Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Dunedin's foreshore street names - part 1

Just over 100 years ago, the area around the "Steamer Basin" of Otago Harbour had been reclaimed and names were needed for streets.  The Boer War - or "Second South African War" - had provided some heroes to immortalise, and the Great War - or "World War One" - provided more names in later years.


Five newly-reclaimed streets on the Harbour Board ground near the tongue wharf are to be named Buller street, White street, Roberts street, Kitchener street, and French street.  -Otago Daily Times, 18/4/1901. 

Field-Marshal Sir George Stuart White, VC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO, was the General commanding the forces of the besieged town of Ladysmith - previously, he had won the Victoria Cross  in Afghanistan.  When instructed by Buller to surrender, he replied "I hold Ladysmith for the Queen."  White Street is a short one, and may have had a sign made for it.  If so, it's gone now.

General Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG, commanded the Natal Field Force in the Boer war and returned to England a hero at the end of the "conventional" phase of the war.  But he fell foul of the politics over the situation which later existed in South Africa - scorched earth tactics and the detention of civilians while dealing the the guerrilla commandos of the Boers.

Redvers Buller, Wikipedia photo.

Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, VC, KG, KP, OM, GCSI, GCIE, KStJ, VD, PC, FRSGS, was one of the most successful soldiers of the Victorian era.  He won the VC during the Indian Mutiny and never looked back, serving in Abyssinia, Afghanistan and South Africa. He was greatly respected by his men, who called him "Sir Bobs."

After his return home from South Africa he was loaded with honours and made the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.  Under his tenure were introduced the Lee-Enfield .303 rifle and the 18-pounder artillery piece - both relied upon by the Army during and after the Great War.  It was during this last war that he died, having caught pneumonia while inspecting a Regiment of the Indian Army in France.
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Frederick Roberts, Wikipedia photo.

Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP, GCB, OM, GCVO,KCMG, ADC, PC, also rose to prominence during the Boer War, commanding the Cavalry and being in charge of counter-insurgency operations in the Cape Province in the later period of the war.  He commanded the British Expeditionary Force for the first part of the Great War, being superseded by Douglas Haig.  He then commanded the home forces before becoming Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the period of the Irish War of Independence - in which his sister fought for the Republicans.

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Field Marshal the Earl of Ypres.  Wikipedia photo.

Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC, succeeded Roberts as Commander in Chief in South Africa in 1900.  His face became closely associated with the Great War when it appeared on the famous "Lord Kitchener wants you" recruiting poster, produced while he was Secretary of State for War in 1914.  The stagnation of the western Front in the War lost him influence with British politicians and he was sent on a diplomatic mission to Russia in 1916, to discuss how to supply the Eastern Front with munitions.  The HMS Hampshire, in which he sailed, struck a mine near the Russian port of Archangelsk and sank. Kitchener's body was never recovered.  Although his star was less bright than in 1914, his death was a serious blow to British morale.

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Wikipedia photo.

The committee further recommended that block 74, less sections 1-10, to be reserved for the board's purposes, and sections 19-34 leased to the Public Works Department be submitted to public auction under the usual form of lease and for a term of 14 years, the street names appearing on the board's plans to be amended as follows:— Darien street, to be Fryatt street; Trinidad street, to be Jutland street; Barbadoes street, to be Sturdee street; Culebra street, to be Cavell street; Colon street, to be Bauchop street; Panama street, to be Halsey street; Grenada street, to be Beatty street; Madeira street, to be Wickliffe street; Rapa street, to be Otakou street; Gatun street, to be Birdwood street. He moved adoption of the recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mr J. M. Dickson, M.P.  -O, 24/2/1917.

Charles Algernon Fryatt was, in March 1915, Master of the SS Brussels, a cross-Channel steamer, bound for Holland when a U-boat surfaced and prepared to torpedo his ship.  Following the orders of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, Fryatt attempted to ram the submarine.  The submarine crash-dived and the Brussels escaped.  Fryatt was awarded a gold watch by the Admiralty for his actions.  In June of 1916, having left Holland for Britain, the Brussels was surrounded by five German destroyers.  The passengers were ordered to the lifeboats, official papers destroyed and the ship was taken the German-occupied Belgium.  Fryatt was court-martialed in Bruges as a "franc-tireur" - a civilian who attacked German forces contrary to the Rules of War.  He was shot by a firing-squad and buried in a cemetery used for Belgian "traitors."  After the war he was exhumed and buried in Britain after a service at St Paul's, London.

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Wikipedia photo.

Jutland Street was named after the largest naval battle of the Great War, in which battleships of the Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy fought for domination of the seas.  The result was inconclusive.  Germany wanted to remove the naval power of Britain, which was strangling the nation economically with a blockade which prevented vital resources reaching it.  Britain wanted to remove the German threat to the power to blockade.  Both sides claimed victory in terms of ships sunk.  The battlecruiser HMS New Zealand took part.  It had been paid for by the New Zealand Government (costing L2,000,000 - $339.5 million dollars today), launched in 1912 and visited the nation in 1913. The New Zealand could not enter Otago Harbour, so thousands of Otago people took ferries and tourist steamers out to see the ship.

Sturdee Street was named after Admiral of the Fleet Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee, 1st Baronet, GCB, KCMG, CVO. He commanded the Battleship HMS New Zealand, which was renamed Zealandia when the Battlecruiser New Zealand was commissioned. He rose through the ranks of the Navy to become Chief of War Staff at the Admiralty in 1914.

In November of 1914, Sturdee commanded the squadron sent to the south Atlantic to find and destroy the German squadron commanded by Admiral Graf von Spee, which had previously destroyed a British squadron in the Pacific, off the coast of Chile.  The German ships were spotted approaching the Falkland Islands while Sturdee's ships were coaling at Port Stanley and the British raised steam with all speed and took to sea against von Spee.  The Germans at the Falklands were as outclassed as the British had been at Coronel.  Realising that he could not outrun the British, von Spee turned and fought with his larger ships, hoping that his smaller ones might escape. All but one of the German ships were sunk.

Sturdee commanded a Battle Squadron at Jutland and was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on his retirement in 1921.

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Halsey Street was named after Captain Lionel Halsey, who commanded the HMS New Zealand.

(From Our Own Correspondent.) LONDON, February 2. 


In a letter to me Captain Halsey says: a great day on Sunday, and the ship behaved herself splendidly; not a hitch of any sort, and the officers and men, of course, delighted to get their chance which they have so long waited for. I had my Maori costume and the tiki with me, and they certainly brought luck all right. The silk ensign given by the ladies of New Zealand flew throughout the engagement.  We are all very fit and well, and quite ready for another dash when the Germans like to show up!" In reply to Mr Mackenzie, who sent him a congratulatory telegram — "Well done, Halsey," —Captain Halsey wrote: "I thank you very much for your very nice telegram, and I can only assure you that all on board here, without an exception, put an extra amount of struggle into the action on Sunday, if such were possible, for the sake of New Zealand, our second home; and every man realised, that the great dominion was watching and waiting for the result. We never had a hitch in any way during the action, and everything worked to perfection. The ship quite eclipsed herself in the steaming way, far exceeding any previous trials. The entire ship's company, without exception, did their duty, and to the fullest extent, and we were lucky enough to receive no damage or casualties, and we are now ready again to engage the enemy. " I put on the costume given to me by the Maoris, and also had the tiki with me, which I know would please them if they knew it. Also the silk ensign flew throughout the action, and, if necessary, will fly again, though it is much reduced in size. But I keep all the old frayed-out bits to send hack to the dominion as a token for coming generations. These I propose to send to you, and ask you to have them conveyed to your Government should they desire to have them. In conclusion, I can only say that all on board here will continue to do their very utmost for the Empire, always remembering that New Zealand has her eyes specifically focused on the  ship that was so magnanimously and unhesitatingly given to that Empire in order to share the burden. The action was for me personally fought on a specially suitable day, being the tenth anniversary of my wedding day, and as a sailor looks on his ship as his wife, and as I could not be with Mrs Halsey, how better could I have been employed than in taking my other wife into action with the King's enemy and endeavouring to get her into the performance of the duty for which New Zealand built her. My best wishes are with you and Mrs Mackenzie and all New Zealanders."  -O, 10/3/1915.

HMS New Zealand, Hocken Library photo.

Bombardier C. R. Bremner, of Wellington, who went with the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force, has been spending his furlough from France in the Old Country. In a letter to his sisters he describes a visit to H.M.S. New Zealand, while staying in Edinburgh last October. At that time Admiral Beatty's section of the North Sea Fleet was lying in the Firth of Forth. 
We were to leave for Glasgow soon after lunch, but I picked up a couple more New Zealanders, and off we started for the Forth Bridge. While there we fancied a trip round Admiral Beatty's fleet and so chatted to a petty officer at the landing-place along side the bridge. He said that no one was allowed to cruise round the fleet, but the naval authorities had instructions to take New Zealanders or Australians either to H.M.S. New Zealand, the Australia, or the Sydney. So we decided to go on to the New Zealand. 
As luck would have it, we struck the mail launch, and so were taken round the whole fleet before we reached the one we wanted. New iron plates marked the spot where many of the ships had been hit in the Jutland battle, but they were none the worse for it. We spent four hours on board the New Zealand, and were shown over every inch of it. It is an eye-opener to see all the little improvements made from experience gained in previous fights. 
They showed us dozens of new ideas, and there must be dozens more which were too good to show us. Improvements have been made on all the ships right down to the smallest detail. 
The New Zealand was not the show case she was when she visited the Dominion, but she is in good fighting trim, and looks A.1. She received a shot through one of the big gun turrets in the Jutland scrap, which knocked a piece out from 3ft to 4ft in diameter. From the outside only a new iron plate can be seen, but inside one could see that an iron plate some 7in thick had been knocked right out. The piece is on show on deck. 
Of the original officers and crew only a few remain, as many were transferred to other ships, and great many lost their lives in the Jutland battle. When in New Zealand Captain Halsey was presented with a Maori mat and tiki by one of the Maori chiefs, who told him that if he wore these when fighting his ship would pull through safely. 
She has a new captain now, but on each occasion when they have gone into action — at Heligoland, Dogger Bank and Jutland — the captain has always donned his mat and tiki! And they all have a lot of faith in these things now. It sounds absurd, but, nevertheless, quite true. We had tea on board before leaving, and landed back at 6.30 p.m.  -Taihape Daily Times, 7/3/1917.

After Jutland, Halsey was appointed Fourth, then Third Sea Lord and promoted to Rear-Admiral.  He returned to sea in 1918 in the HMS Australia and witnessed the surrender of the German high Seas Fleet.  After the war he returned to New Zealand, accompanying the Prince of Wales on his 1919 Empire tour.  He became the Prince's Treasurer and retired from the Navy with the rank of Vice Admiral.  Halsey was one of the Prince's circle who disapproved of his relationship with Wallis Simpson and the possibility of her becoming Queen, being dismissed by the then Edward VIII in 1936.  He was appointed an Equerry to his brother, George VI and took part in the 1936 Coronation.  

"I am not a superstitious man, neither is Admiral Halsey," said Sir Joseph Ward at the Navy League demonstration at Wellington on Friday night, in telling the story of the Maori mat presented to Captain Halsey when on his visit to New Zealand. Captain Halsey promised the Maoris that when H.M.S. New Zealand went into action he would wear the mat, and when the cruiser was going into action against the Germans, at the time that she put in the shot that sank the Blucher, the men in the turret were surprised to see their commander coming up with nothing on but the Maori mat. (Laughter.) When Captain Halsey left the New Zealand he handed the mat to his successor, Captain Green, and he also wore it in the battle of Jutland, "Whether there is anything in it or not," said Sir Joseph with a smile, "the fact remains that, although the New Zealand has been in the thick of things, she has only been hit once, and the sailors are all very grateful to the Maoris for their gift."
At the gathering in Cathedral square Christchurch to commemorate Nelson's Day, Professor Blunt said that not everyone knew that a Christchurch man had given an ancient Maori tiki — reputed to have miraculous luck-bringing properties — to Captain Halsey, of the H.M.S. New Zealand, on the condition that it was to be worn by the captain when he took his ship into action. Another condition was that after the war the tiki was to be returned to Christchurch and deposited in the Museum. Steps were being taken to find out if the tiki had been worn at the battle of Jutland; for certainly the New Zealand had been remarkably lucky in that big fight, receiving hardly a scratch.  -Nelson Evening Mail, 26/10/1917.

Further research reveals that the donor of the tiki to Captain Halsey was a Charles John Sloman, of Christchurch.  At the time of the original donation, the tiki was promised to be returned to New Zealand when the ship was decommissioned.  The New Zealand was declared obsolete in the 1920s and scrapped in 1922 and a number of relics were sent home, but the piupiu and tiki seem not to have been included.

 LONDON. March 9. The maro and the tiki, loaned by Admiral Sir Lionel Halsey to the New Zealand Government for displaying at the Centennial Exhibition, are not being conveyed to New Zealand by H.M.S. Achilles as was intended. They were not delivered at Portsmouth in time to be taken on the cruiser. They were sent, however, by the Rangitane, due at Wellington on April 6. Both the maro and the tiki were presented to Sir Lionel Halsey in 1913 by a Maori chief who had inspected H.M.S. New Zealand with members of his tribe. They were worn at the Battles of Heligoland, Dogger Bank and Jutland.  -NZ Herald, 27/3/1939.
A different Admiral Halsey, "Bull" Halsey of the US Navy, was also presented with a tiki when he visited New Zealand in 1944, as well as a korowai, put around his shoulders by Keepa Ehau, of Ngati Tarawhai, with the hope that he would wear both in battle. There is no record of the American Admiral's response to that hope, though he did admit to being a distant relative of his British counterpart.
The hei-tiki was returned to New Zealand in 1932 (according to the Canterbury Museum, though the date does not coincide with the above newspaper story) and is now in the Canterbury Museum.  The piu-piu was inherited by Halsey's daughter, Ruth, and finally returned in 2005, at as she wished after her death in 2002. It is in the Devonport Naval Museum.

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Bauchop Street is named after Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Bauchop, CMG., who commanded the Otago Regiment when it embarked in 1914 and was killed by a Turkish sniper on Gallipoli. His story can be found here.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Vauxhall Gardens - "the haunt of prostitution and debauchery on a grand scale"

Anyone who has read Thackery's "Vanity Fair," or seen an adaptation for TV or movie, with know what is meant by "Vauxhall Gardens."  That sparkling meeting place of the rich and the not so rich, that place of pleasures both innocent and scandalous, was only a memory when Dunedin was founded in the 1840s.  But its glamour shone bright and, when Henry Farley looked upon the sunny slopes of the Otago Peninsula across the bay from the young town, he could see a place of games and fireworks, bands and dancing.  Most importantly for Mr Farley, he could see it as a place to pleasurably separate the returning gold miner or young urban gentleman from his cash.


Mr H. Farley is pushing vigorously the works for the transformation of twenty acres of land in Anderson's Bay into a Cremorne or Vauxhall Gardens. A number of men are employed in draining and laying out the ground, and others have commenced the erection of a jetty for tho convenience of visitors, whether arriving by boats or by the steamer which will ply regularly from the new jetty to the gardens.  -Otago Witness, 22/11/1862.


The following were applications for beer and twine licenses: -
Thomas Hetherington, Vauxhall Pleasure and tea Gardens at Anderson's Bay. Mr Weldon said that about 20 acres of land had been taken, a good many trees are cleared off, and a rotunda and a refreshment bar erected. It seemed likely to be a pleasant place as pleasure gardens during the day; of course, it would be an after question how it was to be managed at night. The Superintendent asked to what hour it was wished to keep the place open. Mr Hetherington said he should like to have liberty until eleven o'clock. Mr Cook, who appeared for the applicant, said that although only 20 acres were at present included, the grounds would be extended, and the place made attractive as tea gardens. There would be fireworks in the evening, and various amusements. The Superintendent said he fancied there would be no objection to the granting of the license. But before any great expense was incurred, the applicant should understand, that remote as the gardens would be from the police, the Government would keep a very vigilant eye, to see that no irregularities were allowed. If such should be the case during the present year, by all probability the licence would not be renewed. The applicant had the thing in his own hands. The license was granted.  -Otago Daily Times, 3/12/1862

 TO LET by Tender, together or separately, for 3 6, or 12 months:—
Bar, Refreshment Saloon, Tea Gardens, Archery Ground, Fruit Ground, Bowling Green,  Confectionery Department, Shooting Ground. 
A Steamer will ply regularly between Dunedin Jetty and the Gardens. A brass band will be engaged, and a grand display of fireworks will take place in the evening, as wel1 as other amusements; in fine, no expense will be spared to render these Gardens the resort of pleasure-seekers, and others in search of recreation. Tenderers are invited to inspect the premises on Saturday first, and have their tenders left at my office, Princes-street, by Monday, l5th inst. HENRY FARLEY  Otago Daily Times, 9/12/1862.

WANTED Immediately. Six Carpenters, piece work, at Vauxhall Gardens, boat will leave New Jetty, Half-past Seven a.m. C. G. Smith, Architect.  -Otago Daily Times, 22/12/1862.

The opening fete at Vauxhall Gardens has been postponed till to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon. The gardens are nevertheless, as we understand, open to visitors; and we hear that they afford an extremely pleasant stroll or lounge for a few hours To-day the new steamer the Nuggett will make its first trip to the Gardens, with a party of Mr Farley's friends and others for a private inspection of the grounds and arrangements.  -Otago Daily Times, 23/12/1862.

