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The following are the principal clauses in the eighth annual report of tho Central Committee of the St. John Ambulance Association (Dunedin Centre) for the year ending December 81, 1890 1— 1

The year's work has been again successful. The city classes were well attended; indeed, had we been able to make arrangements, ns hoped at the ,j IB, i WO ' vo i“d have had a second women’s first aid class. So many applied for tickets for Dr Wacpheraon s class that thirty more were refused. l)r Roberts lectured to a well-attended class formed by the Dunedin Cycling Club, most of whom passed the examination. The women’s first aid class was undertaken bv Dr Macpherson, and the nursing class by Dr Will, who also delivered the first aid lectures to the men’s class, which included students from the Otago School of Mines. Country classes are not so noticeable a feature in this year’s work; but we are not disappointed, for the most sanguine could hardly expect that all last year’s classes would continue. These classes are conducted under difficulties. The doctors practices extend over a large area of country, and they are liable to be called away on lecture nights. Members have long distances to travel over bad roads and in rough weather. And, again, some who do attend are employed in gold mining, and changing of night and day shifts makes regular attendance often impossible. During the year the Invercargill centre applied for a division of the Otago province, and this being agreed to, the Winton, Arrow, and other branches have ceased to be under our centre. .Still, your Committee believe that the work in the country wul develop. The vacant vice-presidentship has been filled by the appointment of the Rev. James Oibb. Colonel Wales, chairman of this centre, has received his “ diploma of honorary associate of the Grand Priory of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England.” The registered number is S(l2. On July 19 we very reluctantly received the resignation of the non. secretary, Mr G. Barclay, who was compelled to resign on account of illness. Mr Barclay has ably filled this office since Mr W. B. Fisher's removal to Wellington, and his very effective and paintaking services are known to many of the Association. Mr Livingston volunteered to act as hon. secretary till the post was filled, but as he shortly after temporarily left the colony the duties have fallen on Mr Logie, who regrets that want of time has not permitted him to give the attention to the work that he thinks was necessary. The Dunedin corps of the St. John Ambulance, under Hon. Surgeon Gloss, Superintendent Mearns, and the officers report a successful year’s work. The membership is now 54, while the average attendance at their indoor drills has been 32. Outdoor drills have also been held, much to the advantage of those attending. The members have on more than one occasion proved the benefit of their knowledge of first aid to the injured. The Women’s Nursing Corps, numbering 27, under Hon. Surgeon Barnett and their superintendent (Mrs Logie), have been busy during the winter. The volunteers are showing some interest in ambulance work, which is evidenced by 18 certificates being gained by members of the Otago Hussars, Dunedin Naval Artillery, and Port Chalmers Artillery. In all 398 have attended a course of lectures during the winter. Of these, 146 have gained first aid certificates, 26 advanced aid certificates, 37 nursing certificates. 21 medallions—a total of 230 certificates and medallions; The total number of members instructed since the formation of the centre is 2,630, and the total number of certificates and medallions issued since the formation of the centre is 1,280. One thousand one hundred and twenty-eight men have completed a course of instruction, 509 men have gained certificates, 57 men have gained medallions, iS34 women have completed a course of first aidTectures, 568 women have attended a course of nursing lectures, 496 women have obtained first aid certificates, and 161 women have obtained nursing cetificates and 52 medallions. We must express our regret that more of those who attend the lectures do not present themselves for examination. When the total of those attending the lectures is compared with the total number of certificates gained, it appears to some that a large number fail to pass; but this is not so, for the number who fail to pass the examination is comparatively small. The Committee again desire to express tneir grateful thanks to the medical profession for their services as lecturers and examiners. To them the success of the centre is very largely due. The Press also have continued to show their kind appreciation of our work. The Garrison Hall trustees still grant us the use of a room for our_ committee meetings, and the municipal authorities permit the men’s corps to meet in the reading room of the fire brigade station, for both of which privileges we are thankful—as, indeed, we aye to all who have and are assisting the Association in their work.

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ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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