Whooping cough outbreak
At the monthly meeting of the Ravensbourne School Committee the head master reported that the roll numbered 242, and the average attendance daily for the past four weeks had been 212 The attendance had been low owing to the prevalence of whooping cough among the younger children, but there had been a decided improvement. The committee decided to apply to the Education Board for more desks and forms for the classes held in the gymnasium.
Blot on the Octagon
Sir, —Having occasion to pass through the Octagon to Lower Stuart street recently, I was surprised to notice that a convenience adjoining the Oban Hotel, which had been closed for some years, has again been opened. As there is a public convenience immediately opposite it is surely quite unnecessary that this place should be re-opened. Has the Licensing Committee any idea of the structure of this convenience? The convenience itself is only a few feet deep. The width inside is the same as that of the door. This means that anyone using the convenience may be seen by passers-by when, as often must happen, the door is pushed wide open. There is no reason why this sort of thing should be tolerated in one of our main thoroughfares. Trusting that the proper authorities will have this matter put right, or that perhaps the owner of the hotel may see to it himself.—I am, etc, Dunedin Business Man, but Not in Octagon.
Sir, —I should like to draw the attention of lovers of Nature to an exceedingly beautiful walk, which at the present time is well worth doing, as the broom is at its best. I refer to the road on this side of Flagstaff, which branches off a little above Bunting’s Store. On this road may be seen masses of broom which certainly cannot be equalled anywhere else in the neighbourhood of the city, and in some places picturesque views over the city may be obtained in a framework of golden broom. A little higher up is a reserve of bush, in which the bellbird may be heard.—I am, etc, Plantagenet — ODT, 16.11.1923