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PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN J. NEALE.

A pleasing / function took place last night at the Borough Council Chambers, Onehunga, when a number of gentlemen met to make a presentation to Captain John Neale. The Mayor (Mr. John Bowe) presided, and among those present were: Messrs. Jas. (Mdntyre, J. J. Shaldrick, W. M. Saunders, Captain Grant, J. Park, and W. Cole.

The Mayor, after apologising for the unavoidable absence of members of the Council, said they had met to express their regret that Captain Neale, having reached, the age limit, had been retired from the position of harbourmaster, which post he had hold •with conspicuous ability for the past 11 years. Captain Ne_l« had earned the goodwill and esteem of all sections of the community, especially of all engaged in shipping at Onehunga and the travelling public. On behalf of the subscribers', he had great pleasure in asking Captain Nemle to accept an addres, expressing appreciation of the mamner in which he had carried out his various duties, and in remembrance of pleasant associations. ■Messrs. J. J. Shaldrick, Jas. Mclntyre, Saunders, Cole, and others made eulogistic speeches. Captain Neale said he accepted their gifts with the keenest appreciation, and he felt sure that their good wishes for his remaining days would tend very largely to their own fulfilment. (Applause.) The proceedings closed by aid present singing "Auld (Lang Syne."

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PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN J. NEALE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 79, 2 April 1909

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