AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
A COMPARISON. A CLERGYMAN'S IMPRESSIONS. “ I am immensely delighted with you country,' 1 was the first remark wide! greeted a ‘Star’ reporter who to-da, waited on the Rev. Perry Knight. B.A. o£ Durham Street Methodist Church, wh is at present on a visit to Dunedin, am will conduct special anniversary service in the Octagon Hail to-morrow, under thauspices of the Methodist Central Mir sion of this City. Air Knight said that he arrived i Christchurch from Melbourne some si: months ago. He considered the City o the Plains and Adelaide the, most bcauti fill cities he had ever lived in. He wa very much impressed with the provisio: mado by the founders of the province o Canterbury anti their successors in th matter of tree-planting alongside the rail way line. He was greatly charmed will this idea, arid contrasted it with the bar plains through which the principal rail wavs run in Victoria. He. considered th peeps from the railway carnage window on the train journey between Oatnaru am Dunedin rouid not be excelled on ain train journey in Australasia. He wa more than ordinarily impressed with th potentialities and possibilities of the Do minion, and although he was only cn gaged for three years. IT.s strong inclina tion at present was to remain in New Zea land. Conditions here aro so different it many respects from Australia. This, Iv thought, was probably duo to the coa figuration of the country. In Victoria for instance, the centre was Melbourne but in New Zealand there were four dif ferent centres dividing the country, an i were, into four watertight compartments. The Dominion had not progressed s rapidly as Australia had done in the mat tor of church union. In Australia tin union of the .Methodist churches was com pletc. Hern the union of these church-:” was only in its infancy. One constantlj hoars such references as : “ Which Methodist body does he belong to?" In Au* tralia such a question was never raised now. On the other hand, the impression a mon-get Australian* was that New Zealand was a little too progressive in seme ■ things. ami that it was a country of experiments. He thought, however, that that was not a feature to be condemned. New Zealand was leading the way in licensing matters, and Australia had only just reached th-: stage where New Zealand commenced. Ht> personally strongly advocated total abstinence, owing to the injury drink docs to the drinker, and ho advocated Prohibition for the sake of the Prohibitionist. With regard to politics in New Zealand, he had not been here a sufficiently long tune to form a serious opinion. He considered the whole political horizon to be. very much ohseuivd by the war. One of the most amusing features of the elections in Christchurch" was *ho fact that the licensed victuallers were supporting the Rev. L. M. Isitt in his candidature for the Christchurch North scat in Parliament In Australia tin* issues were "clear cut" as regards politics, but in the Dominion things were very much mixed, especially to the onlooker. The Biblo-in-schouls and the Prohibition questions divided up the parties here, and brought about such amusing results .as lie had mentioned with regard to Air Isitt. As regards the Bible in schools, whilst ho was not keen on all the planks of the Bible in State Schools League platform, ho considered it was a matter for the people to decide. He was strongly of that opinion. In Australia there was an impression that Now Zealanders are all very cold and conservative. Ho would like, however, to pay a tribute to New Zealanders by saying that ho had experienced a pleasant disappointment, and found the people of the Dominion very friendly and hospitable, “ I would like to go further,” sat’d Air Knight, “and say that I hare not met a. band of men so considerate and courteous, and so desirous of rendering a helping hand to all social reforms, as are the New Zealand pressmen.”
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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