The First Hundred -1939


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Mayor: Mr C. T. Smith

Councillors: Messrs 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.



Mr J. C. Irving is elected president of the newly-formed Defence League.

Mr A. F. Bent, registrar of the Supreme Court at Blenheim for 26 years, retires.


Council spends £2158 on unemployment relief wages.

There are pictures in The Express of the latest British fighter plane, the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire.


Council appoints Mr F. Ellett as sanitary inspector.

Blenheim suffers from drought — 84 points of rain in 5 months.


A by-law passed requiring a street photographer to be licensed

14: Blenheim has the second highest air movement figures in New Zealand with 21,093 arrivals and departures.


The closing of the relief depot marks the end of the depression years.

Blenheim has the lowest fire loss (£54) in 69 years.

Three inches of snow falls in Blenheim.


26: The New Zealand women's hockey tournament is held in Blenheim.

Mr F. B. Lloyd, president of the R.S.A., appeals for enlistments into the Territorials and the National Reserve.


3: Express readers learn that Germany had invaded Poland. England and France declare war against Germany. The Marlborough, Awatere and Blenheim Councils wire the Government pledging support.

4: The Air Force occupies its partly completed station at Woodbourne.

5: Petrol rationing starts in Blenheim. There are large military parades.

12: The St. John Ambulance, Red Cross, and Victoria League form a soldiers' and dependants' aid committee. Forty-five volun­teers appear before a medical board comprising Drs W. F. Watters, R. G. Adams and P. J. Fogarty, and Messrs J. G. Bacon and G. K. I. Stocker.

16: Seven hundred and twenty men enlist in the National Re­serve.

27: One hundred and fifty men leave for Burnham Military Camp.


Marlborough has a court in the Centennial Exhibition, Wellington.


Lt-Col. A. C. Nathan is officer commanding the Nelson-Marlbor­ough Mounted Rifles and Lt-Col. W. T. Churchward is president of the Marlborough Territorial Association.

The Good Templars Hall in Grove Road burnt down.

Council lets the Town Hall to Dalgety & Co. for use as a wool store.

Council expresses its loyalty to the Allied cause.

Rates produce £23,752; building permits £42,310, population 5130; valuation, capital £1,560,926, unimproved £473,525.

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