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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Maungaturoto's 50th Jubilee Celebrations 1914


Tuesday was a red-letter day in the history of Maungaturoto, and the settlers of this new dairying centre met to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers. The green outside the hall was the scene of many happy recognitions and many a hearty handshake.

A feature of the gathering, which numbered from 100 to 150, was the presence of quite a large proportion of the original settlers, many of whom had come from the furthest parts of the district, and some from Auckland, in order to take part in the festivities.

The evening's proceedings commenced with a musical programme in the hall, to which the following contributed enjoyable items : —Messrs Edith Hyland, Madge Cullen, McNab, Mrs McLean, Mr W. Hook, and a glee party. An address of welcome to visitors was given by Mr. Bailey.

The member for the district, Mr Mander, who presided, made a brief speech) in the course of which he said he was one who came to New Zealand a good many years ago, “without a stitch of clothes” (Laughter). Mr. Gordon Coates, M.P. for Kaipara, and the Hon. F. W. Lang also spoke briefly, the latter apologising for the absence of the Prime Ministor.

The day's festives were brought to a close by a dance, and the jubilee was further celebrated on Thursday by the holding of gatherings specially organised for the children.

Kaipara & Waitemata Echo 11 February 1914

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