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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

Wellington, 26 August, 1890

Wellington, 26 August, 1890.

The half-yearly meeting of the Typographical Society was held at the Trades Hall, Courtenay Place, on Saturday night, 16th August, there being a large attendance of members, and Mr W. P. McGirr (president) occupying the chair. The report and balance-sheet for the half-year, showing the branch to be in a very flourishing condition, was read and adopted, with some slight amendments. A donation of £5 was voted to Mr J. W. Henrichs, secretary, as a recompense for the arduous duties he had had to perform during the half-year. The report recommended that a sum of 10s 6d be voted to Mr D. P. Fisher for personal expenses in connexion with various meetings he had had to attend in connexion with trade matters, but the meeting raised the amount to £2 2s. The action of the Board of Management in connexion with trade matters was criticised, and ultimately received the approval of the meeting. The election of officers resulted as follows: —President, W. P. McGirr (reelected); vice-president, E. M. Hankins (re-elected); secretary, J. W. Henrichs (re-elected); trustees, F. A. Vaughan and J. W. Vanderburgh (re-elected); board members, G. Purdey (re-elected) and B. E. Vaney; Trades Council delegates, W. P. McGirr and H. C. Jones; Executive Council representatives, F. C. Millar and H. Mountier. Mr H. C. Jones was nominated for the office of secretary to the Executive Council, and Messrs T. Jones and F. C. Millar were elected to act on the committee of delegates from the various unions to make arrangements to fittingly celebrate Demonstration Day. The action of the Maritime Council with reference to the Whitcombe and Tombs trouble was favorably commented upon by the meeting, and a unanimous vote of thanks was accorded Mr J. A. Millar, secretary to that council, for his services in the matter.

It has been a custom with the hands engaged for the session in the piece-room of the Government Printing Office to hold a re-union at the end of the session. This custom has fallen into disuse for some years, but preparations are now being made for a gathering this year, and a committee has been appointed, of which Mr John Bigg is secretary-treasurer. It is intended to hold a dinner in the Royal Hotel on the 6th September, and invitations have been sent out to a few guests. Having been favoured with a look at the title-page of the programme, which is being manipulated by Mr Bigg, I solicited a « pull » of it, to give it as a specimen of neat composition, rendered very effective by a little rule-twisting. Mr Rigg was formerly with Messrs Lyon & Blair of Wellington, and has just returned from Melbourne, where he was engaged at Messrs Fergusson & Mitchell's.