Sunday, 29 March 2020

51427 Private George O'Brine, 10/8/1894-6/4/1920.

Wyndham Cemetery.



Mrs M. O’Brine has received advice that her eldest son, George, has been reported missing. He is 23 years of age and was born at Wyndham, receiving his education at the Wyndham School. Before enlisting he worked on his mother’s farm. He was a prominent member of the Territorials and was one of the crack shots of Wyndham. Also a keen and successful angler, he was one of the most popular men who whipped the local streams. A great reader of good solid literature, he collected a library that was envied by all who had the pleasure of inspecting it.   -Southland Times, 30/5/1918.

George O'Brine was one of the men of the NZ Entrenching Battalion who were captured by German troops during "Operation Michael" - their last-ditch throw of the dice which would win the war or see the end of their hopes.  The Battalion were sent up to Meteren to plug a gap in the lines and were expecting to dig trenches rather than defend them.  Their capture was a small but ignominious chapter in New Zealand's military history.

George was kept at Lamsdorf POW camp in Germany from May, 1918, to his release at the end of the year.  He was then sent to the King George Hospital in Liverpool and eventually repatriated, arriving in New Zealand at the end of 1919.

A Medical Board determined George to be physically unfit for further service due to the illness he contracted  in the camp in Germany. It was an easy diagnosis and it was easy to blame his captivity for his condition.  Earlier medical details in his miltary records, however, show several admissions to local field hospitals for diarrhea, which probably prompted his transfer to the second-line Entrenching Battalion.

He was listed as having a 100% disability due to the war - tuberculosis had ulcerated his intestines.

His medical report includes the details "Present weight 9 stone. Very emaciated. Marked hollowing above clavicles. Poor expansion." It attributes his condition to "stress and strain of imprisonment plus infection."

George spent his last months in the Waimate Hospital.  One can only imagine the pain and hopelessness of those days.

Private George O’Brine, a native of Wyndham, died at Waimate on Wednesday. Private O'Brine was a prisoner of war and returned home in a shattered state of health. Mrs O'Brine made her home in South Canterbury, in the hope that the northern climate would benefit her son's health, but he gradually sank. Much sympathy will be felt for the bereaved family. The interment took place yesterday at Wyndham.  -Mataura Ensign, 10/4/1920.

Wyndham Cemetery.

The Barlings of Glenfalloch and the Savoy


Philip Barling arrived in New Zealand from his English home in 1906.  He was a Boer War veteran and travelled for the Vacuum Oil Company before settling down in Dunedin.  His name features in local reports of amateur dramatics and the Otago Motor Cycle Club in the early years of the 20th Century.  He was fined 13 shillings in 1912 for riding a motorcycle on the wrong side of the road.

The Mikado was impersonated on the whole effectively by Mr P. Barling, who gratified the audience by a meritorious rendering of the dignitary's modest little ballad, "A more humane Mikado."   -Otago Daily Times, 29/10/1908.

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COMMITTEE OF DUNEDIN OPERATIC SOCIETY, WHO REVIVED "THE GONDOLIERS" IN AID OF THE HOSPITAL EXTENSION FUND. Front Row (from left): Messrs Percy James, J. S. Sinclair, and F. Murphy Back Row: Messrs J. H. Haggitt and P. Barling. —Morris, photo.  -Otago Witness, 31/5/1911.


Samson’s Building, Dowling street. 

THE PROPRIETORS beg to remind the Public that the above Luxuriously-fitted-up Rooms are OPENED from 10 a.m. till 11 p.m., during which hours MORNING TEA, LUNCHEON. AFTERNOON TEA, EVENING TEA, and SUPPERS may be obtained. 



Manageress ... Miss Pearl Brent.  -Evening Star, 8/12/1911.


The Partnership hitherto existing between the parties carrying on the Business of Tea Room Proprietors in Dowling street, Dunedin, under the style or firm of "The Savoy Company," has been Dissolved by mutual consent. The business will in future be carried on by the undersigned. 

PHILIP BARLING.  -Evening Star, 13/3/1912.

Notification of the registration of the following private companies is contained in the Mercantile Gazette:—

Savoy (Ltd.).—Office: Dunedin. Capital: £2000 into 2000 shares of £1 each. Subscribers: Philip Barling, 1500; Pearl Barling, 500. Objects: To acquire and take over as a going concern the business now carried on at Dunedin by Philip Barling, trading under the style of "The Savoy."  -Otago Daily Times, 13/4/1913.

TO YOUNG LADIES.—Mr BARLING will require the SERVICES of Several Smart Young Ladies as ATTENDANTS in his NEW SAVOY TEA ROOMS, to be opened Early in DECEMBER. Ample provision will be made for their comfort, and, in addition to the usual conveniences, a dressing room and lounge are being provided. The hours of service will be arranged so as not to be unduly long. and the remuneration offered is good. Previous experience not essential. 

Apply to: Miss BRENT, Savoy Tea Rooms, Dowling street.   -Otago Daily Times, 4/11/1913.

SUPREME COURT. CIVIL SITTINGS. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Williams.) 
SAMSON V. BARLING. James Martin Samson, auctioneer, v. Philip Barling, restaurant proprietor.—This was a claim for the possession of the Savoy Tea Rooms, in Samson's buildings, Dowling street. 
The plaintiff, in his statement of claim, set out: That by an instrument dated the 27th October, 1911, the plaintiff leased the tea rooms to the defendant and John Sutherland Sinclair for the term of 12 months from the 31st October, 1911. The defendant and Mr Sinclair were to have the right, after the expiration of three months from this date, on giving one month's notice, in writing, to terminate the tenancy, and also the right, at the end of 12 months' tenancy, to be granted a further tenancy for a further term of one, two, three, or four years at a rental of £3 10s per week. That prior to the 31st October, 1912, Mr Sinclair assigned his interest in the lease to the defendant. That subsequent to the date of the said agreement the defendant obtained a further tenancy of the premises for a term of the year from the 31st October, 1912. That the tenancy expired on the 31st October, 1912. That about the 29th September, 1913, notice was given by the plaintiff to the defendant requiring him to deliver up possession of the premises on the 31st October, 1913. That the defendant was still in possession of the premises and had wrongfully failed and refused to deliver up possession to the plaintiff, who now claimed to recover possession and £200 as mesne profits from the 31st of October to the date on which he recovered possession. 
The defendant, in his statement of defence, denied that the tenancy under which he held the premises expired on the 31st of October. He denied that any notice was given him, as alleged by the plaintiff, and also that he had wrongfully failed or refused to deliver up possession. 
Mr A. S. Adams appealed for the plaintiff, and Mr W. C. MacGregor (with Mr. J. S. Sinclair) for the defendant. 
Mr Adams, in opening the case, explained that the claim set out the agreement between the parties. Then came the assignment by Mr Sinclair, solicitor, and the further tenancy obtained by ihe. defendant in terms of the agreement which expired on the 31st of October, 1913. Then, on the 29th September of the same year, notice was given by the plaintiff to defendant to give up possession, and on the 31st of October notice was also given to the defendant that certain damage would result if possession was not given on that date. The defendant was still in possession. Learned counsel then referred to the statement of defence. There was a distinct statement in it that a new tenancy was created, and that was the basis of the defence. The onus was upon his learned friend of showing that a new agreement was made, and, failing that, the plaintiff would be entitled to judgment so far as the right of possession was concerned. Learned counsel supposed that there would have been no dispute but for the fact that these were rooms in which tea rooms had been carried on since the erection of Samson's buildings, and in Barling's first agreement of the tenancy they were referred to as the Misses Miller's tea rooms. Now the defendant had arranged to take rooms in Haynes's new building in Princes street. That building had taken longer to erect than was anticipated. Samson, in the meantime, was anxious not to have the connection of his room destroyed, and the question was what was going to happen in the circumstances. Samson, in order to protect himself, got together a staff on the 31st of October, and that staff had been waiting from day to day to take possession and carry on the business. 
Evidence was given by Saul Solomon. K.C., W. Grant Way. and Janet Murdock (cook).
Mr MacGregor submitted that it was clear that there was an existing tenancy. It was clear that that existing tenancy was not a tenancy in pursuance of the original agreement, but independent of it. There must have been some tenancy agreed upon, and the only terms of tenancy which either party could speak to were the terms agreed upon by Mr Hosking, K.C., and Mr Hay, and which Mr Lemon of Messrs Hosking and Cook's office, said he communicated his acceptance of to Mr Hay some months after it was made. It was very singular that in the correspondence there was no repudiation of the alleged bargain. J. H. Hosking, K.C., was in the witness box when we went to press. -Evening Star, 19/11/1913.

Judgment was given by Sir Joshua Williams this morning in the action of James Martin Samson v. Philip Barling, a claim for the possession of the premises known as the Miss Millar’s tea rooms, and for mesne profits. The trial was on the 18th and 19th November, Mr Adams appearing for the plaintiff and Messrs W. C. MacGregor and J. S. Sinclair for the defendant. Judgment was for the plaintiff for possession, with £l7 10s damages.  -Evening Star, 5/12/1913.

THE attention of Boarding-house Keepers and others is directed to the Advertisement of Messrs SCURR. AND CO, who on MONDAY MORNING, at 9 o'clock. will sell by auction, on the premises, the tables and other articles in use at the SAVOY TEA ROOMS, Dowling street. 
As the NEW SAVOY TEA ROOMS, Princes street, are being equipped with Handsome Antique Furniture, the articles above refered to would be quite out of place there, and will therefore be sold without reserve. 
The SAVOY TEA ROOMS CLOSE TO-DAY in Dowling street, to REOPEN on MONDAY, the 15th instant, in HERBERT HAYNES AND CO'S NEW BUILDINGS, PRINCES STREET.  -Evening Star, 6/12/1913.

At 9 o'clock
S C U R R  A N D  C O. 
have received instructions from Mr Barling (who is removing to Haynes's New Building) to sell by auction, as above. 
The FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS of “The Savoy Tea Rooms,'’ comprising— Tables, hat stand, pictures, palm stands, flower bowls and palm plants, linoleums, screens, overmantel, marble clock, curtains and rods, kitchen and cooking utensils, e.p. and silverware, confectionery, etc., etc. Note Hour of Sale.   -Evening Star, 6/12/1913.

WANTED, smart Kitchen Boy. Apply to the Chef, Savoy Haynes's Building, Princes street.   -Evening Star, 10/12/1913.

I am grateful to the Barlings' promotional flair for the following - a detailed and appetising description of the new "Savoy" - "sumptuous," "magnificent," "delightful."
No I. 
The name “Savoy" always conjures up visions of luxury and beauty. It is a word associated with palaces and with magnificence. Away far back in the 13th century, Peter, the Count of Savoy, received a grant of land on the banks of the River Thames from Henry the Third, the reigning monarch, and the residence that he built there became the original "Savoy" Palace. In later years it passed through very chequered experiences, but what is of more importance to the people to-day is the magnificent pile of buildings, comprising hotel, restaurant, and theatre, which now occupies the site of the old Savoy Palace, bearing its name and forming one of the most imposing and brilliant sights on the Thames Embankment. Among twentieth century English-speaking people the word “Savoy” is a kind of synonym for comfort and refinement, and the new restaurant which was opened in this City the day before yesterday is designed to uphold to the utmost the traditions of luxurious surroundings, excellence of culinary art, and the finest of foods well served.
It is now many months ago since Mr Barling, recognising the great need in Dunedin for a really first-class restaurant, entering into negotiations with Messrs Herbert, Haynes, and Co. for leasing the first and third floors of the new building at the corner of Moray place and Princes street, with the object of converting these flats into a restaurant which would be without a peer in its equipment and appointments. The negotiations were successfully carried through, and after months and months of hard work in fitting up, in the opening out of goods specially imported from Great Britain and America, in the disposal of everything in its proper place, in the organising of a special staff, and in the hundred and one things necessary, finality was eventually reached last Thursday evening, when the sumptuous dining room was thrown open, and amidst whispered admiration and audibly-expressed praises of ladies, and the flattering compliments of men, the first meal was laid for the people of Dunedin, under surroundings which have never before existed in this City.
We hope on Monday evening to begin a description of Mr Barling's new restaurant, which in the meantime is attracting a very great deal of attention. Last night the magnificent Banquet Hall on the third flat was dedicated by the annual dinner of the Law Society therein taking place.— [Advt.]  -Evening Star, 20/12/1913.

No. II. 
On entering the great dining hall one realises that every anticipation of artistic beauty and comfortable surroundings is fully attained. The walls are panelled very high in dull red pine, with a narrow shelf on top, which serves for the purpose of displaying art pottery, etc. The dining hall has two frontages, one to Moray place and the other to Princes street. A most charming idea has been worked out in connection therewith. Opposite each window is placed a small dining table, and on either side a leather upholstered sent, with a panel back in red pine wood rising high enough to form a division. As the same arrangement is fixed on both sides of the table, the long stretch of window space resolves itself into some 13 or 14 neatly-appointed little chambers, open at the front, while the corner is arranged as a delightful little “cosy corner’’ for a tete-a-tete meal. The middle of the hall is occupied with little tables to hold four guests, with chairs of antique finish for each. The floors are stained a dark oak color, and the passages covered with thick pile carpet. The lights have already proved a great source of interest. They are of medieval type — large pyramid-shaped shades filled in with orange-colored silk, bearing a stencil design, and suspended from the roof with massive chains, while similar shades are suspended from wooden brackets which surmount the end of the dining stalls in front of the windows. When the electricity is turned on the light pours through all these shades, flooding the whole dining room with a rich golden light, producing an effect that is delightful in the extreme. The curtains are of tussore silk, with stencil design: the sideboard, cupboards, butler’s table, Pay Desk, and other things are all finished in antique style, while the collection of quaint candlesticks in bronze, pewter, and hammered iron and so forth serve to impart “atmosphere” to the room. The mantelpiece is a massive structure, of medieval type, 8ft wide, finished in rough brick, the actual fireplace being placed under a broad arch. It is certainly most impressive. On the right-hand side of the fireplace a screened position is set aside for the Savoy orchestra, of four performers, who are thus secluded from sight. 
But all the charm is not alone in the appointments. Something must be said for the staff of waitresses, comprising 12 young ladies, all daintily arrayed in the demure costume of Quaker girls. The designing of these costumes has been carried out with great effect, and they have been most favorably commented upon by visitors.
The popular appreciation of the Savoy as indeed a “restaurant de luxe" was manifested on Saturday, when the crowd of visitors was so great that the doors had to be closed. This is evident proof of the fact that the Dunedin public are quick to appreciate refinement and beauty when it is presented to them. To-morrow night we hope to tell something of the Banquet Hall, situated on the third floor of the Savoy Building.—[Advt.]  -Evening Star, 22/12/1913.

