The civic reception for General Pau was held at the newly constructed children’s playground. From The Chronicle (Adelaide), 23 November 1918 PATRIOTIC PORT PIRIE. GENERAL PAU’S PRAISE. Appreciation of the part Port Pirie had played in the war was voiced last week by General Pau when he mentioned how largely the action of the men employed at arduous labor in the lead smelters had contributed to the winning of the war. At the luncheon subsequently given in honor of the French visitors at the Olympia rooms by the directors of the Broken Hill Associated Smelters the chairman of directors (Hon. W. L. Baillieu M.L.C.) also paid tribute to the company’s employees here for the manner in which the output of munitions had been maintained. General Pau and other members of the Mission arrived by special train from Peterborough. They were accompanied by the Hons. J. G. Rice and W. H. Harvey. The distinguished visitors were met by the mayor (Mr A. B. Forgan), the general manager of Broken Hill Associated Smelters (Mr W. Robertson), and other officials of the company. The Excelsior Band played the National Anthem and the “Marseillaise”, and massed choirs under Mr G. H. Preston, rendered vocal numbers. A naval and military guard of honor were drawn up, and the town hall was decorated with flowers and flags. Shortly after 9 o’clock the party were conveyed by motor to the smelters, where a monster demonstration was made. General Pau addressed the employees, congratulating them upon the assistance they had rendered as munition workers and thanking the company for its cordial welcome. The scholars of the Solomontown and Pirie West schools, under their headmasters, Messrs G. Charlesworth and F. Fairweather, were drawn up in front of a large pavilion erected on the recently constructed children’s playground, where the civic reception took place. After the mayor had delivered an address of welcome, General Pau thanked those present for the homage addressed to his country. The result of the industry of the men of Port Pirie had contributed equally as much to defeating the enemy as the valor of their soldiers. (Cheers). At the request of General Pau, the Minister of Education, who was on the platform, granted the children a holiday for the following Monday. Subsequently General Pau and other members of the mission, the mayor, and councillors and officials of Broken Hill Associated Smelters were entertained at luncheon by the B.H.A.S. Company. General Pau, in proposing the smelting industry of Port Pirie, said although he was not a metallurgist himself, he came from a district that had special relations to metallurgy, but he had never seen an establishment so perfect in detail as the one they had visited that day. (Cheers). It reflected the greatest credit upon both the workers and the managerial staff, because he knew how largely the latter could influence the work as it went on. When he saw that large body of contented and happy men, he thought they and the company had solved the problems of workers and industry, which was one of the most serious confronting the world at present time.