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Park Drain Enquiry



Commissioner S. E. McCarthy sat at the Courthouse on Monday morning to hear evidence in regard to an application from the A venal Council to lie relieved of liability in connection with the piping of the Pafik drain for some distance.

Mr T. M. Macdonald appeared for the Borough of Invercargill ;Mr Macalister for the Boroughs of East and North Invercargill ; Mr E. Russell for A vena I ; and Mr Haggitt for the County.

Mr Russell opened, and spoke for about an hour, placing his clients' position very clearly before the Commission, and followed with several witnesses, among which the old Identity element was in strong evidence, notably Mr C. W. Brown, who has been town clerk for Avenal for 30 years ; Mr B. Bain, who was engaged in forming the North Road in 1858 ;Mr A. Anderson, who has been a resident of Avenal since the year 1876 ; Mr Robert Raul, who came to the borough in 1878 : Mr ffm. Anderson (the borough's inspector of nuisances-) who was cutting outfall drains in Invercargill 33 years ago, and the present Mayor (Mr ,Jas. Ward) and Cr. .1. McNeilage. who claim Avenal as their birthplace. The evidence went to show that Avenal would not benellt from the construction of a sewer in Northern!, and benefited slightly from the open drain which cut oh flood waters from the borough. For the Boroughs of North ami East Invercargill Mr Win. Macalister made a splendid stand, and called upon Mr B. A. Ekenst-een, the Mayor of North Invercargill, Dir W. G. Mackay (East Invercargill's faithful and methodical town clerk), Mr William Baird (the present mayor, and Mr J. A. Mitchell (ex-mayor), who still takes a keen interest in the welfare of the tight little borough. Mr A, B. Haggitt then took up the running on behalf of the Southland County, and in a brief but telling address outlined the County's position.

Air McCarthy gave the witnesses a patient hearing, evidently bent on doing full justice to all concerned. Unfortunately be was called away to preside at Otautau on Wednesday, and the Commission stands adjourned till Tuesday next, when the County lead their ""evidence. Then the veteran advocate (Mi - T., M. Macdonald) who, in his time, has been in the thick of many legal battles, will take up the cudgels on behalf of the parent borough Invercargill. It is admitted that the fresh Commission was wanted, for since the last award, in 1.901, very many changes have occurred, and no doubt the result of this inquiry will set at rest any little 'disputes that have arisen.

Mr W. B. Scandrctt, the woi'bhy mayor of the borough, who knows more than most people about the early history of the town, was in attendance, and followed the evidence with keen interest.

The public attendance was very small, and to those not much interested^ —although it was a very watery subject—it must have appeared dry, and many a glance was cast at the clock with the broken hand that does duty over the mantelpiece, to see how far the adjournments were distant. However, the contest will be renewed with vigour on Tuesday, and evidence and rebutting evidence may be expected until the closing scenes.

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Park Drain Enquiry, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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Park Drain Enquiry Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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