Prize Essay Competition.
"HOW I SPENT MY EASTER HOLIDAYS, 1905."
THE FIRST PRIZE ESSAY.
(By "Bata"—lvx Digbt, Hampstead School.) Eastertide is a time of great rejoicing in the Christian year, and it proves a most delightful time to we school children, as it brings with it a holiday season for as. After being at school for some months I was very pleased when granted a week for the Easter holidays, but then the question arose as to how I would spend it, This however was soon solved, when I received a letter from my cousins in Dunedin, asking «c to spend my holiday there. From this time I looked forward with much eagerness to the pleasant holiday I was going to have. At last the day came on which I was to start for this southern city. The journey was of a most interesting nature, sspecially the latter part between Seaoliff and Dunedin. Here the scenery 1b grand and impressive, The train passes through bush covered, hills on either side, and 1 further along the route, the hills rise on one side and the silvery blue waters of the Pacific can be seen on the other. On you are carried until yo.u reach Port Chalmers } its harbour crowded with small steamers which taks goods into Dunedin. After a long eight hours' journey, the train steamed into Dunedin, and it was then I had the first glimpse of the city where I was to spend the following week. I found it had altered greatly, the electric cars and cable cars being an improvement. On Easter Monday I went in the electric cars to St Clair, a noted watering place a few miles distant from the town. Being a holiday the beach was crowded with pleasure seekers both old and young, who had gone there for a thorough day's enjoyment. I paddled in the sea and when tired of that, I played on the sand, whioh I noticed was very white. Other places I visited were Anderson's Bay, Littlebourne, Normanby, Ravensbourne, the Museum and Gardens. I went ( with some friends to Anderson's Bay, but we found it very difficult to' reach the beach, co we walked over the hills and took an early oar back to town. I visited the Gardens and Museum and went with a party to the Woodhaugh Gardens. Theße gardens are not laid out, but are in their natural state. We wandered for a long distance through the bush, peering'into every nook and corner, admiring the rippling water and rustic bridges. The township of Ravensbourne is several miles from Dunedin, and Littlelourne a suburb of Dunedin is reached by the cable car and has a lovely view of the town and harbour. By this time my holiday was drawing to a close and the day to return came only too soon. However, it dawned beautiful and every place we passed looked its best. Near Shag Point I saw a lighthouse on the coast; and another one further along in the distance. As the train neared Oamaru I noticed the Oamaru stone being out out of the hills, and then the buildings built of the same stone reminded me of the station I was coming to. At Studholme Junction it beoame quite dark and after a long journey in the dark, I reached home safely, thoroughly satisfied with my holiday which I will never forget.' Ashburton seemed very quiet after the busy town of Dunedin whioh I was so sorry to leave.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905
Prize Essay Competition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905
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