No. III. 
The banquet hall, situated on the third floor, is most easily reached by the electric lift. Standing at the door and looking in, one is almost led to imagine himself transported into the great banqueting- chamber of some old Elizabethan castle. The period treatment is consistent and extremely effective. The actual entrance to the hall is through a short, wide passage, having rooms on either ride for use on special occasions. The whole room is panelled in dull polished oak until within a few feet of the ceiling, where a regular series of oak bars at intervals display the plastered wall underneath, continuing up to meet the roof moulding. The roof itself is finished in great massive-looking beams of oak, which are supported by four oak pillars, beautifully designed and constructed. The floors are of dark color, upon which are laid here and there art carpet squares. On each of these carpets are set out little groups, consisting of oak table, oak chairs, and oak settees, designed in the severe type largely suggested by William Morris, the poet-craftsman. A word may be said for the cushions. Some of them are in soft suede-finished leather with poker-work designs; others, again, in art canvas, stencilled. The electric light, which is full and strong, is enclosed in hanging lamps of oxidised copper and rich stained glass, hung at intervals over the hall. A folding door, with cathedral glass panels, gives access to a drawing room, which is available for special functions. The mantelpiece is perhaps the piece de resistance. It is an extremely beautiful construction, in rich deep blue tiles, braced and bound with oak, and set off by a most artistic solid brass fireplace of antique pattern. The casement curtains, needless to say, are in harmony with the rest of the fittings. At the end of the room two doors open into the servery, which is equipped with every convenience for rapidly supplying the wants of customers. The banquet hall has been designed primarily for the holding of banquets, annual dinners, wedding breakfasts, birthday parties, and functions of such a character; but while not thus engaged it is available all day long as a gentlemen's rest parlor and smoking lounge, where a cup of coffee and a cigarette may be enjoyed in quiet. 
In to-morrow evening's issue we expect to say something about the splendidly equipped kitchens and the fine roof garden at the "Savoy."—[Advt.]  -Evening Star, 23/12/1913.

After all, the real heart of a restaurant lies in its kitchen, and this fact has been fully realised by the proprietor of the Savoy. Beautiful and attractive as are the dining rooms of the §aroy, its kitchen is in no whit behind in completeness. Everything that could be devised to secure efficiency and first-class results is in evidence here. An enormous cooking range of an unusual make, with huge ovens, is under the direct control of the accomplished chef, while a massive baker's oven of the double-decker type affords every facility for the work of the skilful baker. Electric power is utilised for driving various kitchen devices, in the same fashion as in the leading London restaurants. In keeping with this labor-saving arrangement are the electric lift from dining hall to kitchen, and the telephones to the various parts of the building. Adjoining the kitchen is a commodious and well-furnished store room. A complementary room to the kitchen is located on the first floor, where the cooked viands are received by the electric lift from the kitchen and there prepared and served for the dining tables. The chef and his staff are men of wide experience, and well qualified for their responsible position. On the same floor, and adjoining the kitchen, is a dressing room for the waitresses, and, further along, a private lobby leads into the residential suite of rooms occupied by Mr and Mrs Barling. 
The Roof Garden is yet another of the unique attractions of the Savoy. Here, "far from the madding crowd," the visitor can sit on a bright sunny day, surrounded by dozens of plants and shrubs, enjoying the sunshine and the quiet. From this vantage point one is able to get a splendid panoramic view of the City, while far away beyond the harbor and hills form an artistic background. The Roof Garden introduces a novel and distinct feature into this City, which is sure to be appreciated by ladies and gentlemen alike. 
The task of designing and carrying out the construction and equipment of this "restaurant de luxe" has been both heavy and exacting, and Mr Barling desires to record his appreciation of the hearty cooperation which he has received, and the personal interest which has been evinced by the various firms and workmen who have been engaged in this enterprise. Without making any invidious distinctions, he desires to mention the beautiful and artistic stencil and other work of Mr Stanley Beck. 
After an inspection of the "Savoy," most visitors will admit that it fully justifies the title of "restaurant de luxe," and that its enterprising proprietor may be pardoned if he applies to himself the words of the Latin poet Terence: "This is a new method of captivating; myself, moreover, was the first to discover this way" — which is certainly true, as far as the City of Dunedin is concerned.—[Advt.]  -Evening Star, 24/12/1913.

BARLING—BRENT.—On December 24, 1913, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, by the Rev. V. G. Bryan King, Philip, son of J. W. Barling, Hurst Green, Sussex, England, to Pearl, daughter of S. E. Brent, Dunedin.   -Otago Witness, 7/1/1914.

AT FORENOON TEA TO-MORROW, from 10 to 11.30, AMERICAN DOUGHNUTS will be served hot. Our baker's practical experience in the United States has enabled him to acquire the art of making these dainties to perfection.   -Evening Star, 8/1/1914.

A SPECIAL HOT TEA will be prepared ready for BOWLERS at a quarter to 7 TONIGHT, and on each Evening this week. Visiting Bowlers are invited to make use of the new and luxurious SMOKING LOUNGE and GENTLEMEN'S REST PARLOR, on the third floor, also the ROOF GARDEN, from which a magnificent view of the City is obtained. Both of these will be at their services during the present tournament season.  -Evening Star, 12/1/1914.


£l0 REWARD! 

THE SAVOY (“The Restaurant de Luxe”). 

THE ABOVE SUM will be paid for such evidence as will lead to the Conviction of the Person or Persons who originated the libellous and malicious statement that the “SAVOY” was distributing tickets to “undesirable” guests requesting them to abstain from patronising the “SAVOY.” 

No such tickets are being issued, for the very satisfactory reason that people of the class referred to do not inflict their presence in the Savoy Dining Room. The only card being distributed is worded as follows, and conveys a very different message from that which is being so maliciously circulated: — 

Invitation to Gentlemen 
“patrons of the “SAVOY.” 
“Sir, —You are invited, when finished 
"dining, to avail yourself of the Com- 
“fort afforded in the Smoking Lounge 
“and Rest Parlor, which is situated on 
“the third flat, and is at your service 
“free of charge. 
“The Lounge is well furnished with 
“magazines and journals, and a restful 
“interval before resuming business can 
“be enjoyed here.” 

THE SAVOY. P. BARLING, Proprietor.   -Evening Star, 28/4/1914.

IN view of the necessity for Economy generally, brought about by the War, the following SPECIAL TARIFF has been adopted: 
LUNCH ... 1s.
TEA ... ... 1s. 
TEA AND CAKES, any time of Day or Evening, at a uniform charge of 6d. 
Restaurant de Luxe. 
P. BARLING, Managing Director.
THE Management have pleasure in announcing that they have Engaged the Services of Mr MARTIN DUFF, the wellknown Scottish Tenor, to sing during the AFTERNOONS of TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, and FRIDAYS
PHILIP BARLING. Director.  -Evening Star, 6/10/1914.

BARLING.—At Dunedin, the wife of Philip Barling, of a son. -Otago Daily Times, 25/6/1915.


At their rooms yesterday Messrs Park, Reynolds (Limited) offered for sale by public auction 11 Peninsula allotments, situated near Macandrew's Bay. The properties comprised Mr George Gray Russell's "Glenfalloch" estate, and the sections varied in area from one to 23 acres. There were about 100 persons present, and, under the impetus of keen competition, excellent prices ruled throughout. Only one allotment was passed in — 238 acres, comprising the gardens, grounds, orchard, paddocks, and the Glenfalloch residence. Bidding for this ceased at £1900. The farm of 20 1/4 acres was first put up at per acre bidding, but was passed in at £37 10s an acre. It was then bid for as a whole up to £675, and again passed in. But after the sale it was disposed of privately for £810. The lots were disposed of as under:— Lot 1, 24 poles and a cottage — to Mr John L. Roy, for £100; Lot 2, 23 3/4 acres, with the residence — passed in; Lot 3, 3 1/2 acres, with cottage — to Mr P. Barling, for £520;...  -Otago Daily Times, 5/5/1916.

The homestead, "Glenfalloch."  Hocken Library photo.




IN Order to provide, for the comfort and meet the requirements of the rapidly increasing number of our Patrons, we have decided to utilise our famous Lounge as an additional Dining Room. This handsome apartment is known to be the most beautifully-equipped Dining Hall in the Dominion.

A Specialty will be GRILLS, for which we find a great demand among Business Men. These will be served in first-class style from 12 to 2 o clock and 5 to 7 at a uniform charge of 1s 6d. 

Afternoon Tea will also be served in this luxurious Hall from 5 to 5 o’clock at the usual moderate rate. 


P. BARLING, Managing Director.  -Evening Star, 24/7/1916.

BARLING.—At Dunedin, the wife of Philip Barling, of a son. -Otago Witness, 1/11/1916.

The Barlings soon put their new property on the Otago Peninsula to good use - as part of their business as well as a home.

we shall have the tables at the "Savoy" supplied with Fresh Vegetables of the finest quality, grown on our own farm on the Peninsula. There is a wealth of difference between home-grown garden products and those supplied from other sources. Later in the year Savoy Farm Fruits will be used for cooking in the kitchens of the Savoy Restaurant. Our own motor waggon plys daily between the Restaurant and the Farm. 

THE SAVOY, Restaurant de Luxe. PHILIP BARLING, Managing Director  -Evening Star, 7/11/1916.


A YOUNG LADY as Nurse for Two Children. 

Mrs PHILIP BARLING, The Savoy.  -Evening Star, 27/12/1916.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— I am smarting under an experience which I think it would be well for the citizens of Dunedin to know something about. A certain section of the community take a pleasure in anything that tends to beautify the City, and I am one of that number. I felt that the opening of a roof garden on the roof of the Savoy restaurant would be a novelty in the City and, of course, an attraction for my business, for I do not pose as being entirely disinterested; I certainly had an "axe to grind" when I built this roof garden. However, there it is. It is much admired by many tourists and visitors, and I know that people look upon it as one of the attractions of the City. It is a feature of roof gardens that the plants require watering. Some time ago the City Corporation issued a notice that action would be taken against any person or persons using water for hosing or watering their gardens — this on account of the shortage of water in the reservoir. In order to keep the plants alive we had to use a little water, and in the common interest we used just as little as possible. As a result I was summoned to appear before the Court, and on the grave charge of having used water to water my pot plants was fined £2 7s. Isn't the whole thing humorous and grotesque? The lady with a dozen pot plants on her verandah waters them daily without any fear of the Argus-eyed, criminal inspection officer belonging to the City Corporation, but because I have essayed to water the plants on my roof and not on my verandah I am fined £2 7s. I think a little common sense mixed with the interpretation of the by-laws would be very beneficial. I do not grudge the £2 7s so much as I grudge to admit the fatuity and stupidity which seem to have dictated the proceedings. I hope this will be a warning to other people who strive in a semi-private way to do a little for the beautification of the City at their own cost and for the benefit of themselves and those with whom they have business relations.
— I am, etc., Philip Barling. February 9.  -Evening Star, 9/2/1917.

YOUNG LADIES willing to accept the POSITION of WAITRESS at the SAVOY are invited to call immediately. The work is clean, not unduly arduous, and the wages are good. Ask for Mrs Barling. 
THE SAVOY, LTD., Moray place.  -Evening Star, 26/2/1918.

BARLING.—"Hurst Green," North-East Harbour, the wife of Philip Barling — of a daughter.   -Otago Daily Times, 8/6/1918.

Mr and Mrs Barling, of the Savoy Tea Rooms, have generously invited all wounded soldiers to the Savoy Tea Rooms to view the procession, and will also entertain them at afternoon tea. Red Cross Members in uniform taking part in the procession are also invited to tea at the Savoy Tea Rooms.   -Evening Star, 18/7/1919.

WANTED (for Glenfalloch, North-east Harbor), a First-class Professional GARDENER to take entire charge. Wife required to act as Housekeeper. Comfortable home and good salary to competent persons. 
Apply P. BARLING,"The Savoy," Moray place.   -Evening Star, 2/9/1919.

THE FLOWER SHOW  (excerpt)
A decorative table by Mrs Barling is quite out of the ordinary. The color scheme is gold and cream with maidenhair fern and it is nice to see the old-fashioned candlesticks at the corners in place of a barrier centrepiece.   -Evening Star, 10/2/1920.

Comfortable home for middle-aged experienced woman. A capable general domestic help could fill the position satisfactorily. House few miles from the City, pleasant surroundings, and every convenience. Wages, 35s.
Apply Mrs BARLING, "The Savoy," Dunedin.   -Evening Star, 21/9/1920.

Mr P. Barling, proprietor of the Savoy, whose impaired health necessitates a visit to the United States, has been presented by his many friends with a case of Loewe pipes and a walking stick. Mr J. S. Sinclair made the presentation.  -Evening Star, 27/5/1921.

With Mr Barling overseas, Mrs Barling held the fort.

Pleasure and regret were intermingled at a function held at the Savoy Tea Rooms on Wednesday, the occasion being a “kitchen evening" in honor of one of the waitresses, Miss May Snow, who was leaving to get married. A presentation in the form of a Doulton bowl was made to her by the members of the staff. The opportunity was also taken to bid farewell to Miss Emily Rigby, who, after five years at the Savoy, latterly as head waitress, was leaving for domestic reasons. Mrs Barling, in presenting Miss Rigby with a signet ring on behalf of the Savoy and a tortoiseshell brush and comb on behalf of the staff, spoke in high terms of the recipient, who had, she said, been most popular both with her fellows and the customers.  -Evening Star, 24/6/1921.

Mr P. Barling, of the Savoy, Dunedin, paid us a surprise visit yesterday, arriving by the Sonoma from the mainland. He has had a busy time in the States, visiting in turn New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, the Grand Canyon, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles. At the last-mentioned place he ran across Mr Winter Hall, who is very anxious to return to N.Z. Mr Barling seems to have fully recovered from his recent severe nervous breakdown.  -Evening Star, 1/11/1921.

WANTED, A COUNTRY GIRL AS HOUSEKEEPER OR GENERAL; no washing; good wages. Apply Mrs BARLING, Savoy.  -Evening Star, 18/11/1921.

