New Building Opened.
A progressive step was made by the Renown Free Kindergarten yesterday when the new hall in Cliff street, South Yarra, was officially opened with a gold key by Her Excellency Lady Forster, who was accompanied by the Lady Patricia
The imposing entrance doors have been erected as a memorial to the late Miss Lily Fisken, who was an enthusiastic worker on the building committee, and was one of the group who originated the pro- ject.
Miss Ella Guthrie (president of the kin- dergarten) expressed thanks to the mayor and councillors of Prahran, the Edward Wilson ("The Argus") Trust, the Kelton Bequest trustees, and the McPherson Trust for their help and gifts towards the completion of the new building. Thanks were also due to the trustees of the Baptist Church, Cliff street, who had allowed the kindergarten to be carried on in their schoolroom for the last two years. Miss Carlyle and her staff, the secretary (Miss Martin), and the treasurer (Miss Northcote) had also earned the grati- tude of the kindergarten.
Her Excellency in declaring the hall open, paid special tribute to the devoted work of Miss Lily Fisken in the build- ing of the kindergarten. The future of the country, she said, rested with the children; everything possible should be done to help thom. In the kindergarten movement the parents were consulted, and their interest was thus aroused and maintained.
The mayor of Prahran (Councillor Lumley) said that the building was nearly free of debt; they hoped soon to pay off the small amount outstanding. Prahran was doing much for the children. It had some of the best kindergartens, baby welfare centres, and creches in the metro- polis.
Mrs. T. a'Beckett (president of the Kin- dergarten Union), said that the Renown was the second youngest of the 26 kin- dergartens in Victoria. It had made wonderful progress during the two years in which it had been established.
Au interesting programme included items by the Renown orchestra of 15 children, who are under the age of six