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A public meeting was held m the Temparance Hall, Waimate, on Saturday, with the object of taking imrneiiate steps ta relieve the sufferers by the fire iv the Bash. Mr M. Studholme was m the chair, and m a few appropriate words explained the object of the meeting, which was to assist some thirty odd families who had lost their all m the great calamity which had occurred. He then said that he would advise that a Commit' cc should be formed to raise fuiids m aid of the above object. Mr Manchester said that he thought the Waimate County Council would subsidise the subscriptions raised, and that he would do hi* best to forward that obj set, especially at the loss of all the mills m the Bush would at fir«t cause a great loss of labor, as well as distress to the families who were already homeless. Mr Manchester then proposed, and Mr Nicholas O'Brien seconded — "That m the opinion of this meeting a Committee be appointed for the relief of the sufferers from the Bush fire, consisting of Messrs Studholrae, McOwen, Jas. E. Parker, Manchester, Pratt, Middleton, Rout, Mollov, A. Turn bull, Slee, Freeman, Cummtng. Nicholas O'Brien, Teschemaker, J. Ollivier (Ohrietchuroh), James Bruce, Henry Walls, Loudon, James Lees (Oamaru), Wills, Allan (manager Bank of New Zealand, Oamaru), and Lane (Oamaru) ; and that the Mayors of (hri*tohurch, Dunedin, Timaru, and Oamaru bo requested to take steps to obtain relief for the sufferers ; that five members form a quorum, and that the Secretary write to the gentlemen appointed." Mr Manchester proposed, and Mr Middleton seconded — " That this meeting sympathise with th« women and sufferers by this great disaster." Mr Graham, as Secretary of the Temperance Hall, kindly offered the use of the hall for the Committee free of charge. Mr Gumming, of the Tribune, likewise offered to do all the printing required free of charge, both of which offers were aocepted with i hunks. A subscription list was laid on the table, and m less than half an hour £252 10s was collected. The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman. Afterwards the newly formed Committee met. Present — Messrs Studholme (chairman), Manchester, N. O'Brien, McOwen, Slee, Cumming, Middleton, Pratt, and Molloy. It was resolved — " That a Sub-committee, consisting of Messrs MoOwen, Middleton, Manchester, Molloy, and Price, enquire into the most urgent cases, and give the relief required, and report on the same at nexn meeting." Mr Manchester here stated that owing to the strict instruoions left by Mr March, the Immigration Agent, the matron would not allow the sufterers last night house room, but he (Mr Manchester) and others, on behalf of the County Counoil, gave orders for their admission into the barraoks, and would hold the matron harmless. The poor people were therefore all got under a roof, and provisions, clothing, bedding] &0., for those that required them were also obtained It was resolved—" That Mr Frank Slee be Treasurer and Beoretsry." It was also resolved—" That the Secretary write to the Mayors of Ohristohuroh, Dunedin, Timaru, and Oamaru, aud the gentlemen on the Committee who reside away from Waimate, enclosing subscription lists, and asking them to use their best endeavors to collect and forward subscriptions at their earliest opportunities, and informing them that full particulars of the amount of losses will be forwarded to them as soon as the Seoretary get them." Resolved — " That the banking account be at the Bank of New Zealand, Waimate ; and that all cheques be signed by the Treasurer, and Messrs Manoheßter and Price." After a vote of thanks to the chair, the meeting adjourned to Wednesday next, the 20th inst., at 3 p.m."

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PUBLIC MEETING AT WAIMATE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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PUBLIC MEETING AT WAIMATE. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878