"I was treated with the utmost courtesy by all the Americans with whom I came in contact, while the officials of the various clubs and institutions that I visited did everything in their power to make my stay comfortable and to supply any information that I sought. Still, I am glad to be back in New Zealand, and am more than content to live under the British flag.”
Thus Mr Philip Barling, who has returned home to Dunedin after a six months’ sojourn in the United States. He began his wanderings in ’Frisco, a stranger in a strange land, and with no settled plans, and one of his pleasantest recollections is the cordial friendliness and practical help extended to him by the good old firm of Thomas Cook and Son. On their advice he made for the Feather River Canyon district, which he describes as a beautiful health resort (with the accent on the “health”), with wonderfully bracing mountain air, plenty of trout fishing, and other attractions. Interest, if not excitement, is intensified by the fact that a number of bears, mountain lions, kyotes, foxes, and other animals still inhabit the forests there. Californians are great at camping out, and do the thing thoroughly, men and women adopting rational costume and leaving the cares of business behind. The climate, of course, is ideal for outdoor life.
Among the other places visited by Mr Barling were Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Santa Fe, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santiago, and over the border into Mexico. 
Motoring was most enjoyable on the concrete roads of California, in which State there are, of course, thousands of motorists. Concrete appears to be the most favored for forming roads, and all those recently formed are of reinforced concrete so as to stand the heavy traffic and to minimise the danger of cracking. It was interesting to note, said Mr Barling, the important part played by machinery in road-making; manual labor was a secondary matter, and the wheelbarrow and shovel were looked upon as obsolete. Another great feature in American towns was that, no matter what their size and situation, there was always an ample supply of electric power and water. Almost every house had its lawn, and there were apparently no restrictions regarding watering. 
But, continued Mr Barling, the inevitable conclusion which every observant New Zealander must come to after travelling in the States is that we are far too modest, or too indolent, in the matter of advertising this beautiful country of ours. He was frequently asked "Where is New Zealand exactly?” one man making a wild shot at it by adding: "It's up Nova Scotia way, isn't it?” But once the traveller begins talking about this Dominion the Americans become interested. A business man in Chicago who had visited New Zealand and Australia was emphatic in the opinion that our Dominion would, in the course of time, be one of the big tourist playgrounds of the world on account of its marvellous scenic attractions. 
If Dunedin was an American city, said Mr Barling, the probabilities were that it would be a blaze of electric light at night (even the churches in some American cities hung out electric signs); there would be "boosting” signs everywhere; a route would be mapped out for motoring — say, the top and bottom roads along the Peninsula — concrete causeways formed, and the drive extensively advertised as “The Finest Twenty-mile Drive in the World” And our industries would be pushed ahead. In this connection he had in mind the fruit-canning industry. He was satisfied that Central Otago could produce better peaches and apricots than could California, and if canning were developed here fruit growing would go ahead by leaps and bounds.
In cities like Buffalo and Santiago there are municipal information bureaus where staffs of officials were eager to give information and advice, regarding their respective towns, about which they know everything. "Compare this with a tourist office in a certain New Zealand city," said Mr Barling, "at which I sought information. The gentleman in charge seemed surprised to see me; he wasn't expecting anybody. After some search for the particulars I required, he asked me to call again in the afternoon. I called, but the information was not yet available, and I was asked to 'look in to-morrow.' I haven’t been back yet.’’ Dunedin suffered in the matter of tourist traffic by being at the tail end of the Dominion, so to speak, the people of the north (not unnaturally, perhaps) did not boost the South; and tourists were often discouraged from coming further than Wellington.
Another very striking example of American thoroughness in the matter of advertising themselves was the use made of the chambers of commerce in the various cities. The offices of the chambers were invariably situated in easily accessible spots and in the finest buildings. Prominent signs made it almost impossible to miss seeing them, and visitors were cordially invited to make use of the facilities afforded therein. Mr Barling often strolled into one of these offices and spent an hour or two reading journals, inspecting articles of local manufacture, and specimens of produce, thus gaining accurate knowledge of the resources of the district. The offices and attached rooms were beautifully furnished, and billiard tables and other means of recreation were available. Almost every business man is a member of the local chamber of commerce, and proudly announces the fact on a brass plate in his shop or office. The chamber in Los Angeles (a city about the size of Melbourne) is a wonderful institution. There, in addition to the exhibits, etc., already mentioned, are free moving picture shows giving views of the city and surrounding country; lectures are delivered on the same subject; and no stone is left unturned to make known the attractions and advantages of the particular city or district.
“Enterprise is the keynote of American business activities,” said Mr Barling. “and, although I do not wish to convey the impression that I am boosting the States at the expense of our own little Dominion, I think we might with advantage follow the American example in certain directions. We need not go to the absurd extreme (as our Yankee friends often do) and declare everything we possess to be ‘The biggest (or best) in the world'; but we can try to rouse ourselves from that self-satisfied state into which we are too prone to fall, and let people know that we have a country the natural beauty and commercial possibilities of which are worth seeing and exploiting.”  -Evening Star, 26/11/1921.



TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—The mothers who have sons living at the Y.M.C.A. can now sleep in peace, for the president of that association hath the care of their morals in his keeping. The Scriptures saith that we can render praise in dances, but Mr Wilkinson hath decreed that the dance shall not be allowed, but instead thereof shall be substituted Sankey and Moody hymns. The sons asked that they might be allowed to dance together, but the president thought that if he gave his consent they might cultivate the waist encircling movement, and when they became proficient in it he feared that they might become tempted to try it with the opposite sex. Oh, the horrible thought!
To be consistent he will issue a decree which altereth not that they must not attend certain places of worship, lest they be tempted to go to the dances under the auspices thereof. Truly, we live in a narrow age, when “the light fantastic toe” is to be barred, and the heavy tread, “with measured beat and slow,” is to be cultivated by all who live beneath the warped roof of the Y.M.C.A.

—I am, etc., Philip Barling. April 18.  -Evening Star, 18/4/1922.


NEW DINING AND DANCING HALL, replete with latest ideas. Plans are well under way for the extension of the Savoy restaurant's activities to provide the city with the latest and most carefully designed dining and dancing hall that all the arts of builder, decorator, and furnisher can produce; an establishment of distinctive catering, thoughtful convenience, and refined comfort which shall become the centre for the social life of the city, and fill with envy the minds of boastful cousins from the north. 
The originator of the venture, Mr Philip Barling, is confident that when he has finished his work there will be nothing in New Zealand to equal the Savoy restaurant in Dunedin. Mr Barling has spent a long time in working out the practical expression of his scheme, and has brought to its execution the knowledge of similar enterprises gained whilst travelling in the cities of America and Europe. With the broad outline of his scheme well in hand, he intends to leave next month on a six weeks’ visit to Sydney, then to return to Dunedin to complete the designing of rooms according to local requirements and environment. Mr Barling hopes to have the new restaurant running in October or November, so Christmas cheer may be enjoyed by the Savoy guests this year in new and distinctly novel surroundings. 
The new building will be used both as a dining room alone and as a dining and dancing hall, under certain conditions of admission. The best of everything is to be its distinctive feature, and to this end the charges will have to conform. To a Daily Times reporter Mr Barling disclosed in confidence the general trend of his intention for the furnishing and conduct of the extended business, which may lend later to a modification of the business now carried on in the present tea-rooms and lounge, and increase the scope of its appeal. At present the business is cramped for want of room, but with the proposed extensions it will become perhaps the largest of its kind in the dominion. 
The new room will have side and central accommodation for something like 300 diners, enabling the whole restaurant to cater for up to 500. The period scheme of decoration and furnishing will be a complete contrast to the scheme of the present tearooms, and will incidentally mean the placing of an order for furniture in which the Dunedin cabinetmakers will share. The side-tables will be used more especially when the room has been made ready for dancing, and the whole scheme of the room will be carried out with the careful attention to general effect that has already gained a reputation for the Savoy restaurant. 
The rooms will be situated on the first (middle) floor of the new building, which is now in course of erection. A fitting entrance in Princes street and a flight of wide stairs will lead to the suite, which will include the dining hall, retiring rooms, dressing rooms, and a cosy lounge, with a big open fireplace, where friends can meet while in town, feast together, and talk business and pleasure. 
On the same floor will be built the kitchen, which is to be a modern workshop equipped with expensive electrical machines which will peel apples and potatoes, and wash dishes at the rate of 8000 an hour. The introduction of America’s latest domestic wonders will not only save work and time, but will ensure absolute cleanliness, a feature on which the Savoy has always prided itself. The bakehouse will be on the second floor, and there will also be built and equipped a complete laundry for handling that side of the restaurant’s work. The new rooms will communicate with the present ones, so that patrons will have the choice of the lift or the private staircase. A full orchestra will be engaged. 
Mr Barling is confident that the reorganised business will provide facilities for social life and for entertainment that the city at present lacks. "In America," he remarked, "cities are judged by the facilities they provide for public comfort and entertainment; by the standard of their hotels, and by their theatres. In some of these directions we have a long way to go."  -Otago Daily Times, 6/5/1922.

 A Jazz Parlour.
Dunedin has lately surprised its northern and allegedly more progressive neighbors by talking of starting a jazz parlour. In countries where six o'clock closing and fantastic restrictions on the sale of liquor are unknown jazz parlours are a common phenomenon, but in a town like Dunedin they are a weird and wonderful innovation, causing many people to stop and ask themselves if we are not getting more like Paris every day.
The originator of this enterprise is Mr Phil Barling, proprietor of the Savoy Restaurant, which is undoubtedly one of the most tasteful and up-to-date establishments of its kind in the Dominion. Mr Barling is nothing if not progressive and "go-ahead" and with the approach of winter and the dancing season he no doubt sees a favorable opportunity to launch a scheme that will do much to brighten up the night-life of Dunedin if it comes to fruition. In the extensions which are at present being made to the Savoy Building he proposes to establish a dining and dancing hall, which will in due time become the recognised centre of the social life of the city. Here the hostess who desires to entertain her friends will be able to arrange for a dinner on the most elaborate lines, and afterwards to afford all the facilities for a fashionable ball. Accommodation will be available for several hundred persons, and hence it will be possible to use the Savoy ball-room for large and important functions, such as those which are necessary when distinguished visitors like the Prince of Wales or Admiral Dumaresq come amongst us. a courageous venture, boldly planned, and is still some way off achievement; but all who have the best interests of the city at heart will wish Mr Barling success. The Y.M.C.A. directors can then veto dancing as much as they like for no one will care.  -Cromwell Argus, 15/5/1922.


The new building in Princes street for Messrs Herbert, Haynes, and Co., Ltd., which is now practically complete, marks another mile post in Dunedin’s steady progress. The firm is to be complimented upon its faith in this sound and solid city. The building replaces the last portion of the old Criterion Hotel, which extended from the drapery establishment right up to Moray place, comprises three floors and a basement, and has 104ft frontage and 69ft depth. Messrs Herbert, Haynes, and Co. Ltd. are occupying the ground floor right along to the main vestibule as an extension to their drapery establishment, this extra space providing an up-to-date men’s clothing shop. Of the remaining three shops, two house Messrs Harris and Co., boot warehousemen, and Mr Waters, chemist, respectively. Messrs Stark and Co. will move into the third shop shortly after the New Year, and will carry on their business there as booksellers under the name of Humphreys and Stark.
The first floor has been taken over in its entirety by Mr Barling as an extension to his Savoy Restaurant. The main approach to this floor is by a broad stairway from Princes street, which lands patrons in a spacious stair vestibule. On the left is a triple doorway leading to the new restaurant measuring 75ft x 48ft. On the left of the stair vestibule is the reception room, from which the lounge is entered. This apartment measures 32ft 9in x 29ft 2in, and has direct communication with the restaurant through a large archway just beyond the orchestral platform, which is open to the restaurant but screened from a direct view of the lounge. Both the restaurant and the lounge are architectural features, the Jacobean period design adopted here and in the mantelpiece (which is a special feature and reaches practically to the ceiling) effecting a decidedly pleasing result. The whole of the woodwork is of oak, the finish of which is very appropriate. Access to the new restaurant is also obtained through archways from the existing tea room, there being an easy stair on either side of the main fireplace. The ceilings have all been specially designed, and are in keeping with the Jacobean period, the moulded archways giving extra charm. The soda fountain is situated within the restaurant proper, alongside the servery. In addition, commodious cloak and toilet rooms are provided, a spacious servery complete in every respect, and a suite of rooms (including dressing and dining rooms) for the staff. The Jacobean design adopted in the leadlights lends a charm to the scheme, which lifts this establishment to a class far above that usually adopted in commercial enterprises of a like nature, and is certainly a welcome improvement to Dunedin. 
Messrs Anscombe and Associates are the architects. Before Mr Anscombe left for America in June last much time and thought were given to the making and revising of various schemes in conjunction with Mr Barling, and instructions were left with the contractors to carry out the work as then agreed upon. The ultimate result of many months’ work in the various tradesmen’s workshops commands the admiration of all. The construction schedule is: General contractors, Wood and McCormack; structural steel work, J. Sparrow and Sons: Neuchatel roofing, Mirams Bros.; fibrous plaster, Wardrop and Co.; general plastering, W. Watson and Son; leadlights, Fraser's Art Glassworks; panelling, A. Moore; carving, J. Scott and Co.; plumbing, J. Hall and Sons; electric lighting, Turnbull and Jones, Ltd. (in conjunction with Mr P. J. Lough). The painting and glazing work has been excellently carried out by W. Sowell and Sons under difficulties.  -Evening Star, 16/12/1922.
The Criterion Hotel, corner of Princes St and Moray Place.  Hocken Library photo.

