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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

Christchurch, 23 January, 1890

Christchurch, 23 January, 1890.

Now that the holidays are over, the state of trade has gone back to its old groove, and some of the comps are unfortunately on halftime. I trust the year we have entered on will prove more prosperous to the trade generally than the one just past. With a Master Printers' Association now thoroughly established, cut-throat competition and wretched prices, I sincerely hope, are gone for ever. Perhaps a better state of things may be looked for in the future.

The firm of Russell & Willis have removed into more commodious and convenient premises. Their rapidly-increasing business necessitated this step being taken, and they are to be congratulated on having secured a good central position. May they go on and prosper.

The annual meeting of the Canterbury Typographical Association was held on the 18th inst., and the attendance of members was large. The report showed that the position of the society is stronger now than at any preceding period of its existence, the area of its operations has been extended, and the membership increases steadily. The balance sheet showed the funds of the Association to be in a a very healthy state, despite the fact that there has been heavy expenditure in the shape of the Secretary's trip to the country offices, and the vote of £30 to the Tailors' Union re the Kaiapoi Factory difficulty. The election of officers for the coming year resulted as follows:—President, Mr A. K. Chapman; Vice-President, Mr J. G. Anderson; Treasurer, Mr J. Costley (re-elected); Secretary, Mr F. C. Gerard (re-elected); Trustees, Messrs H. Kent and R. J. Paull; Auditors, Messrs J. Wheatley and F. Maurice. A ballot for three Trades and Labor Council delegates resulted in the return of Messrs A. K. Chapman, J. G. Anderson, and J. P. Cooper. The following gentlemen were elected as Trade Board members:—Messrs F. Maurice, D. Edmonds, W. Hay, R. W. Eastwood, and D. Muir. Votes of thanks were unanimously accorded the retiring officers, after which the usual votes of thanks to the Chairman terminated a very successful meeting.

I mentioned in a recent letter that the Canterbury Typographical Association had taken steps for the purpose of forming a Trades and Labor Council for Canterbury. I now take the opportunity of congratulating the printers on the successful accomplishment of their object: a Canterbury Trades and Labor Council being now an established institution. There are thirteen Trades and Labor Unions already affiliated, with a total membership of 1414. There are several other Associations in full operation which have not yet held their general meetings to discuss the question of affiliation, but the societies are, however, in sympathy with the movement, and the number of members connected with them is probably 1650. One of the chief objects of the Council will be to educate the members of the different Unions to patronise only those firms who employ Union labor.

Mr W. P. Reeves, editor of the Lyttelton Times, has just returned from a trip to New South Wales.