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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Shooting and Fishing Excursion

Shooting and Fishing Excursion.

His Excellency the Governor proceeded to Motutapu Island to-day on a shooting expedition. The Earl of Onslow was accompanied by Admiral Lord Charles Scott, Lord Carrington, Hon. Mr. Mitchelson (Native Minister), Hon. Mr. Hislop (Minister of Education), Mr. J. H. Upton (Mayor of Auckland), Mr. M. Niccol (Mayor of Devonport), Mr. E. W. Alison (Chairman of Directors of the Devonport Steam Ferry Company), Mr, Meysey-Thompson (A.D.C.), Flag-Lieutenant Fitzgerald, Mr. L. D. Nathan, and Major George. The party started for Motutapu in the steamer Eagle at half-past nine a.m. The course taken was round Rangitoto Island. When outside the reef the anchor was dropped, and an hour and a-half was spent in fishing. There was excellent sport, for the party was kept busy the whole time hauling in fish—principally schnappers. About two hundred fish were caught. The steamer was then headed for Motutapu, and on arrival at that island the distinguished visitors were most heartily welcomed by Mr. John Reid. Horses were in readiness for those who might wish to go riding. Here the company were joined by Captain Savile (A.D.C. to the Governor), and Captain Trench (A.D.C. to Lord Carrington), who had sailed to Motutapu in Mr. H. Whitaker's yacht, Wenona. The Governor, Lord Charles Scott, Lord Carrington, and several others went deer-shooting. Two deer and a number of rabbits page 84 were shot. The Earl of Onlow had the good fortune to "bring down" a fine stag with magnificent antlers, and he expressed his intention to have the head preserved. The steamer left for Auckland at half-past five p.m., and reached the wharf at about a quarter past six o'clock. The day was beautifully fine, and the Governor, Lord Charles Scott, and Lord Carrington were very much pleased with the sea trip, the fine scenery, and the good sport they had.

In the evening His Excellency was present at the performance of the Rarotongans at the City Hall. There were present with the Governor Lord Carrington and Admiral Lord Charles Scott.