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Petone's First 100 Years (1940)


The Jubilee
A Week of Celebrations.

Strictly speaking, the Jubilee of the Borough fell in June or July 1938, but for good reason the Borough Council decided to hold the celebrations from November 25th to December 2nd, 1939.
The services of a number of public-spirited citizens were co-opted and each phase of the celebrations was placed under a sub-committee.

Grandstand Opened.

The opening function was held on Saturday afternoon, November 25th, when the new grandstand on the Recreation Ground was declared open. The ceremony was a fitting inauguration to the programme designed to display a record of fifty years progress. The stand, which holds 1,400 people, was well filled. There were present representatives of Hutt Valley local bodies, and the City of Wellington, an imposing list of old residents, and a large number of other invited guests.
The Mayor, Mr. G. London, presided, welcoming old and new friends, and especially many who had come from a distance. Mr. London spoke on the great asset the grandstand would be to the borough.
The Honourable W. Nash declared the stand open and paid a tribute to the work of the Petone administrators, past and present. He had had personal contact with four Mayors of Petone, Mr. McEwan (who at the age of 81 was present at the ceremony), the late Mr. McKenzie, Mr. Scholefield, and the present holder of the office. It was a fine thing to have the son of one of Petone's best-remembered citizens at the head of things at the district's jubilee. Mr. London had the distinction of being one of New Zealand's youngest Mayors, and that day was accompanied by his mother at the ceremony.
The Laykold Cup sports meeting was held during the afternoon.
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Jubilee Celebrations. Petone's up-to-date Grandstand. Opened November 25, 1939.

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