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The First Hundred - 1944

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Last Modified: 15-3-2023 11:13

Mayor: Mr C. T. Smith

Councillors: Messrs R. J. France, J. D. Lucas, E. S. Parker, R. Agnew, C. E. Costello, C. C. Dix, D. L. Duncan, W. J. Girling, W. A. Hood, R. A. Jamieson, H. J. S. Mitchell, A. W. Taylor, A. G. Wicks.

JANUARY

Council protests strongly against a proposal to remove the clock tower over the Post Office. It requests Government to leave the tower "until the new Post Office is built".

Council petitions the Government to include Springlands, Farn­ham and other adjacent areas in the Borough.

FEBRUARY

Fifty Marlborough overseas servicemen return on three months' leave. At their reception at the Blenheim School, Staff Sergeant Jimmy Beirne granted all pupils a day's holiday.

MARCH

2: The Marlborough Home Guard parades for the last time. There is meat rationing in Blenheim.

16: The scow Echo returns to Blenheim from war service.

The Red Shield Hostel in Scott Street (next to Wellworth build­ing) is opened.

APRIL

"Mother Superior,"a play produced by the Picton branch of the Marlborough Federation of Women's Institutes, wins the annual Marlborough drama festival.

MAY

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

4: Council adopts the Gorman report on modernisation of the Gasworks.

JUNE

9: A record 24 degrees of frost in Blenheim.

JULY

The Marlborough College Board of Governors prepares a case for hostel accommodation (this became a reality 22 years later). Mr C. M. Turner is appointed Town Clerk.

AUGUST

13: The Salvation Army holds its diamond jubilee in Blenheim.

24: Blenheim celebrates the liberation of Paris.

SEPTEMBER

The closing of the Delta Camp, where thousands of soldiers and later airmen were stationed, is announced.

SEPTEMBER

21: Free milk-in-schools scheme inaugurated in Blenheim.

OCTOBER

14: The Blenheim Rowing Club celebrates its diamond jubilee. Mr G. D. Young, head gardener, reports to the Borough Council Reserves Committee each month.

NOVEMBER

Council instructs Mr E. I. Hubbard, architect, to prepare a plan for a civic centre for the Borough.

DECEMBER

20: Cobb electric power switched on in Marlborough.

Rates produce £31,648; building permits £15,225; valuation, capital £1,685,251, unimproved £471,070.

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Beverley, A. (2023). The First Hundred - 1944. Retrieved February, 28, 2024, from https://www.marlboroughonline.co.nz/marlborough/information/history/the-first-hundred/1944

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