EVENTS IN PORTSMOUTH

 

PRINCIPLE CIVIC EVENTS IN PORTSMOUTH
BY MAYORAL YEAR (1890-1911)

November 10th, 1890: Sir William Pink, Kt.
Knighted in honour of Queen Victoria's visit to Portsmouth on the occasion of the Launch of H.M.S. "Royal Arthur" and the floating of H.M.S. "Royal Sovereign." Entertained the Officers and Men of the French Fleet visiting Portsmouth, under the command of Admiral Gervais. The Legion of Honour conferred upon him by the President of the French. Portrait subscribed for by the public and presented to him on the 8th December, 1891.
 
November 9th, 1891: Tom Scott Foster
Opened North End Recreation Ground on the 6th June 1892. Received the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Sanitary Engineers. Laid the foundation stone of the Pavilion at the North End Recreation Ground and of the Electric Lighting Station in Gunwharf Road.
 
November 9th, 1892: Robert Barnes
Elected an Alderman of the Borough. Opened Pavilion at the North End Recreation Ground and Branch Library, Albert Road. Took an active part in the proceedings connected with the winding up of the Portsea Island Building Society (in Liquidation), and appointed Honorary Assessor under the powers of the Special Act of Parliament. Appointed a Justice of the Peace 10th Nov., 1893.
 
November 9th, 1893: Abraham Leon Emanuel
Opened Electric Lighting Station on 6th January, 1894 (Machinery being started by the Mayoress), and gave Grand Banquet to celebrate same. Portrait subscribed for and presented to him.
 
November 9th, 1894: Thomas King
Opened Museum in High Street and Technical Institute in Arundel Street. Entertained an Italian Squadron under the command of H.R.H. The Duke of Genoa. Received K.C. of the Order of the Cross of Italy. The Honorary Freedom of the Borough presented to Lord Macnaghton (the first to receive the Honour under the 1885 Act in Portsmouth).
 
November 9th, 1895: John James Young
Appointed a Justice of the Peace, 1st December, 1896. Redistribution of the Wards of the Borough. First telephone communication between Portsmouth and London. Transfer to the Council of the Power to appoint Assistant Overseers.
 
November 9th, 1896: George Edwin Couzens
Opened the North End Branch Public Library. Raised fund for additional blocks at the Royal Portsmouth Hospital in commemoration of the 60th year of the reign of H.M. Queen Victoria, over 1,500 being subscribed. Gave a Grand Ball to the Officers of British and Foreign Fleets at Portsmouth and the Garrison and local gentry to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen's reign. 31,862 school children entertained to Tea, and presented with Souvenir Beaker. Mayoress's Chain of Office subscribed for and presented to the Mayoress. Received the Silver Diamond Medal, conferred by Her Majesty on. Mayors and Provosts in commemoration of her Diamond Jubilee. Appointed a Justice of the Peace 10th December, 1900.
 
November 9th, 1897: Harry Kimber
Royal Counties Agricultural Society's Show. Banquet to the Officers and Men of H.M.S. "St. George" on their return to England from Benin. Appointed Justice of the Peace 10th December, 1900.
 
November 9th, 1898: Tom Scott Foster
The Honorary Freedom of the Borough conferred upon Field Marshal Earl Roberts, V.C., P.C., K.P.. etc., and a Banquet given on the occasion. The new Blocks at the Royal Portsmouth Hospital opened by T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of York. Entertained the British Medical Association. Opened Fund for the relief of relatives, wives and children of the British Soldiers and Sailors engaged in the Transvaal War.
 
November 9th, 1899: Harold Rufus Pink
Entertained the wives and children of the Royal Reservists, also the Volunteers selected for active service in South Africa, and entertained the "Powerful" Naval Brigade. Raised an Indian Famine Fund and "Princess Christian" Fund and Christmas Present for the Naval Brigade in South Africa. Instituted house to house canvass on behalf of the Hospital. Entertained the A.M.C. of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. Laid the foundation stone of the Portsmouth Corporation Tramway Power Station. Presided over two Parliamentary Elections. Appointed a justice of the Peace, 10th December, 1900.
 
