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EDUCATION BOARD, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
The monthly meeting of the Otago Education Board commenced this morning. Present : Mr G. C. Israel (chairman), Messrs D. Bonne. A. M'Kerrow, sAV. Scott, Smith, J. Mitchell, D. T. Fleming, and P. M'Finlay. DEATH OF AIR FERGUS. Upon meeting the board adjourned for an hour as a tribute of respect to the memory of the Hon. T. Fergus, who died since the last meeting. The Chairman said that the board had recognised Mr hergus s work by electing him chairman for three successive years—l9o9-1912. On tin's and on other bodies, such as the High Schools' Board of Governors and the University Council, he had served with abundant energy and distinction. He might, in truth, have been designated the Minister of Education for Otago. 1 hey had all missed a genial colleague and a faithiul friend-—one whose criticisms if characterised by the fortiter in re rather than the suaviter in modo, were generally respected. Affectionate tribute had already been paid to his memory by numerous public and private bodies, but no body could apeak of Mr Fergus with greater knowledge and warmer appreciation of his public service and manifold activities in the cause of education than the Otago Education Board. They would long keep his memory green. Finally, all standing, the following resolution was carried : “The Otago Education Board express their deep regret at the untimely death of the Hon. Thos. Fergus, a much-valued member of the hoard for 15 years, and their chairman lor three years. .Mr Fergus's wholehearted interest in the cause of education gained for him the appreciation and esteem of the whole of the district of Otago, and it will he difficult to find a successor with the same untiring zeal for education. In the midst of an active and strenuous life he has been called to a well-earned rest, followed by the universal regret of the community. The hoard place on record their testimony to fr if* ability and personal worth.” Letters of appreciation and regret •were rece iverl also from the St. (.Tair and Dunback committees. The latter forwarded the following resolution—" It is with deep sorrow we learn of the death of the Hon. Thos. Fergus, a member of the Otago Education Board, whose past work in the interests of education is sincerely appreciated by us, and we desire that our deepest sympathy be conveyed to Mrs Fergus, and the other members of the family, in their sad bereavement.” —Works.— Repairs, etc., were authorised at Balrlntha, Kensington, Mornington, Port Chalmers, and Sawyers Bay. Balclntha’s request for additional accommodation for the infant department was referred to the inspectors for a report, ; Sawyers Bay, on the renewal of their application for increased accommodation tor the infant department, were notified that the Government had asked the hoard to curtail expenditure as far as possible. The Board of Agriculture asked that tne Education Board’s agricultural instructors arrange for short courses of instruction for sons of farmers; the Farmers’ Union to arrange for enrolment and accommodation at convenient cen-tres.—-This was referred to the inspectors for a report. —Toll of the War.— The Overseas Club intimated tFiat they were arranging a fund on behalf of the destitute poor of Great Britain and Belgium, and suggested that the children of public schools of Otago he asked to subscribe to that fund Id each, and not more than 6d.—The request was referred to the various school committees. —'Appointments.— Mr J. Mitchell was appointed to represent the hoard on the University Council, and Mr D. T. Fleming in the same capacity on the High 'School's Board.
EDUCATION BOARD, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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