To celebrate the opening of the Vauxhall Gardens yesterday, Mr. Farley, their proprietor, invited a number of gentlemen to a cold collation. The little steamship, designed to specially ply between there and Dunedin, was called into requisition for the first time, and the guests, to the number of about thirty, were pleasantly conveyed across the Bay in something less than ten minutes. It is unnecessary to tell the inhabitants of Dunedin where the gardens are situated, as for some weeks past they have had them continually before their eyes. They are located immediately in front of this town on the opposite side of the Bay on a prominent and not very low hill. As the repast did not take place till late in the day, we may proceed with our account, by first taking our readers a short stroll through the gardens. It is necessary first to premise that they are by no means finished. It is only some few weeks since they were first commenced; and some idea of the great deal which has been effected may be conceived when it is considered that the hill on which they are situated was covered with a dense bush, and was besides so steep as almost to be unscaleable. 
The first thing the visitor-notices is a small jetty thrown out from the base of the hill, alongside which the little steamer approaches and lands her passengers. Immediately in front of the jetty a tramway has been cut into the hill side. One truck ascends whilst the other descends. They are worked by simple machinery. A weight of about five hundredweight is drawn up at one time. The tramway has, however, only been lately finished. The greater part of the building material was carried up along the winding path to the left, which was formed for the purpose of enabling visitors to ascend the hill, without over exerting themselves. The ascent, however, is still sufficiently steep to make one feel pleased when he reaches the Rotunda. This, as its name implies, is a round building, of considerable size. The sides are open, but the top is roofed in. It is to serve the purposes of dancing and promenading. In the centre a place is enclosed for the band, winch we should mention, by-the-bye, lent the aid of its enlivening strains during the passage by the steamer, and also at intervals in the progress of the subsequent repast. Leaving the Rotunda, a slight ascent leads to the hotel, which consists chiefly of a hall or room of great length and width, and of about eighteen feet in height. In this immense chamber a long counter is erected, behind which appeared a goodly array of choice liquids, presided over and dealt out by a fair goddess, who put the finishing stroke to the prettiness with which the bar was arranged. The hall is lighted by very large windows, partly of colored glass. In wet weather the visitors to the gardens will find in this retreat a comfortable and capacious shelter. 
Venturing out into the open air again, we find close to the hotel a considerable piece of cleared ground fenced in, which was originally arranged for the Caledonian games, as it was thought the Society would have used the gardens for the coming Gathering. Another selection has however been made, but the cleared space at Vauxhall will be available for all kinds of games and sports. It is contemplated to open an archery ground, a rifle gallery, a lawn bowling green, and other amusements. Swings are already erected. All round the fenced clearing little bowers or summer houses are to be erected, which will offer nice retreats to visitors seeking refreshments, or rest. Several pathways have been made into the land surrounding, and the lovers of trees and ferns, may enjoy the sight of as beautiful a collection as they could wish to see. Some of the Fern trees are exceedingly pretty, they would be worth a great deal in a botanical garden. A few efforts at embellishment are beings made, including the erection of various pieces of statuary at different points. If we add that the view from the hill is charming in the extreme, we have done our best to give a description of the place. 
The sight of the town on the opposite side of the Bay, with the lofty hills rising at its rear, and the varied scenery around is indeed very striking, and we expect the gardens will prove a favorite resort during the day time to parties in search of picnic pleasures. A road is being formed over the hill from the Anderson's Bay road. It is already accessible to horses, and will shortly be so to carriages. In the meanwhile, the latter can approach within two or three hundred yards. It is to be hoped that with so man/ means of reaching the gardens,they will receive a fair number of visitors. Though new to New Zealand, gardens of the kind are amongst the favorite resorts of other places. The Cremorne Gardens of London are visited by immense numbers of people. During the day no one need scruple at being seen in them; and even in the evening, when the excitement rises to a post-prandial pitch, fast young ladies of unexceptionable character think it a "knowing thing" to visit the gay scene, shaded only from the public gaze by spotted veils dependent from pork-pie hats; and love to whisper their exploit the next day to their dear friends, and tell of how they saw that quiet cousin who always blushes when in the drawingroom whirling round like mad to the exciting strains of the dance music. Mr Farley instead of Cremorne has called his place the Vauxhall Gardens. Perhaps he wishes to recall that old Vauxhall, that gay resort which lovely belles and brilliant beaux would visit to talk over the triumphs of the Court Ball they had just left — where "the finest gentleman in Europe" would launch his incomparable bows, and forget the broken down friends of his gay hours; where, - but if we begin thus, we shall never stop. Who shall imagine, much more portray, all the romances of real life, the trials, the disappointments, the happiness, and the joys that owned Vauxhall as their theatre. The utilitarian spirit of the age has swept the old place away. Dull streets and unsightly architecture are the substitutes for the walks lighted by a thousand lamps, and resounding to the joyous laugh of the glad beings who thronged them. In 1833, 20,000 persons visited the Vauxhall Gardens in one night, in 1859 they were sold for building purposes. 
Sic transit gloria mundi. But to resume, from our long digression, there is no reason why the Vauxhall Gardens should not be visited by all classes in Dunedin. We speak especially of the day time, in the evening doubtless they will be somewhat less select. To pass on to the collation, which was sometime delayed owing to it being found at the last minute that the forks had been forgotten, and that it was necessary to send to Dunedin for them, we need not say that it was well served, seeing that it was provided by those well-known cuisiners, Messrs Waters, Morton and Robertson. After justice had been rendered to the good things, a variety of toasts were proposed, and were drunk with enthusiasm, especially those of Mr Farley, the proprietor, Mr Hetherington, the manager, "The Old Identity," and "The Victorians." The company well pleased, then returned to the steamer, when the ceremony of christening it was performed by a bottle of champagne being broken over the bows, whilst the name "The Nugget" was proclaimed. The steamer, though small, seems admirably efficient She moves through the water with perfect steadiness, and can do the passage in eight minutes. She can carry fifty passengers easily. The Gardens are opened to the general public today.  -Otago Daily Times, 24/12/1862.

The Vauxhall Gardens were opened to the public for the first time yesterday evening. During the afternoon a considerable number of people visited the gardens, and before dark a balloon was sent up, which passed across the bay and over the town in fine style. At night the gardens were lighted up and presented a very gay appearance. The little steamer Nugget was plying to and from the jetty and gardens until a late hour conveying passengers.  -Otago Daily Times, 25/12/1862. 

Shipping Notice. 
THE steamship NUGGETT will leave the New Jetty as follows:-
From 9a.m. till 12 p.m. every half hour. Fare, there and back. Is. The proprietor has determined to give the public of Dunedin such a reception, combined with Christmas sports and prizes that will astonish both Old and New Identity. 
Ladies come early to enjoy the fresh air and a dance where you will not be disappointed in a good cup of tea with cream in it. H. FARLEY, Proprietor. 

"Boxing Day" Amusements
VAUXHALL GARDENS. There was a large attendance at the Gardens during yesterday afternoon and evening. Indeed Mr Farley's speculation promises to be a great success for the number of visitors so far has, we should imagine exceeded even ''the most sanguine expectations.'' The dancing rotunda was very generally patronised last evening, the "caller air" of after sunset being a strong inducement thereto.  -Otago Daily Times, 27/12/1862.

PRIZES will be awarded to the Champions in the several undermentioned feats, amongst which a splendid SILVER CUP, the gift of the proprietor, Mr Farley, will be run for during the day:—  Amateur Hurdle Race, (open to all comers), Running Jump, Standing Jump, Hop Step and Jump,  Standing High Leap, Running High Leap, Throwing Heavy Hammer, Throwing Light Hammer, Putting the Stone, Climbing the Greasy Pole, Eating Biscuit, Hopping, Wheelbarrow Race, Jumping in Sacks, Whipping the Goose, Groping for Silver, Catching the Cock, (hands tied behind).
A Grand Quoit and Football Match. 
A Balloon Ascent at the hours of 7 and 10 p.m., respectively. 
A First-class Band will be in attendance during the day.    -Otago Daily Times, 29/12/1862.

We are given to understand that Mr Farley, the spirited proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, intends converting a part of the ground included in the Vauxhall Gardens into a private pic-nic garden, where pleasure-seekers can enjoy all the conventional appliances of al fresco dinners without being intruded on by the general company in the gardens. We believe Mr Farley has selected the most picturesque spot on the ground, and this is to be fenced off, and walks laid out in such a manner as the visitors may not be annoyed by being overlooked or in any way interfered with. This portion of the ground is to be fitted with rustic bowers and seats, and every arrangement made to constitute it essentially for the amusement of the more respectable classes, and more particularly ladies and children. The contemplated alterations are expected to be completed in about a fortnight. We may also mention that Mr Farley is in treaty for a steamer to ply to the gardens at a frequent intervals every day, his object being not only to promote the healthy amusement of the community, but also to offer inducements to  the other side of the harbour becoming a favorite place of residence for merchants and others.  -Otago Daily Times, 30/12/1862.

V A U X H A L L  G A R D E N S 
The Steamship NUGGET, Will leave the Jetty for Anderson's Bay daily, as follows—from 2 in the afternoon until 12at night, every half-hour. 
The proprietor begs to apologise to his very numerous patrons for any short comings that may have been apparent during the Christmas Holidays, consequent on the uncertain departure of the above vessel. Mr Farley having agreed with Mr Keith to start punctually, will be enabled to mature his plans and compensate the public for any previous disappointment. 
A portion of the grounds are being laid out to accommodate private PIC-NIC PARTIES, 
And arrangements completed for supplying- al fresco LUNCHEONS 
A la Gunter, with those eminent caterers Messrs. Waters, Morton and Co., from ten to five hundred persons in a few hours notice. After New Year's Day, Ladies and Gentlemen with their families who purpose visiting the Gardens during the day, will be admitted Free up to 6 p.m., and the new Band will be in attendance for the convenience of those who choose to dance. 
The steamer will be decorated and repainted, and every effort will be made to ensure the comfort of intending visitors, by the strictest punctuality in her various trips. 
Gentlemen can ride via Anderson's Bay into the gardens, and families may leave their carriages at the Stable of H. F. at the foot of the Hill. 
N.B. A report of incivility on the part of any of the servants of this establishment will be punished with instant dismissal. Every precaution has been taken to prevent inconvenience by overcrowding on the Jetty at Anderson's Bay. 
Fare, Six Pence each way.   -Otago Daily Times, 31/12/1862.

Breaches of the Licensing Ordinance.— Thomas Hetherington was charged with having, on the 26th inst., kept his licensed premises, the Vauxhall Gardens, open after ten o'clock at night. The Defendant said he must plead guilty — urging in excuse, first, that he did not know the time, and second, that there was over-pressure of business. The Magistrate: For the first excuse there is a simple remedy —buy a clock. The Defendant said he had had no time as yet to fix up one. Inspector Weldon said that the Gardens were opened on Christmas eve, but then and on Christmas Day the police did not interfere, although the place was open beyond hours; but as the thing was continued, and the place was kept open until a quarter after eleven on "Boxing Night" of course they could not allow it to pass unnoticed. The Defendant: It has not occurred since. Mr Weldon: That is so, your Worship. The Magistrate said he was willing to make every possible allowance on account of the season, and for difficulty in getting the people out; as well as to believe that the defendant wished to obey the law. Because the defendant's house was on the opposite side of the Bay, he could not be allowed to keep open after similarly licensed premises in town; that would be most unfair, and there would be no favoritism, as would be found if the house was reported again. At present, the defendant must pay the cost of the summons.   -Otago Daily Times, 31/12/1862.

WANTED, immediately, Three Highly Respectable Young Ladies, to assist in the Bar and Refreshment Saloon, for a Few Hours in the Evening; also, three Waiters. 
Apply by letter, H. Farley, Office in the Cutting.   -Otago Daily Times, 3/1/1863.

Licensing Meeting
VAUXHALL GARDENS. Mr Cook applied for an extension of time for keeping open, from ten o'clock until twelve. It was not so much desired for the sake of keeping open, as for providing shelter and refreshments for those who were compelled to wait after that hour, owing to there being only one steamer to take visitors back to town. There had been more than 800 or 900 persons in the gardens at once; and if they spent any time there during the evening, many of them would be compelled to wait until eleven or twelve o'clock. — The Provincial Secretary thought that visitors might do without refreshments for a short time after ten o'clock, while waiting for the steamer. — Mr Cook said that many were now really detained a long time. The Provincial Secretary said that a place for shelter could be provided without reference to the law. Mr Paterson saw no necessity for granting the application. Ten o'clock was time for people to be getting home; and if the bar was opened until midnight, there would most probably be just the same delay in getting back as there was now said to be after ten o'clock. The Provincial Secretary: We are unanimously against granting your application, Mr Cook.   -Otago Daily Times, 7/1/1863.

DUNEDIN, Saturday, January 3.
The last week has been quite given up to holiday amusements. There really has been little or no business of any kind transacted. The Caledonian "gathering" on Judge Harris's beautiful grounds has turned out a success beyond anything which could have been looked for or expected. The first day there were about five thousand people on the ground. The grand stand was crowded to such an extent that many would not ascend to it, fearing that the supports would give way, and the entire erection come to the ground. No such dreaded contingency happened, however; the stand had been well and substantially built, and would have stood the pressure of any weight of human beings who could have found standing room. The scene was really very imposing. The Dunedin ladies are generally dressed in such excellent taste; the climate is so favourable to beautiful complexions; the steep hilly streets of the city, so charmingly conducive to a fine development of figure, that, travelled though I am, and having visited many a land in many varieties of climate, from the equator to within twenty-five degrees of the pole, there is no place — for our limited population — where there are so many fine women as in Dunedin. Fine, well-conducted, modest, irreproachable women make good-behaved, well-spoken men; and I do assure you a more pleasing sight has never been witnessed in this Province than when on Thursday and Friday last thousands of persons of all classes and degrees were seen enjoying, with an unmistakable mental relish, the sports and games which were being carried on with great spirit throughout both days. A great throng, but no confusion; a crowded arena but no disorder; a great desire to see what was being enacted for the moment, but no pushing or squeezing. In fact everything was just as good n it could be. The officebearers and committee were the right men in the right place. Mr Stott, the hon. sec. of the society, was indefatigable in maintaining order and insisting upon fair play and an open field for the competitors. His self-imposed task was no light affair, but he acquitted himself most creditably and efficiently. Every description of athletic games, with liberal prizes attached, were set forth in the programme of the sports. There were Highland reels, Strathspeys and flings, wrestling; tossing the caber, high leaps, standing leaps, running leaps, hitch and kick, sword games, putting the heavy stone, quoits, foot races, &c, &c, all of which were really well, and in some instances most spiritedly and scientifically contested. There were several licensed booths, and the run upon them was severe in the extreme. Ginger-beer, lemonade, sodawater, and their collaterals — shandygaff, spiders, and "snifters," with brandy-nips, whiskey-goes, bottled ale and porter were on tremendous demand. There certainty appeared to me to be an amount of thirst prevalent quite unprecedented: 
"Because thou art virtuous, shall there be no more cakes and ale!" 
Our Dunedinites at the Gathering did not think so — they quaffed and they laughed and a-ha! a-ha'd! and were tremendously jolly; but few were so bad that a small decoction of milk and mountain-dew would not put right in the morning. The affair is all over now, and Monday will see every one once more at his everyday occupation, all the better for the jovial relaxation of the previous week. 
I ought to mention that the Vauxhall Gardens, now fairly open to the public under the spirited proprietorship of Mr. Farley, of Farley's Arcade, came out very strong during the Christmas and New Year weeks. A small steamer has been nearly bursting its boiler fourteen hours per diem in its efforts to carry across the bay some thousands of sightseers and pleasure-seekers to the Gardens. Now, these were the sports your humble correspondent went to see, and for the most part would have joined in, always excepting the greasy pole, which he did not attempt, out of respect to a new suit of clothes, and a strong belief conjoined that the day was far distant when he would be able to raise another. I have said the sports your correspondent would for the most part have joined in, only for a casualty which happened, thereby causing much laughter, but which I consider was no laughing matter, view it in whatever light you like. The fact is in trying the running high leap at five feet six inches, a part, I little expected, of my unwhisperables gave way, and I was utterly disqualified for the remainder of the day for any other games than what could be accomplished in a strictly sitting posture. N'importe. I have known worse accidents in my life than this, although few more awkward. These were the games which came came off on New Year's day at the Vauxhall Gardens, and I pray you that in order to give them good effect, and astonish your readers, you print them down as they are here written : — Amateur Hurdle Race, Running Jump, Standing Jump, Hop Step and Jump, Standing High Leap, Running High Leap, Throwing Heavy Hammer, Throwing Light Hammer, Putting the Stone, Climbing the Greasy Pole, Eating Biscuit, Hopping, Wheelbarrow Race, Jumping in Sacks, Whipping the Goose, Groping for Silver, Catching the Cock. 
I will keep this letter open until Monday morning, to give you the particulars of anything which may occur in the interim. 
Monday, 5th January. No arrivals nor departures, and no news of any consequence beyond the circumstance that Farley's Vauxhall Gardens have been seriously injured by fire, and as an immense heap of wood is at this present time lying in close proximity to the bar and saloon it is feared the whole of the buildings will be destroyed. The spectacle of the fire from the town last night was very imposing, and created at the time no small anxiety, as it was not known whether the buildings belonging to the gardens were included in the conflagration. The Daily Times says: — "About five o'clock, last evening a fire commenced in the bush surrounding the Vauxhall Gardens, which has certainly burned a large amount of timber, and may yet jeopardise the existence of the Gardens. In a notice published a few days ago, we stated that all the timber cut from the space intended for the gymnasium had been tumbled down a slope at the back of the refreshment house, simply because it could not be sold at once, and could not be so expeditiously got out of the way in any other mode. Near the crest of this ridge Police Sergeant Grennan last evening saw that a fire had commenced; and he called the attention of some waiters to the fact, who pooh-poohed it, as a matter of no consequence. But the strong wind soon made the thing of consequence, and although the direction of the wind was such that the flames were driven from the gardens, there was good reason to fear that the refreshment house, in fact the whole place, might be swept away. Very speedily the flames went lapping down the ravine to the hundreds of tons of cut timber, and there the fire will certainly continue to burn for days, unless very heavy rain falls. By eleven o'clock last night a considerable extent of ground beyond the ravine had been swept by the fire and with a change of wind, so great is the body of burning wood in the ravine, the most serious consequences may result. Mr. Farley has caused a belt to be cut through the bush in a line with the house; and had the turf hastily removed, thus forming a sort of trench, lest the grass might carry the flames to the building. At midnight, as seen from Princes-street, the fire was burning fiercely, and was rapidly extending; and we sincerely hope that nothing more serious than the clearing of some land may be the consequence. It is not known how the fire originated.  -Southland Times, 13/1/1863.

There was a Masquerade and Fancy Dress Ball at Vauxhall Gardens, last evening. We hear that there was a moderately good attendance.  -Otago Daily Times, 7/2/1863.

Vauxhall Gardens and the Bal Masque.— Thomas Hetherington was summoned for having kept his licensed house in the Vauxhall Gardens open during the whole of the night of the 6th instant. A Constable stated on the night of the 6th there was a masked ball at the Gardens, and the refreshment house (which was licensed) was kept open all night. There were about 400 persons present at one time. 
Mr Farley said that on the 20th ultimo, he applied to Mr Weldon for permission to keep open on the 6th, and was referred to the Superintendent's office. They had previously obtained permission for New Year's night. He saw Mr Dick, who said he had better send in a written application, and it would be considered. He did so, and on afterwards calling, Mr Dick said that the application had been considered, and he would be communicated with. He received a note stating that they would not interfere, and he considered that a permission. He heard nothing more until the 6th, when Mr Weldon spoke to him, and on his saying that he had a note from the Government, Mr Weldon said, "You had better get one for me." 
Mr Strode: Have you that note? 
Mr Farley handed it in.
Mr Strode: Why surely you could not possibly have considered this a permission. "In reply to your application for permission to be allowed to keep open your licensed house, at Vauxhall Gardens, during the whole of the night of Friday the 6th, I have to acquaint you that the Government decline to interfere in the matter." This is just a refusal. 
Mr Farley said that Mr Dick had previously stated that the Government had no power under the Ordinance, but that they could request Mr Weldon not to interfere; and when he called on the 6th, Mr Dick said he would not interfere, if the police were satisfied. Permission had been granted to the Shamrock and other places and it would be hard if he could not obtain it.
Mr Strode said that all must depend on the reasons urged. When Mr Hetherington was last summoned, he was cautioned merely; now, the Bench must inflict a fine, but it would be the lowest allowed by the Ordinance. On the very next offence, however, he would inflict the highest fine. L2O and costs. He wished it to be remembered, for he would certainly be as good as his word. Mr Hetherington seemed determined to keep this house open illegally; and he should impose a fine of 40s and costs. He trusted the offence would not be repeated. This was a house that must be kept under. It was out of the way of the police, and it was of the highest importance that it should be well conducted.  
Mr Farley said that he had received so much opposition that he should be obliged to close up the place. They had only had three real days' business, and twice out of the three times they had been summoned.
Mr Strode said he could not help that. It was entirely a matter of private speculation. Mr Hetherington had a license under the Ordinance, and he must conform to it, otherwise it would be a manifest injustice to the other holders of like licenses.  -Otago Daily Times, 13/2/1863.

