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Yesterdav afternoon the uncertificated teachers of tho Otago district made a presentation to Chief Inspector Richardson to express at once their esteem, and their Tegret that by tho new Act Mr Richardson will be (officially at any rate) removed from tho direct control of the ixlncation Board to that of the Public Service Commissioner. Mr A. Hanna, who made tho presentation (a handsome 7)ortn.blc attache writing desk), said that lie had been asked by the uncertificated teachers attending the classes arranged for them bv him (Mr Richardson) to express their" whole-hearted recognition of the. interest he had displayed in their welfare. In being afiorded the opportunity of attending these classes they were able not only to revise the work covered during the year, but also to gam much useful information regarding the examination. The Chief Inspector, in the course, of his reply, paid special tribute to the work of Miss Sullivan, who lectures to the uncertificated teachers on ' Methods of Teaching.' Following are the delegates selected to represent their branches at. the Boot, Tiades Congress, which commences on the 28th inst. at Auckland i—Auckland. Messrs "Watts, \V neatley, Botterill, and Miss Wiltshire; Christclrurch, Messrs Pearson, Teglcv, Robson, .and Miss Warren; Dunedin,'Messrs Paine, Brown, and Miss Wright; Wellington, Messrs Reynolds, J. Hutchison, Viiinell, and Miss Broadbenl ; Invercargill, Mr C. \ euit; Taranaki, Mr W. Finn. . Mr A. Owen Wilkinson has received advice from Wellington that ho has passed his iinal examinations for the decree ot Bachelor of Commerce, and for Professional Accountancy. Mr WBfcjnsonis th« first Otago student to win tho B.C-om. decree. Alderman P.. W. Richards (<sx>Tow» I Clerk of this Citr) was on December 9 re- ' elected Lord Mayor of Sydney. Thorn wa« only one other candidate, Alderman. W. P. M'EUione, and the voting, whkh was by ballot (tho decision of a week previously t-r. adopt open voting being rescinded by 13 votes to 11) resulted:—Alderman. Richards 14, AldcTmau M'ELhon© 9. The allowance for next year was again fixed at £1,50 Q. Responding to tho toast of his health, Alderman Richards said that he had been subject to tho criticism oi people who might or might not bo competent to judge his work. "If I havo failed," Iw declared, " 1 am prepared to meet my critics and contest with them- in respect of mv failings. I havo not failed. I have doW what I/conceived to h-3 my duty, and in the pursuit of my duty tho council are as much my master as the master of any indivdual alderman'.'' Mr Alfred S. Farquhar (at presentteacbor at Ida Valley) has been appointed Assistant at the Boys' High School. At this week's meeting of the Wellington Harbor Board the chairman (Mr 11. Fletcher) handed Mr G. B. Bullock a.-i illuminated address from the Otago Boaio. of which the following is a copy : —" On the occasion of your retirement from the Otago Harbor Board, consequent on your removal to Wellington, the board desire to record their appreciation of tho able nenner in which you have served tho community during the past seven years. The," business ability, and. knowledge of affairs which you havo displayed have, been highly valued by your fellowmembers and the citizens generally, and have won their esteem and regard. We assure vou of our earnest desire that Mm Bullock", your family, and yourself may enjov good health, long life, and every happiness and prosperity j and tliat you, in the ripeness of experience and reputation, may excel in tho Trider and morn in.porto.nt sphere of service to -which yoax company have called you."—(Signed by the chairman, member*, and executive officers.) Mr Fletcher explained that Mr Bullock's feJlow-membeM on. tho Otago Board were unable to make him the presentation before his departure from Dunedin, and added thai a handsome rosebowl was to follow. Mr Bullock forwarded & letter to last night's meeting of the Otago Board, thanking the mwxaen for the address, and stating that it would always be regarded,by him as one of hie most" valued passeeeions.

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PERSONAL, Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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PERSONAL Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914