Who was Betty Arch­dale?

Du­ral and Districts His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - History - By Mar­garet McKin­ley. Photo by Irene Rogers

Betty Arch­dale was quite an in­flu­ence on many as­pects of our lo­cal com­mu­nity. She first came to Aus­tralia as the Cap­tain of the English Women’s Cricket team in 1932. The team beat the Aussies in ev­ery match! After re­turn­ing home to Eng­land and gain­ing de­grees at Univer­sity, she came back to Aus­tralia and was ap­pointed head­mistress of Ab­bot­sleigh School. Later she and her brother Alex, built a mud brick house in Cross­lands Rd. It took a long time but they even­tu­ally lived there.

Betty was al­ways in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. She called a meet­ing to cre­ate our own lo­cal Neigh­bour Aid in Fe­bru­ary 1971. Over a hun­dred peo­ple, mostly woman, turned up to vol­un­teer to help peo­ple in our com­mu­nity with trans­port to ap­point­ments and shop­ping, and to do house­work etc. It took quite a while to find a “home” for our or­gan­i­sa­tion. Even­tu­ally a house was ac­quired in the “Glade” at Gal­ston. After al­ter­ations and ad­di­tions it has now be­come the Com­mu­nity Health and Re­source Cen­tre, in­clud­ing a Play­group area

When Gal­ston High School was be­ing built, the old Wad­dell Cot­tage was in a de­plorable state and was to be de­mol­ished. Betty saw the build­ing as a valu­able his­tor­i­cal re­source, and formed a com­mit­tee to raise money for its restora­tion, in­clud­ing a new tim­ber shin­gled roof. Betty will al­ways be re­mem­bered as a dy­namic per­son who made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the es­tab­lish­ment of the lo­cal Neigh­bour Aid and the preser­va­tion of Wad­dell Cot­tage. She died in Jan­uary 2000.

At our next monthly meet­ing on Satur­day, 9th June at 2pm the guest speaker will be Leonard Janisze­wit­ski, who will Talk about “The Greek Café.” All wel­come.

Betty Arch­dale

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