50 years ago

Taranaki Daily News - - News - De­nis Gar­cia

❚ De­spite fire de­stroy­ing a for­mer hanger at the old New Ply­mouth air­port be­ing used to wrap pipes for the Ka­puni pipe­line, it was not an­tic­i­pated that the pipe­line

project would be de­layed as there was a stock­pile of 500,000 feet of wrapped pipes, enough for 50 days of lay­ing.

❚ When a van car­ry­ing 14 mem­bers of a Strat­ford girls’ march­ing team back to their home town from New Ply­mouth was in­volved in a headon crash, Ivy Gla­dys Gil­lum, 10, Deb­o­rah Ed­ney, 8, Karen Marie Young, 9, and Sh­ery­lyn Ann Tay­lor were ad­mit­ted to the New Ply­mouth hos­pi­tal with in­juries where their con­di­tion was de­scribed as sat­is­fac­tory.

❚ Since the in­cep­tion of planned giv­ing in St Joseph’s Catholic Par­ish, New Ply­mouth, in 1962, $230,000 had been raised, the par­ish ad­min­is­tra­tor, Fa­ther H F Doogan, told 850 peo­ple at­tend­ing a par­ish din­ner in the gym­na­sium at the Fran­cis Dou­glas Me­mo­rial Col­lege.

❚ Be­tween 20,000 and 30,000 peo­ple

lined the streets of New Ply­mouth to watch 27 floats take part in the Christ­mas pa­rade or­gan­ised by the New Ply­mouth Lions’ Club.

❚ A Ra¯ ta¯ piko school­teacher, Miss Jill Cor­bett, 19, was the win­ner of the Strat­ford sec­tion of the New Zealand Pas­toral Queen con­test with Miss Thea Im­lah of Manaia sec­ond and Miss Lynne Jami­son of Tariki third.

❚ Re­gret that there was no teach­ers’ train­ing col­lege in Taranaki was ex­pressed by the se­nior in­spec­tor of schools for the prov­ince, Mrrw J Martin, speak­ing at the an­nual grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for teach­ers or­gan­ised by the Taranaki Ed­u­ca­tion Board and held in the assem­bly hall at the High­lands in­ter­me­di­ate school, New Ply­mouth.

❚ Movies: Find­ers Keep­ers(Waitara Royal), Cliff Richard and The

Shad­ows; Some­thing Of Value (State), Sid­ney Poitier and Rock Hud­son; Is Paris Burn­ing? (Haw­era Re­gent), Charles Boyer, Les­lie Caron, Ge­orge Chakaris and Glenn Ford; The Girl And The Gen­eral (Opunake Ev­ery­body’s), Rod Steiger and Virna Lisi.

❚ Two mem­bers of the Wel­bourn, New Ply­mouth, Scout group, Ian Holyoake and Ian Pritchard, were awarded the high­est badges pos­si­ble for Scouts un­der 15 years, the Chief Scout Award.

❚ When 25 cars be­came stranded late at night by flood wa­ters cov­er­ing about two miles of the main high­way at Urutı¯, the Min­istry of Works de­cided to close the New Ply­mouth-Te Kuiti high­way as heavy rain sat­u­rated North Taranaki.

❚ A new bore put down to sup­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing one at the

Urenui Do­main was pro­duc­ing ‘‘good, pure wa­ter’’, the Clifton County en­gi­neer, Mr A S Hunter, re­ported, adding that wa­ter from the old and new bores was be­ing pumped at 800 gal­lons an hour.

❚ Two New Ply­mouth head­mas­ters were ap­pointed in­spec­tors with Mr H H Jack­son, 43, from the West End school stay­ing with the Taranaki Ed­u­ca­tion Board while Mr F C San­ders, 46, of the Mer­ri­lands school was to be at­tached to the Auck­land Ed­u­ca­tion Board.

❚ A Cen­tral Taranaki Coun­try Girls’ Clubs’ district com­mit­tee was formed at a meet­ing in Strat­ford where Mrs June Lees was elected chair­man.

❚ The Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral, Sir Arthur Por­ritt, and Lady Por­ritt, paid their first visit to New Ply­mouth where Sir Arthur’s first of­fi­cial North Taranaki

en­gage­ment was at­tend­ing the St Mary’s Angli­can Par­ish 125th an­niver­sary ser­vice fol­low­ing a number of en­gage­ments in South Taranaki.

35 Years Ago: Fire guts three­storey for­mer New­ton King Ltd pro­duce store in Cur­rie St, New Ply­mouth; New Zealand’s first ex­port ship­ment of chem­i­cal methanol leaves Port Taranaki; New Ply­mouth wait­ress Toni Adams (21) be­comes North Is power lift­ing cham­pion; ‘‘Top­ping off’’ cer­e­mony held at Patea hy­dro dam site.

25 Years Ago: R H White and Co cel­e­brates 100 years as Strat­ford drap­ers; large-scale as­para­gus thefts in Ha¯ wera area; Taranaki Fed­er­ated Farm­ers’ mem­ber­ship drops to 1850 from 2800 peak; Pa¯ tea Kinder­garten sil­ver ju­bilee.

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