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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 4 April 17, 1946

Socialist Club Shows Documentary

Socialist Club Shows Documentary

The first meeting of the newly farmed Socialist Club, which was held last Monday week, was attended by about seventy students. The main business was the ratification of the constitution and the election of officers. The constitution was passed without undue argument and the following committee was elected:—
  • Patron: Professor Lipson.
  • Vice-Presidents: The Prime Minister, Hon. Mr. Skinner, Messrs. F. L. Combs and A. Harper.
  • President: George Eiby.
  • Secretary-Treas.: Hylton Burt.
  • Committee: Jackie Patrick, Frank Coleman, Alec McLeod.

The election was followed by a film. "Men of Rochdale," borrowed from the Labour Party. This documentary was a history of the Co-operative Movement from its struggling beginnings in the town of Rochdale in Lancashire in the forties of last century. In a short fifty minutes those present saw and heard an informative and inspiring story of the fight of English men and women to form among themselves some sort of defence against poverty and exploitation. It was made quite clear that these workers did not envisage the co-operative movement as any end in itself, but regarded it only as a step forward on the way to socialism. It is in terms of this conviction that, in the concluding section of the [unclear: win], they pass judgment on contemporary England and state, "Our work is not yet done."