life of the International Rugby Football Board, Mr John Hughes says that followers of rugby will probably be surprised to know that, despite its high-sounding title, the board is international only in name. None of the dominion unions are represented on it, nor is France, though the board has been in existence for 30 years. It is a British board and not an international one, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland alone being represented. The policy of isolation is all of a piece with the history of the parent body and is (in Mr Hughes’s opinion) obviously prejudicial to the interests of the only game of football that is played all over the world — “a real empire game if ever there was one. The sooner New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France are represented on the board the better.” While Mr Hughes is far from suggesting that the international board as now constituted would raise any objection to the representative scope of the board being widened in the direction indicated, he thinks it is nearly time that the rugby union authorities in this country came forward with some such suggestions and did not leave it to be made by outsiders.
— ODT, 6.6.1920.