The SOCIAL SPHERE
Observer, Volume XVI, Issue 940, 2 January 1897, Page 16
The SOCIAL SPHERE
Never before have I seen the Ellerslie course so thronged as it was on Boxing Day. Rarely have the lawn, the grandstand, and their surroundings presented bo gay and picturesque a spectacle as they did on Cup Day, 1896 And the weather was ail that could be desired. In fact, everything conspired to make the opening of the Summer Meeting an occasion long to be remembered witn feelings of pleasure. I feel perfectly bewildered as I recall the profusion of handsome toilettes that I saw oq stand and lawn, for it is quite hopeless to expect the printer to find space for me to enumerate all the details I would like to recount. However, I must make a beginning, and those ladies vho3e names and dresses I perforce omit must not think too hardly of me if I have no c room to mention all that I managed to see aud note, Among3t those costumes I recollect with greatest distinctness were the following : — Mrs (Col.) Dawaon, black lußtre skirt, white floweaed silk blouse, small white hat with floral ribbon ; Mrs Tom Morrin, blae and white striped silk gown, with white cniffon, blue grey hat with chiffon and ribbon ; Mrs JNiccol, chocolate gown with pink silk vest, white hat ; Mrs Sydney Phillips, pale amber muslin, large black hat ; Miss Percival, white muslin, white hat with red poppies; MissE. Percival, grey- blue lustre, trimmed with biscuit coloured ailk, brown hat ; Miss Ethel Percivai, white lustre, with cardinal satin collar and belt, burnt straw hat with white bows ; Miss Dunnett, grey and white striped Bilk, grey bat with white chiffon ; Mrs Maseneld, grey gown, trimmed with white chiffon, bounet to match. Mrs W. Dofaur, white muslin, black hat with white plumes ; Miss Wylde-Browne, white mualiu, white hat with pink roses; Miss J. Wylae-Browne, pink gown, white hat ; Mrs J . MacFarlane, black inerveilleux flowered with blue, black bonnet with pink rases ; Mibs MacFariane, blue hailstone umslin, black hai; Mrs K.err- Taylor, white gown, white floral toque; Misses Kerr-laylor, white gowns, white hats ; Mrs W iiloomneid, lettuce gieen striped muslin, white Jaat witn white tips ; Mrs G. iilooinneld, white muslin with a pale blue stripe, wmte hat ; Miss Griffiths, rose pink veiled •in tawu grass lawu trimmed with pink chiffon, hat to match ; Miss Elsie Luak, wbite shower muslin, black lace hat ; Miss VVilkius, white silk, black hat ; Miss C. VVilkins, white muslin, white hat with feathers ; Mrs Thompson, black merveilleux heliotrope chiffon bonnet ; Miss Thompson, white embroidered muslin, burnt straw hat with red poppies; Mrs Devore, heliotrope and green snot silk, bonnst to match ; Mrs A. 0. H. Collins, white silk, white hat trimmed with lilies of the valley ; Miss Devore, creme and brown flowered muslin, large white hat; Miss Reeve, white hailstone muslin, white hat. Miss Dixon, white pique, black hat ; Mrs W. Wood (Christchurch), blue grey lustre, large white hat; Miss E. Brett, wnite and red spotted muslin, white chiffon hat ; Miss A. Lye, grey gown with rose pink silk collar and cuffs, black hat with pink ribbons ; Mrs Alison, grey lustre, creme silk vest, little blacK and white bonnet ; Mrs J. A. Ansenne, white muslin relieved with blue, black hat with pink roses ; Miss Gordon, canary muslin spotted with black, black hat; Mrs Coe, black merveilleux, white vest, white hat. The marriage of Miss Ella Hall of Auck land, with Mr Arthur bidey, of Dunedin, takes place at an early date. The annual distribution of prizes at St. John's College took place on Friday week, a large number, of parents and others interested in the work of the College being present. His Lordship, Bishop Cowie, Primate of New Zealand presided, and amongst the visitors were the Yen. Archdeacon Dudley, Archdeacon Palmer, Norfolk Island, Canons Bates, Gould, and Hazeldean, Rev. K. G. Boler, Dr. Purchas, and Colonel Goring. His Lordship Bishop Cowie presented tne school prizes, and Mrs Dudley the prizes won at the annual
athletic sports held in connection with the College The Challenge Belt presented to the College cadets for competition by Mr C. Major, B. A, was presented by Colonel Goring to Sergeant Stevenson, and the headmaster's medal' for the sergeant of the best drilled section was awarded to Colour-sergeant May. After the distribntion tff prizes the company adjourned to- the garden, where they were most hospitably entertained at afternoon tea by theßev.MrandMrsamallfield. The tables were laid in the garden under the shade of the^trees, and most tastefully decorated with flowers etc. The company spent the time very pleasantly wandering about the beautiful glen and charming grounds surrounding the College The new stained windows m the pretty little chapel erected to the memory of Bishop Patteson, attracted a good deal of attention and admiration. Amongst the large number of ladies present were Mrs Cowie, who wore a handsome gown of black silk and wool crepon, black bonnet trimmed with grey ribbons • Countess of Seafield, black merveilleux gown,white silk shawl ; Ladies Sidney and Nina Grant, pretty white silk frocks, large shade hats; Mrs Purchas, senior, black gown and bonnet, pretty lace mantle ; Mrs ■iY Mo^ rin ' elegant gown of black and white silk, the bodice of embroidered chiffon, black and pink hat; Mrs Hazeldean, very dainty dress of grey lustre trimmed with bright blue silk and passementerie • Mrs Dudley, black costume; Miss Dudley styiish yellow dress, hat trimmed with poppies and cornflowers ; Mrs J C Morrin, black skirt, pretty grey shot silk blouse, yellow and black bonnet- Miss Morrin, blue dress, white chiffon hat ; Miss Gilfillan, dark skirt, pretty pink blouse; Mrs Taylor, handsome black silk gown front of beaded net;' Mrs Smith, black figured lustre gown, pretty lavender and yellow bonnet ; Mrs Coe, handsome black lustre gown, with vest of white satin veiled in black lace, pretty light hat ; Miss M Edwards, dark skirt.pretty blouse of eau-de nil, green silk,white hat ; Mrs Brookfield, dark gown, stylish heliotrope floral bonnet. The marriage of Mr John Gordon Elliot son of Mr Huntley Elliot, Under-Secretary to the Mines Department, Wellington, and a member of the firm of J. Mowlem and Co Masterton, to Miss Jessie Mowlem, eldest daughter of Captain Mowlem, was solemnized on a recent date at Palmerston North. Ihe bride was given away by her father and was attended by Miss Sinclair, Misses' Agnes, Hilda, and Vera Mowlem (sisters of the bride) who acted as bridesmaids. Mr J. 'P. Innes, solicitor, acted as best man. Amongst the numerous beautiful gifts received by the bride were a number of valuable presents from the choir and congregation of the Wesleyan Church, of which the bride for a number of years has acted as organist.
All the Ladies of Auckland get their Music Books tastefully, neatly, and cheaply bound at Mb Leys', the well-known Book, binder of Wyndham-street (two doors below the Gas office).— Advt. Spring Grove, the residence of Mr O. E. Morgan at Mahurangi Heads, offers strong attractions to visitors from town at this time of the year. Boating, fishing and bathing are amongst the inducements held out to summer boarders, besides which, the house is delightfully situated in a sheltered nook, and easily accessible irom the landing place.