Plaque a boost for RSA

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: MATA­MATA COUNTY MAIL

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.

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