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Cutting the St John jubilee cake in October 1989 were Mavis Gardner, left, superintendent of the Greymouth
combined division Muriel McNoe and Bessie Bruerton.
October 2, 1989
Great weekend for
Greymouth’s senior branch of
the Order of St John had a ‘great
weekend’ in celebrating its 50th
“The furthest person to attend
came from Gore, while all areas from
around the Coast were represented,”
regional staff officer Mr John
Two of the oldest members of the
Greymouth branch cut the jubilee
cake along with the superintendent of
the Greymouth Combined Division,
Mrs Muriel McNoe.
Mrs Bessie Bruerton joined in 1915
and still has her original uniform, and
Mrs Mavis Gardiner joined in 1939.
October 4, 1989
A variety of leadership
styles offered by mayoral
candidates for Grey
Grey District mayoral candidates
offered a variety of leadership styles
when they addressed an election
meeting in Greymouth’s Regent
Theatre last night.
Along with the seven mayoral
hopefuls, 10 candidates for the West
Coast Regional Council were also
given the opportunity to speak. Two
candidates, Messrs Eric Belcher
and Allan Birchfield tendered their
apologies, while three of those
standing for both offices were allowed
to speak only once.
Organised by the Greymouth
Business and Promotion Association,
the evening attracted an audience of
October 5, 1989
‘Firsts’ by Coast women
wanted for volume
Stories of West Coast women who
achieved New Zealand ‘firsts’ are
being sought for the third volume of
Women of Westland.
A spokesman for the publishing
committee, Mrs Ruby Jones, said
this week they were seeking more
material in just the one category
firsts. “ It is a section for Coast
women who have achieved firsts in
any area at all,” Mrs Jones said.
Mrs Jones said the book should also
contain a tribute to the late Mrs Enid
Hawker who was the inspiration
behind the first two volumes in the
Women of Westland.
October 5, 1989
Raleigh Street extension
The new Raleigh Street extension
linking Preston Road with Raleigh
and Cowper streets will open on
“O ur work is done really but we
have a few minor things to tidy up
and as soon as they are done the road
will be opened officially,” Greymouth
borough engineer Mr Mike Prasad
Meanwhile cyclists and
motorcyclists riding on the sloping
sides of the floodwall near the
aerodrome are causing concern.
“People are riding bikes and
motorbikes — and even horses —
on it, ripping it up,” Mr Prasad said.
October 7, 1989
Many expected at
This time 100 years ago, seven
pupils sat down at desks in the then
brand new Moonlight School.
Past pupils recall it as a smoky, one-
room affair — a far cry from the
remodelled glass and prefab of today.
On Labour Weekend, 200 past and
present pupils and teachers from
around New Zealand will reunite for
the Moonlight School’s centennial
October 7, 1989
No women in Rotar y
Greymouth Rotarians are still
taking a cautious approach to the idea
of women in their organisation.
Women have been eligible for
membership since July 1 of this year,
after a decision was made by Rotary
International at its annual
Greymouth club president Mr Dave
Campbell says there are no women
members locally, simply because they
have not been nominated at this
Twenty-five years ago, the Greymouth
Order of St John celebrated its 50th
jubilee, local body electioneering was
in full swing, and Moonlight School
prepared to celebrate its centenary. Read
more from the yellowing pages of the
Greymouth Star of October 1989.
St John ‘victim’ Aaron Klempel is helped by
Rex Marshall, left, Andrew Cogger and Linda
people enjoyed an
in the Greenstone
district last Saturday as part
of the Grey district 150th
Twelve members of the
West Coast Alpine Club and
17 other interested people
donned wet weather gear and
gumboots to explore the area
of the first goldfield on the
First up was a walk along
part of the Revell Terrace dray
road to Maori Point, passing
sluice faces, borrow pits and
a mine shaft. Next was a look
at the site of the Greenstone
township and a roadside
plaque commemorating Albert
Hunt, who was rewarded
for finding the first payable
goldfield in ‘ West Canterbury’.
However, as the Canterbury
government realised there
were other contenders for the
reward, Hunt was not paid
the full sum. Finally, the visit
took a look at the Greenstone
Cemetery, where people
learned about some of the
hardships of the goldmining
days, and also got a short
geology lesson on how the
gold and pounamu actually got
to where they were found.
In an added bonus, the
hail of the previous 24 hours
stopped and the group was
treated to a sunny day.
Greenstone: where it all began
PICTURES: Kevin Dash
Walkers learn about the old Greenstone township, which was sited near the present road bridge.
Coming out into the open near a mine shaft.
Walkers contemplate the deep shaft hidden by ferns, after throwing down a
few rocks to estimate its depth.
The old dray road out to Revell Terrace is reduced to single file.
Participants listen to details of some of the people buried in the Greenstone Cemeter y.
Last stop on the outing was a visit to the Greenstone Cemetery.
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