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The Spike or Victoria University College Review Silver Jubilee 1924

Victoria College Graduates and Past-Students Association

page 65

Victoria College Graduates and Past-Students Association

It is interesting to look through the old minute-books of the Graduates' Association, and read the "Historical Notice" with which the first book opens. It is in the handwriting of "The Frog" and runs as follows:

"An informal Committee, consisting of Mrs. Rose, Miss Isabel Robertson, Messrs. J. Graham, H. P. Richmond (convener), and F. A. de la Mare, met at the Parliamentary Tennis Courts on Monday, 12th March, 1906, and it was decided to convene a General Meeting of Graduates for the following Monday at 8 p.m. with the object of constituting a Victoria College Graduates' Association."

The first General Meeting was held at the office of Mr. C. P. Powles, Registrar, Phoenix Chambers, Lambton Quay, 19th March, 1906. There were present Misses E. M. Evans, I. Robertson, M. M. Rigg, M. Seagar, M. Hales and Messrs. H. P. Richmond, J. Bee, R. E. Rudman, J. A. Brailsford, J. L. Stout, F. P. Wilson and F. A. de la Mare (interim Secretary). Mr. H. P. Richmond was voted to the chair. Apologies for absence were received from Misses E. M. B. Lynch, A. H. Tasker, A. M. Brown and Messrs. H. H. Ostler, J. Williamson and J. A. Cowles.

The main business of that first meeting was the drawing up of the constitution, which was based on that of the Canterbury College Graduates' Association. That constitution was altered only last year by a sub-Committee consisting of Mrs. Hannah, Messrs. Dixon, Eichelbaum and Fair, in order to open the membership of the Association to non-graduate past students.

The first election of officers resulted as follows:

President: Mr. H. P. Richmond.

Secretary and Treasurer:

Miss M. E. Hales.

Committee: Miss E. M. Evans, Messrs. J. Bee, F. A. de la Mare, and F. P. Wilson.

The number of life-members of the Association now stands at over seventy, and the present Executive is looking to the Silver Jubilee gatherings to increase the interest of past students in their Association, and hopes that many will join to carry on the work begun by that band of enthusiasts who met on the Parliamentary Tennis Courts, eighteen years ago.