Newspaper Article 1929 – Card Afternoon


Mrs. Keating, captain of the Port Croquet Club, recently gave a most enjoyable afternoon for the members. Progressive card games were played. A very enjoyable tea was served during a recess. At the conclusion of the games Mrs. Keating presented handsome prizes to the winners, Mesdames Whillans and Wills, first prize; Mrs. Smith and Miss Blake, second prize; and Mesdames Honseman [Houseman] and Renouf, the lucky number prize.

The members in return gave Mrs. Keating a card party in her honour.  Progressive games were played, and prizes donated by Mesdames Freedman, Harvey, and Renouf were won by Mesdames Whillans, Renouf, and Riddell.  Afternoon tea was served, after which members presented Mrs. Keating with a charming set of crystal goblets and wine glasses, in appreciation of her untiring efforts on behalf of the Port Croquet Club, during the three years she has held the position of captain.

An Afternoon Tea.

A unique function took place on a recent afternoon, when a very representative assemblage of women from the various women’s organisations, which included the Plunket Society, District Nursing Association, Hastings Women’s Club, W.C.T.U., and the Free Kindergarten, met to do honour to Mr. and Mrs. G. Maddison, who had so efficiently filled the position of Mayor and Mayoress for six years, and who were now relinquishing all duties. Miss Elsie Williams, president of the Plunket Society, was chairwoman, and made a characteristic speech of welcome to Mr. and Mrs. G. Maddison, also to Mr. G. F. Roach, Mayor, and Mrs. Roach.  Mrs. J. H. Williams, in an appropriate speech on behalf of the women’s societies, then presented Mr. and Mrs. Maddison with a very beautiful firescreen and woodbox of beaten brassware.  Mr. G. Maddison, in a felicitous speech, thanked all the women for the assistance they had at all times given him during his Mayoral term. He also spoke a special word of thanks to Mrs. Hagenson, matron of the Mother’s Rest. Tea was later served. Other speakers during the afternoon were: Mr. G. F. Roach, Mrs. T. H. Lowry, Miss J. B. Pickering and Miss H. Ford.

Private Dance.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Holderness, of Kitchener Street, gave a private dance in honour of the Misses Patston and Grantham, who recently returned from England as teachers of the newest dances. The large living room was decorated with chrysanthemums. Two gramophones supplied music for the dancers. Mrs. Holderness was gowned in black lace and an amber silk shawl; Miss Ina Holderness, primrose taffeta; and Miss P. Holderness wore pale blue satin with georgette skirt. The Misses Grantham and Patston, who gave an exhibition of dancing, were prettily frocked. Miss Grantham, in a floral ninon in tones of blue, pink, made with a peaked skirt; Miss Patston, ecru lace, inlet with gold lace panels in the skirt. Supper was served in the screened porch, the table being decorated with flame and gold chrysanthemums and autumn foliage.

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29 March 1929


Auckland Weekly News


  • Miss H Ford
  • Mr and Mrs H Holderness
  • Miss P Holderness
  • Mrs T H Lowry
  • Mr and Mrs G Maddison
  • Miss J B Pickering
  • G F Roach
  • Miss Elsie Williams
  • Mrs J H Williams
  • Misses Blake, Grantham, Patston
  • Mesdames Freedman, Hagenson, Harvey, Houseman, Keating, Renouf, Riddell, Smith, Whillans

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