Travellers judge the cities they visit very largely by the provision they find there for their accommodation and comfort. It is a natural and perhaps a not unfair standard. The public dining halls and refreshment rooms of a city indicate in a very real way the standard of taste and refinement to which the community has attained. The conditions under which people commonly choose to take their food is an adequate expression of their character. From this point of view it will be seen that the establishment of elaborately ornate and aesthetically designed dining rooms is something of considerably more than mere commercial importance. The whole plan of the new Savoy premises in Princes street and Moray place has been deliberately designed to add to the social and intellectual amenities of the city and to increase its attractiveness and standing with visitors from near and far. In the production of this commendable enterprise even a glance through the new establishment makes it evident that neither money nor labour has been spared. The older rooms, long so favourably known for the exquisite taste of their equipment and arrangement, have been to some extent remodelled. The whole of the building is being arranged on a period scheme, and the management is using for the different rooms names familiar in that period. Thus the old public room on the second floor is now known as the Warwick Room, and the old system of a fixed charge for meals has been replaced by the a la carte system under which the patron pays according to the various items ordered. The beautiful lounge on the fourth floor, known as the Somerset Lounge, is now set aside exclusively for the use of parties who may engage it at any hour of the day. 
The great new hall on the second floor fronting Princes street is named the Tudor Hall, and at the north of it is the luxurious Clarence Lounge. The size of the hall is sufficiently indicated by saying that it comfortably accommodates 65 tables. The delightful harmonious effect of the whole scene down to the smallest detail assuredly has not been obtained without infinite thought and care and the employment of much originality and resource. Yet the result is so pleasingly natural that the casual observer might easily overlook the labour that lies behind. The scheme of decoration and furnishing is Elizabethan and has been carried out consistently in ceiling, leadlights, panelling, furniture, and arches. The woodwork is all in dark English oak. The scheme has been carried into effect by Mr G. B. Harper, of George street, who has been co-operating with the proprietor, Mr P. Barling, for the last 12 months in designing the architectural features, furnishings, and decorations of the hall. Mr Harper is an enthusiast in the cabinetmakers’ art, and has a sound knowledge of its history, which he has employed with striking success in reproducing various antique designs of great interest. People who know the value of such work are usually much surprised to learn that it has been done in Dunedin. Three pieces of furniture that attract much favourable attention are a beautiful French settee with wonderfully carved sides, an Elizabethan table, and a massive Elizabethan sideboard introducing among other features perfectly executed linen-fold panelling. 
Only partially partitioned off from the Tudor Hall is the Clarence Lounge, a resting place rich with choice art treasures gathered from many lands. A great friendly open fireplace occupies the centre of the north wall. The tables and chairs, covered in harmony with the superior English imported carpets, are all rarely carved in oak to beautiful old English designs. A dozen or more paintings illustrative of the art of some famous Continental painters whose work came into the hands of Mr Chiaroni adorn the walls. Some of them are specially lighted with excellent effect. Great brass candlesticks, brass cigar stands, beautiful Italian statuary, rare antique China, costly treasures such as Chinese incense bowls, a sixteenth century oak chest are among the articles de vertu assembled to engage and delight the mind and eye. Everything fits most harmoniously into the general scheme with a charmingly restful effect. Pot palms and bright summer flowers add their peculiar beauty to the scene. 
On a platform partly between the Tudor Hall and the Clarence Lounge provision is made for the orchestra, which is one of the chief artistic delights of the establishment. The services of a very capable band of musicians have been secured under the direction of Mr Caulton. An elaborate electric switchboard is behind the platform, and from it a variety of pretty lighting effects can be obtained at night. The electrical fittings have been specially made and imported, and electric candles with the dimmest shades are being employed here for the first time. The Tudor Hall lighting consists of nine six-light electric candelabra and eight two-light electric candle brackets finished in polished brass and controlled by dimmers. The Clarence Lounge is lit by four-light candelabra and two-light candle brackets in old gold finish. Limelight effects can be readily obtained at dinners or suppers or dances or other such functions for which the hall will be available. For public functions and conventions it provides accommodation for 400 or 500 people. Ladies’ and gentlemen’s dressing and retiring rooms are available for use on such occasions. 
It may be mentioned here that the air in the Tudor Hall and Clarence Lounge can be changed every quarter of an hour. 
So far we have been speaking of the part of the premises designed for the public view. It is very gratifying to know that the very important part of the establishment “behind the scenes” is equally open for public inspection. It is not every caterer who could let his patrons into his kitchen at any moment without fear. The kitchen here is a huge light and airy room equipped with all the latest mechanical devices for labour-saving and cleanliness. There are no sinks, for all the washing is done by machinery. The cooks and the bakers each have their own separate department and equipment, and a comfortable rest room is provided for the employees. The whole of the cooking utensils and food containers are of aluminium. There is a special department for the preparation of sandwiches for afternoon tea. The service room adjoining the Warwick Room is practically a duplicate of the larger one attached to the Tudor Hall. It may be confidently asserted that very few of the people who enjoy their choice of dainty viands daintily served at the Savoy have any conception of the amount of work involved in the preparation of their food. Below the kitchen is an engine room for the generation of steam, and in the basement there is an ice cream factory and a store-room. The whole is fly-proof, rat-proof, and germ-proof. On the top floor there is an up-to-date laundry. Perhaps after learning these facts some people wall not be so surprised as they would otherwise have been to know that the employees at the Savoy number as many as 80. 
The fact, is that the new rooms at the Savoy have been equipped with such elaborate care and taste that the more closely they are observed the more keenly they will be appreciated. The claim that they form the finest establishment of the kind to be found anywhere in Australia or New Zealand has already been corroborated many times by delighted visitors. Indeed, more than one world traveller has declared his conviction that there is nothing better to be found even in London. Country visitors in particular are proving exceedingly appreciative, and find that the opportunities afforded for refreshment of mind as well as body and for rest and social intercourse under the most delightful conditions add materially to the attractions of the city. Such an enterprise is indeed one that should command widespread and hearty support in a community that somewhat prides itself on its nice taste and discrimination in all matters of intellectual and artistic enjoyment. 
The Electrical Installations of the Tudor Hall, Clarence Lounge, and Kitchen were entrusted to Messrs TURNBULL AND JONES, LTD., of this City.
 —Advt.  -Otago Daily Times, 12/1/1923.

The "Somerset Lounge."  Hocken Library photo.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—You are to be commended on having availed yourself of the opportunity of drawing especial attention to the during and magnificent enterprise of our esteemed fellow-citizens, Mr and Mrs P. Barling. Your article was timely and wise, and I desire, just in a word, to urge on the attention of our citizens generally the responsibility that is theirs. We desire that our city should win back its former glory. It has been robbed (charitably put) greatly by the migration north and elsewhere of many who were strong in enterprise and enthusiasm. Here are citizens giving all their skill and ability to the establishment of luncheon and tea rooms which, I venture to think, are unsurpassed anywhere in Australasia. They warrant the support of every citizen desirous of showing to Mr and Mrs Barling that their efforts are commendable. I suggest, Sir, that those rooms are an advertisement to the city, and visitors patronising them are sure to spread abroad their excellence; but allow me to repeat that it is the citizens themselves who should show their approval by their support. To this end I pen these few lines, and I would like to add, so that no one may be misjudged, that I am in no way whatever connected with Mr and Mrs Barling or the Savoy; but, being so much impressed by the elaborate and extensive provision made for the pleasure of the public, generally, I really felt it a duty to endorse what has appeared in your columns. I think that you will be able to judge from my card that I am not quite in the tea and luncheon rooms "line," but I like to see any sign of progress in the city; hence this letter.
— I am, etc., Arrow.  -Otago Daily Times, 15/1/1923.

There was an attendance of over 100 last night at the first of the supper dances conducted by Mr and Mrs Barling in the Tudor Hall, Savoy Restaurant. This form of diversion is a novelty in Dunedin. One of the attractions of this form of dance is that patrons may make up their own parties, engage their own tables, and spend their evening in mutual social enjoyment as independent of others as they would be in their own homes. During the intervals between the dances patrons either sit at their tables, where refreshments are provided, or retire to the lounge. A staff of electricians manipulated a color scheme of lighting during the progress of dancing, with most pleasing effect. One of the features of modern dancing is that it is not strenuous, and consequently people of all ages were able to participate with comfort in the activities of the evening. The marked freshness of the air in the Tudor Hall was the result of the use of a mechanical system of ventilation, which, quite apart from the air fans, completely changes the air in the hall every quarter of an hour. During the evening an excellent musical programme was dispensed under the direction of Mr Caulum. Another supper dance takes place to-morrow evening, and there are already large bookings.  -Evening Star, 9/2/1923.

The soldier inmates from the Montecillo Convalescent Home were entertained by Mr and Mrs Barling, of the Savoy, in the Tudor Hall this afternoon. Afternoon tea was served, and the men spent the rest of the time in the Clarence Lounge listening to the music. The Rev. V. G. Bryan King, president of the Red Cross Society, thanked the host and hostess for their kindness to the men.  -Evening Star, 10/4/1923.

Saturday evening marks another event in the history of wireless in Australasia. Between 6.30 and 7.30 the Dunedin Broadcasting Station 4YB connected in their full number of valves, two 250 watt oscillators and two 250 watt modulators, giving 500 watts (the power used by the American broadcasting stations). The plant bad to be readjusted for the increased power, and those listening in heard music becoming louder and louder until with the final adjustments it was literally roaring out of loud speakers about the town, very much louder than a loud gramophone, and perfectly clear and distinct.
Nothing like this has been heard in Australia or New Zealand before, and Dunedin therefore now possesses the only 500 watt broadcasting station in operation in Australasia. Crystal sets twenty miles away could hear the music, while at Auckland, using one valve, the music and speech could be picked up clearly. 
At 8 p.m. the chimes were struck by Mr Barling at the Savoy, and shortly afterwards the orchestra commenced. Later in the evening the batteries commenced to fail with the increased current (twenty amperes), and two valves had to be disconnected to reduce the load for the rest of the programme. The selections by the Savoy Jazz Band were much appreciated, and between the items several gramophone records were put on by special request. 
A further test will take place next Wednesday and Saturday, when the adjustments will be finally completed. Even with their present power 4YB is heard throughout New Zealand from Auckland to the Bluff.  -Evening Star, 14/5/1923.

Dunedin has too long suffered under the stigma of dullness and frowsiness. We have had to endure the slings and arrows of northern scorn and Australian satire, and we have sat down under it and said nothing and done little to improve matters. There is a limit to that sort of thing, however, and in one direction at any rate this little city of ours is bestirring itself. A year or so ago the establishment of a first class cabaret in Dunedin was suggested. People were startled. “Oh dear, no: not in Dunedin;” they said; “in Auckland, perhaps, or even Christchurch, but not Dunedin.” But Mr Philip Barling went on with the idea, until cabaret dancing at the Savoy is now an established fact; indeed, is rapidly becoming an institution. And those who had been startled by the idea were again startled — but pleasantly — by its realisation. For it wasn’t the terribly shocking thing they had anticipated. It was lively; it was brilliant; and it was stirring and invigorating and so entirely enchanting as to draw not only those who had already enjoyed a taste of such dancing at private homes or at classes, but also those who now realised for the first time what they had so nearly missed by their timidity and inexperience.
A visit to the cabaret dance on a Saturday night is a revelation. The Tudor Hall of the Savoy is used for the occasion, and down the centre of this truly beautiful room the smartly-gowned ladies and their partners — to the number of 150 to 200 — glide in the fox trot and other fashionable modern dances. At the sides of the room are the tables, appropriately covered with jazz-patterned cloths, and here the dancers adjourn from time to time for their refreshment; each party or couple having its allotted table, so that unseemly ballroom rushes are impossible. The service at the supper and other intervals is exceptionally efficient, and everything moves as smoothly as perfect organisation is bound to make it.
The music is a feature of those dances. The Savoy jazz band has a reputation extending from one end of New Zealand to the other and beyond. That it is well earned is obvious when one hears the band. Saxophone, xylophone, banjo, trombone, violin, piano, and drums, all play their part, and there are tinkling little side-lines, such as the ukulele and the bells, that are used to bring in those jerky little surprises that help to sustain the sparkle that is so essential. The drummer is an artist; his enthusiasm, demonstrated in his own particular way, is a constant source of amusement and entertainment. The other musicians are no less artists in their particular departments. 
That the Savoy cabaret has brought joy to Dunedin is indisputable. The pleasure of dancing amid such artistic and comfortable surroundings and emulating the bigger and brighter centres is irresistible. There is a fascination about the occasionally dimmed lights, the golden glowing chandeliers, the appropriate music, the sparks of youth, and the whole joyous environment that must appeal to anyone who has not lost all interest in the pleasures of this life. Visitors to Dunedin who have attended the Savoy nights have expressed themselves surprised and delighted. Some have had experience of princes in London, of cabarets in Australia and in other parts of New Zealand, yet they declare that none of these excel Dunedin, which is a good advertisement for this city, and one that should be brought under the notice of the rest of the world.  -Evening Star, 2/6/1923.

The “Brightening Dunedin” effort is being pushed on by Mr Philip Barling, of the “Savoy.” The latest phase is the engagement of one of the best-known dance experts in New Zealand to come here and give exhibitions of the modern methods in dancing. This bald statement may mean very little to those who do not follow closely the development of the terpsichorean art, but when it is said that Mr W. S. Wauchop and his brother, Mr Fred Wauchop, have lately made an extensive study of ballroom and stage dancing in London, Paris, Madrid, and other Continental cities, and that they have returned to New Zealand to resume their profession of teachers, it will be recognised that an opportunity not to be despised is at our doors. The Messrs Wauchop have a very large number of pupils in Christchurch (their headquarters) and other centres, and Mr W. S. — who will be accompanied by a graceful and competent exponent on dancing in Miss Thelma Thompson — will remain for a short season in Dunedin with the object of adding this city to the chain. Mr Wauchop and Miss Thompson will be present at the beautiful Tudor Hall to-morrow afternoon and evening, and will give exhibitions of the latest movements in the fox trot and other modern dances.  -Evening Star, 22/6/1923.

Mrs Barling entertained Lady Lauder in the Tudor Hall, Savoy rooms, on Tuesday afternoon. Little Miss Betty Barling presented the guest of honor with a beautiful bouquet of vivid berries and autumn foliage. Among those present were Mesdames Oldham, Laidlaw, F. H. Carr, McMaster, G. McDonald (Edendale), G. Ritchie, Boyd (Chicago), Black, Misses G. Webster, M. Barron. Miss Laidlaw and Miss D. Ramsay gave small parties for Miss Una Rattray during the week.  -Evening Star, 30/6/1923.

"Little Miss Betty Barling" was five years old.  The "Savoy" was the place to be and be seen in Dunedin in the inter-war years.  "Glenfalloch" was also a place to be seen, when the Barlings opened it to fund-raising events and entertained visiting celebrities.

