Photograph, Mokoreta School Golden Jubilee 1938; E.A.Phillips; 1938; WY.1993.76....


Photograph, Mokoreta School Golden Jubilee 1938

About this object

This photograph portrays the opening of the Mokoreta School Golden Jubilee celebrations on January 25th 1938.

The opening included a speech of welcome by the Chairman, Mr John Craig. Major Stanley Rice followed with his address on the trials and achievements of the pioneers, and made particular reference to Mr George Anderson and his late wife. Bouquets were presented by Miss Matheson to Mrs Blackie, Mrs Terry and Mrs John Bews and Mr Anderson received a badge from Miss Elaine Robinson.

Major Rice (on behalf of the Jubilee Committee), unveiled a memorial tablet in honour of the men of the district who served in World War One and said it was wonderful to think that a place of Mokoreta's size had produced so many soldiers.

Celebrations continued with decade photographs, a banquet, and on the Sunday afternoon a Jubilee Commemoration Service was held conducted by Rev. John Anderson and others belonging to the Anderson family.

The article in the 'Wyndham Farmer' wrote of the Jubilee under the heading '50 years Progress Celebrated - Enthusiasm shown by ex-Pupils'

- 'Approximately 250 ex pupils and well wishers attended the opening of the Golden Jubilee on Saturday afternoon. Mr John Craig (President) presided, and with him on the platform were Mr David McDougall M.P., Major Stanley Rice, Mr Thomas Golden, Mr George Anderson snr., (one of the original settlers in Mokoreta), Mrs W. Blackie (who as Mrs Samuel Bews taught children in Mokoreta before the school was built), Mrs John Bews (the first certified teacher), Mrs Terry (only original living girl pupil), and Miss Matheson (niece of the first teacher)'.

Also present possibly in this photograph are Shirley McRae and Shirley Anderson.

Major Stanley Rice is stood with the walking stick in the centre next to the two young girls.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mokoreta



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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Front, lower right, photographer's indented mark:
Upper left in ink:
'WY 93 76'
'Second original'
Lower right in pencil:
Centre, photographer's stamp:
'George Street'
'Dunedin, N.Z.'


h 158 mm x w 214 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Events and Parades

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Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper

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Public Domain Public Domain

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