New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIV, Issue 46, 12 March 1897, Page 28
(From an occasional correspondent.) March 1807. The annual Catholic picnic was held on Wednesday, February 2-lth, at Colac Bay. The children of St. Mary's Boys' school and St. Joseph's Convent school journeyed there by the morning train and there was a fair number of adults present. The school committee had made arrangements for a supply of hot water and this was a convenience which was very highly appreciated. The children amused themselves all day along the beautiful beach at the bay, and large numbers were engaged fishing, others went m search of ferns and sea-mosses. The day which was fine m the morning became clouded over m the afternoon and rain began to fall. There was, of course, a sudden gathering of baskets, cloaks and other picnic paraphernalia and a rush to the friendly shelter of the railway carriages. The frantic endeavours of many persons to secure a place m the train, all encumbered as they were with baggage, was a source of endless amusement. White dresses and hats presented a most woe-begone appearance from the crushing and the wet. Soon afterwards the train steamed away carrying its freight of wet and tired children and adults, all, however, m that happy frame of mind which lovers of human nature delight to see, but which makes people of cynical minds wonder what so many people see m the crushing and weariness which are the inevitable result of such excursions. Harvesting operations are well advanced throughout the district. Indeed weather so favourable for them has not been experienced for many years.