Plaque a boost for RSA
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on a shearing feat, a special plaque and a visit from a Singaporean softball team.
10 years ago Dedication a boost for homeless RSA
June 27, 2001 Tokoroa’s RSA received a much-needed public boost last Wednesday with a dedication to a new plaque in the cemetery.
Kori Titlema, padre from the 28th Battalion, gave a blessing, flanked by South Waikato Mayor Gordon Blake and RSA president Arthur Smith.
All three gave speeches, with Mr Smith suggesting a bench is needed near the plaque so people could sit and ponder.
Mr Blake said Kevin Hainsworth deserved recognition for the work he had done organising the plaque and hoped this was the first step in rebuilding town’s RSA.
A large crowd was in attendance, including a number of widows of returned serviceman.
The white memorial plaque, dedicated ‘‘ to those who gave their life in the service of their country’’, has a prominent spot in the cemetery and is surrounded by speciallygrown Lest we forget roses.
25 years ago Singapore swing . . .
February 13, 1986 International softball made a home plate at Tokoroa this afternoon when members of the touring national Singapore side arrived in the South Waikato.
The team was scheduled to play a Midlands rep side named last night by Trevor Wirihana, at the Memorial Sportsground at 5pm today.
It’s part of a North Island tour for the side before it goes into a triangular series involving New Zealand and Australian national sides next week. The Aussie side is making a similar South Island tour to complete its warm-up for the tournament.
50 years ago Another shearing feat at
Waotu December 15, 1961 Four shearers shore 1476 heavy Romney ewes between them at Falconer Bros’ Shed, Waotu, on Tuesday.
Their individual tallies were I Selby 400, B Williamson 372, L Ramsden 353 and G Harrison 351.
This team effort would certainly be a shearing record the Putaruru district.
The sheep were second shear ewes with eight months’ growth of wool on them.
The Putaruru shearing contractor, R F Tipler, said yesterday that he was talking to Godfrey Bowen at Levin by telephone on Tuesday night and told him about the effort.
‘‘He said that it was a jolly fine one,’’ Mr Tipler said.
GOLDEN: Brian Williamson, Waharoa shearer, nearing his 400th lamb in a shed at Waotu. With Ian Selby, of Putaruru, he shore 425 lambs, a possible record.