From The Courier: a brief report on the Begonia Festival. PR man Chris Segrave on the first champion, Ernest Greenhalgh: "He was obviously a very good chess player. He trained as a school teacher and taught schools in the western district and his main interests were maths, chess and the stock market".
And I can't help but slip this one in - a bit of news from the US with at least two chessic connections. You may have to look more closely for the second one.