May 1913

The Foundation Stone.

May 14th, 1913 was a ‘red-letter day in the history of the Presbyterian Church’.   One thousand people gathered at the site of the proposed college for the Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone, doubling the population of Havelock North. The event was fully reported in the Hawke’s Bay Herald of May 15th, which records that the day was ‘ideal for the occasion, the weather was beautifully fine’. The choir of St Columba’s Church sang Psalm One Hundred, ‘All People that on earth do dwell’. Rev Waugh read from 1 Corinthians 3:9-23: For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Rev Asher led in prayer.

Rev Paterson addressed those gathered:  ‘We are most fortunate in having as the first lady principal of the College, Miss Fraser M.A., a lady of superior natural ability, of sound scholarship, as attested by her university degree, of large experience in teaching and the management of high-class educational institutions, and possessed of those amiable and kindly dispositions, combined with firmness, which secures good discipline and at the same time win the affection of her pupils and the confidence of their parents’.

H.M. Campbell, M.P. and Hon R. McNab also addressed the crowd, as did Rev Grant. Mr Hugh Campbell, together with Mr Mason Chambers laid the Foundation Stone. A collection in aid of the building fund raised £150.

The ceremony concluded with afternoon tea served in a large marquee. Mr R. Warren was the caterer.

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