Well over 100 couples attended a children's fancy dress carnival at the Savoy last night, which will still further tend to popularise the Cabaret, and the Tudor hall where these functions are held. The carnival can be best described as a glorified children’s party, in which many new and novel features were introduced. The Savoy Orchestra, under the direction of Mr Caulton, supplied the music. This orchestra is said, by those competent to judge, to be the best orchestra of its kind in the dominion. The lighting of the hall, particularly the subdued effects obtainable under the modern system in operation was wonderfully pretty, and called forth favourable comments from the parents and friends of the little dancers. These young people enjoyed themselves to the full, and will long remember the first children’s fancy dress party given in Tudor Hall, and will doubtless be living in hope that it is the forerunner of many similar entertainments. 
Among the novelties introduced was a lucky ring. At the conclusion of the Lucky Arch dance rings were distributed about the floor, and the couple standing within the lucky circle received prizes. A huge bon-bon, which required some half dozen men to handle it, was another novelty. It was suspended from the ceiling, and about 9 p.m it was lowered, and the participants in the dance ranged themselves at either end. A tug-of-war then ensued, and when it burst the bon-bon was found to contain a plentiful supply of toys, the possession of which gladdened the hearts of the young people. The serving of supper .was another feature which lent novelty to the proceedings. The female attendants, attired in Dutch costumes including clogs, and performing a Dutch dance, waltzed into the hall bearing the eatables. 
The whole was a brilliant spectacle, and reflects great credit on Mr and Mrs P. Barling, who have still further enhanced their reputations as high-class novelty entertainers.  -Otago Daily Times, 6/9/1923.

Social and Personal

"Glenfalloch," the beautiful home of Mr and Mrs Barling was visited by Mr Sheppard and the company that has entertained us during the week. The fine weather showed the bush and gardens to the best advantage, and all spent a pleasant afternoon.   -Evening Star, 5/3/1924.

During the Easter holidays the members of the North-east Harbor Improvement Society set themselves to raise funds to clear the Macandrew Bay Hall of debt. Mr P. Barling generously donated the grounds of his residence, “Glenfalloch,” and on Monday a garden fete and gala day was held in this ideal spot. A bag day was also organised, and the whole function proved an unqualified success. Everybody worked with determination, and it is understood that the financial results should prove sufficient to clear the hall entirely of debt.  -Evening Star, 24/4/1924.

Mr P. Barling wrote that be had been for some time interested in the establishment of a private sanctuary on his property, “Glenfalloch,” at North-East Harbour, which was ideal for the purpose. It had occurred to him that in order to develop the idea still further some protection might be provided by having the property recognised as a sanctuary by the society. If the society would not prohibit the use of guns for the destruction of vermin there was no objection to the place being declared a sanctuary. — The council agreed to assist in the direction desired.  -Otago Daily Times, 25/11/1924.

Personal and Social
Mr and Mrs Barling during the week-end asked a number of friends to their beautiful home, “Glenfalloch,” at North-East Harbour, to meet Miss Gladys Moncrieff and Mr William Heughan. The afternoon spent in the garden, passed all too quickly. Among the guests were Miss Gladys Moncrieff and her husband, Mr T. Moore; Mr Heughan and his wife, Miss Gladys Sayer; Mr and Mrs Claude Flemming, Mr and Mrs Blake Adams, Mrs J. E. Macassey, Mrs Brabant, and Messrs Leslie Holland, David Kennedy, and Hyman Lenzer.  -Otago Daily Times, 24/3/1925.

For several years now the need of a recreation ground at Macandrew’s Bay has been recognised by both residents and week-enders, and on several occasions an endeavor has been made to secure a suitable area. However, an earnest effort is now made to raise funds for the reclamation of the lagoon, thus filling a long-felt want. With a view to providing the necessary funds for the project the residents have promoted a queen carnival, and the district has been divided into two queen areas — Wharfdale and Colindell. On Saturday afternoon the latter committee held a gala day at Glenfalloch, Mr P. Barling’s home, at North-east Harbor, which was kindly thrown open to the committee for the occasion. There was a large gathering of visitors and residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity given by Mr Barling to inspect his lovely grounds, it was a happy thought on the part of the committee that “Miss New Zealand” should be invited to officially open the function, an invitation which this popular young lady kindly availed herself of. At 3 o’clock Mr J. Brown, chairman of the committee, introduced Miss McMillan to the large assembly, and thanked her for coming down. He also thanked Mr Barling for his generosity in throwing his fine property open for the afternoon.
In a few happy remarks “Miss New Zealand” thanked them for their kind invitation, and extended a welcome to all those present. She wished the committee every success in its project. After declaring the function open she was handed a nice bouquet by Miss M. Brown, the Colindell queen. This was followed by the playing of the National Anthem by the band, and then the crowd wended its way through the grounds or watched the sports and events. The tea rooms on the ground were very freely patronised during the afternoon, as also were the various stalls, good business being done in each case. The fortune-telling proved a source of interest to many who wished to have a peep into the future and see what was in store for them. The baby show attracted a lot of interest, and incidentally a fine showing of promising future citizens and proud mothers. The judging was carried out by Mesdames Budd and Lambeth. A baking and sweets competition was held, and attracted good entries and much excellent material, the prize winners being found by Mrs Malcolm and Mr Rowlands. The West Harbor Brass Band was present and discoursed an enjoyable musical programme during the afternoon. 
The chairman was a busy man throughout the function, and he was ably assisted by Messrs Henderson, Malcolm, Ledgerwood, Howie, Gregory, Free, Lambeth, Hinkley, Garbett, and Brown as a committee. Without the ladies’ assistance, of course, it could not have been such a success. They assisted as follows:— Tea rooms — Mesdames J. Brown, Garbott, Hinkley, Howie, Ross, Misses Graham, Henderson, Hinkley, Kenyon, and Ledgerwood; ice cream stall — Mrs Henderson, Misses M. Brown, Ledgerwood, and Rowlands; produce stall, Mrs Hellyer; sweets stall, Mrs Ingram and Miss B. Malcolm, fancy stall, Miss Brown; dips, Misses B. and E. Brown; fortune-telling, Mrs W. G. Rowlands.
Following are the results of the various competitions:—
Baking, etc.—Fruit Cake: Mrs Inglis 1, Mrs Owens 2; decorated sponge — Miss Bewley 1, Mrs Milward 2; plain sponge — Mrs Marett 1, Mrs Milward 2; shortbread — Mrs Milward 1, Mrs East 2; best variety — Miss Bewley 1; scones — Mrs Rattray 1, Mrs Mercer 2; pikelets — Mrs Churchill 1, Mrs Rattray 2; nut loaf — Mrs A. Scott 1, Mrs Marott 2; cocoanut ice — Miss Ingram 1, Mrs Churchill 2; assorted, toffee — Miss Ingram 1; assorted lollies — Miss Ingram 1. 
Baby Show. — Twelve months and under — Mrs Kelly (boy) 1, Mrs Cord (girl) 1; eighteen months and under - Mrs L. Hellyer 1; six weeks — Mrs W. Robinson, special. 
Sports. — Young ladies’ race — Miss P. Pettit 1, Miss M. .Stewart 2; young ladies and men — Miss T. Muir 1, .Miss M. Pettit 2; high jump — W. Gibson 1. 
There were plenty of races for the juveniles. An enjoyable social was held in the evening, the building being filled to overflowing. Excellent music was supplied by East’s Orchestra, and Mr Lambeth acted as M.C. As a result of the gala day, which was a success in every way, a goodly sum will be added to the funds.  -Evening Star, 24/1/1927.

On Saturday sixty members visited Mr P. Barling’s beautiful home at Glenfalloch, North-east Harbour. The house itself was a picture, covered with trailing masses of pink clematis, tacsonia, and abutilon. In the grounds were flowering cherry trees with masses of pink flowers. The deciduous trees had just burst into leaf, and in the grass underneath primroses, bluebells, and daffodils were still flowering. Several interesting flowering shrubs were admired, and then attention was paid to the rock garden, with its rare plants and wealth of bloom. On the terraces the masses of golden yellow Doronicum contrasted with the pink and red of the tulips. In the hothouses the desert pea of Australia, Clianthus Dampieri, was in flower, and attracted much attention. The native garden was bright with blooms of the Chatham Islands forget-me not, Myosotidium nobile, and a few early Ranunculi. Several North Island trees seem perfectly at home, including a Nothopanax and the Whau (Entelea arboresceus). After a thorough inspection of the grounds Mr and Mrs Barling entertained the party at afternoon tea on the terrace, and were warmly thanked for their hospitality.   -Evening Star, 12/10/1933.

On Wednesday afternoon the visiting ladies were taken for a drive round the Peninsula, and were later entertained at tea at Glenfalloch, the home of Mr and Mrs Philip Barling. No more perfect day could have been chosen for such an outing. The drive down the Highcliff road was very enjoyable, the glimpses of the ocean and sparkling blue of the harbour calling forth many exclamations of delight. On arrival at Glenfalloch the guests numbering close on one hundred, were received by Dr Carmalt Jones and his daughter, Mrs May, and Mr and Mrs Barling. They thoroughly enjoyed strolling through the lovely grounds, where the trees are showing the first brilliant touches of autumn colouring and where dahlias and zinnias and tall sunflowers standing like sentinels make a riot of colour. Tea was served in the lounge with its French windows opening on to the paved terrace where other tables were arranged for those who preferred outdoors. As the guests sat at tea the Maheno went down the harbour and was a pretty sight as she cut through the blue, sparkling water. The return journey was made via the lower road and concluded a delightful afternoon’s outing.   -Evening Star, 2/3/1935.

The annual dance given by St. Hilda’s Old Girls’ Association, at which the debutantes of the year are presented, was held on Wednesday evening in the Tudor Hall. The lounge and dance room had been charmingly decorated for the occasion with blue and white streamers in the school colours and masses of lovely flowers, while a large replica of the school badge occupied a place of honour over the fireplace. A revolving ball of mirror in the centre of the room radiated a soft light over the merry throng of dancers. The guests were received by the president of the association, Mrs A. A. Fairbairn, assisted by the principal of the school, Miss Blackmore. The former wore a becoming gown of black chenille georgette, its only ornament a diamante clasp on the belt, and carried a beautiful bouquet of deep red and pink rosebuds, the gift of the members of committee; the latter’s frock was of floral crepe on a blue background. and worn with a handsome black wrap. Members of the committee present were: Mrs J. S. Sinclair, in black lace with a spray of pink water lilies on the shoulder; Mrs J. Buttle, in black lace; Miss Lorraine Dawson, in Marina blue silk crepe shot with a cellophane line and worn with a wide belt; Miss Stella Fitchett, in Marina blue lace; Miss Billie Mitchell, in ice blue crepe with a capelet of sequins; and Miss Margaret Cotton, in red and yellow taffeta checked in navy and relieved with yellow. The main item of the evening was the presentation of 15 debutantes to His Lordship the Bishop by Mrs Fairbairn, who performed the introductions and also gave each girl an exquisite posy in honour of the occasion, tied with streamers in the school colours and presented by the Old Girls’ Association. In the absence of Mrs Fitchett, Miss Stella Fitchett stood beside her father during the ceremony. The debutantes were all the guests of Miss Betty Barling, who, a daughter of an old girl of St. Hilda’s, was herself making her debut. They were: Miss Betty Barling, wearing a graceful frock of white delustred satin made with a slim skirt, a softly gathered bodice, and upstanding sleeves of white net and finished with a silver-clasped belt; Miss Audrey Baker, in an off-the-shoulder dress of white brocade finished with a belt and shoulder sprays of gold lame roses, and worn with a gold hair band; Miss Moira Burnside, in white taffeta shot with silver cellophane, made with wide angel sleeves and offset with flowers at the corsage; Miss Joan Buchanan, in white satin with a violet satin sash, violets outlining the oval neckline, and violets studded over the white muff which completed the picture; Miss Nancy Charlton (Riverton), in white taffeta shot with squares of silver thread, with flat frilled cape sleeves, a pink sash, and pink flowers at the bodice; Miss Josephine Dunlop, in pink taffeta shirred so as to fit the figure and offset with frilled net sleeves and overskirt and pink velvet flowers with blue centres; Miss Margaret Evans, in an off-the-shoulder dress of plain white taffeta, worn with a blue velvet sash and flat blue velvet flowers at the neckline; Miss Marion Fairbairn, in white geoi'gette cut on slim-fitting lines with frilled sleeves and neckline, a skirt embroidered in silver lilies, and a silver girdle; Miss Dorothy Gregg, in white taffeta with sleeves and neckline of white net embroidered in pink, a pink sash, and pink flowers at the corsage; Miss Grace Kempthorne (Milton), in pastel spotted American voile, with apricot net sleeves and sash, and a softly shix-red skirt; Miss Betty Macassey, in a close-fittixxg trained gown of silver tissue over a foundation of turquoise silk, finished with a silver sash lined with turquoise blue; Miss Margery Thompson, in white lace with frills from the knees to the hem, frilled sleeves, and a sash of blue velvet to match two fluffy blue flowers at the neckline; Miss Joan Walden, in white embossed crepe, smartly cut, made with a neck high at the front and cowled at the back, and completed with an ivory buckle at the side; Miss Constance Walker, in white matalasse embossed in silver roses, with the skirt forming a waterfall at the back, and a heavy silver buckle at the waistline in front; and Miss Patricia Watts, in white georgette threaded down the skirt in pink cellophane, made with a pink threaded frill at the neckline, pink flowers over the shoulders, and a pink sash. After being presented to the Bishop, the debutantes were joined by their partners, and danced a waltz, in which, later, the onlookers joined. Among those present were; —Mr and Mrs Barling, Mr and Mrs Hugh Speight, Mr and Mrs Aird Wells, Mr and Mrs S. Wilson, Mr and Mrs G. R. Ritchie, Mr and Mrs A. W. Findlay, Mr and Mrs Maurice James, Mr and Mrs Alan Gray, Mr and Mrs S. M. Sparrow, Mr and Mrs K. Macmillan, Mr and Mrs W. E. Earnshaw, Mr and Mrs G. Russell, Mr and Mrs R. Sleigh, the Rev. J. A. Kempthorne (Milton), and Mrs Kempthorne, Mr and Mrs Dick, Mrs N. Buchanan, Mr and Mrs J. H. McDougall, Mrs Burnside, Mrs Jack, Mrs D. M. Stewart, Mrs Watts, Mrs Pike, Mrs J. E. Macassey, Misses A. Meek, M. Crow, L. Finlayson, J. Paterson, J. Morrison, E. Hobbs, M. Buchanan, K. Dreaver, E. Curtis (Queenstown), D. Abraham, H. Pattillo, J. Lethbridge, L. Lindon, H. Clark, M. Tennent, B. Tait, A. Gregg, J. Nevill, M. Elder, I. Macdonald, P. Stephens, L. Rice, O. Lawrie, T. Barnett, L. Barton, M. Hall, N. Winter, Kelland, Aubrey (Oamaru), I. Irwin, V. Blakeley (Waipiata), B. Rutherford, J. Denny, Elizabeth Ritchie, Betty Black, Peti Evans, M. Kempthorne, B. Young, K. Vanstone (Waipiata), J. Throp, S. Wren, E. Aubrey (Pembroke), Alma Browne, S. Irvine (Oamaru), B. Gilchrist, B. Williams, E. Blyth, and M. Featherston, Messrs Manchester, E. Stevenson, L. Macfarlane, J. Boyd. H. H. Walker, E. M. Walker, N. Aitkcn, W. Charlton, H. B. Aitken, M. Oliver, R. Rodgers, P. B. Kerr, E. H. Whitbread, P. Thodey, J. McLean, A. Armitage, P. Nevill, D. Breen, J. Nevill, J. A. Wood, I. D. Fraser, G. Brent, G. M'Kay, R. Whatnougb, D. McAvoy, A. Barnett, D. Cuddie, D. Hoggans, P. Barling, J. Wood, J. C. Secular, R. Nancarrow, L. A. Fisher, A. E. Blair, J. Wright. G. Brienard, S. D. Smith, A. W. Wilkin, R. G. Chance, R. H. Reeves, J. H. Kempthorne, D. Grayson, J. C. Hazeklen, J. Macassey, S. Bowler, E. Macandrcw, P. McAvoy, W. Armitage, C. Crawford, M. Joel, B. B. Cook, and Dr Grieve.  -Evening Star, 24/4/1936.

