The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
The Union was formed by Mrs. Leavett on the 5th May, 1885. The meetings are held each week.
The Star and Gaiter Hotel has been purchased through the efforts of the members and fitted up as a Home, which has been named the Leavett House, in honour of the founder of the Union.
The first work attempted was the visiting and classifying those who took the pledge during the mission of Mrs. Leavett and Mr. Booth in Dunedin.
Signatures were obtained to the petition against the employment of barmaids and selling liquor to children.
Two weekly meetings are held in the Leavett House—one for girls and one for boys,—and a service on Sunday night. There are upwards of 400 names on the roll, all pledged abstainers. A bazaar was held to dispose of the children's work, and a harmonium purchased with the proceeds.
Mothers' meetings are held each Wednesday afternoon in the Leavett House.page 21
Efforts were made to induce the churches to discontinue the use of fermented wine. The Union decided not to support grocers holding spirit licenses.
The last work undertaken was to join the Licensing Vigilance Committee, to collect money, and endeavour to bring voters to the poll.
There are one hundred and forty members.