The First Hundred - 1916


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Mayor: Mr J. J. Corry

Councillors: Messrs W. D. Pike, A. J. Curry, G. Patchett, W. E. Gascoigne, B. J. Cooke, F. Birch, W. Carr, E. S. Parker, J. J. White.


16: New Blenheim Hospital opened.

Council agrees to purchase, with Government assistance, the balance of the Waterlea estate; the total park area is then 137 acres.


23: A meeting is held to form a pipe band in Blenheim, Mr Robert Allan, of Drumclog, is elected president.

A dispute arises between the Marlborough Agricultural & Pastoral Workers' Union and the Marlborough Traction Engine  & Machine Owners' Union of Employers. The men wanted 3/2 per 100 bags.


Express readers are incensed at a German newspaper's descrip­tion of Anzacs as "Filthy human refuse, riff-raff who are the de­scendants of murderers and thieves."

Most Blenheim women contribute gifts and comforts to the Patriotic Fund.

Mr W. Carr submits plans for a theatre in Market Street South (the first Palace).

Miss M. Loughnan, hon. secretary of the Blenheim Red Cross, forwards £58 collected locally for a Wellington Soldiers' Hostel.


The 15th Reinforcement contingent leaves Blenheim, bringing the total of Marlborough men in the war to 945.

25: A meeting of returned soldiers is held in the Soldiers' Club and forms a committee with Sergeant Simpson as president.

25: The first Anzac parade is held in Market Place.


A Marlborough recruiting board is established with paid organ­isers who canvass house-to-house looking for men who are eligible for war service.

Press censorship prohibits the summarising of casualty lists.


There are some large donations to the Marlborough Patriotic Fund: C. de V. Teschemaker £600, Charles White £500, Frank N. Dillon £500, Blenheim Borough Council £500, G. F. Watts £600, Thomas Renwick £1000. The fund reached £14,172 in four months.


All men between the age of 20 and 46 are compelled to register on the reserve lists.


War casualty lists become larger.


29: The Wairau Hospital Board buys Mr H. V. Browne's house next to the Catholic School for use as a maternity hospital.

Population 3925. Rates 23/4d in £, Hospital 21/4d, special 3/4d; rates produce £4930. Valuation £430,250; estimates £7250.

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