Last Saturday’s outing was held under ideal conditions, the weather being entirely favourable. The waters of the harbour sparkled in the sunlight as two well-filled buses bore the party to “Glenfalloch,” the residence of Mr P. Barling, who has long been a good friend to the Field Club. Expressions of admiration were not wanting as the members came in sight of the house, standing in its well-kept and beautifully wooded grounds. Everywhere were signs of appreciation of beauty and wise planning, so that every plant should be placed in its best setting and its natural habitat reproduced as nearly as possible. The natural beauty of the property is great, and it has been so enhanced by art and care that it is a veritable paradise. From the gate the drive winds in graceful curves, bordered by flower beds, and sweeps past the front door, which is approached by a massive flight of steps, in the chinks of which small rock-loving plants find a congenial home. On the lawn is a goldfish pond, flower-rimmed. Here and there are flowering shrubs, so artistically placed that there is beauty without artificiality. The rockeries, with their brilliant blooms of cactus, heath, sparaxis, aubretia, and saxifrages — to mention a very few of the plants there — attracted much attention. One quaint plant, which Mr Barling grows to and which is worthy of special mention, is the Chatham Island forget-me-not, with its large glossy leaves and blooms of circulean hue. The creek which runs down the gully at one point widens out into a pond, around which trollius, both single and double, makes a splash of golden colour. Along the course of the creek are several romantic little bridges, across which the party wandered, admiring beds of tulip and ranunculus and gay borders of polyanthus. From a point of vantage on the hillside the garden lay like a beautiful mosaic, and when the cultivation ceased the grass showed a delicate shading of forget-me-nots, primroses, and narcissi, the whole effect being restful and a delight to the eye. The upper reaches of the gully were still clad in the native bush, with the addition of acacias, gums, and karakas. Tree-ferns and other ferns were abundant, and enticing little nests were placed here and there, ready to encourage birds to build. Native clematis was in bloom in the hush, and beside the house bloomed the dainty pink clematis montana. A gorgeous pea of a rich red shade grew against a shelter wall, and beds of roses promised a harvest of colour and scent to come. The party thoroughly enjoyed its ramble, and, thanking their host and hostess, departed by bus for a quick run back to the city.  -Evening Star, 7/10/1936.

Social and Personal
Mrs Hedley Bellringer and Miss Alma Browne were hostesses at a morning tea party in the Savoy on Saturday in honour of Miss Joan Denny, who is leaving shortly on a trip to England. In the centre of the table stood a little ship made of tree bark filled with golden rod and gaillardias and bearing the words “bon voyage.” Among those invited were Mrs James Fitzgerald, and Misses Doreen Pike, Barbara Dodgshun, Judith Dunn, Mary Lysaght, Joan Tasman-Smith, and Betty Barling.  -Otago Daily Times, 30/3/1938.

A particularly sad accident, involving the death last evening of Miss Betty Barling, aged 19, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Philip Barling, occurred in Cumberland street on Saturday afternoon, Miss Barling, being thrown from her horse and fracturing her skull. She died yesterday in Prospect House without regaining consciousness. After attending the Otago Hunt Club’s meeting at Seaview, where she gained second place in the ladies’ event, Miss Barling returned to the city on her mount, a two-year-old horse belonging to Mr W. Hastie, of Pine Hill. When passing along Cumberland street, near Albany street, she waved to a friend in a car. Taking fright, the horse reared up and Miss Barling fell heavily to the ground, striking her head on the bitumen surface of the road. She was immediately taken to Prospect House, but she did not regain consciousness and died last evening. Miss Barling, who was an old girl of St. Hilda’s Collegiate School, was an accomplished rider, and was a regular follower of the hunt. She was particularly fond of animals, particularly horses, and had been mainly responsible for breaking in the mount she was riding at the time of the tragic accident. The inquest was opened this morning at Prospect House, Mr J. R. Bartholomew. S.M. sitting as coroner and Sergeant Boulton representing the police. Evidence of identification was given by the Rev. Bryan King. Dr Frank Fitchett said he was called to the hospital at 7 o’clock on Saturday evening, and he found that Miss Barling was suffering from a fracture at the base of the skull. She did not regain consciousness, dying at six o clock last evening. The cause of death was laceration of the brain due to the fracture. The Inquest was adjourned sine die.  -Evening Star, 4/4/1938.

The full story of the short life and tragic death of Betty Barling can be found here:

Owing to Family Bereavement.  -Otago Daily Times, 4/4/1938.

As a mark of respect to their late member, Miss Betty Barling, the committee decided not to hold the weekly hunt to-morrow afternoon.  -Otago Daily Times, 8/4/1938.

The beautiful and spacious gardens of Mr Philip Barling’s Glenfalloch Estate at Macandrew Bay will be thrown open to the public on Saturday, when a garden party will be held for the purpose of inaugurating a fund to defray the cost of building a new Anglican Church for the Harbour suburb. It would be difficult to imagine a more picturesque or more desirable setting for such an occasion Mr Barling’s fame as a horticulturist and as a landscape gardener extends far beyond the limits of Dunedin and Otago, and beauty and colour and artistry, which comprise the scene at Glenfalloch at the present time, should be a great attraction in themselves. 
The Glenfalloch Estate is a peculiarly appropriate venue for any effort which has for its object the welfare of the North-East Harbour community since the property is linked up with the early days of settlement in this district. The extensive grounds were laid out by Mr G. W. Russell, of Messrs Russell. Ritchie and Co., many years ago at a time when there was no communication with Macandrew Bay by road. Access to it was gained by boat across the Harbour in those days. The homestead was built by Mr Russell and most of the tree-planting was also done by the original owner. During the past 20 years, however Mr Barling has transformed the estate into a garden home, which at the present time is a riot of colourful blooms and foliage. Those who visit the garden party on Saturday will find that the feature of the display at the moment are the 1500 hydrangeas, which shed their delicate and unusual hues in a veritable mass of beauty against a background of green. Gladioli, gaillardias, poppies, hellemums, rudbeck as, dahlias and chrysanthemums of the summer description give variety and change to the scene, but the triumph of the gardener’s art for the moment are the hydrangeas. 
The fete arranged for Saturday has been the subject of intensive and exhaustive organisation by an energetic committee for a long time past, and everything possible has been done for the entertainment and pleasure of visitors. Stalls, side-shows and refreshments in abundance are only a few of the attractions which have been provided, and special facilities have been arranged for the transport of visitors to Glenfalloch.  -Otago Daily Times, 15/2/1939.


"These periodic prosecutions have become almost a persecution," said Mr J. S. Sinclair in the City Police Court yesterday when Philip Barling appeared before Mr H. W. Bundle. S.M., on a charge of having employed a female after 10.30 p.m. 
The Act, Mr Sinclair said, applied not only to waitresses but to all female employees. The Labour Department knew that even in normal times, it was difficult to obtain a male staff, but in the present circumstances it was impossible. The greater part of the evening trade in the defendant's restaurant came just before 10.30. He could not afford to close, and it was therefore necessary that he should have a staff. The girls usually got away before 11 p.m. and the defendant saw to it that as soon as the customers were served, the staff was at liberty to leave. Any clearing up that had to be done was done by the defendant and his family. War conditions now obtained, and in the circumstances, the defendant felt that the department should be more lenient. It was aware of the position, but it persisted in these periodic persecutions. The case, counsel submitted, was one for a nominal penalty. 
Mr C. H. Hoskins, who prosecuted on behalf of the department pointed out that the defendant might have applied to the Placement Office if he desired to obtain a male staff, but there was no record of his having done so in the past two years. The legislation covering the matter had been in force for many years, but although representations had from time to time been made to successive Ministers, no Government had done anything. As matters stood, the regulations prohibited the employment of females after 10.30 p.m., and the department could not see why it should allow the defendant to do as he liked, and at the same time tell others to observe the law. 
Mr Sinclair: The Railways Department employs female labour in its restaurants throughout New Zealand until late at night and into the early hours of the morning. That is what the Government does.
 "It appears rather ridiculous to assume that men are available for such work in war-time," the magistrate remarked. His Worship fined the defendant 15s, adding that there seemed no reason why the work could not be done by girls so long as they were adequately protected and not exploited. 
On a similar charge, The Vedic, Ltd. was fined 10s.  -Otago Daily Times, 23/11/1940.

Advice has been received in Dunedin that W. O. 1. Philip K. Barling has been promoted, to the rank of lieutenant. Lieutenant Barling left with the First Australian Army, but has latterly been serving with the military forces in Australia. He is a son of Mr and Mrs Philip Barling, of Dunedin.  -Evening Star, 4/8/1942.
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Lieutenant and Mrs Philip Barling after their wedding in Melbourne recently. The bride was Beth Hazelwood, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs A. W. Hazelwood, of St. Clair, and her attendant was Mrs Lilian Williams (nee Lilian Haggitt), of Dunedin. Others in the group are Captain Gauge, A.I.F., best man, and Brigadier Verom, A.I.F., who gave the bride away.  -Evening Star, 17/4/1943.


BARLING-HAZELWOOD. On February 20, at St. James Church of England, Australia, by the Rev. Padre Richardson, Lieut. Philip Kitchener Barling, A.I.F., elder son of Mr and Mrs Philip Barling, to Elizabeth Stella, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred W. Hazelwood.   -Evening Star, 24/4/1943.

[By Diana] Miss Myra Hart left on Friday to visit her parents in Auckland. 
The Citizens' Day Nursery will be closed for two weeks during alterations, and will reopen on Monday, September 6. 
Captain Peter McIntyre will address the members of the Otago Women's Club next Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. 
Mrs Philip Barling, jun., arrived in Duhedin on Wednesday from Australia, and is the guest of her mother, Mrs A. W. Hazelwood.   -Evening Star, 21/8/1943.

Concern at the manner in which employers are notified of the release of girls for the Women’s Land Service was expressed by Miss Mary H Forsyth, secretary of the Savoy, Ltd., at a sitting of the Industrial Man-power Appeal Committee yesterday morning. The committtee was hearing an appeal, lodged by the Savoy, Ltd., against the decision of the acting man-power officer (Mr J. H. Flowers) that Miss Dora Arnott, a waitress, should be made available to the Land Service. 
Mr H. W. Evans, representing the acting man-power officer, said that as the result of a Ministerial statement on policy the position for a period had been that girls could be released from any work in order to join the Land Service, and instructions had been received by the department that only irreplaceable key workers were to be kept from the service. Miss Arnott had been accepted during this period. Subsequently, the position had been clarified and employers had been notified of their right to appeal. 
Mrs G. Sellars, of the women's section of the National Service Department, said she had telephoned the Savoy on the day advice was received of employers’ right of appeal. The proprietor, Mr P. Barling, had replied that he would not appeal, and that he considered Miss Arnott would be unsuitable for the Land Service as she had suffered from infantile paralysis. 
Miss Forsyth said that she had understood that a girl could not leave her work until her employer had received notice from the man-power officer. She had received a surprise when Miss Arnott had given notice.
Mr Evans: Miss Arnott has been posted from Wellington to a farm. 
Miss Forsyth: It seems strange —she is still on our books. I have been working on instructions that no employee could be released until word was received from the man-power officer. I was told at a previous appeal that notifications received over the telephone were not in order. 
Mr Evans: That was in regard to absenteeism.
Mr Grantham: Mr Barling gave an indication that be would not appeal, and this appeal has been lodged out of time. I hope the position is clear that the manpower officer can communicate with the employer by telephone and advise him that a girl has been accepted. 
Miss Forsyth: Anyone might take the message.
The appeal was disallowed.  -Otago Daily Times, 3/12/1943.

 BARLING.—On January 3, at "El Nido,'' the wife of Lieuteuant Philip K. Barling, A.I.F. (overseas)— the gift of a daughter.   -Evening Star, 8/1/1944.

Mr and Mrs Philip Barling have received advice that their son, Sergeant James Barling, has been wounded during operations in Italy, and is seriously ill. Earlier advice stated that he had been selected to attend an O.C.T.U. School in England to sit for a commission.   -Evening Star, 27/3/1944.

Cabled advice has been received by Mr and Mrs Philip Barling from their son, Sergeant James Barling, who was seriously wounded, stating that he is improving.   -Evening Star, 13/4/1944.

At a social gathering at Macandrew Bay on Monday evening a warm welcome was extended by Mr G. Barclay on behalf of the local branch of the Patriotic Association and the general public to Signaller G Foote (navy), Sergeants Barling and Tregonning, Corporal Ombler, and Privates Marett, Garbutt, and Wilson (army), and Aircraftman Ayres (air force) on their return to the district from active service. Opportunity was also taken to present wallets to Privates Challis, Ryan, and Gibson, who were on leave, and to extend best wishes to them.  -Otago Daily Times, 31/8/1944.

Air Passengers
Captain Phillip K. Barling has arrived in Dunedin on furlough after four and a-half years' active service overseas with the A.I.F. He is staying with his parents, Mr and Mrs Phillip Barling.   -Evening Star, 12/9/1944.

