Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950
Student Union Building Fund — £35,000 Reached
Student Union Building Fund
"By an order of the Supreme Court on March 20, the Students' Association Bulkling Fund benefited to the extent of £10,000 from the estate of the late Mr. W. E. Bidwell.
"This money is part of the estate originally left to his wife for use during her lift. His will stated that when his wife died the money was to be used for charitable and educational purposes. Further details have not come to hand yet, but we understand that the estate was originally valued at £55,000 and the trustees have generously seen fit to donate £10,000 of it to the VUSCA Building Fund.
"This means that the target of £105,000 has been reached. Prom the public appeal over £20,200 is now in hand and together with the donation we have just received, we now have nearly £35,000.
"With the Government subsidy of £70,000 this gives a total of about £105,000. The target has been reached, and we can now go ahead with the plans for a Students Association Building with confidence in the knowledge that we have adequate finances."
This statement released by the president on the day of the order broke the newB in VUC—the news for which a great number of students have now been working over some 30 odds years. As "Salient" commented in its tenth anniversary issue two years ago "it may surprise some to learn that the plans for the financing and construction of the building have been under discussion since a few years after the completion of the present gym 'way back in 1909. . ."
That means that a large number of students who must have known that they personally would have little chance of even seeing the dream building have worked over the years. We didn't quite see—as "Salient" headlined in '45—"1945 Freshers May See Foundations Laid," but maybe the 1952 Freshers will.
From here on, as we have noted recently, the work of planning is largely over to you.