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THE JUBILEE PARK

The annual meeting of the Jubilee Park subscribers was held in the Town Hall on Friday evening; Mr Th mias Brown presided. ANNUAL RJCI’OKT. The Secretary (Mr J. C. Thomson) read the following report Since our last annual general meeting your Commitiea hive to report that, while, funds la ted, work was to largo a extent confined to keeping down tho gra-s and weeds, especially amongst tho plantations, IV hat limited planting could be done, was chit fly in the enclosures round the ponds, in the gullies leading up from them, and a prt. hj round the Queen’s oak for shelter purposes. All ap; ear to bo doing well. Most attention has betn gben to tho planting about the ponds; a large number of ornamental trees and shrubs hive been used, including many by no moans ojmmon in this part of the colony, and several handsome representatives of our native flora. As the situation is well sheltered they should make rapid growth and soon be very effective. It is gratifying to bo able to report that the older plantations are progressing satisfactorily, particularly so on tho slopes facing the Sim-ntine avenue, which are the moat sheltered portions of the park It may interest subscribers to know that round the ponds have been planted maiden hair trees (Salisburia adiantifdia), sugar maples, American birches. Oriental planes, catalpas, Judas trees (Cercis canadensis), broad-leaved cabbage trees, deciduous cypress, silver birches, native beeches, auracarias, and piceas. Besides these there were planted about the ponds and in various positions about the park a large number of shrubs and trees, including a good many native varieties, and consisting of veronicas, lilacs, rhododendrons, laurustinaa, flowering thorns, Norfolk Island pines, olearias, sonecios, pittoaporuma, broadleaf, blue gums, cabbage trees, flax, toi-tois, pampas gras?, and various conifers, numbering in all fully 650 plants. A number of ivy plants have also been put in about the quarries and other rocky parts. It is hardly necessary to add that much remains to bo done in the way of planting shrubs and trees, and it is to be hoped that the claims of the park to public assistance will meet with favorable recognition, and that a sufficiency of funds will be foitbccming to increase its’ attractiveness as a favorite resort of the citizens. The suggestion made at the last annual meeting to form a society on the lints of the Oookburn Club of has now been successfully carried out, and some of the interest taken in the park has been transferred to the new society, which has taken in hand much of the work contemplated by the promoters of the park. Tho ponds have unfortunately been a continual sou' ce of trouble, and the lower one is in an unsatisfactory state, owing to the water leaking away by natural cracks or underground channels, and your Committee fear that nothing short of puddling the whole bottom will be of any use. This they trust to receive sufficient funds to do, and to make them presentable during the coming summer. The balance-sheet shows that the total receipts were LIOO 9s, and tho expenditure L9B 10s 7d, leaving a balance of LI 18s 5d in hand. The chief item in the revenue is the proceeds from tho ambulance lecture, LSI 8s 6d, and our thanks are due to the following gentlemen who so kindly and willingly gave us their valuable assistance in carrying out the programme of these lectures, and in conducting the examinations in connection with them, namelyDrs Scott, Maunsell, Davies, Brown, Roberts, Teevan, and Oolquhoun. The chief item of expenditure is that for labor, amounting to L 49 9s 4d—rather under LI per week—while the amount expended in the purchase of trees and shrubs was only L 24 19s 3d. Our thanks are also due to the Corporation for granting us the services of Hendley to carry out the little planting we have been able to do this winter, and for the use of the committee room at the Town Hall. The report was unanimously adopted. GENERAL. The names of Messrs H. Crust, J. _ F. Woodhouse, Herbert Park, and J. Braithwaite were added to the Committee. Mr Morrison mooted the question of raising funds to carry on during the ensuing year. The Chairman said they had approached the Corporation with the view of trying to get a little assistance, and bad expressed to them that part of the revenue from the Montpellier reserve ought to be granted to the park, inasmuch as the fact of the park being there had greatly helped to let the sections, but the Corporation could not see their way to comply with the request at that time. He hoped, however, that when they approached the Corporation again they would get something, and an appeal would again be made to the public for assistance to enable them to carry on for some time.

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THE JUBILEE PARK, Evening Star, Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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THE JUBILEE PARK Evening Star, Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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