50 Years Ago Today: Night patrols and typhoid cases

Fifty years ago Elizabeth Taylor starred with Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride at Eltham's Civic theatre.
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Fifty years ago Elizabeth Taylor starred with Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride at Eltham's Civic theatre.

When the annual report of the Justice Department said there had been one female in the New Plymouth prison, the superintendent, Mr J J Connell, explained that the inmate had actually been held at the New Plymouth police station.

Taranaki's fourth case of typhoid for the year, that of a 32-year-old Waitara truck driver, had been notified to the Health Department, the medical officer of health for Taranaki, Dr A A Cox, saying it was the second case from Waitara in five months.

The premises occupied by the Transport Department in Egmont St, New Plymouth, were described in the July issue of the Public Service Journal as having a top floor with "rather crude" fire precautions while the Ministry of Works premises in the same street were described as being "part of an old building with a face-lift".

The 16 Maori-owned land development schemes under the direct supervision of the Maori Affairs Department in the Aotea, or Taranaki, district had contributed 328,268 pounds to the national economy, second only to the Waikato, the department's annual report stated.

A Cardiff farmer, Mr J E Cave, began night patrols of his property after dogs drove 211 of his sheep over a bluff into the Waingongoro River.

The top rugby trophy for Eastern Taranaki districts was retained by Strahmore16-3 when it beat Toko, the winning scorers being A Jury  (three tries), B. Week (try) and G O'Brien (two conversions), Toko's sole points coming from as penalty by M Potts.

An 18-year-old Stratford High School fifth former, Leigh Younghusband, scored a hole-in-one on the Stratford golf course's Land's End hole.

Plans to bring nearly 1000 new tourists a year through Taranaki were announced at New Plymouth by the spokesman for a New Zealand-wide travel firm, Trans Tours (New Zealand).

A two-storey arcade building in Devon St East, New Plymouth, was opened by the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Movies: Father Of The Bride (Eltham Civic), Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor; I Saw What You Did (Mayfair), Joan Crawford, John Ireland and Leif Erickson; Morituri (Opunake Everybody's), Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard and Janet Margolin; The Chalk Garden (New Plymouth Opera House),  Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills and John Mills.

"A Resounding Tinkle" by the Hawera Repertory Society won the A grade section and the award for best comedy when the South Taranaki area of the British Drama Festival concluded at Hawera.

A New Plymouth roller skating administrator, Mr L Horsfall, was appointed manager for the New Zealand amateur roller skating championships to be held at New Plymouth in 1967.

After more than 50 years at the service of beach goers, the palladium at Ngamotu Beach New Plymouth was to close as the New Plymouth City Council's leaseholder, McCutcheon and Co Ltd, was relinquishing the lease because it could not make a profit during the winter months.

Falling out of the emergency door of a school bus on Kokiri Rd, a young Manaia primary schoolgirl, Jenny Spalding, was treated for bruises and abrasions.

With its 18 suppliers to receive a record payout of 45.880d prior to merging with the Okato-Puniho Dairy Co, the 50-year-old Brooklands Co-operative Dairy Cop bowed out gracefully, the chairman, Mr H L Coxhead, presenting the final annual report.

Taranaki's Pihama Co-operative Dairy Co won the trophy awarded to the New Zealand dairy company scoring the highest points for purity and finish in cheese manufactured for export in the 1965-66 season.

35 Years Ago: Opunake branch of Bank of New Zealand celebrates centenary;  Gerald Dravitzki (New Plymouth) wins Taumarunui milk marathon in field of 300 plus; Mr L Donnelly (New Plymouth) North Taranaki Kart Club's first life member; Waitara's Leigh Chapman (20) in New Zealand cycling team to tour Australia; 25,00 watch Springboks beat Taranaki 34-9 at New Plymouth.

25 Years Ago: Stratford's Peter Mischefski wins fifth Taranaki A grade snooker title; new musical suite opened at Stratford High School; New World announces plans for central New Plymouth supermarket.

 - Stuff

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