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The Mercury, 15 April 1891 has a report from the Anglican Synod. In the Statistic section, the Bishop says I have opened a church at Lebrina, though it is not yet consecrated.
This has been quite a season for petitions at Lebrina; indeed, it seems to me that some people will go signature. hunting as much for mere love of the exercise as for anything else. Only a few weeks ago I way invited to help swell the number of names on a couple of documents of the class under notice, and again last Friday one of our most prominent residents did the district soliciting signatures. His petition was drawn up in the interests of mourners, and was intended to affect the position of a local burial ground.
Mr Bernard Shaw, who owns land here, was good enough some three years ago to offer to give an acre on which to erect a place of worship. The offer was accepted, and the Anglican Church at present stands on the ground. Mr Shaw, in giving the land, provided a restriction prohibiting interment. As the church ground joins on to that on which our state school is built the donor’s provision should appear a sensible and wise one. But the object of Mr Shaw’s petitioners is to try to prevail upon him to withdraw his restriction.
By-the-by, it is not yet forgotten that the ground in question has already been made use of as a public cemetery, and it is said that Mr Breguet, the incumbent of Scottsdale, considers the church has a perfect right to use it to bury bodies in, and, as a matter of fact, the reverend gentleman officiated at a burial service which took place there some time ago. Mr Breguet, it is thought, understands his business, and as we re member it was he who conducted the burial service, and consider how all assuring the action of a clergyman ought to be, we cannot help wondering where the need comes in for troubling Mr Bernard Shaw. However, it is to be hoped this matter will be settled as soon as possible now that the question has been raised. We want a cemetery for Lebrina.
Yesterday the first wedding for Lebrina took place in the Church of England. The contracting parties were united by the Rev. Mr Breguet. The appearance of the bride was the subject of much complimentary remark, and as the newly-married pair left the church they took with them the best wishes of their numerous friends and acquaintances.