We understand that Mr Presscott, a pyrotechnist of some celebrity in Melbourne, has lately arrived in Dunedin, and that he is about making arrangements with the proprietor of Vauxhall. The idea of fireworks is so intimately associated with the name of Vauxhall that it seems the most natural thing in the world for our own Vauxhall to become brilliant with rockets, blue lights, and Roman candles, and the other mysterious inventions whose names now are unknown to the vulgar.  -Otago Daily Times, 14/3/1863.

UNDER the management of that celebrated Pyrotechnist, MR. PRESCOTT, late of the Cremorne Gardens, Melbourne.
Admission — 2s 6d each.  -Otago Daily Times, 19/3/1863.

THE PROPRIETOR has now in preparation another magnificent display of 
Many improvements will be made in the management of the Establishment, in order to ensure the comfort of the Ladies, Families and Private Parties. 
The Quadrille Band, which is equal to any in Dunedin, will be daily in attendance from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., for a few weeks until the close of the season.
Parties wishing to have the exclusive use of the Private Pic-nic Ground are requested to give two or three days notice no extra charge will be made.
 Remember Monday, 30th March.   -Otago Daily Times, 30/3/1863.

Vauxhall Races. For a Silver Cup, to be held as a Champion Prize Cup by the winner for three months. Entries, 5s each. 
Entire Change of Devices. Grand Gala Night. 
Quadrille Band will be in Attendance.   -Otago Daily Times, 2/4/1863.

We have had submitted to our notice the plans of a swimming and other baths, to be enclosed in a building of some pretensions, which Mr Farley intends erecting near the landing place at Vauxhall Gardens. The plan comprises a, swimming bath for gentlemen, 300 feet long by 40 feet wide; a swimming bath for ladies 200 feet long by 20 feet wide, a shower bath room, eighteen dressing rooms, a waiting room, refreshment room, hall, and all other necessaries for the comfortable carrying out of the project. The want of a private swimming bath has long been felt, and we have no doubt that Mr Farley will be liberally supported by the public.   -Otago Daily Times, 7/10/1863.

Tenders wanted for the Erection of Baths at Vauxhall Jetty. Plans and specifications ready on Thursday, close on Monday, 12th October. C. G. SMITH, Architect.   -Otago Daily Times, 7/10/1863.

Mr Farley, the enterprising proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, his enclosed a considerable area of ground as a rabbit warren. At a great expense rabbits have been procured from Victoria and places in New Zealand, and although a great proportion of the animals died before reaching their home, a sufficient number has been preserved to hold out a prospect of stocking the warren. Mr Farley may be able, while accomplishing his own more direct purposes to effect something in the cause of acclimatisation, and we would recommend him to add to the habitants of his enclosed grounds, pheasants, of which a suitable number for breeding purposes could be easily procured from Auckland, in which place these birds have, in a few years become exceedingly numerous.  -Otago Daily Times, 13/10/1863.

The use of Vauxhall Gardens "for breeding purposes" attracted the attention of a self-imposed guardian of the morals of the good people of Dunedin, James Grant. He felt a pressing need to warn the good people against the moral dangers to be found across the Bay.

...if it be injurious to the community to employ boys to circulate obscene papers, it is equally wrong to lure boys and girls, young men and women, over the waters to Vauxhall, where, Sir, at every turn, and at the entrance to secluded lane, alley and walk, the young eye rests upon such bills as these:- "the lover's loan" (Anglice, lane), "Venus' arbour," "Cupid's retreat," &c, &c, &c.  Sir, these bills are particularly significant of certain practices indulged there ad libitum, without restraint or shame, or even surprise. It is looked upon as a matter of course, of necessity and convenience. And yet, Sir, the certain tendency of such exhibitions must be "to corrupt the rising generation."...I happen to know several most respectable parties who, at the reading of the local notices in the papers regarding the this same Vauxhall and its attractions , visited the Garden, and came back shocked at the indecencies and liberties there most glaringly practiced; low bonnets and dresses of half inebriated females - the coarsest language used by men to them, as they were returning at 11pm on the boat. Sir, there is no disguising the matter. It is, alas! too true, as many can testify to their ruin. Vauxhall is the haunt of prostitution and debauchery on a grand scale, and the sooner it is suppressed the better. At all events, let the public know its real character, and let the Press cease its laudations, and, in the name of virtue and religion and honor, warn every honest man and respectable female not to countenance this most questionable rural resort...Will the Press prostitute its honor for the sake of an advertisement? Am I specific enough? I only speak in general terms, and, as it were, with a veil over my face,. I hope I am understood. Is this infant city to be thus debauched? Is virtue to flee from our shores? Is honor but a name? Is there no danger to the community when vice stalks unblushingly in the light of day and in the shades of night, and the harlot, openly in the highways, and in the secret alleys, solicits her victims to their moral perdition? It is scandalous and impious. -Daily Telegraph, 11/11/1863.

Farley, of course, could not let such accusations go unchallenged, and he had easy means to refute at least one of the charges made by Grant.

Sir - I believe you can understand the mingled feelings of astonishment and disgust I felt upon reading in your issue of today an article headed "Vauxhall - the Haunt of Infamy." My first feeling was that of unmitigated scorn for the mean and scurrilous author, and a determination to treat the abominable production with the contempt it it so justly merits; but upon a more calm perusal of this untruthful and uncalled for epistle, I deemed a contradiction of the calumny to be not only a duty I owed to myself, but much more to those who have so often honoured me with their patronage; for, in this sweeping condemnation of the Gardens, not only is it evidently the intention of the writer to injure me with them, but also with those who, from the nature of their occupations or habits, have never visited Vauxhall. I can, however confidently assert that should it at any time be deemed necessary to refer to as to how the Gardens are conducted, I can obtain at once the favourable testimony of those whose position is admitted, and those whose veracity is undoubted. I have therefore determined, in a brief letter, through your columns, to reply to this disgraceful attack.

In the first place, the writer states that the "young eye is at all points met by names of walks and lanes used for the encouragement of purposes which, from their filthy and demonizing character it is unnecessary to repeat." These names he describes as the "Lover's loan" or "Lane;" "Venus' arbour," "Cupid's retreat," &c, &c, &c.  Now, Sir I most solemnly declare, and am prepared with unquestionable proof, that this is a gross mis-statement and can only have emanated either from most culpable ignorance or wilful malice. The names of the various walks as they appear upon the painted boards are as follows:- "Fern Tree Avenue," "Christine Parade," "Somnus Parade," "Lovers' Walk," "Bachelors' Walk," "Bay View Walk," "View Point," "Ocean View," "Sweet Briar Walk," and "Regina Promenade." I therefore ask you, Sir, how any man dare rush into print at the expense of truth, and presume so uncharitably to judge that that these unusual and necessary avenues in a pleasure gardens are used for the vile purposes he would insinuate.

In conclusion, I can only add that I am determined, in justice to myself and my patrons, to seek redress elsewhere for this base and libellous attack.  -Daily Telegraph, 11/11/1863.

From our own correspondent
There has been a rather warm controversy carried on in the columns of the 'Daily Telegraph' touching the moral tendencies of our Vauxhall gardens. The case appears to stand thus: One Mr. Farley, an enterprising capitalist, did some time ago lay out several acres of ground in walks and parterres as a recreation ground. In fine weather, and at holiday times it is used during the day for picnic purposes by the reputable portion of our citizens. The ground, to use the phrase of an auctioneer, is "most delightfully situate," being on the edge of the bay, and "commanding a magnificent view of the surrounding country". So far no charge can lie against Vauxhall gardens! But when sober citizens, with their wives and daughters, sisters or sweethearts, think it good to return to their houses, then do young ladies who are better known to night and retired back-thoroughfares, in company with gallants, resort to this place; and it is said to convert to bad account that which was expressly intended for innocent enjoyment. I fear this is too true, although the proprietor most indignantly denies the charge. The question which is being discussed is, are we to have no al fresco places of amusement because loose women, and fast young men will patronise such, and cannot be deterred from paying their money and obtaining admittance. It is averred, and I think with a great deal of truth, that if respectable people could be induced to patronise these out-of-door entertainments the evil complained of would cease to exist. That vice and immorality would flee the presence of propriety, decency, and good order. It is urged that infamy ought not to be permitted to usurp the amusements of the innocent and put them to the route, and that instead of parents and protectors shunning such places they should patronise them that they may be made respectable. It is a difficulty at any time for vice to stand against the reproving presence of the virtuous.  -Lyttelton Times, 24/11/1863.

From our own correspondent
There has been a long, strong and warm controversy, touching the goings-on at our Vauxhall Gardens.  It has been stated through the newspapers that ladies of easy virtue, and gentlemen without domestic ties, do assemble at this place of an evening, and carry on in a manner highly indecorous and immoral. In fine, Vauxhall Gardens has been designated an al fresco resort for the worst characters of both sexes. Mr. Farley the proprietor has repudiated the charge, and I think successfully. I imagine that our Vauxhall is not worse than the Vauxhall of my youth. I hope it is not so bad. I cannot see how an enterprising capitalist who lays out at an immense expense several acres of ground on garden walks and parterres — and who illuminates it on "gala" nights with lamps and pyrotechnic displays, can be made answerable for the conduct of his male and female visitors. But us Dunedinites are very strict in these matters, that is what makes me wonder and ask myself why there is more prostitution in our city than (for its population) there is in any city or town in the neighboring, colonies.   -Southland Times, 25/11/1863.

Open Early next Month. Considerable improvements have been effected since last season - viz., additional swings, gymnasium, skittle and long pin alleys, jumping, quoits, trap-bat and ball and new racing grounds, shooting gallery, archery for ladies, and private pic-nic ground — fenced off for parties, with music provided. Arrangements have been made for pigeon shooting and rabbit-coursing during the season, in a field near the Gardens. A variety of new walks have been laid out, commanding a view of Dunedin and the Bay, with their surrounding picturesque and beautiful scenery. Hot, cold, shower, and swimming baths for ladies and gentlemen, are now in course of erection, for which monthly tickets will be issued at reduced prices, and to facilitate the means of access, a new foot-road above high-water mark has been made leading from the Gardens to Mr Hildreth's Hotel, Anderson's Bay — about five minutes' walk. Mr Hildreth intends running a conveyance to and from Dunedin, and the proprietor will regularly ply the Vauxhall steamer Minerva (now undergoing a thorough overhaul) in connection with the Baths, from 6 o'clock a.m. Walker's Quadrille Band will be in attendance daily, and will perform the newest overtures and the most choice and favorite operatic selections. The above-mentioned improvements having been carried out regardless of cost, the proprietor feels confident the public will appreciate the undertaking by their patronage. Previous to commencing business, the proprietor is open to receive tenders tor the purchase of the Gardens altogether, or the lease of them for the season of three months, in one lot or separately in three lots, as follows:- 1. Bar, rotunda recreation and pic-nic grounds and gates. 2 Shooting gallery. 3. Baths, with refreshment saloons attached, and steamers. The bars are fitted up with soda-water, ginger beer and lemonade machines, and water and spirit taps are laid on; in fact, the whole will be replete in the course of a few days, with every convenience for carrying on an extensive business with the quickest dispatch and the least possible expense. Parties disposed to tender, are requested to furnish the same, on or before the 1st December to Mr H. Farley, from whom any further particulars may be obtained. Terms liberal.
Wanted, a gentlemanly young man, of good address to manage the out-door sports, viz.— running, jumping, swimming, shooting, bowling, quoits, &c. A qualified person, who can furnish testimonials for sobriety and integrity, can apply by letter before lst December.—H. FARLEY, office, Cutting, Princes street.  -Otago Daily Times, 30/11/1863.

Original Correspondence.
THE BOATMEN. To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir,— In your, paper of yesterday I perceive a rather extraordinary letter from some boatmen signing themselves Liardet Brothers, to which I should not have replied had not the writers brought my name in question. Your remarks in a former issue condemnatory of the language and general conduct of the boatmen I fully endorse, having experienced for the last twelve months a series of annoyances and extortion from these men. It is well known that they have never scrupled to take advantage of every unfavorable change of weather or other contrariety to levy their extortions on the public; indeed the writer, Liardet, who is so desirous of enlisting public sympathy, has been one of the number who to my own knowledge has on many occasions demanded and insisted upon double and even treble fares with impunity. I therefore determined to put a stop to these practices by reducing the fare to sixpence. But I would now ask if I chose to take passengers for nothing what right have these men, or any other man, to interfere with my arrangements? Vauxhall has cost me an immense outlay, and I am dependant upon the public for reimbursement; I am therefore, in common justice both to them and myself, imperatively bound to make every exertion to protect them from extortion. 
These boatmen have assumed a most extraordinary tone in asking for sympathy because of my action in the matter, as if I had in any way infringed their rights, when the very reverse happens to be the case, for they by their conduct have most seriously injured me. Vauxhall was my undertaking, and it opened up a wide field for employment so long as they acted fairly and honestly, but, when I saw them indulging in every description of extortion, I should have been guilty of the grossest neglect both of my own interest and that of my patrons if I had not taken immediate measures for stopping such proceedings.
With regard to the condition of my boats, I shall be most happy to submit them for inspection, having selected a number of the largest and safest whaleboats to ply every quarter of an hour in connection with the steamer. I have likewise appointed a thoroughly competent man as timekeeper and manager to guarantee the public civility and despatch without extortion, and competent sober men as boatmen. 
Apologising, for occupying so much of your valuable space, I am,&c, Henry Farley.  -Otago Daily Times, 31/12/1863.

(To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir,—We again request the favor of your kindness to grant a space in your valuable and widely circulated columns, to reply to Mr H. Farley in your paper of the 31st, wherein he publishes a letter reflecting on us in no measured terms, or we should not again feel disposed to continue a contest through the medium of the press. Among other assertions, what Mr Farley is pleased to call extortion by charging extra fare, on some occasions the state of the weather is such that an extra amount of labor is involved, and we have charged fairly in proportion. Again, Mr Farley states we are desirous of enlisting public sympathy — we are to a certain extent: viz., that they should be in a position to perceive that Mr F. is very anxious to reduce fares, at the expense of the watermen, but he forgets that the charge of five shillings for entering Vauxhall Gardens, after 4 p.m., is not by any means moderate, if he is desirous to reduce, let him show a good example by lowering his own. It is obvious Mr Farley can afford to convey visitors to and fro gratis, while such a rate is maintained for entrance to the gardens. Mr Farley reduces the fares to the detriment of a number of men who have no other means of support, but does not make any effort to meet the public in the spirit he would endeavor to impress on them. We would beg leave further to add, that in all other ports watermens fares are regulated from a given hour, to some defined time, after that the fares are increased, and in tempestuous weather the charges are extra. 
We are, &c, LIARDET BROTHERS.   -Otago Daily Times, 1/1/1864.

A notice appears in another column, requesting those who intend to take part in the forthcoming Tilting Match, to, at once enter themselves. We understand there is likely to be a large number of competitors, and the Committee are sparing no pains to make the Tournament a thorough success. The beautiful grounds of Vauxhall have been chosen as the place where it is to come off. Several steamers will be engaged to convey passengers.  -Otago Daily Times, 25/1/1864.

THURSDAY, 25th FEBRUARY, at 2 o'clock sharp. 
VAUXHALL GARDENS, Comprising Twenty Acres of Fine Alluvial land, beautifully laid out without the slightest regard to cost. Held upon a lease of 21 years, at a NOMINAL RENT. Magnificent and Profitable Investment. To Capitalists, Caterers for Public Amusement, Enterprising Hotelkeepers, and Others. 
have been favored with instructions from the proprietor, H. Farley, Esq., in consequence of his retiring from business, to sell by auction, at their rooms, Manse street, on Thursday, 25th February, at 2 o'clock sharp, The following truly valuable properties:— Lot 1. The large bar, 45 x 25, ladies' refreshment room, about 18 x 15, a private sitting-room, 12 x 12, two bedrooms and bathroom attached, large cellar under bar, the shooting gallery, 180 x 16. furnished with iron targets, side wings, &c, with two sitting rooms fronting the bay attached. On the south side of the shooting gallery is the manager's room and storerooms adjoining over which is a large zinc tank capable of containing six thousand gallons of water. Private pic-nic ground, fenced off so that it cannot be overlooked. Rotunda for dancing, with small bar and ladies' dining room attached, and detached ladies' dressingroom. The large and splendid dancing pavilion with bar attached, twelve handsomely designed summer houses, sundry seats and statuary, tramway and cars, tramway house, lodge to front entrance with gateway and arch, also back lodge and fences to ditto. The rabbit warren well stocked, comprising about six acres closely fenced all round. The whole of the grounds have been most tastefully laid out and decorated regardless of cost, abounding with the choicest description of trees, shrubs, and plants, both indigenous and exotic. A number of beautiful walks and promenades, a large and handsome garden substantially fenced round, in which will be found a most choice selection of fruits and flowers, also a large strawberry garden well laid out and planted of about 1 1/2 acre. Magnificent bowling green, foot racing, quoit and jumping grounds. Firework manufactory, erected on the grounds under the management of Professor Prescott, two skittle alleys, swings, &c, outhouses, stabling, piggery, poultry yard, pigeon houses, &c. The whole of the bar fittings, live-stock and stock-in-trade, consisting of ales, wines, spirits, &c, to be taken at valuation after the sale of the house and premises. The stock will only amount to some few hundred pounds, the terms for which will be one half cash and the balance by an approved bill at 3 months. 
The purchaser of lot No. 1 will have the advantage of the great tilting tournament initiated by the Caledonian Society, to take place in March next, also the opportunity of arranging for the services of the large new paddlewheel steamer Peninsula, which will be available to run across to the gardens every afternoon and at night when required. The purchaser of this lot No. 1 to have joint use of part of the landing jetty contained in lot No. 2. 
Lot 2. The bath, containing about fifty gentlemen's bathing and dressing rooms, the swimming bath is 360 feet in length, by 60 feet wide, all securely fenced round and completed in a superior style, together with three hot bath rooms and cold shower bath do. The ladies' department consists of swimming bath, children's bath and shower do. Three hot bath rooms. Ladies' dressing-rooms and necessary appurtenances thereto. Three large zinc water tanks for fresh and salt water. Hot water furnace. Ladies' waiting and refreshment rooms. Bar refreshment saloon. Front Grand Stand erected over the whole range of building and seated with reversible seats so as to command a view in every direction and capable of accommodating from 300 to 400 persons. All bar fittings and utensils, together with 3 or 4 boats, to be taken at valuation after the sale. Purchaser of lot No. 1 to have joint use of part of the landing jetty contained in this lot, No. 2. 
The proprietor finds that in consequence of impaired health, brought about by the care and anxiety attendant upon carrying out this undertaking during the last fifteen months, it is rendered imperative that he immediately relinquish public business, and he therefore wishes it to be distinctly understood that the whole of the property is to be sold to the highest bidder without reserve. Prior to the sale the gardens will be open to the public as usual during the day, and the large paddle-wheel steamer Peninsula will, it is expected, run regularly every afternoon, carrying passengers there and back for Is. return ticket, and it will also run on Gala and Special Nights when required. The ladies' and children's baths are now completed. Shower or cold plunge baths for Ladies and Children Is. Hot salt water baths for Ladies and Gentlemen 2s. each. The outlay of lot, No. 1 amounts as nearly as possible to L10,000: ground held under lease, for 21 years at L300 per annum. 
(Twenty Acres.) 
Lot No. 2. The cost of this lot is about L2000, it is held under a rental to the Government of L20 per annum, and comprises the whole of the Bathing Establishment as before described. 
Observe —Positive Sale. 
Terms- One-third Cash, balance, 3, 6, and 9 mouths, bearing Bank interest.
date of Sale, THURSDAY, 25th FEBRUARY, 1864.   -Otago Daily Times, 9/2/1864.

