The supper provided was on the most lavish scale, all the delicacies of the season being on the tables in great profusion, and the desert [dessert] including all the varieties of fruit procurable in the district. In addition to the dancing there were songs at intervals by some of the guests, and nothing was wanting calculated to make the gathering what it proved to be, a most enjoyable one throughout.
The toast of the evening was felicitously proposed by Mr H. Williams, who, on behalf of the company expressed his good wishes for Mr G. H. Swans welfare in well chosen words.
The toast was enthusiastically honoured, and was responded to in suitable terms. The toast of the host and hostess was also cordially honoured, and served to show the respect in which his worship the Mayor is held.
During the evening Mr Newbigin, on behalf of the brewery employees (all of whom were present) presented Mr G. J. Swan with a handsome gold Albert & chain as a token of their respect and esteem, the presentation being made in very feeling terms, and similarly responded to.
At midnight the party sat down to supper, after which dancing was recommenced, and lasted till an early hour this morning.
In December 1893 shortly after returning to Napier from a visit to England, Edward Newbigin purchased the St. Aubyn Brewery at Hastings from George Ellis. On January 31st. 1893 he took possession of the Brewery.
In January 1899 the white Swan swimming baths closed.