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St John Ambulance Association.

♦ FORMATION OF A BRANCH. A meeting, convened by the liev T. Flavell, was held in the Merivale schoolroom last evening, to take steps to establish a branch, of the St John Ambulance Association. There were about 100 persons present, including the Dean of Christchurch, the Rev J. 08. Hoare, Drs Hacon, Brittin, Moorhouse, Guthrie and Anderson, and Captain Wolfe, of the City Guards. The Rev T. Flavell, who presided, read an apology for absence from Dr Chapman. He then explained that the objects of the Society were to educate its members in the best means of giving relief to sufferers in cases of accident previous to the arrival of a medical man. The Society was not antagonistic to the medical profession, but its members should act under the surgeon's directions. It was not a denominational Association, or confined to the parish, but might extend itself throughout the city and suburbs. He concluded by calling on Dr Hacon. Dr Hacon, who is an honorary member of the St John Ambulance Association, referred to the fact that he had introduced ambulance work in New Zealand by instructing the Arrne'd Constabulary in the North Island in 1881. He quoted from a leading article of the Lyttelton Times on Sept. 8, 1884, advocating the establishment of such a society here. He explained the working of the Association in England, and gave several simple illustrations of the good that could be done to a sufferer by anyone who was in possession of what he might term a few " medical tips." . In order to show the practical work that could be done on the battle-field, several members of the City Guards, who have been instructed by Dr Brittin, formed a stretcher with greatcoats and rifles, and Dr Brittin explained how easily and comfortably a wounded man could be carried ofE the field by this method. The Very Rev the Dean moved — "That a branch of the St John Ambulance Association, be formed, to be called the Canterbury, New Zealand, Branchof the Association." He said that he had come to the meeting with the idea that the only object of the Society was to alleviate suffering in time of war ; but he was much pleased to find that its operations were more general, and that its members might be indeed good Samaritans to all sufferers in time of peace. The Rev J. 08. Hoare seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. On the motion of Mr W. H. Shaw, the following ladies and gentlemen were appointed a Committee for the purpose of establishing the Society, and to elect officers : — Megdames Peacock, Webb, Lane, Gibb, Career, and Flavell, the Very Rev the Dean, Revs T. Flavell and J. 08. Hoare, Captain Wolfe, Messrs H. S. E. Hobday, jun, and W. H. Shaw. It may here be mentioned that according to the j rules an annual subscriber of: os and up- | wards can become a member of the "St j John's Ambulance Association." A dona- j tion of £5 and upwards constitutes life i membership. Thanks were accorded by the meeting , to the medical gentlemen for their attend- j ance, to the City Guards for the part they ! had taken in the proceedings, and to Drs \ Hacon and Brittin for their addresses, i At the conclusion, the Dean moved a hearty vote of thanks to the Rev T. i Flavell, for the action he had taken in calling the meeting which had led to the , establishment of the Branch. ' Over GO of those present entered their names as members, and the meeting terminated. At a Committee meeting held just after, it was decided to request Lady Jervois and His Excellency the Governor to become Presidents of the two sections of the Society, and the Mayors of Christchurch, Sydenham, and St Albans, vice-Presidents. The Rev T. Flavell was appointed Secretary, and Mr H. S..E. Hobday, Treasurer.

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St John Ambulance Association., Star, Issue 6288, 1 May 1885

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St John Ambulance Association. Star, Issue 6288, 1 May 1885