A foot race for £200 and the championship of Otago came off at the Vauxhall Gardens on Saturday afternoon last. The contest was between Samuel Holmes and Stephen Foster, both of whom hail from Victoria, where they have attained considerable pedestrian celebrity. It had been originally intended to run this match on the Cricket Ground, but owing to the late rains that course was not in sufficient order, and the more elevated and drier ground laid out by Mr Farley for pedestrian purposes at Vauxhall, was used instead, and proved everything that could have been wished for the purpose. The distance to be run was one mile, and the course had to be traversed seven times to complete it. Speculation was not very extensive upon the event, the betting at starting being six to four on Holmes, as it was thought Foster was too stale to successfully compete with so young and renowned an antagonist. The men started by the report of a pistol, Holmes having a slight advantage, which, however, he did not increase during the first three or four laps, Foster running him very close and twice heading him. For the first five laps both men appeared to be running steadily and well within themselves. Holmes' light and springy gait, and the ease with which when headed he appeared to put on a spurt and regain the pride of place, increased the confidence of his friends and a certain victory for him was booked. Foster, however, was not to be so easily disposed of, and in the last lap he made a lead of two or three yards until within a short distance of the goal, when Holmes came with a rush, but too late to win, as he only breasted him on the post; thus making a dead heat of one of the best contested races that has ever taken place in this province. So satisfied were the backers of both men with their performance, and confident as to the ability of each, that they afterwards agreed to double the stakes and run again on the same ground this (Monday) afternoon.  -Otago Daily Times, 15/2/1864.

Vauxhall Gardens and the extensive saltwater baths connected with them, were yesterday afternoon offered for sale, by Messrs McLandress, Hepburn and Co. without eliciting a single bid in advance of the reserves. There was a large attendance at the sale room in Manse street; but it was evident at a glance that very few of the company were present with the slightest thought of bidding. Mr George Cook, solicitor, read the conditions. Mr McLandress then stated that the gardens, with the improvements, would form the first lot; the stock and fixtures to be taken at a valuation — probably L400 would be the outside sum for both. The proprietor, Mr Farley, had now resolved to offer this lot at an upset price of L2000 only, and would not make anything like a bid if that sum was advanced upon. The lease was for 21 years, of which 20 years were to run; the extent of ground was 20 acres, at a ground-rent of L300 a year; and the owner would be ready to sell the freehold to-morrow, at a price which any purchaser of the lot would admit to be reasonable. Mr Farley had expended in laying out the grounds, erecting the hotel, bars, rotundas, &c. in forming and stocking the rabbit warren, and in other ways, fully Ll0,000; but he would, solely on account of his heath, sell absolutely, if possible. The purchaser could, without really interfering with the gardens, lay out the front portion of the land in eight or ten single acre sections for building sites, which would no doubt realise as much as would be paid for the lot as offered; while, with a little attention, the rabbit warren alone might be made to pay the ground rent. But the auctioneer's eloquence was wasted — not a bid was made. The same was the case with lot 2, the baths, upon which it was stated L2000 has been expended. A yearly rental of L20 was payable to the Government; the lease might be regarded as for 999 years; and the upset price was L600. A would-be wit, who was squatted on a heap of dry goods, caused a laugh, by asking, "Is there any water rate?" The auctioneer replied in the negative and withdrew the lot; and the room was soon cleared of the company.  -Otago Daily Times, 26/2/1864.

A. Clark and Others v. Farley. Mr Prendargast for the plaintiffs, Messrs O'Loughlin and Ward for the defence. Plaintiffs are musicians, and were engaged by defendant to play at Vauxhall. An agreement was made in writing whereby defendant agreed to pay L22 10s to plaintiffs for their services. A week's wages was now claimed, but Mr Farley objected to pay because some of the band had got drunk at times. On the l9th defendant offered to give L20 to annul the engagement, as the gardens were not paying. This sum was refused, and defendant then offered L45 in full of all demands; at that time L45 was due to them, being two weeks' wages. In cross-examination the plaintiff Clark admitted that a fine of so much a day was agreed on, in case of any of the bandsmen getting drunk or being absent. It was further admitted that, during part of the time for which wages were claimed, three of the plaintiffs were unable to play through excessive drinking. The hearing lasted a very long time, and resulted in the case being dismissed
Another case of the same kind, between the same parties, was also heard, in which the plaintiffs were nonsuited.  -Otago Daily Times, 27/2/1864.

VAUXHALL GARDENS. Wednesday, 23rd inst.
STEAMERS Betsy Douglas and Peninsula will run all day up to 12 p.m. there and back, 1s. To wind up in the evening with Fancy Dress Ball and magnificent display of Fireworks. For the convenience of families the fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. punctually. H Farley.  -Otago Daily Times, 21/3/1864.

There was fortunately fine weather for the General Holiday yesterday, in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the settlement of Otago. The Tilting Tourney was the chief attraction, and nearly 2000 persons visited Vauxhall Gardens for the purpose of witnessing it. The Volunteer Rifles, Nos. 1 and 2 Companies, and some of the Artillery, marched to Green Island, and afterwards had luncheon on the lawn at the residence of Captain J. Cargill, of No. 2 Company. Some other members of the Artillery, with members of the Scotch corps and Naval Brigade, joined and had a short march. In the evening there was dancing in the rotunda at Vauxhall, and a fine display of fireworks. A "tilting ball" was held in the evening at Hildreth's Anderson's Bay Hotel, and passed off very well. The Princess Theatre was crowded; and "The Bearded Lady" had an unusually large number of visitors. As a whole the holiday seemed to be rationally and happily spent.
A second unsuccessful attempt has been made to sell Vauxhall Gardens. Yesterday afternoon, during an interval in the Tilting Tourney, Mr McLandress offered the gardens and the baths in one lot. The advertisement of the sale contained the statement, that there was "every reason to believe that there are now purchasers in the market who had not the opportunity of attending previously," but none such was present yesterday. There was really no bid at all; and after submitting to some chaff, the auctioneer withdrew the property and himself. Of the company attracted to the gardens by the Tilting Tourney, not many remained in the gardens after it was concluded. But the calm beauty of the evening, and the glorious moonlight, combined with the promised fancy dress ball, and fireworks, were sufficient to induce a large number of persons to cross the Bay during the evening; and the gardens were more nearly "thronged" than they have been, except on one or two occasions, since they were opened. The fireworks were very good indeed, but the moonlight somewhat diminished their brilliancy.  -Otago Daily Times, 24/3/1864.

The Grand Tilting Tourney under the auspices of the Caledonian Society of Otago, which has been by many looked forward to with anxiety for the last two months, was held yesterday, at Vauxhall Gardens; the proprietor, Mr H. Farley, having made an offer of very liberal terms to the committee to induce them to choose the Gardens for the purpose. The day was the 16th anniversary of the settlement of the Province, and was, therefore, kept as a general holiday. The weather, which was very boisterous and wet during Tuesday, remained very threatening yesterday forenoon; but, with the usual good luck which has attended the Society, there was a change for the better before noon; and the afternoon was all that could be desired — sunshiny, without being too hot, and there being also a pleasant breeze. It would scarcely be possible to find a space better suited for a Tilting Tourney than is the enclosure in Vauxhall Gardens, which was made for the purpose of foot races and general sports. The enclosure is of ample size for the best display of horsemanship, and for keeping the ring-posts wide apart; and in addition to the large number of spectators who could find comfortable accommodation round the enclosure, a slight rise in the ground towards the refreshment house gave capital standing room for many more. At this point there was some seating provided. The only thing which the directors needed to supply, to ensure a goodly attendance if the weather proved fair, was a means of conveniently crossing the Bay. This was supplied by the hiring of the two harbor steamers, the Peninsula and the Betsy Douglas, to run constantly from the Jetty to the Gardens. No charge was made, beyond 2s 6d, which had to be paid by adults before entering the Gardens. The arrangement worked so well that there must have been, during the afternoon, from 1,700 to 2,000 persons present. Flags were displayed in the centre of the enclosure, and at other points; and the gardens generally looked charmingly fresh and green. There were two or three refreshment booths, the letting of which was a privilege conceded to the Society. 
We have already described the prizes provided by the Committee. They consisted of three handsome silver cups, manufactured by Mr Hyman, of Princes street, and respectively of the value of 50, 30, and 20 guineas, and two gold medals, one worth twelve guineas and the other seven guineas. They were all exhibited yesterday, in a glass case, placed on a stand near the enclosure; and the cups were generally admired for their proportions and artistic finish. 
The entrance money for competitors was three guineas; and the conditions were that the cups should first be tilted for, each competitor having six rounds at four rings; the medals to go as "consolation stakes" for the vanquished in the effort to gain the more costly prizes. There were only fifteen competitors, which was a much smaller number than we had been led to expect. For convenience, they were divided into three lots of five each. The tilting was on the whole good; and it was no secret that a good many were deceived in the result. There was one competitor who was backed freely to win first or second prize, and he had practised sedulously; but, he was not in good health yesterday, and he failed to secure any one of the five prizes. The following was the order in which the tilts were run, and the result in each case :—  (these figures are missing from the report)
This settled the matter as to the first two prizes, which were won by McDonald and Laing, respectively. McDonald, who is, we believe, a stock rider, rode most dashingly, and caught off his rings in the finest style. Laing, it was said, is a settler in the Green Island district. We do not remember that either of them had taken part in the previous tilting matches, got up by the Caledonian Society; and their success was not anticipated, except perhaps by their immediate friends. The running yesterday was watched with interest, and McDonald was naturally greeted with loud applause, as he went on winning so slashingly. 
But the third prize cup was so far from being won that there were six ties at 5 rings each; and consequently there had to be a play off. The following was the result:- (totals) Mumford, 5; Copland, 7; J Loggie, 6; Moore, 4; Jones, 4 Calder, 7.
This left another tie between Copeland and Calder, who had each secured 7 rings, and then playing off was decidedly the most exciting part of the afternoon's amusements. The judges decided that three rounds should be run. In the first, each got a ring; and when, in the second, Copeland secured two, the odds were in his favor. But Calder, nothing daunted, dashed round, and came up to the Judges with two also. All now rested upon a single round: and Copeland, whose horse was the best on the ground for the work, "went in" with a vengeance, and carried off all four rings thus taking his score to seven. Calder started, but missed the first ring, and as he then could neither win or tie, it was not surprising that he left his score at three. Copeland was cheered most vociferously; and he certainly won most cleverly his position as third prizeman. Three rounds each ware allowed for the "Consolation Stakes" — the two medals. The twelve unsuccessful ones were divided into two lots, and they tilted with the following results: - 1st Division.
The twelve guinea medal was thus won by James Loggie, and the seven-guinea by Mumford. 
There were subsequently some sweepstakes got up, and the sport was continued until the shades of evening stopped it. The Provincial brass band, under Mr Fleury, played at intervals during the afternoon, the stand for the members being erected in the centre of the enclosure.
There was a rush for the steamers as soon as the tilting had terminated, the great bulk of the visitors returning at once to town, uninfluenced by the attractions of the nice quadrille band in the rotunda, or by the promised fancy dress ball and display of fireworks. 
The Tilting Tourney was, altogether, a success; and the funds of the Society must be, we should think, gratifyingly increased as a result. Last evening, there was a ''Grand Tilting Ball," at Hildreth's Anderson's Bay Hotel, where there is a fine room for such a purpose. We believe that the ball was well patronised, and was throughout a success.  -Otago Daily Times, 24/3/1864.

Tilting was a winner - indeed, a Tilting Society was suggested - and Farley sought to capitalise on its attraction.
 At Vauxhall Gardens, there will be more tilting. This time, the trial of skill will be between Mr Alan McDonald, who was the first-prize-man at the tourney, and Mr James Loggie. It is to be for "£20 and the championship," and the competitors are to have seven rounds at four rings.   -Otago Daily Times, 28/3/1864.

A tilting match, understood to be for £20 a side, came off yesterday afternoon, at Vauxhall Gardens, between Messrs Alan McDonald and James Loggie. Mr McDonald took the first prize at the Caledonian Society's tourney, and he afterwards vanquished Mr William Loggie; but yesterday he was unsuccessful. His own horse was said to have fallen lame; and, acting on the advice of injudicious friends, he two or three times shitted his seat, and certainly lessened his chance thereby. The animal which he rode during the majority of the rounds was somewhat too fast — needed more management than was consistent with a careful poise of the lance. The conditions of the match were that 30 rings should be tilted at, and that McDonald should give Loggie two points. Four rings were used, so that in the eighth round only two were tilted at. The following was the score:— 
Loggie ............. 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 0: 10 
McDonald......... 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 0:  9 
Loggie thus won by three, including the two points given. He struck about half a dozen rings in addition to those which he carried off. Messrs Dowse and Maddock acted as umpires, and Mr F. D. Hamilton as referee and starter. There was a good deal of betting, McDonald being the favorite at first, except with a few. The visitors left the Gardens soon after the match was over.   -Otago Daily Times, 29/3/1864.

 A grand pigeon sweepstake of L5 each will be shot on Saturday next, April 9th, at Vauxhall Gardens. A meeting of those interested will he held to-morrow evening at the Union Hotel, when final arrangements respecting distance, bore of gun, weight of shot, &c., &c, will be made. The following gentlemen have already expressed their intention of competing, but any others who wish to join can do so:—Messrs O. H. Gillies, Dyson, Taylor, Wilson, Nelms, Liardet, Stronach, Farquhar, S. Jones, Dodson, and Harding. The meeting of to-morrow will also allot the proportion of stakes to first, second, and third.  -Otago Daily Times, 4/4/1864.

The LOLA MONTES and LADY GAY SPANKER are engaged to convey Subscribers and Visitors to the above Match, on Saturday, 9th April, at 11 a.m., and during the afternoon. Return ticket, 2s. 
H. E. LIARDET.  -Otago Daily Times, 7/4/1864.

WANTED, Pigeons in small or large quantities. H. Farley, office in Cutting.   -Otago Daily Times, 15/4/1864.

A pigeon shooting match came off on Saturday afternoon at Vauxhall Gardens, for a Sweepstakes of £5 each. There were five competitors. The conditions were seven birds each, with 21 yards rise; £15 for the first prize, and £l0 for the second. The result was as follows : —Harding, 6; Clark, 5; Dean, 5; Dyson, 5; and Stronach, 4. In shooting off for the second prize, one bird each was allowed. As a start, each man brought down his bird; but in the second round Dean missed. Clark and Dyson being thus left, they each made a miss, and then both killed his bird; and then Clark missed, and Dyson hit, and won the second prize. Two or three other matches were subsequently got up. There was only a small muster of spectators.  -Otago Daily Times, 2/5/1864.

CHAMPION FOOT RACE - £50 a-side, at Vauxhall, on Monday, 19th September. 
This great Foot-race, to decide the Championship of New Zealand, between Frederick Wain, of Canterbury, and Daniel Artingsall, of Otago; distance 300 yards; start at 2 p.m..—Admission, 1s each to the Gardens.—.Conveyance per boat, from New Jetty, or road via Anderson's Bay.  -Otago Daily Times, 16/9/1864.

TO LET BY TENDER — These most complete and extensive Baths, replete with every convenience, well fitted dressing rooms, and securely fenced all round. Subdivided for ladies and gentlemen, with separate entrances. 
Tenders will be opened on Friday, the 28th inst, at 12 noon, at our offices, where further information can be obtained. 
EVANS, KENNELLY and CO, Estate Agents, Princes street.   -Otago Daily Times, 29/10/1864.

Original Correspondence.
VAUXHALL GARDENS. (To the Editor of the Daily Times.; Sir —Believing in the necessity of relaxation from business anxieties and the many corroding amenities of every-day life in Dunedin, a holiday to my mind is one of those oases in one's colonial pilgrimage which brings with it pleasurable anticipations. This day has been celebrated in Dunedin as the anniversary day of the Prince of Wales— and in no part of the British possessions have there been more enthusiasm and patriotism evinced than in Dunedin; the most callous and misanthropic must have witnessed with what exuberance and ardor the Foresters assembled with with their wives and families on their excursion to the Heads in the steamer Bruce, whilst the Favorite and Peninsula drafted freight after freight of living animated beings at sixpence a head from Dunedin to Vauxhall Jetty. Sir, Vauxhall Gardens, I understand, have changed hands. Hundreds were induced to-day to visit the gardens with the view to recreation, and on the understanding that, as no price was fixed by advertisement for admission, that no fee should be asked, but Mr S. E. R. Jones has not yet forgotten how the public will submit to pay for their pleasure. This gentleman, when remonstrated with on the impropriety of his conduct in charging 2s 6d admission into these gardens, alleged as an excuse that Mr Hamilton, his factotum, forgot to advertise the price. I have no language to express my indignation at so flagrant a breach of confidence, and I endorse the opinions of hundreds who visited these gardens to-day, that Mr Jones has committed a grievous mistake, for should he aspire to future patronage, serious doubts will be entertained whether there may not be a dodge as in the admission to Vauxhall Gardens. 
Yours, &c., T. Birch.  -Otago Daily Times, 10/11/1864.

