The First Hundred - 1902


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Mayor: Mr R. McCallum

Councillors: Messrs W. H. Macey, J. Scott, E. H. Penny, E. James, C. Purkiss, W. Ching, R. F. Priddle, R. H. Smale, W. E. Clouston.


10: Council occupies two rooms in the Government Building (Post Office) free of charge, as the buildings were erected in Market Place on Borough property.

26: Business stops and people congregate in Market Place to watch the antics of clerks on the Government Building roof. They were waving flags and peering through a telescope. It transpired they were trying to signal a survey party on Mount Patriarch.


10: An Express editorial suggests that the Government Tourist Department should channel visitors to Picton, Blenheim and the Sounds. It complains that all the Department's efforts are directed towards Rotorua, Hanmer Springs and the Southern Lakes.

Mr L. Griffiths, secretary, advises of the annual general meeting of the Marlborough Golf Club.


The Marlborough Orchestral Society holds its initial concert in St. Andrew's Hall.


Mr R. McCallum is re-elected Mayor.


20: Council raises a £3000 loan to buy 44 acres from Mr J. Gridley and for the erection of an abattoir. It was built by Mr W. Carr for £622.10.0. Mr H. Jellyman was appointed first manager at £50 per annum.

Council votes £50 for a children's treat on the occasion of the coronation of King Edward VII.

Arrangements for celebrating King Edward's coronation are postponed on account of his illness.


A tender by Wemyss Bros of £487 is accepted for the building of a library to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.

9: A great procession, children's sports, speeches and a Maori hangi are held to mark the coronation. In the evening there were a torchlight procession, fireworks and music. The day ended at 10 pm with the firing of Blenkinsopp's cannon.


Council erects a lamp-post in Market Place to commemorate the declaration of peace in the South African (Boer) War on June 1, 1902.

Council accepts a tender of 5/6 for the old Literary Institute building fom Mr J. Howard.


10: Railway to Seddon officially opened.


Mr C. H. Mills is re-elected Member for Wairau.

Rates 1/1 1/4 in E, Hospital 2 1/4d; rates produce £1374.17.0; valuation £24,894; estimates £2441.17.0.

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