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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946


About seventy returned servicemen were present at the meeting called in the Gym. to discuss the possibility and desirability of forming an organisation of ex-servicemen at VUC. Mr. Taylor opened the meeting and Mr. Higgin was later elected chairman for the evening.

During the discussion it was obvious that two main points were at issue. Firstly, should all ex-servicemen, home as well as returned, be included in the proposed organisation, and secondly, should an official branch of the RSA be formed at VUC. As the USA will only have official truck with returned men the second point was more or less dependent on the first.

The meeting showed itself gratifyingly free from any of the petty parochialism and service snobbery so often associated with ex-service organisations and decided by an overwhelming majority to include all ex-servicemen in the society. It was further decided that no official branch of the RSA be set up but it was suggested by Mr. Taylor that the RSA would receive any representations from a student ex-service body in a kindly spirit, if it was decided to enlist their aid in the righting of some specific grievance. Also as there were about 500 ex-servicemen at VUC, any pronouncement made by such a body would be listened to with respect.

It was unanimously agreed that the framing of a constitution be left to an interim committee, and that they should report back to a meeting of all ex-servicemen at the earliest opportunity. The interim committee was elected as follows:—
  • Chairman: Mr. Higgin.
  • Secretary: Mr. Dowrick.
  • Committee: Mr. Taylor, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Falconer, Mr. Murray.