November 9th, 1900: Abraham Leon Emanuel
Freedom of the Borough conferred upon Sir John Baker and Sir Frederick Fitzwygram. Was received by King Edward VII Edward VII proclaimed King. Held Fancy Fair, opened by Earl Roberts, in aid of the Royal Hospital and Local Charities, in Victoria Park. Commenced Electric Tramway construction and Electric Trams commenced service. Received by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York on board H.M.S. "Ophir" on departure for and return from Colonial Tour. Entertained Sir Henry McCullam, R.E., C.M.G., Governor General of Natal, and a number of the Imperial Forces who served in South Africa, also the Officers and Men of H.M.S. "Centurion."
 
November 9th, 1901: William Thomas Dupree
Opened Fund for Statue in honour of the late Queen Victoria, and Exhibition held in aid of the War Fund Hospital. May Day Horse Show. Received and entertained the 1st and 3rd Hants Volunteers on their return from the South African War. "Centurion" Memorial unveiled. Coronation of H.M. King Edward VII. Entertained Officers and Men of British and Foreign ships at Portsmouth on the occasion. Entertained Officers and Men of H.M.S. "Terrible" also 2nd Hants Regiment. Sword of Honour presented to Earl Roberts.
 
November 10th, 1902: Sir William Thomas Dupree
Received honour of Knighthood. The duties of the School Board transferred to the Council. Launch of H.M.S. "Suffolk". Gave Ball in aid of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital Funds. Presented address to T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught on their return from the Indian Durbar. Inauguration of the Municipal Telephone Exchange, Entertained the United States European Squadron. Unveiled the Statue of H.M. Queen Victoria. Birthplace of Charles Dickens purchased and opened as a Museum. Received Address and Casket for services. Received Long Service Volunteer Decoration. Appointed a Justice of the Peace 26th April, 1905.
 
November 10th, 1903: John Edward Pink
Received the Delegates of the Annual Conference of the National Union of Teachers. Entertained the Friendly Societies. Entertained the Officers and Crew of H.M.S. "Discovery" on return from Antarctic Expedition, also the Incorporated Law Society, and the Conference of the National Union of Teachers. Laid the foundation stone of the New Technical Institute. Cut the first sod of the new Drainage Works. Raised Fund for the extension of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital. Opened the "Charles Dickens" Museum. Extension of Borough Boundary so as to include the whole of Portsea Island.
 
November 9th, 1904: George Edwin Couzens
First Mayor of the extended Borough; laid boundary stone in commemoration. Was presented to T.R.H. the King and Queen of Portugal. Gave Children's Fancy Dress Ball. Took an active part in making representations to the Government against Dockyard discharges, and headed Portsmouth's deputation to the Admiralty on that subject. Presented an Address of Welcome to H.M. King Alphonso of Spain. Held "Trafalgar" Exhibition and Bazaar in aid of the funds of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital, and laid the foundation stone of the new Block at the Milton Hospital. Entertained Admiral Caillard, Officers and Men of the French Fleet visiting Portsmouth. Laid foundation stone of Carnegie Free Library. Elected President of Dickens Fellowship. Received the honour of Knighthood. Legion of honour conferred on him by the President of the French.
 
November 9th, 1905: Sir George Edwin Couzens
Presented an Address to H.M. the King of Greece, and received the honour of O.R.O.R. from the King of Greece. Conducted Parliamentary Election. Dance in aid of Royal Portsmouth Hospital. Elected an Alderman. Laid foundation stone of the additions to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital and gave Ball in aid of the funds. Entertained the Officers and Men of H.I. Japanese Majesty's ships "Katos" and "Kashima". Presented an Address of Welcome to T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales on their return from their Indian Tour. Laid the foundation stone of the Girls' Secondary School. Opened the Royal Counties Agricultural Show, and gave Banquet in honour. Honorary Freedom of the Borough conferred upon Alderman Sir T. Scott Foster. Gave Banquet on the occasion of Colonel Main, the Chief Engineer of the Portsmouth Defences, retiring from that position. Opened the Carnegie Free Library.
 
November 9th 1906: Charles Dye
Opened new Elementary Council Schools at Copnor. Took an active part in settling the claims of the Fareham Authorities for compensation on the extension of the Borough. Raised Fund for New Children's Wards at the Royal Portsmouth Hospital. Entertained the Officers and Men of the Russian Squadron, also the Colonial Premiers, on their visit to Portsmouth. Presented an Address of Welcome to T.M. The King and Queen of Denmark, and received the decoration of Knight of the Order of the Danebrog. Entertained Officers and Men of H.I. Japanese Majesty's cruisers "Tsukuba" and "Chitose" also the Officers and Men of the Swedish Squadron, also the National Federation of Meat Traders. Opened the Girls' Secondary School Day Training College for Women Teachers established. Gave an "At Home" to all the local School Teachers, and visited all the Elementary Schools and addressed the children.
 
