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NEW HALLS OPENED.

MAUKU AND BUCKLAND. LORD JELLICOE ATTENDS. DOMINION'S WAR EFFORT. {BT TKLECtRAFB?.—-OWN CORRESPONDENT.] PtJKEEOHE. Wednesday. The Governor-General, Lord Jellicoe, opened tho Victory Hall at Mauku today in the presence of a large gathering. Mr. H. E. R. L. Wily, in welcoming Lord Jellicoe, stated that the hall was not a war memorial but tho district's ex* pression of thankfulness for the victory of Britain and her Allies.

His Excellency, in a happy speech, said there was no part of the Empire where loyalty to the King and Empire was more marked than in this beautiful Dominion. This was strongly shown in 1914, when the manhood of this country swiftly answered the Empire's call. There was a strong wish that the victory won would ensure lasting peace for the Empire. Ho was pleased to say that though the Empire was not so peaceful as it might be, still the indications were that peace would last some considerable time. He congratulated tho people of the Mauku district upon the very fine hall, and complimented them on the prosperous and progressive appearance of their surroundings. He then unveiled the tablet on the hall and declared it open amid enthusiasm. Other speakers were Major Aldred, Rev. J. C, Fussell, and the Rev. Arthur Coates. Musical items and afternoon tea followed, the Governor-General leaving immediately after for Buckland, where he performed a similar ceremony. The public hall at Buckland has been extensively enlarged and renovated. The weather was beautiful, and there was a large attendance, visitors being present from all parts of the county. Lord Jellicoe was met by Mr. E. Allen, chairman, and Mr. A. Park Home, secretary, and members of the Buckland Welfare

League. The Governor-General inspected a parade of the district's returned soldiers, after which he planted a cedar-tree on the Buckland war memorial itserve to perpetuate the memory of men from Buckland «vho paid the supreme sacrifice in the ureat War. Ho also inspected the guard of honour, which consisted of school children.

Mr. E. Allen said lie was pleased to welcome Lord Jellicoe to one of the most loyal places in tho Dominion. Lord JiJlicoe congratulated the district on its sons whom he had inspected, and who had played their part nobly in the war. Referring to the part played by New Zealand. His Excellency said the fame of New Zealand was world-wide. The history of the war embraced numerous tributes, including those from Ear? Haig and Genera] Harper, to the magnificent service rendered by New Zealand's sons The New Zealand troops won admirati n n wherever they went for their jrreat work. The chivalry and courtesy shown to the inhabitants of France was very fine indeed. They acted as gpnt'emen. and for such reasons he was proud to meet members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He expressed the hope that *he children of to-dav would live up to the reputation set by the New Zealand soldiers. Ho then declared the hall nnen.

Before and after the ceremony H's "Sxcel'encv chatted with a lanre number of the oldest identities of the district. Refreshments were partaken of ard to tho accompaniment of .:heers he departed for Auckland,

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NEW HALLS OPENED. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18111, 8 June 1922

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