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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Election of Chairman

Election of Chairman.

Mr A. E. G. Rhodes moved that Mr W. H. Beetham be elected chairman of the Conference, and in doing so said he thought the Revising Committee ought to be vested with more power to cut out subjects than they had last year.

Mr Buchanan seconded the motion, which was unanimously agreed to, and Mr Beetham took his seat as Chairman of the Conference.

The Chairman said he could not allow the present occasion to pass without congratulating the Colony on having sent representatives from all parts of New Zealand to discuss important subjects relating to agricultural and pastoral interests, and those representatives were men who he was sure would do their best to find a practical solution to the questions referred to them. (Applause.) He wished to thank his predecessor in the chair for his kindly reference to the late President of the Wellington Association, Mr W. H Levin. He was a man who they could ill afford to lose, a good counsellor and a kind friend, and he page 8 was sure the whole of New Zealand had cause to regret his death.