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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1909

The Unemployed

page 69

The Unemployed

The slackness of employment in the City during the winter months resulted in substantial benefit to Victoria College. As a result of representations made to the Ministry, and much is due to the good offices of Mr. R. C. Kirk, a number of the unemployed were given work at Victoria College. The unskilled labourers removed the unsightly hillocks on the northern side of the College and cleared the gorse from the face of the cliff; they also did some excavating about the gymnasium thereby decreasing the possibility of the gymnasium being hurled by an avalanche to the tennis courts below; the carpenters were given work fitting up the "hop floor on the top floor" as a class room and also in marking several improvements and additions, chiefly in the shape of exits, to the gymnasium. The Students' Association spent the sum of twenty-five pounds as their share of the cost of the work at the gymnasium and also organised a concert given during the short vacation in the Concert Chamber of the Town Hall. This Concert resulted in a net profit of £35 for the Mayor's Relief Fund.