the work she did with soldiers during and post war.
“For all her dedication and service to soldiers and the Ka¯whia community, she had nowhere to live and no money, but her RSA boys got together and built her a little cottage overlooking the town and harbour which she shared with a disabled brother.
“There were nine brothers, and she outlived them all. For years they sent her a pound each for her birthday and it is said ‘she lived on that and everything else she had, she gave away’.
“In 1956 she reluctantly agreed to accept an MBE in the honours list. She died, game to the last, in Waikato Hospital on June 17, 1977.
“After her funeral, she left money for her exservice men to provide ‘Sister’s last shout’.”
Theresa has been researching and collating documents on Sister Reidy for more than 12 months and the latest chapter from commemoration will be added to complete her file then donated to the Ka¯ whia Museum.
Courtesy Waitomo News
O¯ torohanga mayor Max Baxter (right), pictured with organiser Theresa Armstrong and Te Awamutu Returned Services Association president Lou Brown, unveiled the plaque dedicated to Ka¯ whia’s own Sister Reidy.