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November 1905

The District High School was the scene for celebrating the Trafalgar Centenary on 20 October. The school children and Cadets lined up and the Mayor delivered a short address on Lord Nelson's achievements. T F Rowe sang 'Death of Nelson' and the National Anthem, and the students spent the rest of the day picnicking at Maungakawa. One or two local businesses flew a flag and the Banks were closed.
The Cambridge Croquet Club held the season's opening at their lawns in Queen Street and the Cambridge Musical Society started practicing 'The Messiah' for a Christmas Service.
Breaches to the new By-laws were before the Cambridge Police Court, and Susan Hanlin, William McMillan, Jas Young and Ezra Brockelsby were fined for allowing cattle to roam the streets at night. (Mrs Robinson, who fell over a cow in Clare Street on her way home from work one night, was probably quite pleased.)

The Chamber of Commerce were to write to the Postmaster General, 'to use all possible expedition in regard to erecting the new Post-office in Cambridge.' The members also agreed with the Council's £10,000 Loan Proposal - except Thos Wells who admitted the works would be of a progressive nature, but it would mean increased rates.
Mrs Ann Webb, who was an original settler to Cambridge in 1864, died aged 74 years.
Mr E B Hill, chemist thanked his customers of the last seven years and informed them he had sold to J M Jefferson.
The headmaster at the District High School got an increase of £50 a year with the passing of the Teachers' Superannuation Bill. The majority of compositions on the Loan Proposal by the High School students were in favour of the proposal.
The Chairman of the Cambridge Road Board announced that the road grader had arrived and had been placed in a shed, erected for the purpose, near the surfaceman's house at Fencourt.

The opponents to the £10,000 Loan Proposal (according to all the letters to the Editor) had no problem with advancing Cambridge - but did not want their rates to rise. New works were - Gas Installation, Road Tarring, Water Supply and new Saleyards.
H Vandyke waxed lyrical :-

Venables, Wilkin - son and Co,
Verily think they ought to know,
But neither figures seem to tally
With Councillor Clark or Councillor Hally.
Let's sink the difference and be wise
No longer doubt, or point or parry,
Be on your metal, strike while hot,
Improve our town, improve our lot.
Sons and sire, what can ye show
Ye surely must have gone too slow.
Awake! ‘tis time now to advance
With loan proposals, song and dance.

The poll results were 162 for, 92 against and 1 informal.

About 234 tickets were issued at the Cambridge Railway Station to the Hamilton Show and another 100 tickets were issued from the intermediate stations.
King Edward V11 64th birthday was observed with a holiday and a number of flags were flown. As well as visiting the Hamilton Show there were fishing, shooting, and a concert and fireworks at Te Waikato Sanatorium.
Another effort was being made to form a cricket club in town - two or three enthusiasts had the matter in hand.
Souter & Co, with characteristic enterprise, imported a lot of up to date fishing tackle. Nothing to equal the display had been seen in these parts before. And not long after it was reported that Dr Roberts had landed three decent trout near the Karapiro bridge.
The recently formed Cycling Club held their Plain and Fancy Dress Parade with about twenty five cyclists taking part. Arthur Popple dressed as 'Night and Day', Francis Higgins 'Parson', Jock Richardson 'Lady', Jim Webber 'Russian Prince', John Byrne 'The New Woman', Charles Ruge 'Sailor Boy', Frank Grist 'Highlander' and Vincent Plescher 'Irishman'.

The monthly Band of Hope gathering at the Methodist Church had a programme of songs, recitations and readings. This youth group advocated Temperance and performed an item encouraging voters to ban alcohol at the upcoming election.
The Cambridge Dramatic society performed 'East Lynne' to a good audience in the Alexandra Hall. McDermott's Biograph Company showed 'The Trials of a Policeman' and 'The Lost Child' - both comedies - the audience, 'being quite mystified by the wonderful illusion of films.'
The Westminster Glee and Concert Company entertained - 'It is safe to say that never before in the history of the town have the residents been treated to such a rich musical treat.'
The bakers in Cambridge have decided to raise the price of bread to 3½d for the 2 lb loaf for cash and 4d if booked.
Football - The New Zealanders at 'Home' - The overseas papers referred to the 'electrifying display of the colonial backs, and the individual efforts of the players, backed up by good combinations.' 'The visit of the colonials is arousing an astonishing amount of enthusiasm.'
The Fancy Fair and Rose Show promised a weight guessing competition, a nail driving competition, maypole dancing, the Cambridge Brass Band and a concert in the evening





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