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The Nelson Photo News



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History was made in Nelson late in February when for the first time in 87 years a woman chaired the Nelson City Council's monthly meeting With the Mayor, Mr S. I. Russell, on holiday, the duty of presiding went to the daputy-mayor, Miss B. R. Walter. The manner in which she conducted the meeting drew congratulations from the council and a motion to this effect was noted.


A quiet chat at the opening of the girls' college hostel. Mr A. E. M. Jeffery, secretary to the Minister of Education (Mr Tennent), Mrs W. H. Wakelin, Mrs Jeffery, Miss Cla rice Johnstone, and Mrs A. D. Fountain. Mrs Jeffery, formerly Miss Margaret Weyergang, is an old girl of the college, but perhaps better known as an authoress.


The Echo, the old Blenheim-based scow which achieved fame in the islands during the Pacific war, had a new steel mast fitted at Nelson recently - the third in its 56-year career and first since 1925. The kauri-hulled boat which trades between Blenheim and Wellington, still uses sail. The owner, Mr T. Eckford, quite recently refused an offer of several thousand dollars from a Hollywood film studio for a loan of the Echo. The studio wished to star her in a war film.