Our worthy mayor (Mr W. B. Soandrett) is always prompt to take action when occasion arises, and when he received word from the Premier that Xew Zealand was to bo raised in status from a colony to a Dominion, and also that a public holiday was to be observed, he immediately consulted his council, and they agreed with him that Invercargill, in keeping with other centres, should make it a memorable day. A meeting was called for Thursday evening, and the Mayor read the telegram and a proposed programme which he had drawn up. On the motion of Mr Jno. Taylor, seconded by Mr d. S. Goldie, it was carried that it would be advisable for citizens to observe Thursday next as a whole holiday. It was pointed out that it would only mean losing half a day, as Wednesday' half-holiday would not be observed. Colonel Henderson was present, and intimated how the volunteers intended to celebrate the occasion. The matter was eventually left in the hands of Mr Soanclrett to deal with. Probably the band will assemble in front of the Town Hall at 10.30, and the volunteers, including country corps, will march from Garrison Hail by way' of Dee and 'Pay streets. Several short addresses will be given by local gentlemen, and at 11 o'clock Colonel Henderson will present the colours. At 2.30 the forces will assemble, and march into position opposite the hospital, where they will go 'through the ceremony of trooping the colours.
The Mayor explained that the trooping' of the colours would be an imposing sight. In his recollection he only remembered it having been done twice—once at Queenstown in 1878, and once in Capt. Heywood’s time—and that it would prove interesting and instructive to both volunteers, cadets, and citizens. He also thought that it was not the Premier's intention to make it a statutory holiday, which surmise has proved correct. Several northern towns objected to make another holiday, holding that there are xuenty. The Premier has advised them that it is not intended to make it an annual holiday, and it is to he hoped that h us ’ncss people from one, end of the colony to the other will fall into line, and make the ceremony as imposing as possible. Hvery colonist should rally round, and lend their aid in appreciating the e/Horts of our worthy Premier, who has the welfare of New Zealand at heart.
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Dominion Day., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907
Dominion Day. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907
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