The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
The Union was formed by Mrs. A. Dudley Ward on the 3rd September, 1885.
Business and Executive meetings have been held regularly since that date.
Evangelistic meetings have been conducted at Mitcheltown, under the superintendence of Mrs. Hinse, also a weekly Bible- page 18 class for young men and maidens (all the class are abstainers) and a monthly evangelistic meeting. The attendance has been very encouraging. Twenty-five pledges have been taken.
Weekly evangelistic meetings have been conducted under the superintendence of Mrs. S. Costall, in the Mission Hall Quin-street, one of the worst neighbourhoods of the city. The attendance has been good, and the results satisfactory. Thirty-five pledges have been distributed.
Statistics are being collected with a view of influencing Parliament to prevent the crowding together of the lower classes, and its pernicious effect on the young children.
Mrs. Bennett has visited among the aged and the sick.
Work has been done among the seamen. Two of our members visited H.M.S. Nelson when in Wellington, and distributed 250 copies of Gospel Temperance tracts, and a copy of the New Testament to each mess. The members greatly regret that there is no Sailors' Home to invite the sailors to.
Mrs. Linnell has laboured, with very encouraging results, among the fallen sisters. The houses are visited, and situations have been found for several. The need of legislation is felt very much on this matter.
Temperance literature has been freely distributed.
There are thirty working and three honorary members.
The Union realizes that they have done very little, yet they thank God, and take courage for the future.