50 years ago
A DECISION made by the minister of Agriculture before the State election, which would have proved most embarrassing to the State Government in key Western District seats, has finally “surfaced” in Hamilton. The City Council has finally been notified that its submission for the establishment of an export meat killing works at Hamilton has been given the thumbs down by the former Minister of Agriculture. The Spectator believes the council has received a letter dated May 2 from Sir Gilbert Chandler, who retired at the election, however council did not receive Sir Gilbert’s letter until June 4. If Sir Gilbert did sign the letter on May 2, as must be supposed, he officially confirmed the Government’s decision not to establish a meatworks at Hamilton 17 days before the election.