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OFFICIALLY OPENED YESTERDAY. Members of the Presbyterian General Assembly and large numbers of other persons met yesterday afternoon at St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Residential College, in Leith street, when the college was officially opened. Mr W. S. Fitzgerald, president of the College Council, said that as all could see, the site of the building was excellent—a beautiful site and a very sunny spot. They had filled the old building, and had had to refuse applications for admission—applications from mothers for the admission of daughters who had no friends or acquaintances : n Dunedin. The council had got money from the Church Board of Property, but that was not sufficient. They also got money from a daughter oir the Church, and as they had no security to offer her for the £3,000 she gave it on faith in the honor of the Cliurch. It was done because they had to provide a home for their girl students. That was a first necessity. Then they were most fortunate in securing for their principal Miss Callender, who was an accomplished domestic manager. The university student came to their college for education, and for what was very important—the development of character. It was of first importance that the students should have good associations and companionship. He would give the results from the college for the year. Fourteen girls had gone up for term examinations, and six of them had got third classes. He did not think .much of third class, but students with a large number of subjects frequently had one that they did not care for, henco the third class. Twenty-six second classes wore secured, and better still, 2o first class wore made. The institution was not placed where it was for the sake of the daughters of Dunedin Presbyterians. It was not for them. It was not so much for daughters of Otago. They had friends in Dunedin, and could get accommodation. Those who founded the institution had been considering the needs of those who came from the far north and the extreme south. Those were the students who had been filling the rooms. He had 10 applications from girls who had not been in the college before, and of those 10 only I was from south of the Waitaki. They had a heavy debt on the place, but were facing it cheerfully. The Moderator (the Rev." A. Grant) said it afforded him the utmost pleasure and gratification at being privileged to be present at the opening of this magnificent building. (Applause.) There was reason for great thankfulness at the way in which education for the young people—boys and girls—had taken possession of their Church during the past few years, the amount of money that had been subscribed, and the number of buildings that had been erected in that direction. They were now only; at the beginning of things. A building of. this kind removed a deal of anxiety from the mother and the father. The pupils received a training, a Christian training, equal to what they would get in their homes; and the daughters returned to their homes the same kind daughters they were when they first went away from home. During the last few years the Presbyterian Church had spent over £IOO,OOO on religions education. There was Knox College, on which had been spent £45,000; the three girls’ colleges—lona at Havelock North, Columba at Roslyn, and the Presbyterian Girls’ College at Auckland—at a cost of £40,000. On the Training Institute there had been expended £3,000, while on the Turakina Maori Girls’ College £5,000 had been spent, and on the Manunui Maori Boys’ College £3,000. On St. Margaret’s they had spent £6,000. He wished the school success and prosperity. The college is a three-storey building with a basement. The first portion, now practically completed, consists of 26 bedrooms, reception hall, and private quarters, bath rooms and lavatories, and presses. The fronts are carried up in brick with Oamaru stone facings, with an Oamaru stone portico. The internal finish is of granite plaster with fibrous plaster cornices and mouldings in the ground floor and vestibules. Special mention has been paid to ventilation and to fireproof qualities. 'With the exception of the reception room and private rooms (which have tiled fireplaces) all the rooms and corridors are heated by the direct system of hot water installation, the boiler for the puropse being installed in the basement. Electric light is provided throughout. The interior finish throughout is of figured rimu finished flat. Messrs G. Simpson and Co. are the contractors. The work has been carried out from plans prepared by and under the supervision of Mr E. W. Walden.

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ST. MARGARET’S COLLEGE, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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ST. MARGARET’S COLLEGE Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914