(To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir —The wisest of men has said that "he who spareth the rod, spoileth the child," and your present correspondent has therefore strong hopes of "keeping wholesome" after the dose of Birch administered the other day, through your columns. Had not absence in the country prevented the castigation being immediately felt, a rejoinder would have been more speedy; but few words will suffice to prove that once again "the schoolmaster is abroad," at least in a flagellating sense. Well aware am I that the British Public can never be truly happy, if deprived of the privilege of their traditional growl; and many hundreds can bear true witness that the arrangements for all holiday-seekers' pleasure were so varied and liberal, on Wednesday last, that, but for the sauve qui peut of grumbling, some of the visitors at the Vauxhall Gala must have verified the poetical idiom of "roses dying of aromatic pain!" But, joking aside, it puzzles the present lucubrator to account for any person of sense complaining at the small charge of half-a-crown for the entire day and night's amusement, when such charge is only ordinary "pit price." Moreover, steamboats having advertised to ply for the paltry fare of sixpence each way, instead of the public risking the danger and extortion of watermen's wherries, could by no means be deemed a criterion for the grounds being opened free to all comers. Week after week no charge is made for entrance, or for enjoying the means of outdoor pastimes so freely provided; but, when valuable prizes are offered to attract competitors for such national sports as are most popular, and large expenses are undertaken to supply the wants of holiday-seekers, how is it possible to evade the commercial axiom of "nothing for nothing?" When Bartine performed last year, a larger price was demanded by Mr Farley; and the Caledonian Society charged the "vexed half-crown" for their late Tilting Match at the said gardens; the charge, therefore, is no innovation and has long been borne out by custom at Melbourne Cremorne, and other al fresco places of amusement in Australia. No one has hitherto complained at paying "five bob a nob" for night balls at the Rotunda, or elsewhere; how then can they object to disbursing half the sum for an entire day's fun, and to receiving return free tickets for a moonlight dance, a sixpenny steamer being furnished for all comers? Such malcontents would a assuredly object to some unknown Nabob Uncle leaving them a few unexpected thousands in his last will and testament! Seriously speaking, however, and allowing to the few growlers that their only excuse for faultfinding was the admission price not being advertised, the present writer is told to state that he would as readily have expected to see the prices of admission to the Theatre printed at the foot of Miss Cleveland's '"Leah" posters, as at the end of the Vauxhall programme for regatta, tournament, &c, &c. At any rate, no deception was intended on the oi polloi, and so far from their being any sin of commission on the part of Mr Jones, it is readily granted to have been only one of omission in the part of him facetiously termed, a la Birch.
The Factotum.  -Otago Daily Times, 15/11/1864.

(To the Editor of the Daily Times.,)
Sir—One cannot suppress a laugh after reading "The Factotum's" letter in your issue of the 15th. The ridiculous line of defence he puts forth for not advertising the price of admission to Vauxhall Gardens on the Prince of Wales' birthday, is highly amusing — first, he takes to himself the fatherly duty of correcting your former correspondent on the same subject, whom he terms "A la Birch," then talks of absence in the country, which prevented him from replying sooner, alludes to what he calls the paltry fare of 6d per head each way for a trip in the steamer instead of the public risking the danger and extortion of watermens' wherries (considerate "Factotum"), and concludes by stating that no deception was intended, and expresses his surprise that any person of "sense" should complain of the small charge of half a crown for an entire day and night of amusement. "Factotum" speaks also of the enormous expense incurred in providing enjoyment for the public. May I ask him what became of the entrance monies paid for the national sports he speaks of. But the public are too wide-awake now-a-days to listen to such, trash as large expenses, valuable prizes, &c. As for him comparing a few acres of cleared land laid out into walks, with two or three dilapidated swings, and a couple of monkeys, to Cremorne, in Melbourne, is beneath the notice of anyone who has ever visited that excellent place of amusement. The fact is "Factotum" was morally bound to make some reply, therefore he is forgiven. But I would suggest to him the next time he rushes into print to be less poetic and more humble. In conclusion, I would say, whether the growling alluded to arose from the half-crown charged, or the non-advertisement of the same, let the proprietor give notice when he intends charging the same, and I venture to predict that neither he nor his "Factotum," will ever see so large an assembly as was in Vauxhall Gardens on the Prince of Wales' Birthday, 1864. 
I am, &c, Teetotum.  -Otago Daily Times, 17/11/1864.

Opening of the Season, December 1st, 1864. 
Boat fare each way included ! ! 
THE MINERVA and other large boats in attendance from 6 to 9 a.m. 
Bath Tickets for One Month, L1 1s (including Boat hire) to be obtained at Vauxhall Bath, or by order, at C. Rees' Provincial Cigar Divan, Stafford street.   -Otago Daily Times, 26/11/1864.

Notice of postponement, In consequence of the Inclemency of the Weather.
Will take place THIS EVENING, (TUESDAY,) 29th NOV. 
Young Ladies are particularly invited. Chair to be taken at 8 o'clock. 
FREE FETE ! ! ! 
Continuation of the TILTING TOURNAMENT, 
And commencement of other SPORTS. 
First Performance of those able Musicians, long known in Victoria and N.S. Wales as BURTON'S BRASS BAND, (Leader—HERR FUZT), 
Who have been specially engaged for the Vauxhull Season, in order to supply first-class music for 
Swings, Gymnastics, Skittles, Quoits, &c, &c. 
N.B.—The Vauxhall Proprietary have arranged, for the accommodation of the Public, that a 
Shall run to and from the Gardens during the AFTERNOON and EVENING. 
On this National Holiday, both during the Afternoon, and to the 
EVENING AL FRESCO BALL!   -Otago Daily Times, 29/11/1864.

There was a very fair attendance at Vauxhall Gardens last evening to witness the pyrotechnic representation of the Siege of Duppel. The weather was somewhat unfavorable for the display; there was more wind than the pyrotechnic artist could have wished, and the threatening clouds which scudded across the bay, no doubt, deterred many who would have otherwise visited the gardens. The town and fortress is well depicted, and the mimic war steamers are sufficiently deceptive in appearance. Shortly after darkness had set in, the mock siege commenced, and by means of plenty of rockets, fire-balls, and other pyrotechnic effects, a very good imitation of the din and glare of a real siege was produced. This was the first public representation, and although several minor defects, which could be easily remedied, were apparent, the display was on the whole a success. We regret to state that an accident of a serious nature befell one of the assistants. A quantity of powder by some means exploded, and severely burnt one of the men near it. He sustained great injury about the face and arms, and his clothes were much burnt. Fortunately Dr Hocken was in the Gardens, and he promptly rendered such assistance as was possible. Every attention was paid to the sufferer by Mr Jones, and it is to be hoped his injuries will not prove so serious as they certainly appeared to be.  -Otago Daily Times, 9/12/1864.

Vauxhall Gardens, upon which Mr. H. Farley expended some L12.000, have recently passed into the hands of Mr S E. R. Jones, as lessee; and the number of visitors since the opening of the season, has been larger than has before been known in any equal period. A pictorial representation of Duppel has been constructed in the Gardens; and twice or three times already there has been a mimic "bombardment and capture" of the place, which has passed off successfully The salt water baths, in connection with the Gardens are becoming more popular; and altogether, there seems reason to conclude that Mr Jones will make his venture pay.  -Otago Daily Times, 17/12/1864.

Under the patronage of His Honor the Superintendent, who has signified his intention of being present. 
THE various Lodges of Oddfellows in Dunedin will hold their 
SECOND GRAND ANNUAL FETE on MONDAY, 2nd January, 1865, at Vauxhall Gardens. The proceeds in aid of the 
The committee has entered into arrangements with the proprietary of Vauxhall for the exclusive right to the grounds during that day and night, and steamers have been engaged to ply regularly each way, at SIXPENNY FARES. 
A great variety of amusements will be provided, and Burton's brass band will be in attendance during the day and evening. A Grand Display of Fireworks at Night, and the great representative tableau of the NIGHT ATTACK ON DUPPEL! 
Tea, coffee, and refreshments of all kinds, at town prices. Tickets may now be had from any member of committee, 2s. 6d. each; children under twelve years, free. 
(By Order), F. CRESSWELL, Hon. Sec. 
When will be presented to the Dunedin Public the FIRST GRAND PYROTECHNICAL DISPLAY
By that famous Artist, MR. BROCK, Formerly Pyrotechnist to Queen Victoria, and lately Manager of the great 
who arrived in Otago, per Aldinga, under Special Engagement, at a large expense, for a 
The Vauxhall Proprietary can confidently aver that the 
As it will be presented on THURSDAY EVENING, Under the skilful arrangements which Mr Brock has been completing for some days, must ensure such 
As cannot but take the Public as well as DUPPEL BY STORM! 
Those who witnessed the two former attempts will scarcely realise the next mimic BOMBARDMENT AND EXPLOSION.
Admission, 1s.
Steamboat provided at only Sixpenny Fares 
Including Boat Fare to and fro, with ATTENDANCE AND TOWELS. 
Monthly Tickets, One Guinea only, can be obtained at the Baths, or at Mr Rees' Cigar Divan.
The Minerva, Thistle, and Grace Darling (first class boat 3 belonging to the Vauxhall proprietary) leave the Jetty every quarter of an hour, from 6 to 9 a.m. 
N.B.- Those fond of Piscatorial Amusements can catch whiting, trevalha, trumpeter, and many other sorts of fish round the edges of the Baths, without losing patience by "waiting for a nibble." Bait and Tackle provided gratuitously for bathers.  -Otago Daily Times, 22/12/1864.

At the Vauxhall Gardens a varied list of old English sports is announced for to-day, and handsome prizes are offered to all comers. For those skilled in equestrianism a new style of tilting has been prepared, the rings being fixed on turbans of masks representing Turks' heads, placed on standards about 1ft from the ground, thus bringing them to the ordinary level of a foot-man. If the tilter succeed in running his lance through the ring, he carries the head (which is purposely made extremely light) away on his lance. A gold trophy is to be presented to the winner. A somewhat similar trophy is also to be given to the best single-stick player, but only Volunteers in uniform are to contend for it. Mr Hyman of Princes street is the manufacturer of both, and they are very creditable to the taste of the designer. Pedestrianism, jumping, quoiting, and numerous other games invite admirers of athletic feats, as well as sack and wheelbarrow racing, bobbing for oranges, grinning through collars, and other "fun of the fair." There will be a firework display by the pyrotechnist Mr Brock. The steamers Golden Age and Peninsula are to run day and evening at sixpenny fares.  -Otago Daily Times, 26/12/1864.

Original Correspondence
THE SPORTS AT VAUXHALL. (To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir—To-day I have been frequently complimented on being so athletic as to leap 8 feet 7 inches at Vauxhall yesterday. Now, as
I am the only one in business in Dunedin bearing such a peculiar name, and as I have no wish to take any of the honors from the leaping gentleman, or any of the misfortunes of the other, will you allow me to state that I am not the party referred to in any of these instances. 
I am, &c, Henry Wise, Dunedin, 28th Dec, 1861. Stationer.  -Otago Daily Times, 29/12/1864.

The past week has been one of festivity and rejoicing, and thanks to the delightful weather with which they have been favored, the holiday-folk and pleasure seekers have been able thoroughly to enjoy themselves. Dunedin literally went out of town on Monday, for what with the thousands who crossed over to Vauxhall, and the thousands of others who in one direction or another turned their backs on the city, the streets, excepting in the neighborhood of the jetties, were pretty well deserted. It takes some time to realise Christmas without its traditionary concomitants of frost and snow, and new arrivals especially, find it strange to see the revels and festivities of the season, carried on under a cloudless sky and blazing sun. But not the closest observer could have detected in the happy faces of the pleasure seekers of Monday any sign of regret at the change. On the contrary, the weather was so pleasant, and the opportunities for recreation were so abundant as to banish all but pleasurable thoughts, and we question much if many allowed sentimental considerations to interfere with their enjoyment.  -Otago Witness, 31/12/1864.

News of the Week
We are requested, by the manager of the late Vauxhall Sports, to mention that the list of round O's, published against the name of Mr Suisted, in the record of the Tilting Match, is in error, as that gentleman only went one round, and was then obliged to leave the ground to fulfil a previous engagement.   -Otago Witness, 31/12/1864.

News of the Week
The fete announced for Monday next at Vauxhall Gardens, in aid of the Sick and Accident Fund of the Volunteer Fire Brigade, deserves the most liberal patronage at the hands of the public of Dunedin. We have had unfortunately too many opportunities of late of testing the efficiency of the Brigade, and the thanks of all classes, owners of property and others, are due to them. They have been the means of saving not only property but life, and that under circumstances that have often endangered their own lives, and still more frequently exposed them to imminent peril of accident. In fact, their duty is one of uniform danger, whilst they are, like the rest of us, liable to the thousand ordinary ills that flesh is heir to. A Sick and Accident Fund is a most necessary part of the Fire Brigade organisation, and we are sure the public will feel their responsibility to contribute to it. The fete will afford a fitting and pleasant opportunity of doing so. We may add that we have received some letters suggesting that a general half-holiday should be observed on the occasion, to render the public recognition of the services of the Brigade the more complete.   -Otago Witness, 18/2/1865.

MONDAY, 27th FEBRUARY, At 12 o'clock. 
By Order of the Trustees in the Estate of Mr S. E. R. JONES. 
Goodwill of THE BUSINESS And the Lease of VAUXHALL GARDENS 
McLANDRESS, HEPBURN AND CO. have been instructed by the Trustees in the Estate of Mr S. E. R. JONES, to Sell by Auction, at Vauxhall Gardens, on Monday 27th inst., at 12 o'clock, 
1st. Mr Jones's interest In the Lease of Vauxhall Gardens 
2nd. The Live Stock in the Gardens 
3rd. The celebrated pony TOM THUMB. 
4th. The well-assorted stock of Wines, Spirits, Beer, &c. 
5th. The Working Plant of the above Gardens, consisting of Furniture and Bar Fittings, with the Statuary and embellishments throughout the grounds.   -Otago Daily Times, 24/2/1865.

Unprovoked assault.— Kate McDonnell appeared to answer the complaint of Emma Dixon, charging her with an assault. From the evidence of prosecutrix it appeared that she had just finished a dance in the Rotunda, at Vauxhall Gardens, on the 28th. instant, when the defendant, without any provocation whatever, struck her in the eye, and made use of the most unmentionable epithets towards her. A witness corroborated prosecutrix's testimony. In extenuation, defendant stated that the prosecutrix was as much to blame as herself, and produced a hat in Court which she said had been torn by her. She was fined 40s and costs, or, in default, to be sent to jail for one week.   -Otago Witness, 25/2/1865.

THATCHER’S OTAGO SONGSTER. The inimitable seems to maintain his position as favorite with the public wherever he appears, and from his peculiar talent of extracting humor out of every event that falls under his notice, we predict that he will continue to maintain it. The little unpretending publication now under notice is every way worthy of him, and recalls in a striking manner the entertainments he has given in our town. It contains a medley on the great assault case — McCombe v. Martin — and nine other pieces, including one on the expected visit of the Governor, which, though postponed, will yet no doubt happen at some time. We give the concluding stanza —
Yes, the Governor is coming some day to see this town, 
The Falcon should have brought him t’other day; 
A splendid guard of honor with him he will bring down, 
what a treat 'twill be to see Sir Georgy Grey!
In our very best clothes every one of us will be arrayed, 
And Walker-street will turn out very gay; 
He'll have a hearty welcome from the folks in the Arca de 
“We are very glad to see you, Georgy Grey.” 
There is also one suggesting that a course of lectures on important public questions by distinguished individuals would attract an attendance at the Exhibition on the 5s days, when it seems the affair does not pay. He says— 
Some new attraction p'raps would draw, And Thatcher now conjectures, 
Twould pay if certain persons would Give entertaining lectures. 
I’ve got a list of lecturers, So grant me your attention, 
And the subjects they should touch upon. To you I’ll briefly mention 
We give a selection of the lectures proposed —
Lecture 3 — On Governmental Humbugs, Political Shams, and Diplomatic Dodges, by his Excellency Sir George Grey. 
Lecture 7 — On Gold Deposits, how to work them and extract the precious metal, by a Dunstan Policeman. 
Lecture 12 — On the vanity of Otago’s Rulers, with a treatise on puffed-up Sadlers, inflated Superintendents, and incompetent Magistrates, by James Gordon Stuart Grant. 
In a description of the amusements to be found at Vauxhall, he introduces the Happy Family, and cleverly alludes to recent events well known to newspaper readers by pitching another happy family of a somewhat different kind, as follows— 
Then there’s a happy family, and well do they agree, Three goats, four pigs, a cat and dog, and turkeys you will see; 
And ducks keep waddling about, but none each other maul, They live in perfect amity caged up there at Vauxhall. 
It’s a lessen to us bipeds, for you'll observe no brawl. Among the happy family penned up there at Vauxhall 
Jones means to show a novel kind of happy family, There’ll be McCombe and B. B Martin chatting pleasantly, 
And Grant and Martin, but they won’t be quarrelling at all, And Mackenzie too will fraternise with Vogel at Vauxhall; 
The charge will be an extra bob, you’ll say it’s very small, To see the new attraction Shadrach offers at Vauxhall.
-Hawkes Bay Times, 15/2/1865.

(To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir—At the last District Meeting of the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society, it was resolved to hold an anniversary of the Order on the 9th of November, for the purpose of raising a fund, to be called the "District Relief Fund," therefrom to aid distressed brethren, who too frequently turn up among us. I waited upon Mr Clifford, the agent for Mr Farley, with the view of obtaining Vauxhall Gardens. That gentleman refused, saying it might interfere with his obtaining a permanent tenant for them. I then thoughtlessly asked if we could obtain the Acclimatisation Ground, when he appeared horrified at the idea of the birds, &c. being frightened by music and the "Merry Followers of Robin Hood." I reported my failure to our Committee, when it was determined to send a deputation to Mr C, in the hope that he might change his mind, and let us have Vauxhall. He moderately enquired if we would give one hundred pounds. This sum we thought exorbitant for one day in these dull times, and in aid of a benevolent object, so it could not be entertained. At another interview, seventy-five pounds was named as the lowest sum. We finally offered fifty pounds. This he refused, saying he was in treaty with others; but, up to the present date, they are still unlet. His Honor the Superintentendent was next appealed to. He received the deputation most kindly, and encouraged us to hope we could obtain the Acclimatisation Grounds; he interested himself further in our behalf, by bringing the matter under the notice of two of the Committee, who saw no reason to refuse the boon asked for. These gentlemen brought the matter before the meeting held on Wednesday last, which I regret to say, was unfavorable to us. Now, sir, it does appear to me that friendly societies should receive all the aid and encouragement from the powers that be, for it must he admitted that by their means, thousands are saved from seeking assistant from our Hospitals and asylums. Having failed in our present attempt to carry out our first anniversary of the United Otago District of the Ancient Order of Foresters, will not deter us from holding the same at some future date, when Vauxhall Gardens are under other management; for we are desirous of affording the general public a day's amusement. I fear I have trespassed too much upon your space; but knowing your readiness at all times to assist societies such as ours, in carrying out their benevolent missions, must be my excuse.—I am, &c, One of the Committee.  -Otago Daily Times, 28/10/1865.

(To the Editor of The Daily Times.) Sir — Your correspondent of the order of Foresters, who signs himself "One of the Committee," complains that the Acclimatisation Society refused to allow the Foresters the use of the Society's grounds on the 9th of November. I think they have done quite right in so doing — for this reason: Why should the Foresters be permitted, to their advantage, to exclude the public? The grounds of the Acclimatisation Society are always open to the public free of charge, and although unfortunately there is not much to be seen as regards acclimatisation, any one can enjoy a pleasant ramble in them. With regard to any offer that Mr Clifford may have thought fit (as agent for Vauxhall) to have made to the Foresters, for the use of those gardens on the day stated, I think that entirely Mr Clifford's business, and your correspondent appears to have been actuated more by a feeling of disappointment than a desire to serve the public, in mentioning the subject. Trusting that you will favor me by inserting the above,  I am, &c. One of the Public.  -Otago Daily Times, 30/10/1865.

