EARLY SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION
SOCIAL REUNION. A social reunion of the members of the Otago Early Settlers' Association was held in the Early Settlers' Hall last night. The president of tho club (Mr Donald Rdd) presided. During the Evening a most enjoyable programme of vocal and musical items was rendered. Tho proceedings opened with Hie singing of tho National Anthem. Sbrigs were contributed by Miss O. Helen Gard'ner, a piano selection by Miss L. M'Larcn. a sword dance and seantreus by Miss Mabel Louden, and a reel o* Tulloch and a Scotch reel by. Misses Winnie Robinson, Jean Riddle, Neta Frame, Eileen King, tho piper being Mr State. Mr Jas. Robertson (Mayor of Lawrence), Mr R. L. Chriatie (president of the Gore Gaelic Society), and Mr John Scott (an old pioneer miner) gave recitations and songs. The President made a short address, in the course of which he congratulated the association on having secured so large a gathering, notwithstanding other attractions, to do honor to the memory of the pioneer,? who landed in Otago 66 years ago. Ho reminded the younger members ot the association that they had received a great inheritance from the pioneers, and were bound to advance, teeing tliat they had such worthy progenitors. He remarked that the early settlers ■ had provided reserves for many public purposes, but had not left as much as a quarter of an acre to build a hall for themselves and their successors. The aspirations of the association wore, however, to extend their Lvwfuhiewj in various directions. Thoy wanted to establish a historical branch to i gather up further materials relating to tho past history of the settlement, and they wished to "have another hall to provide accommodation for meeting* and for the proper care of their accumulating collections. Mr Reid then referred to the troubles in Europe, and in a very spirited manner urged trie duty of all not prevented by family considerations to lend their aidbv volunteering to fight a horde of men who were worse than savages. "If," said Mr Reid, "the action of the Germans was civilisation, then it was time we went back to barbarism." (Applniise.) The concert programme concluded with the singing,'of 'Ruk. Britannia,' Miss G. Helen Gard'ner taking the verses as _ a eolo and the audience joining enthusiastically in the chorus. Mr John Wood moved a vote of thanks to all who'had assisted at the entertainment. After refreshments had been partaken of, a dance was held for the young people, while the old people wore" alile to engage in chats about the early days, to renew old acquaintances, look* for shipmates, and become acquainted with their descendants.
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EARLY SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION, Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
EARLY SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
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