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THE VETERANS' HOME.

APPEAL BY LORD RANFURLY

\ Lonl Ranfurly, the late Oovornor of J New Zealand, who was the founder of ' the Veteran's Home, is now engaged in collecting subseriptioils with a view to placing the institution on a self-support- ' ing basis. Captain 11. Gooihvyn Archer, superintendent of the home, has received a letter from Lord Ranfurly, stating that he had fttlfllleil his promise in sending out an appeal to all regiments whose members had been inmates of the home. Lord Ranfurly also sends ClO towards the proposed memorial to be erected over the graves of veterans from the home. The following is Lord Ranfurly's letter:— i ; 16, Norfolk-street. Park Lane. \V.. February 2-', innn. Dear Sir,- —I venture to appeal lo you, 1 your officers and regiment, to assist ln plac- . i Ing the Veterans' Hume, Auckland, New ii Zealand. In a thoroughly Independent position. This home was built In memorial of 'itthout 800 New Zealnndcrs who lost their j lives ln the South African war. At the I ' present time there are 41 In the home, and , ns New Zealand Is full of old soldiers wbo , ; have served with the Imperial forces, there ;, is at all times a large number awaiting a vacancy. , 'Tlie home Is doing a thoroughly good! , work. The manager, Commander Archer, i late Royal Navy, sees to the comfort of all I those selected, and any old Soldier In the Dominion who may have a grievance or an , application for pension to he made aiw.nvs receives every assistance from him. The i men are treated much the same as those in 'Chelsea Hospital; they are well fed. doctored, and clothed ln a uniform of a similar description. Thanks to much generous support, we have at the present moment over ■ £7000 Invested, producing somewhat over :4 per cent, and for the balance we require m are depending on subscriptions. The G-overnment of the Dominion have Iso far annually given us n grant of an ; amount practically similar to our subscriptions. However, it Is felt that the Oo- ! vernment will probably In the near future decline to assist us in tills way, unless they I undertake the control, it has always been 'the policy nf the hoard that the home 'should be entirely free from Government ! control or Influence, and at the request of the Chairman I am making this appeal in the hO'pc of being able to obtain a sufficient | sum of money to make us independent iv : the future of Government assistance. There Is also one other question whirh i Iwc hare so far been unable to face, name- I iy. the putting up of a memorial with the | (names, regiments, and services of the vari-I 1 ons old solrttW-s. now 14 in number, who j •have ended Mielr days iv the home, and who jare -burled in a private portion of tbe ceme- • tery at One.hunga. j I I venture to hope that you will kindly , '.bring this matter before those interested ln ! your regiment, and that you will give it all j the support ln your power. This home Is | 'doing excellent worts, having in the first In- 1 stance removed all old soldiers (with good j records) from the charitable institutions of i , the Dominion and placed them in a position where they are respected and honoured. I Since the borne lias been opened up to iMarcli last year 05 veterans holding the following medals between them have been I admitted: Acre (1840), 1; New Zealand (1545), 1: Baltic, 1: Crimea, 15: Turkish, 13; Mutiny, 21i; Afghan, 1; Egypt. 1; Khedive Star, 1; China. 3; Central India. 1; cßurmah, 1; New Zealand, 63; meritorious service, 1; D.C.M., 1; L.S.G.C, S. All In the home (with the exception of possibly , two or three, who have colonial service) j have seen active service in the British army or navy. I have been asked to receive any dona-1 tions, which can he addressed to mc at the I above address. I have pleasure In sending you a cc/py of a record I have m-ade of old 'soldiers in New Zealand called "Roll of l Honour."—l have the 'honour to remain, sir, lyour obedient servant, ' BiANT"UB.LX,

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THE VETERANS' HOME. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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