Sum­mers past: con­tests, coal and calls

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Once upon a time Porirua ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced a sum­mer.

This week we take a look back over the old is­sues of Kapi-Mana News at how news of sum­mers past were re­ported.

Since 1952, when our records be­gan, ad­ver­tise­ments for school uni­forms, jobs for school leavers and news of sum­mer pa­rades made the pages - how much has changed?

In 1952, sun smart cit­i­zens could buy straw hats ‘‘for Dad and the boys’’ at Hendry’s Drap­ery Store or spend a rainy day at Porirua Pic­tures watch­ing Burt Lan­caster in Ten Tall Men.

In March 1953, the ‘‘ap­palling con­di­tions un­der which 116 chil­dren and 3 teach­ers ex­ist at Ti­tahi School’’ prompted the Ed­u­ca­tion Board to erect two more class­rooms.

Some­what men­ac­ingly, school par­ents were warned com­mit­tee mem­bers would ‘‘soon be can­vass­ing the district for the col­lec­tion of vol­un­tary dona­tions’’.

The same year we re­ported sum­mer tele­phone traf­fic had been ‘‘ex­cep­tion­ally busy’’ for the Plim­mer­ton ex­change, which han­dled 500 out­ward calls alone on one day.

Milnes Store car­ried large stocks of rub­bers and ‘‘un­der­gar­ments’’ for the 1956 new school term while another ad­ver­tise­ment warned read­ers to or­der their win­ter coal to avoid miss­ing out.

The pa­per tack­led the tricky sub­ject of co-ed­u­ca­tion for Porirua Col­lege after a reader wrote to ex­press his dis­plea­sure at the pro­posal.

‘‘Se­condary school chil­dren go to school to learn, not catch the eye of the first-fif­teen cap­tain,’’ he wrote.

In 1962 an ‘‘ex­treme teacher short­age’’ was wor­ry­ing par­ents - con­cerned moth­ers should get out and do the job them­selves, a colum­nist said.

Pare­mata School’s 1957 sum­mer con­cert re­ceived rave re­views but they still needed to raise £150 for their new play­ground.

For school leavers there were plenty of ca­reer choices. Girls could ap­ply to be a laun­dress at Porirua Hospi­tal - re­ceiv­ing a sal- ary of £415 - while boys could ap­ply to be a laun­dry­man which would get them £583 a year.

In 1958 the ever-pop­u­lar Bathing Beauty con­test in Para­pa­raumu at­tracted 30 en­trants and was won by Miss Doreen Melville of Tawa Flat.

Ti­tahi School went for a sum­mer bus trip to Ro­torua, the pa­per re­ported.

There were 41 pupils and adults on­board, 992 photos were taken and 114 letters writ­ten ar­rang­ing the ad­ven­ture.

The 1961 Sum­mer Show run by the Els­don ladies fel­low­ship was a great suc­cess with the pop­u­lar cook­ing, sewing and knit­ting com­pe­ti­tion won by a Mrs Mor­gan.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX

The 1958 Bathing Beauty con­test was won by MIss Doreen Melville of Tawa Flat.

FAIR­FAX

Ti­tahi School’s Ro­torua trip.

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