Country: New Zealand
Issued on: Departure
Date of presentation: 30/01/1902
Number issued: 1
Gold albert & pendant, suitably inscribed, to:
Subscribed for by members of the Hawera Fire Brigade, of which he was captain.
HAWERA, This Day.
Mr James Davidson said: "Major BARTLETT, Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen. — A very pleasant duty has fallen to my lot to-night, yet like all other earthly pleasures, the present one is mixed with pain — pain to think that the hour of separation from Major BARTLETT is so nigh. I grieve to think that by Major BARTLETT's departure Hawera is losing a good citizen, and a personal friend, I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that Major BARTLETT is a man who any one, high or low, may be proud to call friend. (Applause). During all the years of his sojourn amongst us I always found him both in public and private a man of honour and integrity (applause), and either as a private citizen or a borough councillor he has been ever ready and willing to work for the interest and welfare of Hawera. As captain of the Fire Brigade, or an officer in the volunteer service, he was always ready at the call of duty, and when the well-beloved, great and good Queen Victoria, in the name of the Empire, called on the colonies for volunteers to fight her battles in the Transvaal, Major BARTLETT was one of the first to respond. (Applause). It is men like Major BARTLETT that make the Empire builders and heroes. At the call of duty, he left home, kith and kin, and all that was near and dear to him, to face the unknown danger of the battlefield, and I rejoice, and we all rejoice, that he was spared to return in safety and find all his dear ones in safe keeping. (Applause). And now, Major BARTLETT, as you are again about to undertake another long and perhaps dangerous journey, on this the eve of your departure, I, in the name of the citizens of Hawera, present you with this gold watch, suitably inscribed, as a slight token of their respect and esteem, and in their name, also, I wish you God speed on this journey which you are about to undertake, and not only on this journey, but on all your journey through life I wish you god speed, and a safe and happy return. (Loud applause).
Mr Davidson then presented the watch, a very handsome one, inscribed, "Presented to Captain Bartlett by Hawera friends, January, 1902. Hawera".