(To the Editor of the Daily Times.) Sir — I am reluctantly compelled to answer an attack made on me in your paper of Saturday, by a member of the Foresters' Society, who signs himself "One of the Committee." 
With my acts, as agent for Mr Farley, the public have nothing to do; but as manager of the Acclimatisation Society, I stand in a very different position; and in that capacity only do I wish to justify myself. 
Your correspondent states that, having failed in coming to terms with me for Vauxhall for the Foresters' Society, he thoughtlessly asked if they could have the use of the Acclimatisation Grounds, that I was horrified at the idea of the birds being frightened by music, &c. I am sorry to say that no such conversation ever took place; for, had it, I should have shown him that the Society had not the power to employ the grounds for any other purpose than that for which they occupy them. 
Some time afterwards a deputation waited on me with respect to Vauxhall, but nothing was said about the Acclimatisation Grounds, or I should have advanced the same reasons as stated above; but at that interview, from statements made by one of the members, I was obliged to decline any further transactions with the deputation if that member was present. 
The same deputation, without the member previously objected to, called on me several times afterwards respecting Vauxhall, but no other subject was spoken of. On one occasion several gentlemen took away copies of the Acclimatisation report that they found on my table, as I asked them to do so, but no mention was made respecting the grounds. 
At the last meeting of the Acclimatisation Society, Mr Carrick stated that a deputation from the Foresters had waited on the Superintendent and afterwards on him, asking for the use of the Society's grounds on the 9th of November. This was the first I heard of the application. 
Mr Carrick was requested by the Committee to inform the Foresters— 
"That it was not in the power of the Society to change for admission to the grounds, or permit others to do so. 
"That the grounds had been fenced and improved by the Society solely for Acclimatisation purposes, and, therefore, the Society do no not conceive it to be in their power to permit the grounds to be used for any other purpose. 
"That the 9th of November being a public holiday, a number of visitors may be expected to come to the grounds on that day, and that, therefore, they must be open to the public." 
Trusting that it will be seen that the Foresters have not been treated discourteously—
I am, &c, G. P. Clifford, Manager of the Acclimatisation Society. 30th October.  -Otago Daily Times, 31/10/1865.

(United Otago District.)
The Anniversary of the Prince of Wales' Birthday, Under the distinguished Patronage of 
The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows, The Ancient and Independent Order of Oddfellows, and the Volunteer Fire Brigade. 
Prizes as follows:                                    Prize, Entrance
Foot Race, heats, 200 yards; L2 2 0,   L0 2 6.
Hop, Step and Jump; 1 1 0, 0 1 0.
Hornpipe; 2 2 0, 0 2 6. 
Hurdle Race; 2 2 0, 0 2 6.
Wrestling, Cumberland & Westmorland; 2 2 0, 0 5 0.
 0 2 6 0 10 220 0 2 6 220 0 2 6 
Boys' Race, heats; 0 15 0, None. 
        "          Second 0 10 0 
         "          Third 0 5 0 
Highland Reel; 2 2 0, 0 2 6.
Standing High Leap; 1 1 0, 0 1 0. 
Foot Race, 400 yards; 2 2 0, 0 2 6. 
Sack Race; 1 1 0, None. 
Running High Leap; 1 1 0, 0 1 0. 
Wheelbarrow Race (blindfold;) 1 1 0, 0 1 0. 
All the sports must be fairly contested, or no prize given. 
Fleury's Band is engaged to play during the Day and Night. 
Refreshments of all kinds provided at Town Prices. 
TICKETS—TWO SHILLINGS EACH; Children under Twelve, Free. 
Steamers will ply to and fro at Sixpenny Fares. Children, Threepence. 
Care will be taken to keep the Gardens strictly Select. 
Tickets can be procured from the District Officers:—W.C.R., Brother Woodlands, Odd Fellows' Arms, George-street; W.S.C.R, Brother Brundell, Cargill-street; W.S., Brother Walter G. Geddes, Princes-street; W.T., Brother Mclnnes, Princes-street; and W. S., Brother Anderson, Maitland-street. Also, P.D.C.R., Brother Ainsworth, Stafford-street; Brother Beissel, Rattray-street; Brother Watson, Royal Hotel, Walker-street; Brother Charles Grey, Princes-street; Brother Towers, Royal George Hotel, George-street; Brother White, Royal Hotel, King-street; Brother Williamson, Old England Hotel, Stuart-street; and at Messrs. Geddes Bros., Tobacconists, Princes-street, or any Member of Committee. 
Procession to from at Royal George Hotel, George-street, at half-past ten o'clock. All friendly Societies are invited to attend in Regalia.   -Evening Star, 2/11/1865.

A later advertisement shows that the Gardens have been taken up by Mr Rees of the cigar divan, who begs to intimate to future pleasure-seekers the attractions of the Gardens:
Lessee—Mr A. C. Rees. 
These Gardens will be Opened for the Season, on Thursday next, the 9th inst. (the anniversary of the birthday of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, with 
 in aid of the District Relief Fund of the Ancient Order of Foresters. (United Otago District). Prizes will be given for Rustic Sports and Manly Games, so that intending competitors at 
will have the opportunity of publicly preparing for that great event. All the resources of the Gardens will be at the disposal of visitors, and there will be
From Vauxhall Gardens, there is admittedly a greater variety and range of 
than from any other existing establishment of the same kind. When the richly-wooded slope has been surmounted, there is before the visitor, a 
with the Bay, Jetties, and Shipping. In whatever direction the visitor may turn, there will be found 
affording constant opportunities of studying all the intricate beauties peculiar to 
One of those paths leads to a slope whence there is a fine view of
while others conduct to spots whence open out patches of the 
A unique feature of these Gardens is the long promenade, over the closest and richest turf, through 
In fine contrast with these "verdurous alleys" of Nature's decoration, are 
on which the art of the Floriculturist and Horticulturist has been freely used. In the midst of these Gardens, there is a Pavilion, with accommodation for Private Parties and Pic-nics. Near the centre of the Grounds is an enclosed space of several acres, specially prepared for the display of 
Surrounding which there is rising ground affording capital accommodation for 
Quoiting Grounds and a Shooting Gallery agreeably vary the means of amusement. Below, on the hill-side, is a capacious and handsome 
Thoroughly protected, and having in its centre a large Orchestra. 
Has been re-painted and decorated and stocked with the 
Visitors to Vauxhall, will find a substantial jetty, for landing on, and there is also 
Fitted with every convenience. The Lessee will spare no exertion to make Vauxhall Gardens a 
Not upon holidays only, but at all times, for the citizens of Dunedin; and he is confident that, with fair encouragement, he will succeed in so managing the Gardens that they shall meet
A LONG AND MUCH-FELT WANT.  -Otago Daily Times, 8/11/1865.

WANTED, Boys to Sell Fruit and Pastry, at Vauxhall Gardens only, on the Prince of Wales's Birthday. Apply at Watson's Hotel Hotel, at 8 o'clock sharp.  -Otago Daily Times, 9/11/1865.

On the night of the 10th, about 9 o'clock, as the Golden Age was taking in passengers at the Vauxhall Jetty, the pressure of the crowd caused a man to be pitched off the Jetty into the water. He fell in a very dangerous position, between the Jetty and the steamer, and as the night was dark, and the tide high, there was every probability of his being drowned before assistance was rendered. There was great confusion caused by the alarmed crowd both on board the steamer and on the Jetty, and one of the ship's lanterns was brought to the side, but by some carelessness it was put out. At this juncture, with great presence of mind, Constable Charles Johnston, who had been during the day stationed in the Gardens, and was returning, asked some persons to lower him over the steamer's side. They did so, and held the constable by the feet and legs while he caught hold of the drowning man, and both were hauled on board. Great credit is due to Constable Johnston for the presence of mind which he displayed, as there can be no doubt that but for his efforts the life of a fellow being would have been sacrificed.  -Otago Witness, 17/11/1865.

We hear that the City Guards have again challenged the Scottish Company to a friendly Rifle Match. It will he remembered that on the occasion of the last contest, the latter corps were the victors. A match recently took place at the Kaikorai Butts, between the Officers and noncommissioned Officers of the Artillery Regiment v. a like number of Gunners, resulting two points in favor of the latter. A return match takes place next Saturday morning at 6 o’clock, when the officers expect to retrieve their lost laurels. The score will appear in our issue of that day. We understand that, notwithstanding the continuous ill luck of the Artillery in its late matches, that the corps is willing to accept a challenge from any ten in the Province. The united Volunteer Corps of Dunedin have engaged Vauxhall Gardens for Boxing Day, when a grand Fete and Assaut d'armes will take place in aid of the Brigade Band Fund.   -Evening Star, 23/11/1865.
Lithograph of Vauxhall Gardens as seen from the tow, by Liardet, 1865. The swimming baths can be seen at the bottom of a vertical line which was the cable car track.  The diagonal line to the left of the baths is probably the current public path up from Portobello Rd.  Hocken Library image.

Visitors to the Masonic Fete at Vauxhall on the last day of this month, St Andrew’s Day, will not be subjected to the inconvenience which was felt on the Prince of Wales’ Birthday, through the tide being too low to permit the steamers to get off the shore. We are informed by Capt. Dickie that it will be high water at 2.12 p.m., and that with fair weather, there will be sufficient water from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m to allow the steamers to come alongside the jetty.   -Evening Star, 27/11/1865.

The Volunteer Gala at Vauxhall Gardens, for the establishment of a Brigade Band, will be commenced at one o'clock to-day. It has been found desirable not to attempt to carry out the "attack and defence of Vauxhall Heights," mainly because as business generally will be carried on until noon, there could not be a sufficiently timely muster; and it has been arranged that the " military feats and pastimes" shall be commenced at one o'clock, instead of at two. The programme of the "feats and pastimes" is well arranged; and at five o'clock there is to be a four-oared race, by Volunteers only, in watermen's boats, which have been regularly plied for hire in the harbor. A ball in the evening, and various other amusements, are included in the programme. Steamers are to ply at 6d fares; and it is announced that "the tide will serve from nine a.m. until two p.m., sufficient water flowing again before six p.m." Mr Fleury has kindly promised to lead the band during the day. If the weather should be fine, the gala will no doubt be a great success.  -Otago Daily Times, 26/12/1865.

Yesterday was observed as a sort of half holiday, half-business-day, in town. Although a number of the warehouses were closed all day, the larger proportion kept open until noon, when, as if by general consent, all business was suspended, and the remainder of the day devoted to holidaymaking. Throughout the day there was a cold wind blowing, with frequent drizzling showers, which, no doubt, had the effect of deterring many from spending at least a portion of the day in the country, who would otherwise have done so. About noon, the band of the Rifle Brigade assembled in front of the Custom House, and played a number of tunes, then marched to the Jetty and embarked on board the Golden Age for Vauxhall. About the same time, a firing party of the Volunteer Artillery Regiment took the Armstrong gun to the reclaimed land behind Princes street south, and fired a salute. Shortly after mid-day a very large number of persons were seen making their way to the Jetty, where the Golden Age was in waiting to receive them. This steamer, with the occasional assistance of the Peninsula, continued to ply all day and until midnight, between the Old Jetty and Vauxhall, and were well-filled; indeed on some occasions uncomfortably crowded. There must have been between 2500 and 3000 persons in the gardens, at any time during the afternoon, all of whom were brought home safely by the steamers and small boats without accident.
The attraction at the Gardens was a Volunteer Gala, in aid of the fund for the establishment of a Brigade Band, for which a number of military feats and pastimes were announced — the successful competitors in which were to receive suitable silver trophies, such as crossed swords, muskets, spears, &c. 
The Gardens presented a very gay appearance from the number of members of the various Volunteer bodies, who attended in uniform; representatives of all the corps in Dunedin and its vicinity being present in addition to the advertised pastimes, for which there were prizes offered, there were many sources of amusement open to the visitors, such as rifle shooting, aunt sally, quoits, skittles, dancing in the rotunda &c, all of which were well patronised; but many preferred to romp about the grassy slopes, to ramble about the the terraces and walks, or to join in "Kiss in the Ring." The result of the games was as follows:— '
Single Stick Play, for a silver trophy of crossed swords... The winner was Private Dobbie, of the Naval Brigade, Dunedin division. 
Tilting at the ring, for a Silver Trophy of Crossed Lances:
Foot Race, for a Trophy of Crossed Arrows:—There were seven entries. After a smart run, T. Brown came in first; C. Statham, second; and J. Wain, third.
Heads and Posts, for a Trophy of Crossed Swords. —There were six entries for this mounted practice, and the following was the result:—Curie, 4; Ross, 0; Boyes, 5; McFarland, 2; Woodlands, 5; Hamilton, 6. The winner was Private F. D. Hamilton, of the Otago Light Horse.
Foils, for a trophy of crossed fleurettes. There were only two available entries, as while the match was being carried on the boat race was taking place, and several of the boats' crews were debarred from trying their skill with the foils, while another competitor, who presented himself, was debarred because he had not complied with the rule of being in uniform. Captain Ross, 5; Private F. D. Hamilton, 7. Several games for which prizes were offered did not take place, in consequence of there being too few entries.

Vauxhall Gardens was the scene of a very happy reunion yesterday, and there could hardly have been less than a couple of thousand persons present in the afternoon. Some little difficulty in reaching the Gardens was experienced in the morning, the high south-westerly wind keeping the tide out, and preventing the Golden Age from coming alongside the jetty until about one o'clock. As soon, however, as it came alongside a rush took place, and from that time until dusk there was no lack of passengers. Malthus, had he been in the flesh and present, would have been dreadfully disgusted at the crowd of chubby children, with cheeks as ruddy as the strawberries a good few of them were actively engaged in causing to disappear. The shrill whistle of the boat was accompanied by a sympathetic squall from the throats of about a hundred babies, and it required the whole of the time occupied in crossing the bay, coupled with certain maternal attentions of many solicitous mammas, to induce quietude. Once landed and deposited upon the grassy heights, the youngsters, aye, and the old folks too, were — to use an expressive but not very refined colonial expression — "all there.'' Baskets and bags were unpacked, and huge pockets disgorged cakes, puddings, and fruit, until the gardens were studded with al fresco banquets, varying in quantity and quality according to the tastes and means of the "founders of the feast." If the supplies fell short, there were means at hand to replenish them, and the pastry stall was repeatedly cleared, until the rapid appearance of fresh mountains of tarts suggested the idea that the Wizard Jacobs had entered into partnership with the purveyor. The brilliant regalia of the various orders of Oddfellows present lent an unusual brilliancy to the scene, and the tasteful scarfs of gentlemen entitled to affix half the letters of the alphabet to their names looked remarkably swell whirling round the rotunda, where an excellent band "discoursed most excellent music." Barlow was there too, and great was the merriment which his oddities created. No one could fail to understand the homely pathos of the old ''gude wife's" song, "Creep afore ye gang"; and "Slapbang! here we are again," was delightful to the ears of all the young bloods bent on fun and frolic. Then there was a lottery, and, — through a fatality or not we are of course unaware, — all the gentlemen who ventured, won brooches, and all the ladies "meerschaumwashed pipes." It was, however, gratifying to notice that the damsels and their swains immediately resorted to the old system of barter, and from the gratified expression of their countenances after each transaction, we indulged in the idea that there was a strong probability of both prizes becoming, sooner or later, "joint-stock," with an "unlimited liability."
In the afternoon about thirty of the leading officers of the various Lodges present adjourned to a pavilion, where a very recherche luncheon, provided by Mr John Grey, was laid. The Chairman (Pro. G. M. Br. Bellamy) was supported by Mr John Hughes, M.P.C. and the vice-chair was filled by Pro. G. S. Bro. C. Grey. After the repast the Chairman briefly proposed the toast of "The Queen," "The Prince and Princess of Wales," and "His Excellency the Governor," all of which were enthusiastically drank in that loyal manner which the Friendly Societies of Great Britain always conserve. In proposing the health of his Honor the Superintendent, the Chairman regretted the absence of that gentleman, and would couple with the toast that of the Provincial Council, and the name of the gentleman (Mr Hughes) who he had the honor of seeing on his right. 
Mr Hughes responded to the toast amidst great cheers. He said that being almost a stranger to the gentlemen present, and certainly one to their "mystic rites," although he hoped soon to become acquainted with the latter — he had great pleasure in thanking all present for drinking the toast so earnestly. He felt sure that circumstances beyond the control of his Honor were the cause of that gentleman's absence, inasmuch as in a conversation with him on Saturday, the latter had expressed his intention to be present. As regarded the Provincial Council he (Mr Hughes) believed that the members were very desirous to foster every order which, like that of the Odd Fellows, was calculated to confer benefits upon society. The honorable gentlemen then passed a high eulogium upon the United Orders of Oddfellows, and referred in a telling manner to the great improvements they had been enabled to effect in their laws and regulations since they had received the guiding counsels of such men as Tidd Pratt, Charles Hardwick and others; and proposed the toast of "The Manchester Unity of Oddfellows."
The Vice-Chairman (Brother C. Grey) responded in appropriate terms, and informed the brethren that the nett proceeds of each annual Fete like the present were legitimately expended under the control of a Committee. Last year they had realised about £90, and every farthing had been judiciously distributed, and been the means of alleviating great distresses. 
Brother Hudson, N.G.A.I.O., gave the toast of "The Mayor and Corporation," which was drunk with the usual honors. 
The Chairman proposed "The Army, Navy, and Volunteers," which was acknowledged. 
Bro. Spedding gave the toast of ''The Dunedin Volunteer Fire Brigade," which Bro. J. Rees responded to.
The "Kindred Societies," proposed by Bro. Rogers, P.G., was acknowledged in a neat speech by Bro. Street, P.G.A.I.O. 
The toast of ''The Ladies," entrusted to Bro. Sturdy, was acknowledged by Bro. Burt., P.G. 
"The Press" was next proposed by Bro. Rees, and replied to by the representative of the Evening Star, after which Mr J.L Hughes gave the "Provincial Grand Master of the M.U.I.O.O.F., Otago District." In doing so he complimented that gentleman upon the honorable position he held in the Order; and the toast having been drank, the Chairman briefly responded, when the party broke up and joined their fairer companions, who by this time were anxiously waiting for companions to "form their sets" of quadrilles, &c. 
The moonlight induced many to remain to enjoy the Ball, until nearly midnight, and we are glad to be able to add that no mention of any accident or contretemps has reached us.
Both Theatres were well attended, and the performances both of the Dramatic Company and "Jacobs" were highly successful. This evening, at the Princes Theatre the successful competitors at the late Volunteer Fate at Vauxhall will be presented with their trophies on the stage.  -Evening Star, 2/1/1866.

