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For some time past the residents living round the shores of Lake Ellesmere have been very dissatisfieda with the manner in which the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society have carried out their, control of the native game* on--the'' lake, and Mr T. Quealy informed a representative of this paper that the society were mostly fishermen and took little interest in the game. When the Belgian Swan drive took, rplace, , ; the residents round the lake, headed by Mr, Quealy, waited on the society and asked them to allow the residents to collect swan eggs and forward them with the swans. This however the society refused. The residents then became so disgusted with the society's ruling that they : detel*hmied':to have some say in the matter, and as a result ninety odd members paid the fee of 5/- to make themselves eligible to a vote. The following deputation to the * Minister concerning the matter explains itself : — - The Hon. G. W. Russell, Minister of Internal Affairs was waited on by a deputation representing "the residents of Lake Ellesmere on Thursday last, who laid before the Minister certain grievances in regard to the taking of swan's eggs from the shores of Lake Ellesmere. The deputation was introduced

by Mr H. G. Ell, M.P., who explained that the Committee of Lakeside settlers at Kaituna who had organised a recent swan drive wrote to the society suggesting, that if the eggs were] collected systematically and sold revenue would be obtained which it was suggested should be given to the Belgian and war funds. In the settler's drive at Lake Ellesmere on August 6th last, 1010 swans had been caught for the benefit of the funds. The Acclimatisation Society had told the resident's representatives that they had no power to collect the eggs. The eggs sold at 4/6 per dozen, and it would be realised that a large sum could be got for the war funds. The residents committee had made application to the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society to collect the eggs, on behalf of the war funds, but the suggestion had been rejected The society claimed the right to collect eggs in Lake Ellesmere. The residents, had then resolved to become members of the Acclimatisation Society and 87 had sent the fee of 5/-. The society, said Mr Ell, had got wind of the matter, and had hurriedly altered its rules, so that the fee should be £1, or that a full license should be taken out. Mr Ell contended that before the society could alter its rules it would have to receive the permission and authority of the Miniter. Mr T. Quealy, chairman of the deputation, substantiated Mr Ell's remarks, but said the fee was not so much the question with the settlers. Seventy-five residents had applied for membership and forwarded the, fee of 5/- each according to the rules

but those seventy-five had been refused membership. - They considered they were labouring under a grievance. The sudden alteration of the rules was not in the interest of the society or any body. The people of Lake Ellesmere were feeding the swans, who took their grass and what they could get from then* lands. The desire of the residents was that the revenue from swan eggs should go into the war funds. The Acclimatisation Society had i diverted it in another direction. Mr Cassidy, acting for seventynine residents of the Lake concerned in the matter, also laid views before the Minister. Mr Quealy remarked that £2000 a year could be made out of the eggs for the war funds. A gentleman from the Chathams had told him that a million eggs could be gathered there in a year. The Minister, replying, stated that some time ago the Acclimatisation Society had submitted certain alterations of its rules, and he received objections to those rules from Mr Ell, He had not heard one word of the matter since. He would go fully into the question, and have the matter cleared up. One thing he could assure the deputation, and that was that the rules could not come into force until they had received the- consent of the Governor-in-Council. The Governor took the advice of his responsible Minister, and he (Mr Russell) would give consent to nothing unless he was quite satisfied. The matter of revenue from swans' eggs was important. If £2000 could be obtained from that source he would, as Minister

in charge of the wdr fund, do his utmost to secure that sum.

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CONTROL OF LAKE ELLESMERE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3537, 18 April 1916

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CONTROL OF LAKE ELLESMERE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3537, 18 April 1916

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