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Ashburton Acclimatisation Society.


The 10!.h annual meeting of the Aahbarian Aeclim;i,t.i:-ation Society was held m the A. & I. Asi-ociaticn's rooms la?t uvenintr. Present: —Mr P. H. Cox (chairman), and about 20 nwuibei s. The Secretary read tha annual report, which" congratulated the Socvety on'the increase m the amount realised for license 9, which amounted this year to £183 ss, and on an increase m membership during the past year. The Society's freehold at the Ashburton river mouth had been fenced. Several rainbow trout had been taken m the rivers of the county during the past year. The Marine Department had offered to supply trout ova at 6s per 1000 during the ensuing year. The balance sheet, which has already been published, showed receipts £284 6a sd, and expenditure £188 23 2d; balance on haud £96 4s 3d. Mr Hodgkins moved the adoption of the report and balance sheet, and m doing bo said he regretted that the Society's liabilities and assets were not shown m the balance sheet. He thought members should be supplied with copies of both the report and balance sheet, before the date of the annual meeting. Mr Shury said the Committee had neglected to make out a report and balance sheet, and had not authorised the printing of the report. " They leave everything to the old man, and shift all the responsibilities on to him. They have not initiated five proposals all the time they have been a Committee." Mr Cook objected that no hatchery had been constructed, as authorised at the last meeting, while far more fencing had been done at the Ashburton river mouth than was authorised, no fencing being done at the Rakaia and Rangitata properties of the Sooiety. The Chairman said that there had been a difficulty m obtaining a supply of ova for the hatchery. In regard to fencing, it was found that the cost of doing the whole job would be such as to render complete fencing more economical. The Ashburton river mouth was patronised by 50 fishermen to every one who visited the Bakaia and Kangitata. Mr Cook considered that the road at Rakaia should be put m order, as authorised at last annual meeting. Mr Shury said the road was all right. He had driven over it at midnight without being capsized. Mr Cook seconded the motion pro forma. The motion was carried, including Mr Hodgkins' suggestion that a copy of the report and balance sheet be sent to members one week before the annual meeting. Mr Hodgkins moved that it be a recom-r mendation to the Committee that the rules of the Sooiety be revised and copies forwarded to every member. The motion was duly seconded, and carried unanimously. Mr Cambridge's notice of motion, that officers be elected on the voices at the annual meeting m future, was received. The Chairman moved that the usual honorarium of £5 5s be voted to the hon. secretary. Mr Sheldon suggested the motion, bnt objected to Mr Shury'a remarks about the inertness of the Committee. There was always a quorum at Committee meetings, and Committee members had , done their best. The motion was seconded and carried. Mr H. Berryman moved that it be a recommendation to the Committee that more trees be planted at the mouth of the Ashburton Eiver, and also at the Rakaia fishing station, the selection of the trees to be left to Mr Jaa. Young. The motion was secouded and carried. Mr Hodgkins suggested that the Committee be recommended to curtail the general expenditure, so a3 to have the necessary money available for the construction of a fish hatchery at Ashburton. In reply to a question, Mr J. Young said he considered that the new pond at present being constructed m the Domain, would be quite suitable for the Society's stock fish or for the cultivation of ova. Me Shury o wa3 of opinion that the Domain water would be muddy, while the water supply was very unreliable. Mr Young said 'the water could be completely clarified before reaching the pond m question. Mr Walker moved that Mr Deans, of Otago, be a3ked to make an expert report on the proposed sites for the Society's fish hatchery. Mr Cambridge thought it was an open question whether it would not be better for the Sooiety to confine themselves to the brown trout, as the rainbow trout did not appear to be a success. The Chairman said that rainbow trout were very scarce m our rivers compared to brown trout at present. Mr Walker's motion was put and carried. Mr Shury said he had interviewed Mr Humphreys, Commissioner of Crown Lands, who Bad promised to obtain for the Society a igrant of certain land, if the Sooiety would prepare a surrey. The eleotion of a Committee resulted as follows: — Messrs Cambridge, Tennant, Hodgkins, Walker, Field, Dansey, and Young. Mr Pilbrotr was elected auditor for the ensuing year. After a vote of thanks to the Chairman and the scrutineers, the meeting adjourned.

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Ashburton Acclimatisation Society., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6557, 29 April 1905

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Ashburton Acclimatisation Society. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6557, 29 April 1905

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