OUR OLD IDENTITIES
The quarterly meeting of the Port Chalmers Old Identities’ Association was held in the local Town Hall yesterday evening, Mr G. L. Asher, vice-president, in the chair.
In the course of a review of tho, past quarter, the secretary (Mr J. M’Lachlan) said that the members deceased since the previous meeting wore Mrs J. R. Monson, Mrs D. M‘Kay, Mr James Bonnor, Mr D v Woolsey, and Mr George Kettle. During Show Week old identities from Central Otago and Waitahuna had called, and one of those pioneers described how in the early days he had walked from Port Chalmers to Christchurch and on to Hokitika. That pioneer was one of ; the hardy type who made New Zealand what it was to-day. (Applause.) Mrs Martha Osborn wrote stating that she would have liked to have been present at the meeting that evening, but age prevented her. She wished to join the association, and stated that she left Campbelltown on October 12, 1852, in the ship Sir Allan M‘Nab, arrived at Hobart in 1853, leaving again in 1862 by the ship Daniel Watson for Otago. Mr W. G. Fail read an entertaining description of the Burke and Will’s illfated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria, he having been in Melbourne when tho expedition left that city. Mr George B. Neale was one of the visitors present, and although making no claim to being an old identity, he nevertheless entertained the meeting with an anecdotal description of events since his arrival at Port Chalmers in the ship Chile in 1867. —Presentations.— A pleasing feature of the evening’s programme was the presentation to tne association of an enlarged framed photograph of herself from Mrs Matilda Ritchie, a pioneer of 82 years -of age, who had arrived at Port Chalmers on September 23, 1858, in the ship Jura. An old photograph of the Port Chalmers Navals, taken between 1867 and 1870, when Mr J. B. Robertson was captain and tho late Mr W. Goldie was lieutenant, was presented to the association by Mr J. M. Harland. A diary kept by the late Mr William Robertson on his passage from Glasgow to Port Chalmers in 1852 was handed to the chairman by Mr A. Leek, who stated that he had received the diary from Mrs Jane Robertson, of Upper Blneskin road. A pleasant programme was submitted by Miss M’Kenzio (violin solo). Miss Baton (songs), Miss Buchan (songs). Miss F. Brobner (song), and Mr Rosall (songs).
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OUR OLD IDENTITIES, Evening Star, Issue 15666, 3 December 1914