November 9th 1907: Ferdinand Green Foster
Miss Doris Foster (5½ years) installed as Mayoress: the youngest Mayoress in England. Presented an Address of Welcome to H.I.M. The German Emperor. Entertained the German and English Officers and Men on that occasion. Presented with the Order of the Red Eagle, 3rd Class. Raised 1,025 to endow two cots and provide a Panel in the Children's Ward of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital. Entertained as a Birthday Party the local Crimean and Indian Mutiny Veterans and their wives. Raised a large fund in aid of the sufferers by the loss of H.M.S. "Tiger" and H.M.S. "Gladiator" and established a permanent Naval Disasters Fund. Received H.R.H. The Duchess of Albany on her visit to lay the foundation, stone of the New Wesleyan Soldiers and Sailors' Home. Opened new Municipal College and gave Banquet in the evening. Opened new Copnor Railway Bridge. Received and entertained the Delegates of the Pan Anglican Congress. Opened the New South Parade Pier and gave an "At Home" and Dance in connection therewith. Opened four new Villa Blocks at the Borough Mental Hospital. Received the members of the Trade and Friendly Societies at their Congress here; and also the delegates at the Congress of the National Choral Union.
 
November 9th, 1908: James Baggs
Presented an address of welcome to H.M. The King of Sweden, who conferred on him the Order of the Wasa. Presented an address of welcome to the Czar and Czarina of Russia, and received the Order of St. Stanilaus, 2nd class. Laid the foundation stone of the West Block at the Infectious Diseases Hospital. Opened Flower Show on the South Parade Pier. Entertained the Officers and Men of the Russian Squadron. Gave Children's Fancy Dress Ball. Organised a Ball in aid of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital, and a Floral Fete in aid of the Eye and Ear Infirmary, the latter being opened by H. R.H. Princess Henry of Battenberg. Unveiled Clock at the North End Recreation Ground, dedicated to the late Lady Couzens. Gave a Grand Fancy Dress Ball.
 
November 9th, 1909: Sir William Thomas Dupree
Proclamation of King George V. Entertained the Officers and Men of H.I. Japanese Majesty's ship "Ikona". Attended H.M. King George Vth's Levy. The Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk were presented to His Majesty. Presented an address of welcome to H.M. The King of Portugal. Raised a fund in aid of the dependents of H.M.S. "Bedford" disaster. Raised upwards of 500 by voluntary subscription in aid of the Unemployed Fund. Presented address of welcome to T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught on their departure for South Africa. Mayoress presented with Silver Cradle.
 
November 9th, 1910: Tom Scott Foster
Conducted Parliamentary Election. Received T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught on their return from South Africa. Local All-British Shopping Week. Received the National Free Church Council. Entertained the London County Council Elementary School Children. Received members of the Poor Law Conference. Coronation of King George V. and Queen Mary : 45,000 school children entertained to Tea and presented with Souvenir Beaker. Friendly Societies Reception. Entertained Officers and Men of the British and Foreign Fleets assembled at Spithead. Received Their Majesties The King and Queen on their arrival at Portsmouth, and presented Coronation Address to them. Received the Association of Municipal Electricians, also the Delegates at the Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. The Tuberculin Dispensary established. Annual Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Portsmouth. Received 51 Officers and Men of the Canadian Artillery, also the Institute of Auctioneers. Consecration and Dedication of New Milton Cemetery. Entertained 150 Colonial Boy Scouts. Welcomed the New Bishop of the Diocese, Dr. Talbot. Received Honour of Knighthood.
 
November 9th, 1911: Sir Tom Scott Foster
Three extensions of the Tramway System. Mayor and Mayoress presented, with the Town Clerk, to Their Majesties The King and Queen on their departure from Portsmouth for India. Milton Park purchased. National Reserves founded and received the Badge of Membership. Presented an address of welcome to Their Majesties The King and Queen on their return from the Delhi Durbar. Raised 5,000 for Submarine A3 Disaster. Charles Dickens Centenary. Opened the Portsmouth Grocers' and Bakers' Exhibition, also the Co-operative Congress. Action by the Lords of the Manor as to strips of land at Copner decided in favour of the Corporation. Elected Chairman of the Portsmouth National, Health Insurance Committee. Raised Fund in aid of the sufferers from the loss of Submarine B2.