The First Hundred - 1911


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Mayor: Mr E. H. Penny

Councillors: Messrs J. J. White, W. J. Girling, F. Adams, E. S. Parker, F. W. Dodson, R. F. Priddle, F. Birch, W. Carr, A. Wiffen, R. Allan, E. H. Eccles, L. Homes, G. Griffiths, J. J. Corry.


Council resolves to pay its workmen overtime after 48 hours per week have been worked.


Dan Malony, champion heavyweight boxer of Marlborough-Nelson, accepts a public challenge from Peter Campbell for a purse of £25. Malony won on points in what was described as a tame affair.


The Town Hall is used for roller skating with a brass band in attendance.


A large crowd attend the opening of the Riverlands golf course. Mr E. H. Penny is re-elected Mayor.

Mr E. J. Harvey appointed accountant and auditor for the Gas­works.


Council reserves 050 towards new chambers if Government con­tributes £250 in a Coronation subsidy.

Sanitary inspector makes a house-to-house inspection in a bubonic plague protection campaign.

22: Blenheim celebrates the Coronation of King George V.


Council receives a report from Mr L. H. Reynolds, consulting engineer regarding a water supply delivered from the Taylor River in 16-inch wooden stave pipes. Dr Chesson, the health officer, condemns the proposal. Council is divided.

26: A great flood in Blenheim. The floor of the Rotunda was covered. The Taylor River at Burleigh Bridge was 200 yards wide. A fire broke out in Dalgety's store in Grove Road, which was burnt to the ground. Many residents spent a miserable night perched on tables.


There was a strong difference of opinion at a Captain Cook Memorial Committee meeting as to where the monument should go — at Ship Cove or on the top of Motuara Island.

The tender of S. & R. Atkinson of £10,934.19.0 for the Wairau Bridge at Kaituna accepted.


Mr A. Marfell rents the Taylor River reserve between the cemetery and Burleigh at £6 per annum.


Council commissions Mr A. D. Dobson to produce a report on a new water and drainage scheme for Blenheim.

Council borrows £1900 to subsidise 25% of the cost of the Pelorus Road Board's new Wairau Bridge at Kaituna. Residential sections are offered for sale in Blenheim. In the new suburb of Mayfield, half-acre sections are £75 (£5 cash, £1 per month at 51/2%).


Council builds a new reading room at the Literary Institute; contractor, Mr J. McKinley.

Mr J. Duncan is re-elected Member for Wairau.

The businesses of Messrs R. Sowman, grocer; J. Smith, butcher; Dalgety & Co., merchants; and J. White, commission agent, are destroyed by fire.

Population 3771. Rates 23/4d in £, Hospital 1-7/16d; rates produce 0606.1.9. Valuation £314,713, estimates £5030.1.9.



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