Yesterday evening, the Princes Theatre was crowded in every part, and the appearance of the House was enlivened by the presence of a large number of ladies and of members of the different Volunteer corps, who appeared in uniform. The comedy of "The Man of Many Friends," and the burlesque of "Lalla Rookh," were repeated, both pieces being most satisfactorily performed. During the interval between the pieces, the successful competitors in the different exercises of skill at the late Volunteer fete at Vauxhall, appeared on the stage, and were presented by Captain Ross, of the Artillery, with the prizes which had been awarded them; Captain Boss explaining that the presentation would have taken place on parade, but the fete not having been very successful in a pecuniary point of view, Mr Mumford, who had who had himself been a Volunteer officer; had kindly offered to aid the Volunteers in raising the necessary funds for the support of a band, by permitting the presentation to be made in the Theatre, and by subscribing to fund a proportion of the proceeds of the entertainment, that evening.  -Otago Daily Times, 3/1/1866.

TENDERS will be received up till 4 o'clock on Thursday, October 11th, for the Lease Of the Baths and Bar, at Vauxhall Gardens; for the season. To an enterprising party a first-rate chance is open. Every information may be obtained of the Lessees. 
J. GREY, C. GREY, C.C. ARMSTRONG, -Lessees.  -Otago Daily Times, 9/10/1865.

NOTICE OF PARTNERSHIP, THE Undersigned have this day entered into Partnership as Lessees of the Vauxhall Gardens and Baths, under the firm of "Greys and Armstrong." The Partnership exists only so far as the Vauxhall Gardens and Baths are concerned. 
Dated this 1st day of October, 1866. JOHN GREY. CHARLES GREY. CHAS. C. ARMSTRONG. Witness : H. D. Maddock,  Solicitor Dunedin.  -Otago Daily Times, 12/10/1865.

News of the Week

Vauxhall Gardens were opened for the summer season, en Saturday last, under the lesseeship of Messrs. J. and C Grey and C C. Armstrong. The day was fine, and the announcement that in addition to other attractions, some boat racing would come off, caused a considerable number of visitors to the Gardens. There have been extensive improvements and alterations made by the lessees. The grounds are in excellent order.   -Otago Witness, 10/11/1866.

WANTED, 1000 pairs Pigeons, for Vauxhall Gardens. Apply, Charles C. Armstrong, Fruiterer, Princes street.  -Otago Daily Times, 21/11/1866.

The pigeon shooting match for a sweepstakes of fifty guineas, came off on Saturday last at Vauxhall Gardens. Seven gentlemen competed, and ties being shot off, the stakes were won by Mr Clayton. The shooting was not good, but was improved in the next match, in which the stakes were divided by Mr Clayton and Mr Johnston. The matches attracted a considerable number of visitors to the gardens. An Inter-Provincial contest for L200 has been arranged for the 29th December.   -Otago Daily Times, 26/11/1866.

There was a very large assemblage at Vauxhall Gardens on Wednesday, for three reasons — It was the first local gathering of the "Ancient Independent Order of Oddfellows;" the object of the meeting was to aid the "Widows' and Orphans' Fund;" and the day was one of the most pleasant that has, for a number of years, been experienced during the holiday season in Otago. Early in the forenoon members of the two Oddfellows' Societies assembled at their Hall in George street, where they were joined by the members of the Fire Brigade, and by the Volunteer Battalion Band. Thence they marched with banners flying, and with the band of music in attendance, to the Old Jetty, where the steamer Golden Age was in readiness to convey them to the Gardens. They were followed, at intervals during the day, either by boat or steamer, by hundreds of holiday-makers, for whose entertainment and amusement, various sports had been arranged, although the extreme fineness of the day, and its encouragement of private picnics in all corners of the ground, rendered them almost unnecessary. The programme of the day's proceedings began with a luncheon, at which there was a numerous attendance of members of the Friendly Societies. Mr Hopper, P.G.M. of the Ancient Independent Order, occupying the chair, and Mr W. P. Street, D.P.G.M., officiating as Vice Chairman. A number of toasts —legal, local, and relating to the objects of Oddfellows' Societies — were proposed and responded to; and, at the close of these somewhat formal proceedings, the company joined the crowd, and, under the management of D.P.G.M Street, a number of out-door sports, for which prizes were offered, were engaged in, with much apparent satisfaction to those who were competitors and to the crowd of observers. The leaning of a five-barred gate, by a pony named "Tom Sayers," owned by Mr Phillips, and ridden by Sam Wallis, was followed by a foot-race, in which seven started, Wain winning, and McTaig coming in second. Two boys' races, and a private match between the leaders in the men's race, followed, and there was subsequently an attempt made to get up a pig hunt — the specimen of the porcine race having the orthodox greased tail — but the pig was very young and innocent, and the sportsmen in pursuit were much too eager and numerous to afford fun either to themselves or others. The regular games concluded with a tilting match, in which there were five competitors. Each had to ride the circle ten times, and by all much more than an average skill was shown; but by the winner (Morton), exceptional facility in appropriating to himself the rings and the honors was displayed. At the close, the scores stood — Morton 25, J. Logie (second prize) 16, Kirk (third prize) 15, Jones 12, W. Logie 11. Besides these items of a regular programme, there were many sources of amusement specially provided or improvised, while the real object of the meeting was by no means forgotten, and the members of the Order have reason to congratulate themselves that their honorary officials, with the aid of fine weather, were so successful in contributing to the fund for the increase of which the meeting was specially called, and in contributing to the enjoyment of so many hundreds of people on Boxing Day.   -Otago Witness, 28/12/1866.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8TH. (Before the Hon. A. R. C. Strode, KM.) Theft.—David Mason was brought up on suspicion of having stolen, from Vauxhall Gardens, on Boxing Day, a pair of dancing slippers, with plated buckles, the property of James Murray; and the father of the prisoner, George Mason, was charged with receiving the same as stolen goods. James Murray stated that, after dancing at the Gardens, he had placed his sword and slippers in the Committee Room, and, in the evening, when he returned for them, the slippers were missing. He next saw the buckles on a pair of slippers worn by the younger prisoner, who was a spectator at the Caledonian Gathering, and a pair of slippers produced by Detective Edwards, and from which the buckles had been cut, he recognised as his property. Detectives Edwards and Farrell gave evidence of the execution of the search warrant at the house of the elder prisoner. From a box opened by Mrs Mason, the slippers worn by the younger prisoner, with the buckles identified by Murray, were taken; and in two other boxes Murray's slippers were found. The elder prisoner, with several prostitutes, was present at the time of the search. Mr Ward, for the prisoners, called Susannah Phillips, who swore that, as she was leaving Vauxhall gardens on Boxing Day, in company with Mrs Mason and her children, she found, near the baths, a small parcel, which, on being opened on reaching home, was found to contain the pair of slippers produced. His Worship placed no value on the evidence of the witness called; but, as neither of the prisoners had been at the Gardens, they were entitled to the benefit of a doubt. They were accordingly discharged.  -Otago Daily Times, 9/1/1867.

BY Request of several Gentlemen, Ladies' Tickets arc now being issued, and can be had of Mr Geddes, Secretary, or of the Lessees.   -Otago Daily Times, 14/2/1867.

This Fete, at Vauxhall Gardens, was the event of the day. The weather was beautifully fine; the only drawback from outdoor enjoyment being the heat, which, during the later part of the afternoon, was very great. The harbor steamers, Golden Age and Peninsula, plied between the jetty and the Gardens, and were constantly crowded. The Fete was altogether successful. There must, we should think, have been 4000 or 5000 persons in the Gardens at four o'clock: certainly the number present has never been more than once exceeded, if, indeed, it has ever been equalled. 
The members and officers of the different lodges and courts of the three great Friendly Societies, assembled in the forenoon on the North Dunedin Recreation Ground. They were there joined by the Fire Brigade and by the Dunedin Operative Tailors, members of both these bodies wearing the emblems of the Societies, and were marshaled for procession by Mr Street, D.P.G.M. of the A.I.O.O.F.; Headed by the Battalion Band, the procession, when formed, marched along King street, George street, and Princes street, in the following order: —
The Battalion Band.
Members of the Fire Frigade, in undress uniform. 
Dunedin Operative Tailors. 
Ancient Order of Foresters. 
Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.
Ancient and Independent Order of Oddfellows.
The Fire Brigade carried the banner presented to them by Lady Don; the Operative Tailors had the handsome new banner painted for them by Mr Power; the Foresters bore the banner of the Court Enterprise; and two other banners — those of the Loyal Dunedin and Hand and Heart Lodges, M.U.I.O.O.F. — were carried by the members of that Order. On reaching Jetty street, the ranks opened up, the order of procession was reversed, and marching down to the jetty, all who had joined in the procession were conveyed to Vauxhall by the Golden Age. At the landward end of the jetty, in honor of His Excellency and the occasion, a triumphal arch had been erected by the Harbor Steamer Company. The arch was necessarily of smaller size than those which spanned the streets on the occasion of the Governor's reception, but it excelled most of them in the ingenuity and taste exhibited in its decoration. Amalgamated with the profusion of evergreens, flowers, and flags, were a variety of nautical emblems — anchors, oars, row-locks, shipwright's tools, coils of rope, &c, bound with wreaths and rosettes. All the vessels at the New Jetty were clad in bunting, and over the gate-way was displayed a banner of some marine meaning, with the words, "Flourish Otago." The Golden Age was speedily followed by the steamer Peninsula, equally crowded with passengers; and both these boats, as well as some scores of the Port Chalmers and Dunedin watermen's skiffs, continued throughout the day to convey across the mass of people who pressed down the jetties, hour after hour, for the purpose of visiting the Gardens. On the first return trip of the Golden Age, Mr Woodland, as Chairman of Delegates, with Messrs Geddes and Burt, as members of the Committee of Management, and other officers of the Lodges, left the Gardens for the purpose of meeting His Excellency at the city side of the water, and accompanying him to the grounds. The officers present on the occasion, and who were appointed as members of committee for different purposes connected with the Fete, were those whose names are attached to the Address which was subsequently presented to His Excellency. 
His Excellency and suite, including the Native Chiefs, arrived at the old jetty about two o'clock; and were conveyed by the Golden Age to the Vauxhall jetty, a number of ladies and gentlemen being also on board the steamer. On landing, the Governor was received by the representatives of the different Societies and Trades taking part in the Fete, and was by them conducted up the steep hill and to the neighborhood of the race-ground on the plateau. The presentation of an Address was delayed at the request of His Excellency, in order that the hundreds of persons who had been left on the Dunedin jetty might have an opportunity of arriving beforehand; and His Excellency went through some of the delightfully-shaded walks with which the Gardens abound. The presentation was made in the centre of the race-ground, about three o'clock. The banners of the Hand and Heart Lodge, M.U.I.O.O.F.; the Loyal Dunedin Lodge, A.I.O.O.F.; the A.O.F., the Fire Brigade, and the Dunedin Operative Tailors' Society, were displayed; and the Battalion Band of the Volunteers played the National Anthem, as His Excellency entered the enclosure. Mr Geddes read the Address, as follows :—
To His Excellency, Sir George Grey, Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Colony of New Zealand and its Dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the same. 
May it please your Excellency,— We, the undersigned, delegates from the various Friendly Societies of Dunedin, beg, most respectfully, on behalf of those Societies and as individuals, to congratulate your Excellency upon the event of your visit to the Province of Otago, and to give you a most cordial and hearty welcome. 
The time must still be in the remembrance o£ your Excellency, before colonisation had reared this city, when standing upon Otago soil you foretold with prophetic foresight the bright future of this Province; and it must be with feelings of pride and gratification that you now view the wonderful changes, which, within a few short years, have been effected. 
But while, as loyal subjects of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, we offer our homage to your Excellency as Her Representative in this Colony, we would embrace the opportunity of expressing our love and esteem for you as an individual and as an illustrious fellow-colonist. 
As representatives of the Friendly Societies, we have to thank you for so courteously countenancing by your presence this effort which is being made in aid of our Benevolent Institution, and long will the remembrance of your visit, and its bright epoch in our Provincial history, be cherished by us; and may you, carry with you the pleasing consciousness, that in us you have sincere admirers and friends, as well as faithful and dutiful subjects. 
We have the honor to be, Your Excellency's obedient Servants. 
Ancient Independent Order of Oddfellows: W. M. Hopper, P. G.M.; W. Parker Street. D P.G.M.; M. Kingston, V.G.; James McGaw, P.G.M., Loyal Otago Lodge; Jas. Michie. N.G.; Maurice Joel, W.G.;  I Jones; D. McPherson, V.G., Pioneer Lodge. 
Ancient Order of Foresters: William Woodland, P.D.C.B.; R. W. Shepperd; Thos. J. Goodman, P.C.R., Court Enterprise; Thoa. Mason, P.C.R.; James Grant. Court Royal; H. Brandell, D.C.R.; Josiah Rogers, D.T.; J. Moylan, Alex. McGregor, Court Pride of Dunedin. 
Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Oddfellows: Alex. Bart. P.G.M; W. Geddes, Sec.; Joseph Hopcraft, N.G., Lodge Hand and Heart; Fred. Bower, W.G.; Thos. Morgan, Loyal Dunedin Lodge; Geo. Bond, N.G.; E. Bastings, V G., Loyal Albion Lodge. 
Mr Woodland presented the Address. 
His Excellency replied — 
Gentlemen — I beg you to accept my warm thanks for your congratulations on my arrival, and for the cordial and hearty welcome which you have given me. 
I ever believed that a bright and prosperous future lay before the Province of Otago, if its inhabitants gave full scope to the enterprise and energy which are the characteristics of their race. In these respects you have shown yourselves to have been in no respect behind your forefathers, and the result is, that the blessing of Divine Providence having attended your efforts, I now view, as you state, with pride and gratification, the wonderful changes which a few short years have effected in this place. 
Your Queen will very graciously receive the intelligence of your loyalty, your attachment, and your prosperity, which will now reach her. You may rely that I will at all times do my utmost to promote the benevolent objects held in view by the Friendly Societies which you represent. I have always striven to do this, but the warm reception you have this day given me, and your so friendly wishes for my welfare and happiness, shall act as new incentive to me to exert myself to aid those who endeavor to alleviate the wants and misfortunes of their fellow-men. 
Cheers for the Governor were heartily given; and His Excellency and suite walked to a spot whence the Regatta could be witnessed. 
About half-past three o'clock, His Excellency entered the late shooting gallery, which had been well decorated, and in which the dejeuner had been prepared. About 120 sat down, including about a dozen ladies. His Honor the Superintendent presided; having His Excellency the Governor on his right, and the Mayor on his left. Amongst those at or near the cross-table, were the Hon. Major Richardson, Major Grey, Captain Hope, Captain Richards, the Rev. F. Thatcher, Mr Justice Chapman; the Hon. A. R. C. Strode, M.L.A. ; the Hon. A. Buchanan, M.L. A.; Mr. Vogel, M.H.R. (Provincial Treasurer), Mr Maddock (Provincial Solicitor); Mr Campbell, M.H.R; Messrs John Jones, James Smith, R. M. Robertson, W. Isaac, &c. Mr Woodland was in the vice-chair. The table was exceedingly well supplied; and after the repast, 
The CHAIRMAN proposed "The Queen," and "The Prince and Princes of Wales," which toasts were duly honored. 
The CHAIRMAN proposed, "His Excellency the Governor." — (Cheers.) Sir George Grey was now Governor of New Zealand for the second time. During his first period of office, New Zealand received that Constitution — which he (the Chairman) believed was originated by His Excellency — (hear, hear) — under which we had enjoyed so much of liberty, and had arrived at our present position of success — a success which even His Excellency, notwithstanding his faith in the effects of the Constitution which he inaugurated, had no doubt been astonished to witness. We owed to His Excellency many privileges — and none greater than that of having for 14 years lived under a Constitution, which was not only known, but was admired and desired, in the far distant American Colonies. We knew that His Excellency, through his great kindness to the Natives of the Northern Island, had again and again succeeded in bringing our difficulties in that island to a satisfactory termination; and, whilst we had had to regret that we had not been favored with His Excellency's presence in Otago at an early period of his second period of rule, we had the satisfaction of knowing that he had been engaged in pacifying the Natives in the Northern Island, and in bringing them to what we might now consider to be a satisfactory state of peace. We had now, however, had the honor of welcoming His Excellency — of seeing that he had been really welcomed amongst us — and of knowing that he would receive, wherever he went in Otago, the hearty welcome due to the representative of Her Majesty, and to the many virtues and acquirements which we knew himself to possess. — (Loud cheers.) 
The Governor: His Honor, in the speech in which be just now proposed my health, told you he was satisfied that I must be greatly astonished at the wonderful progress which I have witnessed in this Province. In stating that, no doubt he told you what is really the case; but, in truth, I believe that not only this Province, but the whole of New Zealand, will yet rise to the highest possible pitch of civilisation and greatness, in this world. — (Applause.) I feel an entire confidence in that; because there are many circumstances connected with this Colony which separate it from all other Colonial dependencies of the British Crown. In truth, this Colony has already a history — a history marked by events, and by the presence of great men; and I feel certain that that fact will induce future generations here to look back with pride upon their origin, and to strive to carry on the country which began under such auspices, to the highest pitch of greatness at which they can possibly arrive.— (Applause.) I have said that New Zealand has already a history: and that nobody can doubt. If Great Britain has a history, so also has New Zealand; because its history is interwoven, essentially, with the history of the British army, and with the history of the British navy. Whatever historian writes the deeds of that army and the achievements of that navy, must write, also, a portion of the history of New Zealand. And we not only are bound up with Great Britain in that way; but, really, our own fellow-citizens have done great deeds, which must be remembered by all posterity. They have not only done deeds that are great in New Zealand, but, in many respects, they have given already an example to the whole world. As you all know, they have really levelled forests, and most gigantic ones, too. Amidst the greatest difficulties, they have made discoveries in every portion of the Colony. Noble men have perished in their attempts to do that. Some have died of want and starvation; others have been swept away in rapid rivers. Every form of danger and privation has been dared by those men who explored the distant portions of these islands for us: and it is impossible but that their acts and their names must be remembered. Not only that, but bishops and missionaries have won the Natives from the most barbarous superstitions to Christianity; and not content with so laboring here, they have carried their views further, and through the Pacific there is now spread the knowledge of civilisation and of Christianity. — (Applause.) Not only that, but from amongst your own sons — young men born in this Colony — heroes have gone forth, who have dared danger of every possible kind. No nation in the world has sent forth young men who have dared greater things, or achieved more, under circumstances of greater difficulty. And this has gone on far a number of years: I may say that a second generation are now performing such acts. I see by me to-day, Mr Strode. Twenty years ago, Mr Strode, and another New Zealand gentleman, were bearing a most prominent part in the war that was then raging in the neighborhood of Auckland. By what he then did, Mr Strode fairly earned, if ever man did, the position to which he was appointed here; and he has well shown how energy and daring in youth in be followed by the most sedate and best virtues in maturer years. It is only quite recently — I say "quite recently," for it was within the last twelve or 15 months — that I have seen young men, born in the Colony, ordered off to assault one of the Native fortresses — a fortress which it was declared would require at least 2000 British troops to assault successfully, and that even then, an immense loss of officers and men must be counted on as a consequence of the assault. I saw a handful of young men, led by a few officers, receive orders to march to the attack of that place; and there was no hanging back. When they were so ordered, I felt a pang of sorrow such as I cannot describe, for I knew them all from their youth; but each one of them came up and clasped my hand; and as he did so, I felt that each thanked me for the opportunity of serving his country. — (Loud applause.) I feel, therefore, that I am justified in saying that New Zealand already has a history, and, in that respect, possesses an advantage over almost every other Colonial dependency. Let us recollect, too, that in this history are concerned the deeds of the Native race, to which the future historian will certainly turn with interest. Some of those deeds have been most shocking in their character: others have been most noble. Gallant men, of the Native race, have fought upon our side, when the chances against us seemed great, and the prospects of success small. The very men who were our enemies have stood, sometimes a mere handful, against (I may say) the whole force of Great Britain — for infantry, artillery, all the arms of the service, were brought against them; and yet they, for a time, actually hurled back that surge of armed men that threatened to overwhelm them. They were, in the end forced to give way; but, to all time, it must be admitted that our gallantry has been met by a gallantry almost equal on their part. I say, that being so, the greater the credit to our own men, who, knowing the difficulties and dangers to be encountered — the almost unassailable positions of their foe and the determined character of those foes — the respect with which those foes inspired the British army, so that they hesitated to assail those positions: the greater honor, I say, to those men, who, in mere handfuls, under such circumstances, and against such an enemy, marched in the bold, the fearless, the resolved manner in which I have seen them march, to such encounters. — (Applause.) I say, then, not only am I surprised by what I have seen here — not only am I gratified in the extreme by that — but I firmly believe, from the causes I have stated, amongst others, New Zealand will go on from success to success — from higher achievement to higher achievement — each generation being resolved that the one which preceded it shall not be said to have exceeded it in gallantry or devotion to its country. — (Loud applause.) I have only now to thank you for the compliment you have paid me, not only on this occasion, but on so many others: and I do thank you, most gratefully. — (Loud applause.)
The Chairman proposed; "The Army, Navy, and Volunteers," coupling with the toast the name of Capt. Hope. — (The toast was drunk amidst cheers, and "musical honors" followed.)
Capt. Hope, in responding, said that a few days ago, be expressed the pride he felt at having to represent the army as well as the service to which he belonged. His pride was now still greater, for he had to represent another gallant service — the Volunteers. His Honor had said he was sure that the Volunteers, when called on, would not disgrace the Army and Navy. For himself, he would say that he had not the slightest doubt that the Army and the Navy would feel the greatest pride in associating, on any service, with the Volunteers; or that the Volunteers would do great honor to both those services, as well as to the country to which they belonged. — (Applause.) Although he did not know anything practically of military matters, he had seen a great many marchingspast and inspections; and he must say that the display of the Otago Volunteers, on Friday last, appeared to him to be most creditable, the different movements being performed with great precision. 
The Vice-Chairman proposed, " His Honor, the Superintendent;" and 
The Chairman replied. 
Mr Burt proposed "The General Government, and the Provincial Government of Otago." He saw around him a great many of those who had represented us for the last 16 years; and he thought it would be agreed that the majority of the Acts passed had been satisfactory. The Friendly Societies did not talk much about politics; but as an officer of one of those Societies, there was one matter he should like to state. There was a great want of an Act to enable Friendly Societies to be registered —(hear, hear); and the absence of such an enactment prevented many from joining Societies who would otherwise join. Registration would give to the Societies and their Branches a standing which they did not possess; but which he thought it would be easy and he was sure it would be greatly beneficial, to give them — (Applause.)
Major Richardson (whose name was coupled with the toast), in responding, said he was sure that the Friendly Societies would be admitted to deserve their name, when they were seen to be engaged in such a work as endeavoring to make the General Government and the Provincial Governments agree. — (Laughter.) He believed that, in the course of time, one of them would swallow up the other — (laughter); but he was sure that, in the legitimate progress of Constitutional Government, the one to be swallowed would come to be delighted with the operation.— (Laughter.) He should be most happy, to the best of his small abilities, to further the Registration of Friendly Societies. — (Applause.) He had seen it stated in a leading English journal, that New Zealand was vain of being a country susceptible of great taxation. That was a most vile calumny. We were not vain of our capability of taxation; but we were, not vain, but proud, of being capable of rising to any difficulty in which we might be placed; and, let our liabilities be what they might, we would, as worthy scions of Great Britain, rise to meet them manfully. — (Applause.)
The Chairman proposed, "The Mayor and Corporation of Dunedin."
The Mayor, in the course of his reply, said that, at present, he believed that the Town Belt question might be regarded as settled. He believed it would be found that the Corporation and himself would do all in their power to pass that matter over quietly. — (Hear, hear.) It never was their intention to deprive the citizens of any right they had in the Belt; on the contrary, it was always intended that every possible step should be taken to preserve those rights intact. — (Hear, hear.)
Mr. ßathgate, in a long and interesting speech, proposed, "The Friendly Soceties of Dunedin." He gave a sketch of the growth of Friendly Societies in Great Britain; of their many influences for good; and of the position of the different Societies in Dunedin. He strongly supported the suggestion that  there should be passed an Act for the Registration of Friendly Societies; and he believed that there could not be a better model than the Imperial Act of  1855. 
Mr W. P. Street responded to the toast, dwelling forcibly on the advantages of Friendly Societies. — [We regret that we are unable to find space for a report either of Mr Bathgate's remarks or those of Mr Street.] 
Mr Kidston proposed, "Trade and Commerce;" and Mr F. J. Moss responded. 
Mr Justice Chapman proposed, "The Ladies;" and Mr A. Fleming was called upon to respond. 
"The Press" was subsequently proposed; and His Excellency then left the table, and the proceedings were concluded.
After the dejeuner the Governor, accompanied by several of the District Officers of the Orders, His Honor the Superintendent, and by a number of ladies and gentlemen, visited nearly all parts of the ground, and mixed freely among the assembled crowd, who were either engaged in or witnessing the improvised sports of the day. Everywhere he received a warm greeting of welcome, and as freely returned these greetings, giving kindly attention especially to the children, who formed a considerable proportion of the assemblage. During his walk round the ground, there were a few games in the tilting ground, dancing in the rotunda, and unrestrained "kissing in the ring" on the green sward, where the more numerous parties had assembled, either to enjoy the amusements of that description, or to witness the regatta and the lively scene presented by the bay, crowded as it was with sailing yachts and rowing boats in unusual numbers. His Excellency and his suite continued thus to promenade the grounds until after six o'clock, when he returned to the city by the Golden Age. Before leaving the Gardens, His Excellency expressed himself as highly gratified with his reception by the Societies, and with the pleasant meeting with the citizens> which the fete had been the means of affording him. 
A regular programme of sports had been prepared by the Committee, but it was only very partially fulfilled. Music of the proper sort was not, at the proper time, procurable for the dancers; no quadrupeds were forthcoming for the "bullock races;" and some other items were, for similarly good reasons, omitted. Four foot races by amateurs were the exceptions, and about sun-down there was, or was to be, some tilting. 
The first foot race was between adult amateurs, to be run in three heats. Four entered, and the prizes were awarded — lst to Hellyer, 2nd to Purves.  A boys' race followed, in which the winners were — Dodd, 1st; Cohen, 2nd. Two entered to "hop, step, and jump;" and the first prize was given to Thacker, the second to Jerry. In another amateurs' race, in which the course consisted of four times round the race ground, four entered; and after a spirited race, Stewart came in first, and Douglas second, both with a considerable advantage over their competitors. The last was a boys' sack race. There was, as usual, an eager demand for sacks; but the majority of their occupants were indifferent competitors, compared with two active little fellows, who seem to have been born to the manner of sack-racing, and who have been invariably prize-winners at the Caledonian and other games. 
When his Excellency had left the ground, a majority of those present returned to the city, but the pleasantness of the evening induced many hundreds to remain, and the amusements were kept up to an advanced hour.   -Otago Witness, 23/2/1867.

