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DEVONPORT CEMETERY.

VIGOROUS REMARKS BY A COUXCILLOR. At the conclusion cf the business set down on the order paper at the Devonport Borough Council last night. Councillor McLean made a vigorous protest at the condition of the borough cemetery. That Council, he said, had a cemetery committee, but he <ii• i not know what good it had don». The c.metery was in »■ roost dilapidated condiiion. the paths ■were overgrown with blackberry, the mortuary chapel was p. nuisance, and there was at least or." grave only 3 fe«t deep. The eommitte- hns only visited the place once in two years.

Councillors-: That is net correct. Continuing. Councillor McLean said the ."emetery fund was in credit to the extent of £SO. The winter was coming on and something should be done. The cemetery was a disgrace to the borough. He would move that the foreman be instructed to inspect the cemetery and report to next meeting of Council,

Councillor Froude seconded the motion, but dissented from the tone adopted by the mover. He said many of the statements made -were not correct. The committee had vUitt-J the cemetery several times, and if Councillor McLean had only been there once that was his fault. Councillor McLean's informant iva? not reliable.

Councillor Timewell spoke to the same effect.

Councillor Osborne said a former Council had instructed the foreman to carry out repairs,

Mr. Clayton, foreman ef works, said There should be no sunken graves in the cemetery at present, because" he had sent a man to see to them. Last summer the weeds had been cut and the paths cleared. '

The Mayor pointed out that clay soil sank after rain fell.

The foreman said tht einkin" was very sudden. c

Tie motion wag agreed to.

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DEVONPORT CEMETERY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 83, 7 April 1909

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