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DUNEDIN AND SUBURBAN RESERVES CONSERVATION SOCIETY.

The following is the annual report of the above society to be submitted to the meeting of members on Monday evening:— Since the society was constituted at a public meeting hold in the Council Chambers uu the loth October, 1883, your Committee have held ten committee meetings, besides numerous meetings which have been held by sub-commit-tees appointed from time to time. In accordance with the suggestion made at the public meeting, your Committee at an early date considered the question of incorporating the society; but as it was found that no existing Act was applicable to a society such as this the question was allowed to stand over for a time.

Recently a sub-committee has been appointed to dn.ft a Rill to meet the requirements of sucli societies, which will come under the consideration of the Committee next year.

Your Committee found that there was no lack of questions calling for consideration in and around Dunedin, but they decided that their first efforts should be directed towards the amelioration of tlm state of the Oct'igou and Triangle, and accordingly appointed a subcommittee to consider the best mode of dealing with these reserves. It was soon found that the improvement of one of these reserves would afford sufficient work for the year. Accordingly the Triangle, as being the more unsightly of the two, was chosen, and ultimately a plan for its improvement was adopted and submitted to the City Council for their approval. That body at once foil in with the society’s suggestions, and agreed to contribute 1.250 towards the contemplated improvements, which were estimated to cost 1.500. The Committee had already commenced to canvass for subscriptions for this object, when they found that Mr A. Leo Smith, in ignorance of the society’s action, had also obta ned the promise of several handsome subscriptions for the. same object, and, on being communicated with, he at once made common cause with the society. Tnuse efforts mot with decided success. The most important donation w* ‘ that of a Landsome fountain from Mr Wu.lfo Harris, to bo erected in the reserve. Co tain disturbing elements having arisen, some delay was occasioned in carrying out the scheme of improvement, and when the way was again cleared, the City Council found that their financial position would not permit their carrying out their promise this year. Your Committee then resolved to fence the reserve by public subscription, while the City Council agreed to lay down the enclosure in gra=s. The loss of time, owing to the delays referred to, prevented anything in the way of planting bring done thi -t season. Your Committee are glad to say that their efforts to rais i the necessary funds met with a liberal response, as is evidenced by the list of subscribers A contract has been let for the erection of the fencing, which is now being proceeled with. In addition to the fountain, Mr Harris his sent two seats, and Mr G. G. RuasaP, our president, has also made a donation oi seats. These seats, which ate of iron, are large and strong, and aie of the same pattern as those on the Thames Embankment in London. Tour Committee took into consideration the question of improving the Sandhills, and wrote

to Mr Charles Reid, formerly of Dunedin, and now of San Francisco, for information as to what had been done there, and within the last few days an interesting report has been received from him of the operations of the Board of Park Commissioners.

Your Committee beg to tender their thanks to tho City Council, who courteon. ly endeavored to give effect to the views of the society on all occasions, and have authorised theiv engineer and gardener to afford the society all information tad assistance in their power.

Your Committee have reason to believe that besides the actual work accomplished, the establishment of the society has been most bsoeficial in directing public attention to tho objjct for which it has been constituted, and th-t it has indirectly exercised considerable influence.

The number of members enrolled is now about 237 ordinary members and seven life members, which numbers your Committee are of opinion might bo largely increased. The balance-sheet shows that the receipts amounted to L 307, of which L 59 15s were derived from members’ subscriptions, L 22 Is from life members, LI I la from donations to general funds, and L 304 from donations for the improvement of the Triangle. The expenditure amounted to L 7 IGa lOd, leaving a balance of 1.380 3s 2d.

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DUNEDIN AND SUBURBAN RESERVES CONSERVATION SOCIETY., Issue 8024, 28 September 1889

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DUNEDIN AND SUBURBAN RESERVES CONSERVATION SOCIETY. Issue 8024, 28 September 1889

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