A certain lonely military post over in Dutch New Guinea, held by members of the Australian forces, was a "dry" post, prohibitionally speaking, there being no facilities for purchasing liquor or of otherwise legally obtaining such desirable liquid refreshment. But the Aussies could be trusted to find a way out of a difficulty like that, and it was found that a word to the wife — or mother, or friend —over on the mainland was sufficient, and that in an innocent-looking loaf of bread, or a cake, which came along in a "soldier's parcel" was sometimes embedded a flask of whisky. Thus the soldier was able to very deeply appreciate the gift in which the spirit was sent. This story was told to a 'Star' reporter by Captain Phillip Barling,who is at present in Dunedin on furlough from New Guinea.  -Evening Star, 28/9/1944.

Personal and Social
In honour of Captain Philip Barling, A.I.F., and Mrs Barling, Mr Russell Wood gave an enjoyable dance-party on Saturday night. Several short sketches, songs, and instrumental items were given, and were much appreciated. Those who contributed items were Mrs John Dolan, Mrs R. Hill, Mrs Dora McPherson, Miss Mary Martin, Miss A. Holloway, Mr W. R. Brinsley, and Mr John Dolan.  -Otago Daily Times, 10/10/1944.

Some have no choice. Fortunate are those who have. To such, an opportunity presents itself, one free from monotony, in cheerful surroundings, good company, and withal, no dull moments.
And Be Happy and Contented. Believe it or not!
 PHONE 12-133, or, preferably, call.  -Evening Star, 27/9/1944.

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-Evening Star, 31/10/1944.

Authentic gowns of the prim 'eighties and the gay 'nineties, made from lovely fabrics, which have stood the test of time, giving joy long after they were made, were shown at a mannequin parade, sponsored by the D.I.C. yesterday as part of their 60 years' jubilee celebrations. 
Long before the time for the arrival of Mr and Mrs John Citizen of 1884 in their old-fashioned phaeton, complete with coachman and footman, the Tudor Hall, Savoy, was crowded, and there was an air of expectancy as the first mannequin stepped through the curtains. She wore a lovely white Brussels net frock, edged with old Brussels lace, the sweeping, graceful skirt ornamented with a panel of net and pale blue ribbon.
For the next hour the treasures of a bygone age, worn by women whose memories are cherished by granddaughters and great granddaughters of today, were displayed to an admiring audience. The story of the gradual evolution of fashion from 1850 till 1914 was unfolded and explained by Mrs R. Crocombe, who compered the parade The severe style of 1852 was depicted in a brown moire taffeta, piped, with fawn, the bodice closely moulded to the figure and the underskirt just beginning to give a hint of the crinoline of a few years later. The crinoline shown was an exquisite cream wedding frock of moire and net of 1860. The bride wore an attractive little bonnet, black silk mittens, and carried a tiny white parasol covered with black lace. The next frocks showed the beginning of the bustle, a popular style that lasted for many years. The most outstanding one shown was first worn in and was made of hyacinth blue taffeta, striped with white. The lower part of the skirt was flounced, and the bustle stood nearly 20 inches out from the figure. 
Beautiful black broche hostess gowns of the 'nineties, with their bodices ornamented with lace, beads, and embroidery, designed to accentuate the small waist line and featuring long, graceful skirts, were among the loveliest of the frocks exhibited. Black velvet capes, heavily beaded, and picture hats laden with ostrich feathers recalled memories of our grandmothers when they went visiting. 
A style that was greeted with shrieks of derision was the hobble skirt of 1914, an ugly and ornate gown of rust velvet, with the skirt drawn tightly to the ankles by rows of elastic. A feather boa and an enormous velvet hat overladen with masses of artificial flowers completed an ensemble which it is difficult to believe would ever have found favour with any women. 
There followed a selection of modern tailored clothes, showing how fashion has adapted herself to modern needs. 
The parade concluded with a tableau of four brides. There was the crinoline of 1860 in direct contrast with a more severe but lovely deep blue bustled frock of 1884, made on almost tailored lines and heavily ornamented with plush and fringe. An exquisite duchess satin wedding frock of 1908 featured an off-the-shoulder bodice, with a collar of point lace, and a long trained skirt. The modern bride of 1944 wore a picture frock of Chantilly lace over tulle.
The parade was officially opened by the deputy-mayor, Mr J. McCrae, who congratulated the D.I.C. on its worthy record. The mannequins, who were assembled by Mrs Dora Smeaton, were Mesdames G. M. Aikman, Philip Barling, Winston Brinsley, E. F. D'Ath, L. G. de la Perrelle, J. V. Hanna, C. O. Mathias, Forbes McLean, D. MePherson, Edgar Thomson, Misses Wendy Greenslade, Mary Jolly. Kathleen, and Lee Sutherland.  -Evening Star, 2/11/1944.


Sir, — For how much longer are the people of this city, and this country, to be dominated by the man-power authorities? (Note the second word “power,” and recall what a dangerous force this is.) In many cases almost complete strangers to the city are in possession of power to cripple one's industry, or for that matter one’s very life, by refusing to direct necessary assistance or by placing members of the community in jobs for which they are totally unfitted. 
Why, in any case, was such an organisation created, when one has already existed for years, consisting of trained civil servants of unimpeachable character and ability, namely, the Labour Department? Why prattle about democracy, rehabilitation, Atlantic Charter, and the new era when, under our very noses, as it were, our rights and liberties, which we have fought for, are being taken from us? Is there a man, or body of men, who possesses the courage and sense of justice to say “Enough, this wrong shall not be committed, especially to those who have faced death that we might live and have our liberty?” 
We have smarted under the injustices of this organisation for nearly three years, without any justification whatever for them. The effect of this has been to bring untold hardship on all connected with our organisation, which we claim to be a public institution. The time has come, however, when we, and many of our staff, can no longer endure the physical strain nor the injustices inflicted upon us as well as on our successors. When making our innumerable representations for assistance, we never for one moment sought favouritism, but we had every reason to expect justice. The fact that our future services to the public will, of necessity, be curtailed in the near future is entirely due to the national service organisation associated with the Manpower Department. 
We are taking this step equally in the interests of our staff, every member of which would gladly place his or her signature with the writer of this copy. Not until we are permitted to employ the necessary staff shall we be able to render the services we believe to be essential to the general public. Let the people judge whether the Savoy is what it claims to be, a place where all sections of the community and armed forces find sanctuary, a friendly welcome, and refreshment of mind and body, not overlooking the fact of its contribution as a facility for entertaining overseas and country visitors, as well as the everyday welfare of its citizens, who, we feel, will not agree with the insinuation that our services are of a secondary consideration to so many so-called essential industries or sections of such industries. We leave the issue in the hands of the people of Otago, many of whom still retain the pioneer spirit.
— I am, etc., Philip Barling. The Savoy, Ltd., Dunedin, November 10.  -Otago Daily Times, 11/11/1944.

A decision calling for an Apology to the the explanation of which, based on experience of V.E.-Day, when all members of the staff voluntarily stayed pat, is that we owe to them an opportunity to celebrate. 
In any case, the strain on our resources would exceed our capacity to meet the situation, more particularly as our available food supplies would be totally inadequate. 
It will be apparent this announcement is. made to enable our patrons to make, such arrangements as will be found necessary.  -Evening Star, 15/8/1945.

With the change-over from War Time to Peace conditions, there will be many women who would like to secure full-time positions in some congenial occupation, either now or the near future. 
The SAVOY OFFERS SUCH SECURITY to a limited number of women in the various departments of this ever-expanding enterprise. 
Make an appointment to interview the Secretary, Miss Buswell, By phone 12-024.   -Evening Star, 25/8/1945.

Tales of P.O.W. Camps. Tales of escapes planned from German prisoner-of-war camps were related by Captain J. L. McIndoe at a meeting of the Travel Club held in the Savoy on Wednesday. It was not very difficult to get out of camp, he said, but it was almost impossible to get beyond Germany. In 12 months in one camp he knew of at least 40 tunnels that were constructed, only four or five of them being successful Although many officers attempted to escape, only nine or 10 reached England safely during the whole period of the war. Captain Mclndoe concluded his talk an outline of general camp activities. Guests welcomed by Mrs Dora Smeaton were Mrs P. Gore (London), Mrs Francon Williams (Western Samoa), Mrs M. J. Garrow (Vermont, U.S.A.), Miss C. Noble (Hastings), Miss Helen Mathews (Christchurch), Mrs G. W. Garvie (Auckland), Miss Bettine Rutherford (Amberley), Mrs T. S. Pinder (Oamaru), Miss G. Jopp (Wanaka), Mrs J. A. Miller (Winton), Miss J. Brooke (Tapanui), Sergeant C G. Wilson (overseas).  -Evening Star, 6/10/1945.

We feel that an explanation is due, coupled with a sincere expression of regret, that circumstances over which we have no control will no longer make it possible for us to continue serving Saturday Morning Teas to the ladies of the city and its visitors. 
We are, of course, most reluctant to discontinue this service, which we venture to, say has never lost its popularity since its inception 30 years ago, and we wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your consistent patronage. 
We regret exceedingly that our Saturday Luncheon Patrons will be affected likewise. This doubtless will prove a very definite inconvenience, especially to those not in possession of a home, and others who visit the city for sporting events, competitions, etc. We thank you for your long and consistent patronage. 
You, however, have our assurance that we shall continue at least to provide a service from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m. 
Again thanking you on behalf of the Savoy. PHILIP BARLING.   -Evening Star, 12/1/1946.

PHILIP BARLING.  -Evening Star, 8/4/1946.

The yearly celebration of the French national fete was held last night, when the French Club held a reception in the Somerset Lounge, Savoy. The president, Mme. Bellugue, who welcomed the guests, spoke of the significance of the day to the French people. At the request of the Minister Plenipotentiary for France in New Zealand, M. Armand Gazel, Mr A. N. Haggitt, vice-consul, presented the Croix de Guerre to Flight-lieutenant Lloyd Sparrow. He spoke of the help given to the Resistance movement by Flight-lieutenant Sparrow in carrying troops and provisions to the people in France. The evening’s programme was arranged by students of Otago University and pupils of the three High Schools. Musical items were given by Edith Wallace, Molly Anderson, Jean Keen, and Bryan Drake, with Mrs Ernest Drake and Joan Prisk as accompanists, and songs and plays by other students.
Guests of honour were the Mayor, Mr D. C. Cameron, Mr and Mrs Haggitt, and Mrs Sydney Neill.  -Evening Star, 16/7/1946.

Rhododendron Gigantium, a native of Yunnan, the largest rhododendron known, is flowering at the present time at Glenfalloch, the residence of Mr Philip Barling, North-east Harbour. Only one or two instances have been recorded of this rhododendron (which grows to a height of 80 feet) flowering under cultivation, and Bean in his “Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles” records no instances of its having flowered in the United Kingdom. Mr D. Tannock A.H.R.H.S., who has provided the Daily Times with information covering this variety, observes: “It is probable that the rhododendron, which is the ‘King of hardy trees and shrubs,' is more at home in New Zealand than anywhere else in the British Empire and that the Dunedin climate is ideal for its cultivation. In addition to R. gigantium, which is a very early flowerer, there are species thriving in Dunedin gardens which have to be grown under glass in the Botanic Gardens of Kew and Edinburgh, and they should be made a feature of the gardens of this city. We cannot say that the flowering of R. gigantium is an indication of a mild winter, for the buds were found last autumn, but the fact that its large truss of delicate pink flowers can develop in the open air in winter is very convincing.  -Otago Daily Times, 9/8/1946.

“Quite impossible,” was the comment of Mr P. Barling, proprietor of the Savoy Restaurant and probably the best-known man in his profession in New Zealand, when questioned about the application of drink to social functions. He had spent a considerable amount of time and money in establishing facilities for dancing, but it had eventually been found that it was quite impossible to carry on because of the abuse of liquor. Even if the recommendation became law Mr Barling would not consider catering in this way. The people in New Zealand were not quite accustomed to that form of drinking, and they do not adapt themselves to Continental ideas. 
What he referred to as “the village pub idea” was a tradition which would take many years to establish in New Zealand, contended the speaker. In addition, it would probably have a detrimental effect on home life. As a young man in Kent, Mr Barling said, they thought no more of having a drink of ale than of tea, and no one drank to excess. A glass of ale was a reasonable thing to have with meals. The right time to drink it was with food, said Mr Barling. The speaker referred to the alarming state of affairs reported from Sydney recently when a large number of people had been rounded up on charges of drunkenness. This showed the harmful effect of an excess of liquor. It must have a very harmful effect on children to see their fathers in such a state because of over-indulgence in liquor. 
“It is a step in the right direction, I think,” was the comment of a returned serviceman of this war. He went on to say that in Britain and other places where drink was obtainable at night he had not seen as much drunkenness as he had in New Zealand under the 6 o’clock closing system. It was common practice to establish bars at social functions and even in certain theatres, he said, and this privilege was never abused. Hotel lounges and restaurants where drink was served were used as clubs by the residents of the district, where they could meet their friends and spend a pleasant evening. In addition, there were such games as darts, draughts, and the popular shove ha’penny provided.
“Of course,” added the speaker, “they have grown up with the system over there and are accustomed to it. It is quite likely that if the change is made in this country it will take a little time for people to become used to the new conditions.” He then referred to the surprise of the people in England at the rapid drinking of the New Zealanders, which was a result of the present closing hour, which gave a man only a very limited time to have a drink after leaving his work.  -Evening Star, 4/9/1946.


Arising out of a collision in Moray Place at 2 a.m. on November 10, a case was brought against Philip Kitchener Barling of being intoxicated while in charge of a car. Senior-Sergeant H. Hogg, prosecuting, said that driving west along Moray Place, the accused was hit by a vehicle travelling north along Princes street. Accused was brought to the Police Station, and certified by Dr Harty as not being in a fit state to drive a car. Mr I. B. Stevenson, representing the accused, said that the original plea had been changed to one of guilty. Without going into the matter of liability, he submitted that the vehicle with which he came into collision was on accused’s left. He had been entertaining friends at home, and had no intention of using his car, but he was unable to get a taxi for his guests when it was time for them to depart. Accused was fined £20, his license cancelled, and he was prohibited from renewing it for 12 months.   -Evening Star, 18/11/1946.

When all is said end done, the SAVOY GIRLS have the best time, and actually are the 
Furthermore, from practical experience, they learn what Americans aptly describe as the
a precious gift, which only experience can bestow. Information as to the positions offering in the  various departments, hours, rates of pay, etc., can be obtained on application to the Secretary, top floor of the Savoy Buildings.
THE SAVOY REOPENS JANUARY 13.  -Evening Star, 11/1/1947.

