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At the farewell to Mr W. H. Parkin at the Boating Club's hall last Thursday evening, the chairman (Mr C. W. Leete), in proposing the toast of "Our Guest," referred to the great interest Mr Parkin had taken in the club and his work as a committee man. He bad not only helped the club, but had earned tbe esteem of ail the citizens for his help in public matters. His departure would be a severe lose, and he wished him every success, and hoped he would come back to A karoa. Mr J. D. Bruce (Akaroa County Chairman) said Mr Parkin's record in Akaroa bad been a particularly good one, and his departure was a loss to the district. The popularity of Akaroa as a tourist resort depended a great deal upon how the licensees conducted their houses, and Mr Par kin had conducted the Bruce Hotel in the best possible way. Akaroa would indeed be lucky B to get hotelkeepers who kept their houses in anything like tbe same way as Mr Parkin had kept the Bruce Hotel. He wishsd Mr and Mrs Parkin every success, His Worship the Mayor also ppnke to the toast, en 1 said only a few days before had listened to tourists praise Mr Parkin for tbe way he had con ducted the Bruce Hotel. It certainly was beyond reproach. Mr Parkin had done a great deal to attract tourist traffic to tbe place. He thought the Akaroa hotels were a credit to the ! place, and he hoped they would con ; 'inue so. He wished Mr and Mrs Parkin a pleasant holiday to the Old ; Country, and hoped they would see them both back in Akaroa before very long. I Messrs W. H. Henning and T. E. Tay'or also spoke to the toast. Mr Parkin, in replying, thanked j tbose who bad spoken. He said the I remarks made by them were greatly ! encouraging to him for the way he (bad carried out bis work. He had j always looked after the tourist traffic endl bad run the house as well as the bar to his best ability. The most ' serious trouble was the servant ques j tion, and be was having i a wife who bad assisted him so mated tally. Anything he had done for the Boating Club bad been a pleasure to him. He was only sorry more of thf j young fellows did not take more in terest in the club, He thanked then: all for their kind remarks and foi honouring the toast. His Worship the Mayor proposec the toast of the "Akaroa Boating Club." He said the club now had a fine new shed, and, all they wantec was men to train. A few years age the club was a noted one for its row ing successes, and he hoped tbe present members would win back those laurels. The building had cost a large sum to erect, and it behoved the young men to make good use of it. They had had a world's champion sculler in the electorate, and a New Zealand champion in Mr George Whelch. Mr T. Lewitt (captain of the club), in responding, said the club bad in tbe past year been subjected to a great many drawbacks, and the shed being burned down had the effect of killing a good deal of the enthusiasm, which had existed right up to the time of the fire. They had now to bring back the interest to the club. The Boating Club had established itself as tbe premier club of New Zealand. It had brought out George Wbelcb, who had been almost unbeaten as an amateur.

The club had held the championship singles, double sculls and pairs of New Zealand in the one year. They had now built a fine new shed and secured a good plant, and he was only sorry they bad been 103 late with tbe plant and building for the past year. There were a number of fine young men in the club, and they should carry on tbe interests of the club. They bad lost one of their senior men' in Mr F. Westenra, who had gone to the North Island. He hoped the members would rally and give a good account of themselves at the regattas during the coming year. Mr Parkin was one of the. best committeemen tbe club had bad, and had done all in his ability to help it. He assured Mr Parkin the club appreciated his in terest and work, and also Mrs Parkin's help in the social matters connected with tbe club. Mr W. H.|Henning propo=ed the fcoasfc of "Kindred JSports," Messrs J. L». Bruce (bowls), W. Jacobson (football) and T. Penlington (sailing) responding. Mr G. Gheckley proposed tbe toast of " Local Bodies." He said local body men had to be guided by their own judgment and conscience, and if they did that they could not go far wrong. He referred to the excellent work done by local body men such as Messrs G. Armstrong and J. D. Bruce, They were a credit to their district. It was the duty of every man in tbe district to do his fair share in local body matters. Mr T. E. Taylor responded on be half of the Akaroa Borough Council, and said the work carried out by tbe Council during the last few years had been a great credit to the members. The town was thoroughly up to date in every way. The Council could look forward to such work as the extension of the new wharf, and in everyway make the town attractive to tourists. Every ratepayer Bbould assist in the progress of the town to induce tourists. He thought Akaroa bad little chance of advancement from a commercial 01 manufacturing aspect, or as a large distributing centre. He was sorry the Beautifying Association had discon tinued their good work. He hoped he would, if the opportunity offered, be able to place his services at the dis posal of tbe ratepayers, and ho would 1 1 always advocate progress ' \ Mr G. Armstrong replied on be--3 i half of tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road ' ; Board. He said it was a pleasure to 1 1 a public man to have his work on ! I local bodies appreciated. He referred to the laxity of younger |men in not ' taking up local body work. Tbe ' Akaroa and Wainui Road Board was 1 doing good work building bridges and * maintaining the roads in its extensive } district, Mr R. Bruce proposed the toast of 'The Ladies." Mr Chaukl'and responded, Mr L. Haylock proposed the toast .of the Press. Musical items were rendered by Messrs; T. Penlington, B.W. Henning, E, Donnell, W.. H. Henning and L. Haylock. _^

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MR. W. H. PARKIN FAREWELLED., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4403, 9 June 1914

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MR. W. H. PARKIN FAREWELLED. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4403, 9 June 1914

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