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The First Hundred - 1924

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Last Modified: 5-3-2023 17:25

Mayor: Mr E. S. Parker

Councillors: Dr R. Noble-Adams, Messrs M. McKenzie, A. Duncan, J. Wemyss, W. T. Churchward, A. J. Curry, C. T. Smith, E. H. Barton, W. Carr, W. J. Humphreys, Mrs Ada Redwood.

FEBRUARY

Council grants the librarian, Mrs Elson, sick leave without pay. The Wairau Hospital Board advertises throughout the Dominion for a secretary and 43 apply. At the selection meeting it was moved and seconded that the Board consider local applicants only.

The "Rotunda Club" farewelled one of its prominent members, who was granted three months' leave. The club comprised gentlemen who sat in the rotunda daily, basking in the sunshine, toiling nor spinning not, but setting the town's affairs to rights. The prominent member "got three months" for being a rogue and a vagabond.

MARCH

5: The foundation stone of the Masonic Temple, Seymour Street, laid by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa. The building cost £6000. Contractors Messrs Ward, Tylor & Co.

APRIL

1: The Omaka Roads Board, after functioning for 48 years, ceases to exist, its functions being taken over by the Marlborough County Council. Mr R. Ham was the last chairman.

MAY

Council accepts a £3290 tender from John Fawcett Jnr to build the new Fire Station (pulled down in 1968).

JULY

The Blenheim Amateurs present a three-act comedy, "French Leave".

SEPTEMBER

A visiting Chinese soccer team beats Marlborough 1-0.

OCTOBER

A provincial poll is heavily in favour of the Marlborough Electric Power Board scheme to borrow £300,000 to reticulate the province with power from a hydro works on the Waihopai River.

NOVEMBER

Council raises the killing fees at the abattoirs to: Sheep 1/3, pigs 3/7, cattle 7/-.

DECEMBER

The Borough foreman applies to Council for a wage increase. Moved: That the matter be considered in three months. Amend­ment: That the foreman be dismissed (defeated). Amendment: That the salary be increased to £300 (defeated). Amendment: That no increase be given (defeated). Amendment: That the application be received (defeated). The original motion was then put and carried.

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Beverley, A. (2023). The First Hundred - 1924. Retrieved February, 28, 2024, from https://www.marlboroughonline.co.nz/marlborough/information/history/the-first-hundred/1924

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