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• ■■ Mr. J. Prerideville, chairman of the Wellington Rugby Union, underwent an operation in a private hospital on Saturday. He is making satisfactory progress towards rectfvery. Mr. S. Irwin Crookes will leave Auckland to-morrow to attend electric-power conferences in Canada and England. He hopes to return to New Zealand before Christmas. Mr. Crookes is a member of tlie Auckland City Council. Dr. C. E. Adams, Government Astronomer and Seismologist, is at present in. the South Island, and is likely to lie away about a fortnight. He is engaged in site testing work with a view to the possible establishment of a South Island observatory. > A Press Association telegram from Dunedin reports the death o£ John Thomas, a veteran engineman, at the age of 84. He brought out the first Fairlie locomotives in 1872, and drove the first Port Chal-mers-Duneain train in 1873, with the engine Josephine. Later he had ous footplate service on New Zealand express engines till he retired in 1907. Sir Joynton Smith, formerly of WeU lington, proprietor of "Smith's Weekly" and the "Sydney Guardian," i& on board the Aorangi en route for England, telegraphs "The Post's" Auckland correspondent. He is mainly on. holiday. While in England he will interview Australian "journalists in London desirous of joining the staff of. the new paper he is starting in Melbourne. Mr. W. Wheeler was on Saturday presented with a gold pencil from the staff of J. C. Hutton, Ltd., on his severing his connection with that firm. Mr. Walton, in making the presentation, expressed regret at his leaving, and wish? Ed him the best of luck. ' Mr. Wheeler briefly replied, and thanked the donors for their good wishes and valuable present. The Eev. Brian Kilroy, who has accepted a call to St. Paul's, Oamaru, concluded his ministry at St. Ninian's Church, Biccarton, Christchnrch, yesterday. Mr. Kilroy, who graduated iv arts from Otago University, Jmd part of his theological education at Knox College, Dunedin, but most of it at Westminster College, Cambridge. After being licensed in 1922 by the Presbytery of London North, he returned to Dunedin, where he acted as locum tenens in First Church until he was called to Eiecarton. . Mr. Alex. P. S. Smith, managaing director of James Smith, Ltd., was a passenger on the Canadian liner Montrose, reported \o have collied with another boat in the St. Lawrence Biver, shortly before her arrival at Montreal. A cable message was received from Mr. Smith on Saturday, advising that ho had arrived safely. He is now on his j return journey' after a visit to Great Britain and the Continent. He proposes to spend several weeks in America, visiting some of the main centres, and hopes to sail for New Zealand from Vancouver by the E.M.S. Aorangi on. 22nd August, due to arrive at Auckland on 9th September. ■ ' '■■ ■ '■' On the eve of his departure for I Palmerston North, Mr. H. Linley Richardson, E.8.A., who has been on the teaching staff of the Wellington Technical College Art School for the past twenty-one years, was on Friday enter- • tamed by the college staff and presented with a handsome leather travelling case. Mrs. Richardson ivas presented with a suede handbag. In making the presentation, Mr. Walls, the senior member of the staff, referred to Mr. Richardson's long and valued service ia Wellington. Whilo expressing regret at having to say good-bye, ' hp wished him every success in his new work as head of the Art Department of the Palmerston Norv.b Technical College. Mr. Nelson Isaac, head of tho Art School, referred to Mr. Bichardson's good service as a teacher and to his valuable contribution to the art of New Zealand. He expressed the opinion that Mr. Eichardson's wide knowledge of art and fine draughtsmanship had had its effect not only upon those who had been privileged to study with him, but upon the art of the country. In wishing Mr. and Mrs. Richardson every success in their new sphere of activities, he expressed the hope that the transfer to Palmerston North would still allow them to associate themselves' IPwith the art and artists of Wellington. At other social functions during the week Mr. RichardsoD was presented with a pocket wallet by the junior art students; with a silvermounted ebony walking-sticl by the senior art students,' and with a crystal jug and set of goblets by past students of the school. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are leaving ' Wellington for their new home early this week.

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PERSONAL MATTERS, Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 23, 30 July 1928

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PERSONAL MATTERS Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 23, 30 July 1928

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