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Out Among The People

By VOX

THERE are no boughs on the his-   toric old gum tree at Glenelg. "All the bows are in front of it now," said Alderman W. Allen

cheerfully, as we alighted to attend   the impressive Commemoration   Day ceremony yesterday, with His   Excellency the Governor and the   Mayor of Glenelg (Mr. Baden Pat-   tinson) in the leading roles.   There is something essentially   symbolic about that precious bent   tree-trunk, standing in a small en-   closure maintained with laudable neatness. After the civic celebrations at this hallowed spot yesterday, his Honor Judge Paine, one of the official guests, expressed an opinion   to me that Sir George Jenkins's   address was the best be had heard at ceremonies he had attended. I was admiring the fine avenue of Norfolk Island pines along Brighton road and northwards, and Alderman Allen said that the council has tried the evergreen oak (Quercus ilex) in Moseley street. These had done well since they were planted 12 months ago. Largest specimen he has ever seen grows in Mr. Harold Law   Smith's garden in Pier street.   Surely it could not be larger than   the well-trimmed one growing in   Government House domain?   Civic Reception     LATER, at the civic reception In   the Glenelg Town Hall. I heard several guests say that they were   sorry Mayor Pattinson did not   have a few words to say; he gene-   rally speaks extempore at fixtures   is like this. Mr. George Morphett (president of the Pioneers' Asso-   cilation) told me that Mr. Pattin-   son's toast last year was the best he had ever heard. Speeches were   dispensed with.   His Excellency the Governor   made the happy point of meeting   as many more people as he could   in the room and conversing with   them, while the Lady Mayoress   and women helpers handed round   refreshments.   Mr. Pattinson told me that tbe   oil portrait of Glenelg's first Mayor   (Mr. R. B Colley) in 1855, and   painted by J. Hood in 1875, had not   been on the walls long. It was   given by the family of Mr. Reid,   formerly of St. Leonards, a nephew   of Mr Colley.   The Lord Mayor of Adelaide   (Mr. McLeay) introduced me to   Mr. Jim Martin, manager of the   AIF cricket team, on his first visit   here since 1938.   Mr. President Morgan, who was   there yesterday, was saying how   fortunate South Australia was to   have bad three gifted artists like   Col. Light, George French Angas,     and T. S. Gill, to depict early   scenes here. He told me he looked     forward to the time when Ade-   laide would have a distinctive Historical Museum. In the old   Legislative Council building?   Leaving Victor Harbor   THE town clerk of Glenelg (Mr.   Frank Lewis) introduced me to     his brother. Mr. Reg Lewis (man-     ager of the Victor Harbor branch   of the Savings Bank), where he   said he had spent seven years. He has just been transferred to Brigh-   ton, but his quandary is that he   cannot get a house.   When Mr. Lewis mentioned that   he had spent five happy years at   the Quorn branch of the bank,

Ald. Allen, who was near us, said, "That is. my birthplace." Ald. Allen, a brother, by the way. ol Mr. Edgar Allen, until recently acting Director of Education, has a fine sense of civic co-operation. He has been a member and alderman of Glenelg Council for 14 years, and for 12 chairman of the Commemo- ration Day sports committee. With such perfect seaside weather yes- terday, they had much to thank Mr. Bromley for. Good Return For His Money HONESTY permeates tbe seaside     atmosphere. In a monetary   sense Mr. Ernest C. Puxton, of   Jetty road, Glenelg, can claim to have had a bright Christmas. Cash- ing a cheque for £25 10/ at a local   bank on Christmas Eve, be placed     the money in a wallet, which he   promptly lost.   Going to Glenelg police station to report the loss, Mr. Puxton found   the missing wallet awaiting him there with its contents intact. The   finder, Mr. Leslie Brooker, of Brandreth street, Toorak, had pre-   ceded him by half a minute.   Devout Unitarians   MANY people may not know that Mr. Woodhouse Crompton, who died last month, had been for many years a trustee and devoted member of the Unitarian Church in   Adelaide, a church with which his   family had been associated from its   beginning.   Two of Mr. Crompton's uncles— Mr. Sidney Clark and Mr. John   Howard Clark—were present at     public meeting held on July 11,   1854, when a resolution was passed   that the time had come for the   formation of a Unitarian congrega-   tion in Adelaide, and that a sub- scription should be raised to guar- antee a minister's salary.   The pastor chosen to come from   England was the Rev. John Craw-   ford Woods, who arrived in Ade-     laide with his wife on September   19, 1855, after a stormy passage of 123 days. On the following Sunday a ser- vice was held at Hazelwood, home     of the Clark family. The next ser- vice was held at Mr. Martin's home   at Norwood. The opening public service took place in Green's auc-   tion mart, behind the Bank of Aus-   tralasia, on October 9, 1855, when 200 people were present, Mr. William Everard, of Ash-   ford, gave a portion of his Ade-     laide town acre in Wakefield street,   for the site on which the church was built; and it was opened on July 5, 1857.   On May 8,1866, at the Unitarian Church, Susan Mary Clark, of   Hazelwood, was married to Joseph Crompton, of Stonyfell, and Henry   Woodhouse Crompton was the eld- est of their 12 children. Cricket In Other Lands   FOLLOWING the Test matches with keen interest, as a former Londoner, Dr. F. E. Rogers, of Ful- larton, was discussing with me the game in other lands, and said that   an American idea of cricket was that it had been invented to give   the Britisher an idea of what eter- nity is like!   He recalled that once, when be was in Japan, he blew into a tre-   mendous crowd, including bi- cycles, congregated at Kobe, and he marvelled at their keenness and   knowledge of the game of base-   ball. Same with cricket, in places.    

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