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At the last meeting of the Akaroa Borough Council, Cr Leete referred to the relics collected at the Borough Chambers as a costly item to the Council seeing that they were placed in glass cages, and generally fitted up elaborately to make a display. He expressed tne opinion that these relics should ba forwarded to the Christchurch Museum Cr Leete'e re ma>k3, however, did not cany much weight in the direction of tbo complete sacrifice by the Borough of the (ew very interesting relics of olden times that so many visitors to the town have o often arlfiiired. The Mayor and Cr Vfingioni entered emphatic protests against Cr Leete'a remarks. As a

matter of fact, these relics will be of

the greatest value tn time to come, as around the Council walls there aie many relioa which remind us of the | arrival of the French in Akaroa in I 1840, of the famous race to instel tbe j Nanio-Bordelaiee Company's expedi tion dude by H.M. frigate Britomart, and of the now extinct; whaling induetry in which Hempleman took parfc in tie early "forties," and who laid claim to having bought the whole of Banks Peninsula for a fishing boat and Eorae other in significant articles from the Maoris,' a transaction the like of which would have made him a millionaire bad be been successful ip hie negotiations with Governor Hobaon. Aβ time goes on and these things become of greater historic value, it would seem fitting I that they should find an even more elaborate resting place than their present one, but no doubt that will come t) pass when tbe Council provide

tbemselvee with new municipal buildings.

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PENINSULA RELICS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3465, 8 June 1915

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PENINSULA RELICS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3465, 8 June 1915

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