By Order of the Lessees of Vauxhall Gardens. 
E. DE CARLE AND CO. will sell by auction, at Vauxhall (owing to the expiry of lease), on Wednesday, 24th instant, at 2 o'clock,
 The whole of the furniture, consisting of — 
Chairs, tables, couches, fittings, and sundries  
In bar — glasses, decanters, &c, &c. 
Garden tools, in variety
Stock — Ale, porter, spirits, wines, liqueurs, &c, of the best brands,
All to be sold regardless of cost.   -Otago Daily Times, 24/4/1867.

TENDERS will be received until the 4th October, for Lease of the above Gardens for the Summer Months, viz: Six Months, from the 5th October. For further particulars, apply to 
STOTT and CREETH, No. 1, Farley's Buildings, Princes street.  -Otago Daily Times, 20/9/1867.

The opening of Vauxhall Gardens for the season, takes place to-day. Pigeon matches, quoits, other amusements, and an illumination this evening, are announced. A band will be in attendance, and arrangements have been made for steamers to convey visitors across, at intervals of a quartet of an hour.  -Otago Daily Times, 19/10/1867.

Mr W. Woodlands, of the Royal George Hotel, and A. C. Rees, have leased Vauxhall Gardens; and they propose to make a number of alterations and improvements in the grounds, preparatory to opening for the season.  -Otago Daily Times, 19/10/1867.

WANTED, Visitors to Vauxhall Gardens to know that an excellent Cup of Tea or Coffee can be obtained at C. C. Armstrong's Stall. 
WANTED, Visitors to Vauxhall Gardens to know that the best of Pastry and Confectionery can be had at C. C. Armstrong's stall.  -Otago Daily Times, 11/11/1867.

Local and General News

An Enterprising Colonist. — A writer of the Dunedin Evening News thus gossips about Mr Farley; — I see that Mr Farley is erecting verandahs in the Arcade. As a shelter from an overpowering sun, or an excessive rain, these erections are most welcome. If we had a few more men of the Farley stamp, bad times would be partially connected with good times and good times would be made better. I prophecy that the time will come when Mr Farley's Arcade will be one of the leading commercial thoroughfares in Dunedin. Mr Farley is a lucky man and, apparently he is fortunate simply because his enterprises usually have had land for their foundation. He made money at Ballarat as a lucky digger. He speculated there in land and in houses. He was successful. He subsequently emigrated to New Zealand. In the good times he built the Arcade. In those good times he got enormous rents. These rents added considerably to a by no meant inconsiderable competence. He went to Waikouaiti to speculate, but I think he did not speculate there. He built some houses in Princes street, Farley's Hall included. In one unlucky hour he laid out Vauxhall Gardens, they cost him about £20,000. In one season Shadrach Jones cleared £600 out of Vauxhall. One fine morning a certain Mrs Jones was said to have gone to England with £30,000. Another fine morning a certain Mr Shadrach Jones became insolvent and subsequently he, too, went to England. It is said that Mr Farley now could not get £12,000 for Vauxhall. I sincerely desire that Mr. Woodland and partner will do well out of Vauxhall this ensuing season. On the whole, Mr Farley's career has been a success. When a roll of our wealthy colonists is inscribed, the name of Henry Farley ought to prominently figure therein.   -Wellington Independent, 11/1/1868.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Partnership hitherto existing between the undersigned, William Woodland and Abraham Charles Rees, as Licensed Victuallers and Leases of Vauxhall Gardens, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. The business will in future be carried on at Vauxhall Gardens aforesaid by Mr William Woodland, who will pay all liabilities and receive all moneys due to the late firm. 

A. C. REES. 

Witness to the signature of William Woodland and Abraham Charles Rees, Thomas R. Dodds, Clerk to Mr Edward Francis Ward, Solicitor, Dunedin. 
Dunedin, 23rd January, 1868.   -Otago Daily Times, 24/1/1868.

We notice by advertisement that the Vauxhall Gardens will be the scene of unusual attraction and amusement on Monday. The American Circus Company will here make its last appearance on that day; whilst the dancing in the rotunda and the increased facilities for getting to the grounds, offered by the Harbor Company’s steamers, will assuredly have the effect of drawing a large crowd thither.  -Evening Star, 16/4/1870.

Vauxhall Gardens were visited by a good many persons yesterday. Acrobatic performances and tight-rope dancing were given by the members of the Circus Company. A band was also present, and dancing went on briskly in the rotunda. The swings and merry-go-rounds were in great request among the youngsters, while of the oldsters, some took part in the game of quoits, and others strolled about the grounds.  -Otago Daily Times, 19/4/1870.

Thursday, 10th November. (Before His Worship the Mayor.)
Drunkards.—Colin McDonald, an old offender, was charged with being drunk in Rattray street at 2.30 p.m. on the 9th. He was fined L5, with the option of 14 days' imprisonment. William McDougal, who enjoyed his holiday by getting drunk at Vauxhall, was fined 5s.
CHARGE OF ROBBERY FROM THE PERSON. — John Dixon was charged with stealing a L1 note from the person of William McDougal, at Vauxhall Gardens. Dixon, it appeared, finding McDougal drunk, took his money, a L5 note and some silver, from him for safekeeping, and gave it to a constable. A barman, in the employ of Mr Woodland, immediately said that he had seen the drunken man with six or seven notes. The drunken man himself then said that he had had Ll7, but when he became sober said that he had had only L5. The accused, who had at once been arrested, was released, and the case withdrawn.  -Otago Daily Times, 11/11/1870.

In 1873 the Gardens were for sale again and a writer in the Evening Star felt that the description of them, for the benefit of the prospective buyer, was more than a little "puffed up" - 
The following description of Vauxhall Gardens, about to be sold by public auction, appears in Gillies and Street’s monthly circular, and as a specimen of the “puff direct” is worthy of the great Mr Puff himself:— “For many years this loveliest of all the lovely spots around fair Dunedin has been anxiously sought for by parties desirous of building in the suburbs, and at last, at the solicitation of a great many persons, and in deference to the almost universally expressed feeling that the public might be allowed to share in its beauties, the proprietor has consented to offer it in lots, so that all may have an opportunity of obtaining what suits them. Whether considered with reference to the views from it or the views of it looked at from elsewhere, Vauxhall stands absolutely unrivalled. The magnificent panorama of Dunedin facing it, with the harbor and shipping as a foreground, and the towering heights of Mounts Cargill and Flagstaff as a background, is a never-tiring and ever-changing source of pleasure to the eye, a pleasure only enhanced when night drops her curtain on the scene, and the thousand lights of the City, rising in regular succession to the very tops of the hills, present a scene so entrancing as never to be forgotten once it has been seen. Again, the ocean, the White Island, the Taieri Mouth, Quoin Point, and the Nuggets, all contribute to the beauty of the landscape in other directions. Viewed from Dunedin, the eye insensibly lights on this as the fairest spot in the landscape. Its bold rocky cliffs, clothed oh the top with magnificent hush and shrubbery, which have been opened up by numerous lovely walks and almost fairy glades, at once attract attention and proclaim it to be what it really is — a natural paradise.”  -Evening Star, 6/9/1873.

The Gardens were, indeed, for sale as building lots.  It seemed the end of an era for the pleasure-seekers, licit or not, of Dunedin.  The Gardens were still available but it seems their facilities were not.

The Ocean Beach, generally a favourable resort for pleasure seekers, fairly swarmed during the afternoon with pic-nic parties promenading the beach in their holiday attire, and defying the breakers after they were spent, or following the receding waves. The sheltered nooks between the hills were taken advantage of as dining-rooms, in which to lay the family spread, and dressing-rooms in which to remove the shoes and stockings previous to having a wade. The young folk, brought out for a sniff of the fresh sea air, were in high spirits, and were treated to a view of the monster shark exhibited in a tent by Mr Armstrong. Vauxhall Gardens, which unfortunately can no longer boast their former attractions, still afforded an agreeable locale for a day out, and were not deserted. The commanding view and freshness of everything perhaps caused this, and visitors were enabled to take a walk on the jetty or a sail on the water, while those fond of a ramble could hardly have chosen a more inviting locality.  -Otago Witness, 15/11/1873.

MONDAY, 22nd December, At 3 o'clock. 
MESSRS. GILLIES AND STREET, through their auctioneers, Messrs McLandress, Hepburn, and Co., will sell in the rooms of the latter, 3 Manse street, as above, about 13l QUARTER ACRE SECTIONS in the above township, some of them covered with bush, some cleared; also
In One lot.
A road giving easy access to all parts of this fine property has now been constructed, and parties are invited to visit the locality and judge for themselves. 
In addition to the magnificent views to be got from all parts of the Property, this township has the advantage of WOOD, WATER, AND BUILDING MATERIALS cheap, on the ground, as good building stone in a quarry adjoining the property, and the subsoil is a good clay for bricks. 
Purchasers of one lot will have the option of taking more at same price. Terms most liberal, title perfect. 
Lithographs now obtainable from 
GILLIES AND STREET, Land and Estate Agents.   -Otago Daily Times, 5/12/1873.

Vauxhall sections were advertised through the year 1874 but the end of the year shows that there was still enough clear space not taken up for some exploration to be done.
News of the Week
The usual fortnightly muster of the Naturalists' Field Club last Saturday afternoon drew together a fair number of members, among whom were several ladies. The party took the road to Anderson's Bay, following the beach till Vauxhall was reached. After searching over the bush on the east side of the gardens, a descent was made once more to the beach road, which was followed nearly to Grant's Braes. Here a fine patch of Maiden Hair fern was found, but little else was obtained worthy of collection. The native vegetation is fast disappearing before the imported grasses. The strong wind blowing up the harbour made walking rather laborious, but otherwise a very pleasant afternoon was spent. Six new members were proposed — five ladies and one gentleman. Deborah Bay was chosen as the locality for the next excursion, which was fixed for Saturday, 9th January.   -Otago Witness, 19/12/1874.

By the end of that decade, the Gardens were only a memory...
A drama entitled “Dunedin in 1866," has been recently played at the Princess Theatre, in that city, with tolerable success. One of the principal scenes introduced was "Vauxhall Gardens," which formed the popular place of recreation, across the bay, some few years ago.   -NZ Times, 17/3/1880.

Dunedin Gossip (excerpt)
The success which has attended two open-air performances given this week may probably revive this custom, unless our somewhat changeable climate puts a check upon it. In the palmy days of the goldfields open air performances were given at Vauxhall Gardens across the bay, but the present generation know little or nothing of these great days of the past.  -Cromwell Argus, 11/3/1902.

A picture, which is of great interest to old Dunedin identities, is now on view in the Dresden Piano Company’s window. It is a water-color sketch of Anderson Bay, painted in 1864, showing the old Vauxhall Gardens,and in the foreground several vessels that are well known to people who were residing in Dunedin at that time, particularly Dr Hector’s exploring vessel, and the old steamers William Miskin and Minerva. There are also several houses on the Peninsula, two or three of which arc still standing. The picture was painted by William Liardet, and is a capital piece of work, and well worth inspecting.   -Evening Star, 15/6/1905.

In 2007, Saddle Hill Press published a history of the Gardens, written by Ian Dougherty.  It's an excellenmt read, and contains two photos by the author of all that is left today of the Gardens.  Two pieces of statuary can be found in the gardens of local houses. Persumably they were on the properties when they were bought for building the houses they now complement.