RSA seek­ing miss­ing plaque

Clutha Leader - - MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE AUCKLAND - RICHARD DAV­I­SON

The Clutha Dis­trict RSA is look­ing for a miss­ing plaque pre­sented to it in May 1995.

The com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque was pre­sented to the RSA by the Bal­clutha Nether­lands So­ci­ety on be­half of the lo­cal Dutch com­mu­nity, on the 50th an­niver­sary of lib­er­a­tion in their home coun­try.

The plaque was in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Clutha Dis­trict’s war ef­forts to­wards the lib­er­a­tion of the Nether- lands dur­ing World War II.

In 2012 the RSA went into re­cess, and at this time the mem­o­ra­bilia that was dis­played at the RSA – in­clud­ing the plaque – was taken down from the walls.

Some items had since been re­dis­cov­ered at the South Otago Mu­seum, Clutha RSA sec­re­tary Pauline Soper said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately records weren’t kept of the where­abouts of items at the time.

‘‘We’re hop­ing this plaque, and any other items that may have been put in safe­keep­ing lo­cally, might come to light once more and be re­stored to their place.’’

Soper was keen to hear from any­body with in­for­ma­tion on the plaque’s pos­si­ble where­abouts.

‘‘About 200 peo­ple came to the pre­sen­ta­tion back in 1995.

‘‘This plaque means a lot to the Dutch com­mu­nity as well as the RSA.

‘‘We’d like to have it back up on our wall if pos­si­ble.’’

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