The First Hundred - 1938


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Mayor: Mr J. Stevenson

Councillors: Messrs B. J. Cooke, N. R. McMurtry, J. Smith, T. B. Salmon, G. M. Spence, C. T. Smith, A. W. Taylor, C. A. Garside, H. M. W. Richardson, E. S. Parker, R. Agnew, F. H. Southgate, H. J. S. Mitchell, W. J. Girling, C. E. Costello.


Council appoints two water inspectors to check on citizens who use hoses during restricted hours.

Council subsidises a Marlborough publicity film by £15.


8: The new central block of Marlborough College is opened by Mr W. J. Girling. Mr J. Stewart, M.A., is principal.

22: Death is reported of Mr T. Lindsay Buick, C.M.G., F.R.H.S., a former Member for Wairau and author of "Old Marlborough".


The famous missionary, the Rev. John Flynn, known as "Flynn of the Inland," visits Blenheim.

21: Flying Officer A. E. Clouston, originally a Marlborough Aero Club pilot, lands at Omaka Aerodrome and sets a new U.K. - N.Z. flight record of four and a half days.


7: Miss E. M. Allen retires as senior lady assistant at Marl­borough College after 32 years' service.

Mr C. T. Smith is elected Mayor.

Many ratepayers set back their corners to improve visibility.


Council publishes a list of 10, 20 and 30-minute parking places in Blenheim.

The Coronation robes worn by King George VI, the Queen and Princesses are exhibited in the Town Hall, Blenheim.


A runaway bullock runs through the front windows and out the back of Tomlinson & Gifford's electrical and radio shop in High Street. There was considerable damage.

Council instructs the finance committee to investigate the pur­chase of a Mayoral chain.


Mason McDonald, a member of the Moutere Rugby Club, is selected as a Maori All Black.

Mr J. R. Johnston is appointed Marlborough's first A.A. patrol officer.

30: The new Blenheim Courthouse in Alfred Street is opened by the Minister of Justice, the Hon. H. G. R. Mason. The Post Office Money Order & Savings Bank branch then moved from Charles Street into the previous court offices in the Post Office. Later the Ministry of Works took over the old Savings Bank building.


24: The Blenheim Workingmen's Club celebrates its golden jubilee. President, Mr W. Hodson.

The Blenheim Rotary Club sponsors the re-formation of the Chamber of Commerce, which had been in recess.


15: Mr E. P. Meachen is re-elected Member for Wairau.


9: Mr T. Glover is the successful tenderer to supply 60 gallons of milk daily for the new milk-in-schools scheme in Blenheim.

Rates produce £22,218. Building permits £47,459, population 5090. Valuation: capital £1,530,692, unimproved £472,848.

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