SAVOY GIRLS Are successful home-makers because they acquire the homely arts, being always in contact with interesting people rather than machines. 
Both girls and married women will find congenial employment offering on the waiting staff, or service rooms, kitchen, or bakehouse. 
The indispensable practical knowledge of Domestic Science is unconsciously acquired under most happy conditions, in addition to a substantial salary for 5 days a week services. 
Why not investigate by 
Applying to the Secretary of 
THE SAVOY.  -Evening Star, 21/1/1947.

An appeal to employers in the city to find employment for any British war brides who might be stranded in the United States, as suggested by a recent cable message, was made by Mr Philip Barling in conversation with a Daily Times reporter yesterday. 
“I should have no hesitation in offering to pay half the fares to New Zealand of two women of a suitable type to obtain work in Dunedin,” said Mr Barling, “and I suggest that other employers might do likewise.” 
Mr Barling added that stranded war brides would naturally have an aversion to returning to England, and he knew of no worse place in the world for a woman to be stranded in than New York. He had heard the same opinion expressed by Americans themselves, and he believed such a proposal as he had outlined would be a humanitarian gesture.  -Otago Daily Times, 22/1/1947.

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-Evening Star, 11/3/1947.

A VERY select team of women workers who keep the wheels running behind the scenes at the SAVOY would be glad to welcome volunteers to assist in their various duties, such as drying mechanically-washed dishes, tea and coffee dispensing, sandwich and salad making, and numerous other light duties, floor scrubbing not included.
Special attention is given to conditions of employment, and the remuneration (including meals) is very attractive. A cordial welcome to inspect these mechanically equipped and ventilated premises is accorded prospective full-time or part-time employees. 
Phone 12-024, or call and see the Secretary.  -Evening Star, 19/2/1947.

To celebrate the occasion of the sixty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs George Woods, of Bridge street, Caversham, relatives and friends met in the Tudor Lounge, Savoy, on Friday afternoon. 
Mrs Woods wore the prune silk frock worn on her wedding day in 1882 and the flower from her wedding cake had also been preserved. 
The usual toasts were honoured and many congratulatory messages were received, including a cablegram from Their Majesties the King and Queen, telegrams from the Governor-General, Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, and the Minister of Defence, Mr Jones, and Mr M. A. Hudson, M.P. 
Among the special guests present were the Mayor and Mayoress, Mr and Mrs D. C. Cameron, and Mr and Mrs W A. Hudson. 
Mr and Mrs Woods retain good health and were able to enter heartily into the afternoon’s enjoyment.  -Evening Star, 17/6/1947.

The Otago Importers Shippers Association (inc.)
THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Association will be held TO-MORROW (WEDNESDAY), the 6th inst., at 7.45 p.m., in the Tudor Lounge (Savoy). BUSINESS: General. Election of Officers, etc. Refreshments will be served, after which Mr L. M. Wright has kindly consented to give a short talk on ‘Impressions of India and Ceylon.’   -Evening Star, 5/8/1947.

Dissatisfied with the apparent apathy in the collection of fat for Britain at a time when the needs of the people at Home are the greatest, Mr Philip Barling, proprietor of the Savoy restaurant, has completed arrangements for the expeditious collection of fat and its despatch to Britain without delay, so as to reach its destination late in December or early in January, at which time of the year it is mid-winter in Britain.
While everyone in New Zealand appreciates the need to save fat for Britain, there can be few who are aware of what action to take when have collected a quantity. The people of Britain are still desperately in need of the most vital of all foodstuffs — fat — and Mr Barling feels that there must be no further delay in supplying their want. 
Emphasising that he had no desire to “steal the thunder” of workers in the cause of food for Britain, such as Miss Brenda Bell, Mrs Sutherland Ross and many others, Mr Barling told a Daily Times reporter who called on him yesterday that the food position in Britain had deteriorated rather than improved with the approach of winter, and it was necessary for all in Dunedin and Otago to face the facts.
“I am not overlooking the Government's periodical advertisements asking people to ‘Save Fat for Britain,’ which contain no suggestion of what to do with it when it has been saved.’’ Mr Barling said. “We should realise that, apart from the needs of our friends, relatives and the general public of Britain there is a desperate need for fat in the numerous hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aged and various other institutions. It is in their interests that I am making my appeal, with the assurance to contributors that direct shipment will be made to reach Britain during mid-winter.” 
Many country butchers and sheepfarmers had quantities of fat but did not know what to do with it, Mr Barling added. He said he would be pleased to receive quantities rendered into tins and in edible condition. He was willing to make tins available. The fat would be placed in a cool store, and immediately a sufficient quantity was collected it would be shipped without delay, an arrangement having been completed for the allocation of shipping space by the Overseas Ship Owners’ Allotment Committee in Wellington through its Dunedin agents.   -Otago Daily Times, 27/8/1947.

A proposition of interest to young women who plan for the future. 
Here is the way to earn extra money in your spare time and be all the better for the experience. Join the night waiting staff at the SAVOY. You’ll find this a well-paid occupation and good fun. 

Taxi home 11.30 p.m. Apply office, 12-021.   -Evening Star, 28/8/1947.



Has given assurance to the Organiser of the

That as requested, the total amount of EDIBLE FAT collected and shipped by the 


Will be distributed to the benefit of SEAMEN’S HOSPITALS, INSTITUTIONS and ORPHANAGES, And where the need is most urgent among other such Institutions. 


It is therefore desirable to take prompt action to fill the space applied for in the S.S, Norfolk, though it is our aim to make subsequent shipments as long as the acute demand for EDIBLE FAT exists, and women of Otago will continue to support the cause. 

SEND FOR 4-GALLON EMPTY TINS NOW, On which will appear the contributor’s Name, 

And when filled please return by goods train to PHILIP BARLING, Dunedin.  -Otago Daily Times, 20/9/1947.

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Contributions to the Fat for Britain campaign organised by Mr Philip Barling reach the Fort Grant, which will sail direct from New Zealand to London.  -Otago Daily Times, 6/12/1947.

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Members of the Senate of the University of New Zealand were entertained at afternoon tea on Saturday at the residence of Mr P. Barling, “Glenfalloch,” Macandrew Bay. Some of them are seen in this photograph with the Mayor, Mr Barling, and other guests on a tour of the picturesque grounds.  -Otago Daily Times, 19/1/1948.

“Fat For Britain Scheme”
Mr Philip Barling is well known in Otago for three reasons. He is the proprietor of the Savoy restaurant, the owner of the beautiful Peninsula property, “Glenfalloch,” and the originator and convener of the Fat for Britain campaign, a scheme that has provided the people of Britain with 4400 tins of fat and has earned wide recognition both in New Zealand and at Home. When Mr Barling realised the great need of the people of Britain and learned of the fat that was being wasted on New Zealand farms and in New Zealand homes, he organised at his own expense and in his own time a campaign that won the support of the women of Otago and later of Southland and Canterbury. The “Barling” fat scheme caught the imagination of the New Zealand women and soon 300 to 400 40 1b tins of fat were being sent by Mr Barling each month for distribution to needy people in Britain. Not only has the gift of fat been appreciated by the people of Britain, but the scheme has done much to strengthen the ties of friendship between the peoples of the two countries. 
Mr Barling was born in Sussex, England, and left a job of estate manager in Kent to go to the South African War. He did not stay long in England after his return from the war. He went to Australia, then to Tasmania, and later came to New Zealand. For 10 years he was with the Vacuum Oil Company Proprietary, Ltd., and then opened a restaurant in Dowling street, Dunedin. To-day, the Savoy, with its Somerset Lounge, Warwick Room and Tudor Hall, is widely known. 
Mr Barling’s greatest hobby is gardening and his property, “Glenfalloch,” has been inspected by most of the notable visitors to Dunedin. It has been freely made available for the holding of garden parties and for other philanthropic purposes. Mr Barling has been a keen member of the Dunedin Rotary Club and in his earlier life was associated with the Dunedin Operatic Society, one performance for which he will be remembered being the part of the Duke of Plaza Toro in “The Gondoliers." Mr Barling has been fortunate in the assistance he has at all times received from his wife, who has contributed much to the tasteful charm of the Savoy and as hostess at “Glenfalloch.”  -Otago Daily Times, 9/6/1949.

"Glenfalloch"  Hocken Library photo.


Extract from a letter dated February 11, 1950, From Secretary, British Red Cross Society, Norfolk: "As you already know, this village of Sharrington is in a very rural district and practically all the men here are agricultural workers — this means that your gift of fat was doubly welcome, as it helped the housewife with the daily difficult problem of providing a packed dinner each day for her menfolk. There is no canteen available here for the agricultural worker, so this will make you realise even more how acceptable your present is to this area. I do hope so much that you will read into this letter the very real thanks from all who have benefited from your kindness and this case of fat. I have thanked the donors whose names were on the tins." 

Extract from a letter dated December 14, from Harrow:
"I wish to send you my best thanks for the gift of dripping you sent me. It has been very interesting to me for the last two weeks to sit at the window and-watch streams of elderly people going up and down the road collecting their fat, looking very pleased. I would like you to have seen them."

Do not hesitate — apply for tins, Barling, Dunedin-Otago Daily Times, 2/3/1950.

Commonwealth Gift Centre’s Praise 
Appreciation of the generosity of New Zealanders in sending of food to Britain is expressed in a review by the director of the Commonwealth Gift Centre, in London, Mr Jonathan Lewis, in which special mention is made of Mr Philip Barling’s Fat for Britain Campaign. 
“We in Britain know that the Mother Country holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders because of the amazing way they have tirelessly devoted themselves to the task of brightening the years of austerity since the war by sending large quantities of gift food to this country," Mr Lewis says. “Over the last four years New Zealand, with a population equalling only one-sixteenth of that of Greater London, has sent to Britain more than 2000 tons of gift food in bulk and since 1944 more than 1,000,000 individual gift food parcels through the General Post Office.”
The main organisations, continues Mr Lewis’s review, include the New Zealand Government, the National Patriotic Fund, Aid to Britain committees in most of the sizable towns and last but not least, the New Zealand Red Cross and the Fat for Britain Campaign organised by Mr Philip Barling and contributed to by the countrywomen of Southland, Otago, and Canterbury. 
"Although the organisations already mentioned are responsible for the main flow of gift food to Britain,’’ Mr Lewis continues, “there are incredible numbers of smaller groups representative of every type of citizen, who either send their own contributions or give to one of the larger organisations.
"Mr Philip Barling, of Dunedin, and his willing band of helpers are worthy of special mention,” Mr Lewis says. “They are outstanding friends of Britain. Some years ago, Mr Barling felt that British housewives would welcome some extra fat and decided to launch a Fat for Britain Campaign, for which he provides empty 401b tins to farmers’ wives of Otago, Southland and Canterbury. They, in their turn, render down fat in their homes until the tins are full and send them to Mr Barling’s store where they are soldered, labelled with the donor’s name and shipped to Britain. Mr Barling is personally responsible for all these details and for providing each housewife with another tin.
“The women who participate in this scheme devote some part of each day to their fat rendering for Britain,” he says, “and when one thinks of the multifarious duties, household and otherwise, with which they are beset, one can be amazed at the spirit which inspires them. Mr Barling keeps in touch with his widespread helpers, for he realises to the full the immense potentiality of his cheme for further strengthening the friendship between the two countries.
“The admiration of his helpers to Mr Barling's untiring labours and unequalled enthusiasm is boundless and together they have provided Britain with 117 tons of fat in the last two years alone,” Mr Lewis says. “This amounts to 262,0801b. Further shipments are on the water and more fat is being prepared for shipment.”

New Zealand would also be remembered as the author of the “Schools to Schools Scheme” started by the Waterloo School, Lower Hutt, Mr Lewis concluded. It had progressed rpdidly and there was now a regular exchange of letters from pupils and recipients in Britain to the donors in New Zealand.  -Otago Daily Times, 6/7/1950.


The Mayors and Lord Mayors of HULL, WIGAN, CARDIFF, SHEFFIELD and NORTH SHIELDS Have all cabled their deep sense of gratitude for offers of cooking fat for their needy folk. Great Britain’s Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, the Right Hon. P. C. Gordon Walker’s reply was: 

"KEEP it up, they need it ALRIGHT"

Quite apart from the material values, there are other reasons why this commodity should not be wasted. Abundance of 401b. tins available. 

Apply BARLING, Dunedin. DELIVERED PARCELS ACCEPTABLE.  -Otago Daily Times, 28/7/1950.

National Effort Ends
Yesterday was officially the last day of the existence of the Aid for Britain National Council. District committees will wind up their activities this month. But Mr Philip Barling, O. B. E. intends to carry on with his Fat for Britain campaign. Yesterday he was busy in the office which has been his “operations room” for about four years, while, in the country districts, housewives were as carefully conserving fat as they have done so faithfully and for so long in the past. 
Mr Barling has been reinforced in his decision to carry on by a cablegram from Mr Jonathan Lewis, director of the Commonwealth Gift Centre, in London. The message stated that gifts of fat were still most welcome, especially in old people’s homes and tuberculosis sanatoria. 
Suggestions that Mr Barling's scheme might close down at the same time as the national effort produced some indignation among his helpers. Several women have written to the Prime Minister, stressing the point that it was essential that the good relations between British and New Zealand housewives should be fostered by the continuation of the campaign, "I have always maintained that the gifts of fat so painstakingly saved by housewives represent a symbol of the affection in which the British are held. The really important thing is that there are people in Britain now to whom New Zealand has become a very real place — a place which they will keep in their affections,” said Mr Barling yesterday.
He added that he was reluctant to let the campaign lapse at this stage. “The food position is undoubtedly better in Britain now — although there has been a recent cut in the butter ration — but I want the ties which have bound the womenfolk of both countries together to continue.” 
Mr Barling has written to Mr Marshall, the Minister assisting Mr Holland, and announced his intention of carrying on. In his letter he pointed out the need to foster good relations, and he enclosed the cablegram received from Mr Lewis.  -Otago Daily Times, 1/9/1950.

Phillip Barling died in 1956 and "Glenfalloch" was bought by his son James, who began a tradition of opening the gardens to the public instead of merely for special occasions.  The Mills family bought it in 1960 and passed it on to the newly-formed Otago Peninsula Trust in 1969.

The "Savoy's" patronage began to decline after the Second World War, and by the 1970s it was looking a little worn out.  Local businessman Stewart Clark bought it and re-opened part as the "Etrusco" Italian restaurant, on the corner of Moray Place and Princes Street.  The larger portion of the Savoy is still popular as a function venue.