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The First Hundred - 1890

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Last Modified: 19-1-2023 17:05

Mayor: Mr G. Houldsworth

Councillors: Messrs R. McArtney, J. J. Sinclair, C. Patchett, T. Smale, S. Norgrove, E. Bythell, C. Tunnicliffe, J. R. Hooper, W.

Ching, J. B. Green.

JANUARY

Council examines the advisability of forming a Dillon's Point Road.

FEBRUARY

A jockey named Alexander is disqualified from a Marlborough Racing Club meeting for calling out "Three groans for the handicapper."

MARCH

A reward is offered for the recovery of a six-chambered revolver lost on the Picton-Blenheim road.

Two members of a Roads Board enliven a meeting by threatening each other with bodily harm. The chairman, who had retained a gentlemanly calm during the allegation, rose, and baring his terrible and mighty arm, threatened to smash them both. The dissenting parties quickly restored peace.

At a Marlborough local bodies' conference the following were present: Messrs G. Houldsworth, Mayor of Blenheim; A. P. Seymour, Picton; H. Dodson, Wairau; C. J. W. Griffiths, Awatere; W. Murray, Spring Creek; A. Fell, Picton; J. D. S. Ward, Wairau; J. Duncan, Pelorus.

APRIL

17: A tender of £249.10.0 is accepted from Mr J. Fawcett for the new Church of the Nativity.

MAY

Land is offered for sale in Eltham Road, one acre with a house for £300; two acres £150.

A gas meter explodes in the Workingmen's Club.

The Council overdraft is £1690.

JUNE

Council has great problems with water disposal and drainage. The Blenheim Licensing Commission holds its annual meeting. Those present were Messrs F. Costello, Commercial Hotel; R. Priddle, Grosvenor Hotel; D. Draper, Royal Hotel; C. Ryan, Criterion Hotel; M. O'Flaherty, Club Hotel; P. Byron, Marl­borough Hotel; J. Tait, Masonic Hotel; J. O'Sullivan, Empire Hotel.

19: Crawford and Watson built new premises for Hallenstein Bros in Market Street at a cost of £1500 (rebuilt in 1967).

18: A St. John Ambulance unit is formed. Mr G. Houldsworth, Mayor of Blenheim, was the first president.

JULY

The High Street Bridge is painted for £4.5.0.

The Express reviews a new book, H. M. Stanley's "Darkest Africa."

AUGUST

4: During a flood The Express fails to go to press. In its own words, "on account of excessive moisture."

SEPTEMBER

A national seaman's strike causes a shipping company to ad­vertise for "free" officers and crew in Blenheim.

Two trout, 21 lb and 26 1/2 lb, caught at Tua Marina.

OCTOBER

Dr Muller records the daily weather details.

The introduction of the building permit system.

Drs Cleghorn and Nairn present a report condemning the poor sewerage, stagnant water, and cess pools in Blenheim.

Council's general fund is overdrawn beyond the legal limit.

NOVEMBER

Mr Wemyss builds a 40ft x 22ft grandstand at the A. & P. Show-grounds.

DECEMBER

Mr T. Lindsay Buick wins the Wairau seat in the general election. Council forms a committee to investigate a suitable spot for the citizens to bathe.

Dog licenses are 5/-.

Rates 1/3 in £; Hospital 13/8d in £; inner area rate 6d in £; special rate 2 1/2 d in £; expenditure £4163.12.2; rates realise £814.7.3; valuation £26,539; estimates £2420.

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Beverley, A. (2023). The First Hundred - 1890. Retrieved February, 28, 2024, from https://www.marlboroughonline.co.nz/marlborough/information/history/the-first-hundred/1890

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