Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 10. September 18, 1941
The Rugby 1st XV finished a good season well when they followed up their victory over Auckland by beating Canterbury 9—3 at Christchurch last Saturday. The forwards put in good work on a wet ground, and victory was finally forced by two tries in the last five minutes.
We trust that the Tennis Club, which has its opening day on Saturday, 20th September, will have an equally successful season. A Yankee Mixed Doubles Tournament will be played at 1 p.m. and everyone, Tyro and Blue, is expected to enter. Entrance fee is 1/- and afternoon tea will be provided.
Stories of the Chateau Reunion last Saturday night, remind us of the successful ski-ing trip to Tongariro National Park which was ran by the Tramping Club. A party is now being organised for a Xmas trip to the Godley Glacier, which is immediately north of the Mt. Cook district. The peaks of the Godley system afford all classes of alpine work, including ski-mountaineering. Mt. D'Archiac is reputed to be a more difficult climb than Cook, but there are also many intersting [sic] peaks well within the capabilities of any athletic person. Pack-horses will take all the heavy gear up to the glacier. The total cost of a thrilling trip to the heart of the Southern Alps will be about £7/-/-. The leaders will be Robin Oliver and Jim Witton-Hannah.
We print an account of the N.X.U. Harrier Championships, in which Frank O'Flynn, of Victoria, won the individual title. O'Flynn gained the fastest time in the Endeavour Cup Race last Saturday, and with the results of the Sherwood Cup and the Club races, this wins him the Club Championship for 1941. I. D. Morton is runner-up. The Endeavour Cup Race is a sealed handicap, and F. T. O'Kane was winner, and T. Sewell second. P. B. De La Mare, who led over the Tinakori Hill gained second fastest time (50:51 min).
Record rainfall put the Silver-stream course in terrible condition for the Dixon Triphy [sic] event on August 23rd. A. G. Kofoed, crack Auckland representative and twice winner of the individual title, and Ted Dorman of Victoria were unfortunately unable to start. Frank O'Flynn took the lead from the jump, and Canterbury and Victoria runners dominated the early stages of this 6½ mile race, but off the road Otago moved to the front, with Arthur Coombes challenging O'Flynn for first place. O'Flynn gained a good lead over the heavy country near the end of the first lap, and was able to win by 39 seconds in 41min. 4sec., very fast time for such a heavy course. Dick Daniell and Peter de la Mare finished the first lap close together, running 9th and 10th, with Gif. Rowberry 11th. Coming round the back of the course Rowberry moved up, and the three Victoria men passed two Canterbury runners to finish 7th, 8th and 9th. Ian Morton made a desperate attempt to pass Marshall (Otago), but failed in a thrilling finish, thus giving Otago the Dixon Trophy by one point in the closest contest since the inception of the race.
With the drain on labour available for seasonal work caused by the war, the employment of students in the long vacation has become sufficiently important to warrant an attempt at organisation. Last year the position regarding supply of labour for seasonal work was acute, and with every change of its being worse this year, the labour division of the department of manpower has approached N.Z.U.S.A. for co-operation in making an enquiry into available student labour. It is hoped that if there are sufficient students free and willing to do seasonal work over the vacation, some organisation might be undertaken in getting such students into jobs.
Otago University made preliminary investigations and the possibilities of the scheme were discussed with the Otago branch of the National Council of Primary Producers. The outcome is a questionnaire which students will be asked to fill in shortly to investigate the numbers available and the employment desired. Following on this it is hoped that a register of country and city work of different kinds might be made for the use of students so that they can find the job they want where they want it.
This scheme will provide an opportunity for all students to earn some good money in the vacation. At the same time we will be doing a valuable job of work. It is important that the country's primary produce should be made available for export as soon as posible. The seasonal nature of much of the work to be done in achieving this creates a serious embarrassment in the labour market during the few months of the summer. Now, with so many of our seasonal workers doing an even more important job elsewhere, all students who give a hand for a few weeks during the vacation will be doing a national service. Think about it then and if you can handle a bale-hook or drive a hay rake be in to help the country and earn some money.
- A. V. O'Brien, Club Captain.
- N. N. Y. Olson, Secretary.
- H. D. Bray, Treasurer.
The subscription this year will be 1/6 per Saturday. This means that if for part of the season you will be in Camp, or for some other reason cannot play, then you will not be losing anything, as you will be asked to pay only for those days on which you actually played.