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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 13. October 4, 1951

How Things Began

How Things Began

For the record—since fresh generations of students can hardly be expected to know about these things—a brief note on its history may be useful. In 1948 a new "temporary" building for overflow Teachers' Training College sections was approved by the Education Department. The building was to be on V.U.C. property, carefully avoiding the site of the projected Chemistry Block; and It was to be used jointly by W.T.C. and V.U.C. On completion, very conveniently. It was to become the home of the newly-formed Political Science Department.

While the plans for the building were still in blueprint, representations from various interested persons as to the needs of college drama were sympathetically received by the Principal of those days, Sir Thomas Hunter. To the astute diplomacy of that incomparable negotiator college students owe whatever benefits they have received from the Little Theatre as they know it. Its shortcomings—, more familiar to dramaturgists than to spectators—are to be blamed on no one man, not even the architect: they are the result of the inevitable New' Zealand compromise.