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The twenty-first anniversary of the opening of new Knox Church was celebrated by a conversazione in the Agricultural Hall last night. The Rev. W. Hewitson, minister of the congregation, presided. The hall was crowded, and amongst those -present in the large assemblage were many members of the Presbyterian Synod, which body had been specially invited. In addition to the Rev. Mr Hewitson, there also occupied seats on the platform the Revs. W. Will (moderator of the Synod), Dr Erwin (moderator 'of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand), Andrew Keay (of the Free Churchof bcotland), P. Fitzgerald (of New South Wales), W- Bannerman, J. Gibb, A. B. Todd, Miehelsen (New Hebrides missionary), J. Chisholm, J. H. Mackenzie (of Nelson), Dean Fitchett, Dr Dunlop, MrE. B. Cargill, and Mr R. Chisholm. The platform had been very tastefully furnished as a drawing room, and presented a very attractive appearance. The proceedings oommenoed by the audience joining in singing the «01d Hundredth' after which the Rev. J. Chisholm, of Milton, engaged in prayer. During the evening short speeches of an interesting and at times highly amusing nature were delivered by'the Rev. Mr Hewitson, Dr Erwin, the Rev.*W. Will, the Rev. A. Keay, and Mr E. B. Cargill. These were listened to with clo: e attention, being frequently interrupted with rounds of applause. From a position in the front of the gallery an efficient choir, under the leadership of Mr A. M. Braik, contributed very pleasingly the following glees :—«Awake, lyre !' «The chough and crow,' and Hail, smiling morn !' After the formal addresses had been disposed of refreshments were handed round by a number of the ladies and gentlemen of Knox Church congregation, who are to be commended for the manner in which they succeeded in satisfactorily attending to and supplying the wants of such a multitude. It was not a light undertaking, but it was carried through in a manner that not only reflected credit upon the assistants, but upon the willingness with which the ladies of the congregation must have thrown themselves j into the work of catering. Conversation all this time was the order of the day, or rather of the night, and the company moved about as best they could from place to phce. The gathering, which was of a very sociable and enjoyable nature, and was in every respect highly successful, was brought to a close shortly after ten o'clock.

Mr F. Robertshaw's string band were present, and during the latter part of the proceedings played a number of selections in a meritorious manner.

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KNOX CHURCH CONVERSAZIONE., Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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KNOX CHURCH CONVERSAZIONE. Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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