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Appeal Fund’s Growth.
The retiring president of the Sydney Legacy, Mr. Marcus Griffin, told members at the annual meeting on Saturday night that the War Orphans’ Appeal-Fund had increased by £39,219 between May, 1947, and April, 1948.
Revenue for the 11 months was £78,342, and the aggregate expenditure £39,123.
The public and approximately 800 institutions had given £74,616 in 11 months, and of this £24,315/13/ had been raised by the Legacy War Orphans’ Appeal Day.
The meeting elected Mr. J. L. Jamieson to replace Mr. Griffin as president.
The retiring president’s report stated that as a result of Sydney Legacy’s decentralisation policy five new clubs had been formed at Wollongong, Tamworth, Lismore, Armidale and Orange. The first oversea club had also been formed in London.
The formation of public libraries in New South Wales would be greatly assisted by the permission granted to them this week to import fiction and general literature from the United States, the principal librarian at the Public Library, Mr. J. Metcalfe, said yesterday.
Mr. Metcalfe, who is also executive member of the Book Publishing Committee and the Book Sponsorship Committee, said that about a dozen new public libraries were already planned under the recent State Library Act, including libraries at Broken Hill, Inverell, Grafton, Wagga, Lismore, Jerilderie, Glen Innes, and a children’s library at Albury.
These centres could now go ahead with their plans in the knowledge that they would not be affected by the previous ban on the import of general literature from the United States.
A booksellers’ representative said that the trade was disappointed that greater freedom had not been given for the import of general literature from the United States.
“Many standard classics are unobtainable in London since bombing destroyed publishers’ stocks and proof sheets,” he said. “We are not asking for permission to import ‘Deadwood Dicks’ and cheap thrillers. Limited import of otherwise unobtainable classics and good quality general literature could be permitted from the United States.”
The Minister for Education, Mr. Drummond, said that the New England University College at Armidale provided the opportunity for the development of a cultural centre in northern New South Wales. He hoped that the college, which would be opened by the Governor, would get support in the shape of enrolments from the North Coast. He said that it would be the first provincial university college in Australia, and he hoped that North Coast people would consider the establishment of a bursary for North Coast students.
HEAVY RAINS. FLOODS AT ARMIDALE. ARMIDALE, Saturday. Light rain fell again yesterday and to-day. A heavy thunderstorm and rain last night caused a big flood in the Dumaresq River, overflowing its banks in many places. Fenc- ing was washed away. The Armidale Gas- works and Fire Station were under water during the early morning from one to two feet. There will consequently be a shortage in the gas supply for about a week. BYRON BAY, Saturday. Nearly six inches has fallen within the last 48 hours. The storm came with much lightning and thunder, but very little wind, and only a moderate sea ran. This afternoon the rain commenced to fall as heavily as yesterday. The heavy fall will have a damaging effect on the shire roads to the extent of hundreds of pounds. LISMORE, Saturday. The weather during the week has been showery. Heavy rain fell on Friday, and in consequence the creeks throughout the dis- trict are again in flood. The river at Lismore has risen about 6ft, submerging most of the wharfs. The weather continues showery. It is not anticipated that there will be a flood. The rain will do a great amount of damage to roads and low-lying pasture-land.
BELLINGEN, MONDAY The land board dealt with a number of cases on Saturday. The chairman congratulated Mr. Matthews upon his appointment to the board. Heavy thunderstorms were experienced last week. The weather is fine, with hot days and cool nights. The crops are making great head- way. General satisfaction is expressed at the accept- ance of the tender for the mail from Bellingen to Tyringham, which will afford the Dorrigo settlers means of postal communication.
COONABARABRAN, MONDAY The present is probably one of the most prolific seasons we have been blessed with in this district for many years. Last week 2in. of rain fell. Vegetation is in abundance, while stock of all descriptions are looking sleek and fat. The crops, oaten and wheaten, give every prospect of a boun- tiful harvest. Many of our farmers are at present engaged in getting their corn and potato crops in. The hospital ball last week was a great success Over 120 people sat down to supper, and £35 clear was made by the venture. The Rev. W. Milne Curran, from the Technical College, delivered three lectures here which were numerously attended each night. The lecturer was listened to with intense interest and profound attention. There were many ladies present on each occasion, who evinced the greatest interest. During the past fortnight about 3000 acres of land have been taken up at the local land office.
GRAFTON, MONDAY The Rev. A. Dallas has been appointed to the South Grafton Parish, Church of England. Mr. J. P. Eagles, manager of the Grafton branch of the E. S. and A. Bank, has been ap- pointed to the head office, Sydney, and will be succeeded by Mr. Toon, from Victoria. Mr. R. R. Hickson, Chief Commissioner for Roads, and Mr. W. L. Vernon Government Ar- chitect, arrived here on Saturday on an official tour through the north-west districts. Disease has again appeared in the potato crop.
KEMPSEY, MONDAY. Numbers of farmers are experimenting with the sugar-beet seed supplied by the Department of Agriculture. If the district is proved suitable a large area is expected to be planted next year. It is proposed to close the A. J. S. Bank branch at Frederickton at the end of the present month. A jawbone and several other remains of a human being have been picked up on the beach near Crescent Head. They are supposed to be the remains of a person shipwrecked some years ago. Old bolts and rings belonging to a ship have also been found. The A. J. S. Bank has offered to release £200 on fixed deposit belonging to the Macleay District Hospital. This will help the financial difficulty of the hospital for the present.
LISMORE, MONDAY The contractors who have completed works for the municipal council on the main roads within the municipality are complaining of delay in their payment, said to be caused by the Government withholding money from the municipality. The delay has now exceeded several weeks. The muni- cipal authorities state that the fault does not rest with them.
NEWCASTLE, MONDAY By a concert given last evening in the Victoria Theatre, in aid of the funds of the Newcastle Hospital and the Newcastle Benevolent Society, £61 was realised. As a result of the fracas on Saturday and yesterday in Newcastle and Stockton between non-unionists and unionists, Denis Maloney was fined 5s, but a large number of summonses have been issued from each side.