Western Leader : February 1st 2011
4 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 NEWS PROUDLY 100% NEW ZEALAND OWNED AND OPERATED Rivestone Range 750ml Excludes Pinot Noir Kim Crawford First Pick Range 750ml Waipara Hills Range 750ml Tui Blond / Export Dry 12 Pack 330ml Bottles Budweiser 12 Pack 355ml/Becks 12 Pack 330ml Bottles Tuborg 15 Pack 330ml Bottles 789 989 1289 1799 1999 2189 Bottle Bottle Bottle Pack Pack Pack 1167-1177 NEW NORTH ROAD, MT ALBERT. PHONE: 820 0218 SELECTED BEER & WINE ONLY WINE & BEER BONUS BUYS Valid Monday 31st January -- Sunday 6th February 2011. Limits may apply for trade customers. LIQUOR SALES AT MT ALBERT ARE UNDERTAKEN BY THE PORTAGE LICENSING TRUST. OFFERS ONLY AVAILABLE AT PAK'nSAVE MT ALBERT Please drink responsibly I.D. 25 required if under MT ALBERT Another great vision special WHY SPEND AN OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE! LAST DAYS! Some conditions apply. Please contact us for full details. Voucher must be presented and redeemed before 06/02/11. EXAMINATION FOR ONLY GET YOUR FULL EYE $19 VSWL1059R FOR ONLY$19 Shop 264 Level 2, Westfield West City, Henderson Phone 838 2341 • www.visionspecialists.co.nz Cut out and present this voucher and get your full eye examination Ex-mayor to pick best book writers Former Waitakere mayor and published author Bob Harvey will have a lot of read- ing to do over the coming months. He has been selec- ted as one of the five judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards. He will help select the best of New Zealand fiction, poetry and non-fiction published in 2010. The 16 finalists will be announced on June 1 and the winners on July 27. The overall winner of Book of the Year receives $15,000. Hit by train and survived Second chance: Ernest King cheated death at the age of 71. Photo: MATTHEW GRAY By MATTHEW GRAY Few people probably expected Ernest John King to survive. The 71-year-old was badly injured after being hit by a train at Morningside in August, 1906. Ernest was attempting to cross the railway line when he was struck by the engine and thrown clear of the tracks. He was rushed to hospital with a range of injuries includ- ing several broken ribs. The outlook was grim and Ernest lay in a serious con- dition as family, friends and medical authorities pondered his fate. But the tough old settler defied the odds and was eventu- ally reunited with his family. His narrow brush with death was widely reported -- not that Ernest was any stranger to pub- licity. Newspapers reports indicate he was also involved in a much- publicised coroner s inquest in 1867. The case centred around the death of Catherine Kelly, a soldier s wife in her mid-30s who slipped into unconscious- ness after a drinking binge. Ernest was then employed as an express driver ferrying passengers around the inner suburbs of Auckland on his horse-drawn wagon. He was flagged down in Queen St by Catherine s hus- band John and directed to a pub called the Lion and Lamb. There lay Catherine in a drunken stupor, surrounded by vomit and hidden from view by a screen, no doubt put in place by the publican. Ernest drank half a pint of beer before helping load the woman on to his wagon in prep- aration for the trip back to her home. He placed a horse cover under her head to soften the ride and set off with John at his side. Catherine was still alive when they arrived and Ernest had no idea she was in mortal danger. She was, he told the court, in a beastly state of intoxication but breathing like a person asleep when he dropped her off.The coroner, after hearing evidence by several witnesses, ruled that Catherine s demise was caused by excessive drinking -- one of many in a col- ony where alcoholism was rife. The case was closed and Ern- est returned to his day-to-day dealings. Records suggest he lost his wife Margaret to an early grave at Symonds St where she was buried in 1877 at the age of 30. A second marriage took place in 1881 and Ernest had at least three daughters with his new spouse Susan. Both are buried at Waikumete Cemetery where he was finally laid to rest in 1918 at the age of 83.
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