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PRESENTATION TO MR THOMAS CALLENDER.

About 35 members of the Dunedin Bowling and Curling Clubs assembled at Wain's Hotel, Manse streat, on Saturday afternoon, in order to make a presentation to Mr Thomis Callender, appreciative of the active efforts put forth by that gentleman in establishing the Clubs. Mr Whitelaw, who presided in the unavoidable absence of Mr John Hyde Harris, exolained ttie object of the gathering, and said that Mr Callender had taken a most active part in introducing bowling in Otago, and his effo-ts had been continued with a pertinacity that few men would have displayed.—(Applause.) He had succeeded in establishing the game on a firm footing, not only ia Dunedin but al*?o in the country, for their country friends had discovered that there was more pleasure in it than appeared at a distance, and had adopted it with spirit.—(Hear, hear.) It was for the pur Dose of thanking Mr Callender, their President and brother-bowler, for his valuable services, that they had met together that afternoon. —(Applause.) They were indebted to him for many pleasant Saturday afternoons, and for many pleasant friendships that had been formed. He (the chairman) had, therefore very great pleasure in presenting Mr Callender with a watch and appendages, which, though very elegant and handsome in atself, was but a slight expression of the goodwill felt towards him by the member of the Club.—(Loud applause.) He might also state that their Mends of the Fernhill Club had borne a share in getting up the presentation. As a token of the appreciation of the services "rendered by Mr Callender to the Curling Club, he had also to present him with another gift—a butter-cooler, on which there was an appropriate inscription. These presents they asked lum to accept from the bowlers and curlers of Otagp, together with a brooch and a pair of •ear-rings for his eldest daughter. — (Loud Applause.) The inscription on the watch was as follows : Thomas Callender, as a mark of esteem, from the bowlers and curlers of Dunedin. July 6, 1878." Mr Callender, on rising tj acknowledge the presentation, was greeted with enthusiastic applause. He thanked tbe members of the Club for their kindly feel™S. jl ™l nandsome Presenls> said that it it had not been for the gentlemen whom he saw around him, he questioned very much whether a bowling club would have been established m thia country at all. It was not to be denied that a great deal of difficulty had to bs encountered ia bringing the Club to its present standard, but he took very little credit to himself with respect to starting it, because he found such a strong feeling existing among many gentlemen in Dunedin, that it did not require extraordinary exertions to start this innocent and health giving mode of recreation. He neither claimed nor expected a reward for the part he had taken in the matter, a3 h6 was more than amply rewarded by the pleasure he had denvad from the game, the friendships he had lormed, and friendships he trusted that would never be broken on this earth.—(Loud applause.) During the eight years the Club had been m existence in this city he was pleased to be m a position to say that he did not believe he had made a single enemy.—(Applause.) If. however, he had wounded anyone's f aelings it had been inadvertently, and on the impulse of the -moment, not in any disagreeable spirit.— (Applause.) _ With regard to curling, that was a game of waica he wa* even mors passionately fond than bowling. It w*s much more difficult to establish a curling club than a bowling club. He hoped hi would be spared to see the day •when * branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Olub of Scotland would be established in JJtaneuin.— (Applause.) He ngain thanked them for the kindness they had displayed—kindness which he felt was altogether unmerited.— {A Voice : No !) He also thanked them on oehalf of his daughter for the gift that had been presented to her, and he felt sure it would afford her great gratification.-(Lord -applause.) Mr Calender's health was then toasted with musical honours, and tlie company shortly afterwards broke ud.

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PRESENTATION TO MR THOMAS CALLENDER., Otago Daily Times, Issue 5113, 8 July 1878

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PRESENTATION TO MR THOMAS CALLENDER. Otago Daily Times, Issue 5113, 8 July 1878

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