the essence of charity and of service lay in giving more than was asked.
“St. John has always played its part nobly in contributing to the civic life of the community,” said Lord Cobham. “It is doubtful if a ﬁner ambulance service exists anywhere south of the equator than in New Zealand.
It gave him great pleasure in his capacity as Governor-General and as Prior to declare this hall open.
Mr. A. Kirkpatrick, a Knight of St. John, who was the director of ceremonies, thanked Lord Cobham for attending and opening the hall.
The swordbearer for the procession was Mr. C. Meachen, Wellington, Priory secretary for New Zealand.
The Rt. Rev. N.A. Lesser, Bishop of Waiapu, dedicated the building and lead the gathering in prayer.
ANNUAL MEETING OF HASTINGS SUB-CENTRE
The chairman Mr. H. Elliott revealed at the Hastings sub-centre, annual meeting that there were 172 uniformed members who did 3315 hours duty, that new uniforms costing £271 had been purchased and that a total of 584 calls for blood had been made on the blood transfusion service over the past year.
A presentation of a new piano had been made by Mr. and Mrs. C.D. White, a humanitarian prayer of the Order by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Erickson and Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Taylor a matching framed Code of Chivalry, and Mr. and Mrs. A.I. Rainbow and Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Elliott presented a St. John flag and a Union Jack flag respectively.
You should be glad you didn’t live in the primitive days of medicine. An accident victim of the seventeenth century in Britain, requiring a blood transfusion, was put in a chair while a lamb was killed and brought to him. A gash was made in the lamb and another in the arm of the patient so that the animals blood could flow into him. If the patient survived one transfusion the next one usually killed him, as the bloods did not mix. Anyone unlucky enough to go off his head in the 1800’s risked being subjected to a variety of “cures.” Mentally ill people were sometimes locked in a tiny cage which allowed them neither to sit up nor turn, then given a thrashing, a thorough dosing with ice-water, or were spun on a giant wheel.
Detective Sergeant Jesson, Hastings Police, gave a talk on crime detection to the Hastings ambulance cadets.