I am indebted to Southland historian and author Dr John Hall-Jones OBE--who became a good friend of Monowai and her company during the surveys in Fiordland--for permission to quote from his books and to reproduce his original photographs.
Hall-Jones, John, 2002, The Fjords of Fiordland, Craig Printing Company, Invercargill.
In our small party with historian John Hall-Jones was the chief brewer for Speights Brewery, a well-known Dunedin brewery.
(15) Unfortunately I do not have access to the geodetic data pack from the survey but Monowai's derived positions for F1773 were advised to Hall-Jones and quoted by him in The Fjords of Fiordland.
The formation of the Starbuck Consolidated School had an influence on other school districts in the area and the Starbuck board cooperated with Hall-Jones in further promoting school consolidation in the region by attending meeting and reporting on their success.
When the Education Report for 1910 was tabled by the Minister of Education, Starbuck School and its new consolidated school were to figure prominently in the report of Inspector Hall-Jones as he devoted several paragraphs and photographs to the new school.
Once again, Starbuck School figures prominently, described as "the best school district and cheapest run school the delegates visited." (28) As well, a letter from Robert Houston included in the report describes the Starbuck experience as giving "universal satisfaction." (29) Hall-Jones continues the praise of the Starbuck Consolidated School by reporting that, "It is one of the best schools I visit for a number of reasons, the majority of which are a direct result of its being a consolidated district." (30) He reported that the Starbuck's "excellent school spirit is unequaled in any other school", (31) and included the lyrics of a school song that sang the praises of the consolidated school:
Hall-Jones offered this summation, again referring to the Starbuck experience: