The First Hundred - 1941


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Mayor: Mr C. T. Smith

Councillors: Messrs H. M. W. Richardson, R. Agnew, F. H. Southgate, D. Maclaine, C. E. Costello, H. J. S. Mitchell, R. J. France, J. D. Lucas, A. W. Taylor, E. S. Parker, J. McLeod.


The Nelson-Marlborough Mounted Rifles Regiment leaves for three months' training at Burnham.

Mrs M. Clifford grows pomegranates in her garden at Islington.


31: Miss M. Patchett, the "Army Princess," wins the town section of a big carnival competition held in aid of war funds.


A proposal that the Borough engineer, Mr J. Annabell, be asked to resign owing to tar running into the ditches in hot weather is defeated. He resigned by choice six months later after 16 years' service.

28: The patriotic Queen Carnival raised £18,000. The R.N.Z.A.F. Band, conducted by Flight-Lieut. Gladstone Hill, gave a concert at the final ceremony at which Miss Wave Ander­son, of Rai Valley, was crowned queen.


Mr C. T. Smith is re-elected Mayor.

27: Big casualty lists start appearing in The Express. There were 2304 New Zealand casualties in Greece — 18 from Marl­borough.


Blenheim residents are asked to supply billets for 200 W.A.A.F. who are to be employed at Woodbourne.


Mr J. J. White donates land in Hutcheson Street to Council as a site for pensioners' homes.

24: Council calls on the engineer to produce the first section of his town planning scheme under the Town Planning Act.


Council prescribes eight milk delivery zones in Blenheim and allocates licences to H. B. Hay, G. J. Cameron, D. W. Jacques, M. A. Harris, Payne & Son, E. E. Lucas, L. Robinson and E. Bowen.


Council receives a report that urgent work is required at the Borough rubbish dump, Horton Park.

A contingent of Marlborough soldiers is welcomed home in Market Place.

Council instructs the staff to prepare a plan to have houses numbered in Blenheim.


Council agrees to supply water and sewerage to a proposed Territorial camp near town. The Defence Department agrees to pay costs of installation.


Some Blenheim residents apply to Council for permission to con­struct air raid trenches.


Mrs R. Innes presents Marlborough College with £50 to establish a fund for the annual presentation of an English literature prize. She was the widow of Dr Innes, the first headmaster.

Rates produce £24,661; building permits £61,181; population 5200; valuation, capital £1,635,336, unimproved £474,270.

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