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NEW ZEALAND
TE PUKE
RAILWAY BANQUET
APRIL 1910

From Bay of Plenty Times - 15 April 1910 p2

The 10 April 1910 marked the turning of the 'first sod' of the Tauranga to Te Puke section of the East Coast Main Trunk Railway. It was performed by the Minister of Public Works, the Hon Roderick McKenzie on the government reserve between Matapihi and Mauao, Mount Maunganui.

That evening a "complimentary banquet" was held at McDowell's Hall in Te Puke and over 127 local men and visitors attended. The catering was entrusted to Mrs D L Smith, proprietress of "The Club". The following is the list of those noted who attended. For a full report of the banquet and the numerous toasts and speeches, please see the Bay of Plenty Times for the 15 April 1910 (Papers Past).

ADAMS J C (Toast to "The Press")
ARMSTRONG John (Response to Toast/ Toast to "Counties of Whakatane and Opotiki")
ASHER D -
BALL C -
BALLANTYNE - -
BARROW W -
BAXTER - -
BENNER B -
BENNER W -
BENNETT W A (Replied to Toast)
BISHOPRICK C -
BOSTOCK F -
BRADFORD R -
BRADY H -
BROWN J -
BROWN J A -
BROWNLEE - -
BURTON - Reception Committee member
BUTCHER E -
CARRUTH J -
CHRISTOPHER B -
CHRISTOPHER H (Response to Toast - Mr Christopher)
COLLINS B -
COOK - District Engineer
CRAWFORD Samuel Chairman Te Puke Road Board (Respnse to Toast/Toast to "our Hostess")
DAVIDSON J A M Tauranga County Chairman (Response to Toast)
DIPROSE H -
DIPROSE O -
DIPROSE T N (Response to Toast)
DONALDSON - Roads Department
DONOVAN F -
DOUGLAS H (Snr) -
DOUGLAS S -
DRABBLE J -
DUDSON J -
DUNLOP R -
DYKES J -
EVANS - -
FALVEY J -
FERGUSON W -
FOX A -
FYNN - -
GEORGE - -
GILL H J President Te Puke Railway League (Toast "The Tauranga Section of the East Coast Railway")
HARRAY W Secretary Te Puke Railway League (Response to Toast)
HARRIS J L P Reception Committee member
HASTINGS L J -
HEATHERINGTON J T -
HERRIES W H M.P (Response to Toast/ Toast to "The Local Bodies")
HODGE O J (Response to Toast/ Toast to "Ourselves")
HOLMES - Chief Engineer Public Works Department
HOYTE E N -
KEEGAN P President Taneatua Railway League (Response to Toast)
KING Robert Chairman Reception Committee (Toast to "Defence"/Toast to "The Natives of Te Puke")
LALLY C (Response to Toast)
LEMON T -
LEVIS J -
LUXFORD G -
LUXFORD H -
MacLEOD J A -
MacMILLAN C E -
MALYON J -
MARK J -
McALISTER - Private Secretary to Hon R McKenzie
McEWEN D J Tauranga County Councillor (Toast to "Our Parliamentary Representative")
McEWEN S -
McGHIE J A Reception Committee member
McGUIRE C -
McKELLAR G -
McKENZIE R (Hon) Minister of Public Works/Speech/Toast to Mr Crawford
McLAUGHLIN - -
MITA - -
MOLONY A J -
MORTON K Aongatete
MUIR G J -
MUTTON R S -
NEWTH J Mayor of Waihi (Response to Toast)
NORRIE A H Rev. -
O'CALLAGHAN M -
ODEN A -
PALMER T E (Toast to "Our Visitors")
PATERSON - -
PEARCE N -
PEMBERTON J -
PEMBERTON S -
PINKER B -
PRUDEN A Reception Committee member
PURSLEY - -
REID W -
RIDDELL C -
RIDDELL J C -
RIDDELL W -
ROGERS W Rotorua (Response to Toast)
RYBURN A -
RYBURN M -
SELBIE C H (Toast to "The Farming Industry")
SERJEANT S -
SHANAGHAN J -
SHARP H A (Response to Toast)
SINCLAIR R -
SMITH J -
SOMMERVILLE W P -
STANTON M J -
STEWART M P -
SUTTON - -
TANNER T (Jnr) -
TANNER T (Snr) -
TANNER W Tauranga
TAYLOR J P -
TEAGUE S -
TOLLEMACHE Tauranga County Councillor (Response to Toast)
TURNER F A -
TUTHILL C F (Response to Toast)
VERCOE - -
VERCOE H A (Toast to "The New Settlers")
VERCOE Innes (Toast to "The Ladies")
VERCOE J -
WALDROM T -
WALTER C K -
WARD G Arnold President Tauranga Railway League (Response to Toast)
WASHER V -
WELSH M P -
WIHAPI Moho (Response to Toast)
WILLIAMS R -
WILSON D -
WILSON G D Rev. -
WINTLE J F -


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