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A large gathering of the Hillside Workshops employes took place last night in the reading room of tl e Wo k hoj a lil r try, the occasion being a pre: natation to MrPeterkin (workshops manager), who has been promoted to Westport. The locomotive engineer (Mr Ronayne) was also present, and occupied the chair. The present given was a silver chronometer watch, which bore the following inscription “ Presented to T. A. Petorkin, Esq., by the Hillside Workshops employes as a token of their esteem. Dunedin, 14th August, 1889.” The presentation was made on behalf of the employes by Mr Kerr, who said ; —“ Mr Poterkin, —As you are about to sever your connection with the Hillside Workshops, we cannot allow you to depart before w 7 e express to you the respect with which you have been held since your sojourn amongst us for nearly five years, and also to congratulate you on your well-earned promotion. The communication of your departure was received by us with general regre 1- , as we have always found you a straightforward and zealous manager, at all times entering with heart and soul into any project having for its object the unity, comfort, and happiness of the several branches composing the workshop employes.) I may say that had you been leaving the service the present would have been more valuable, so you must not look upon it for its intrinsic value. I have now much pleasure in presenting you with this watch, and may your future career be as prosperous as the past is tho wish of the subscribers.” Mr Ronayne then addressed the recipient,’and afterwards the audience, hoping they would give Mr Scott (Mr Peterkin’s successor) the same reception and assistance as was given to Mr Poterkin, which was received by tho audience with great applause. Mr Peterkin suitably returned thanks, and also wished them to give his successor the same assistance as he had received himself, Mr Hains also endorsed the remarks addressed to Mr Peterkin. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the proceedings.

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PRESENTATION., Evening Star, Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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PRESENTATION. Evening Star, Issue 7986, 15 August 1889