Women who served in war honoured
On Saturday Waihi Ward Councillor Anne Marie Spicer acted as MC for the afternoon’s events which which focused on ‘Those who also served’, the women of World War I.
Waihi Hospital and Rest Home manager Helen Risen spoke about nursing then and now, while NZTF 6th Hauraki Battalion Captain (Rtd) Russell Skeet made a stirring presentation entitled The Better Half.
Lynne Millsom, granddaughter of World War I Waihi Mayoress Ada Donaldson also spoke. Lynne had travelled from Australia to Waihi for the event. Meryl Bennet and the Blackbird Singers entertained the crowd. Following a special cake cutting, everybody moved out into the sunshine to witness the unveiling of the Women’s Poppy Cloak and the Tunnelling Company cloak.
The Tunnelling Company cloak was worn in Wellington on Sunday to the National Armistice Centennial Commemorations. Tunnelling Company Researcher and Waihi Armistice 100 facilitator Sue Baker Wilson had been invited to the Wellington event. She said that the cloak was especially appreciated by those who had a service background.
Armistice Waihi 100 events have provided an opportunity for Waihi to come together and to engage with their World War I-related stories, a number of which had been forgotten, she said. “Having a deeper understanding of the people and events that helped shape us and our town will help us face the future as a peaceful and united community,” she said.