Wartime nurses will be remembered

Bus tour takes participants to the graves of four women.

Bus tour takes participants to the graves of four women.

Professor Kay Morris Matthews and Gisborne nurses in their World War 1 replica uniforms will honour women of World War 1 on Anzac Day.
The nurses are Natasha Ashworth and Sue Cranston (at back of car), Teresa Fisher, Kate Abbott and Jackie Bird (middle) and Jane Wilkie, Wendy Dodgshun and Deb Mckay (front). Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

TARUHERU Cemetery will become a museum on Anzac Day when Professor Kay Morris Matthews honours more Tairawhiti women who served overseas during World War 1.

Professor Matthews, of EIT Hawke’s Bay, will host a bus tour that leaves Tairawhiti Museum at 1.30pm and ends up at Taruheru Cemetery.

Tour participants will visit the graves of four women.

Two of them are Ivy Smale and Ethel Pritchard, who featured prominently in Professor Matthews’ book and museum exhibition, both entitled Recovery: Womens’ Overseas Service in World War 1.

Recovery continues at Tairawhiti Museum until July 16.

Eloise Wallace, director of Tairawhiti Museum, said tickets could be purchased at the museum for $10. Any spare seats can still be bought on Anzac Day but Mrs Wallace prefers people to pre-purchase tickets for organisational purposes.

Gisborne nurses who featured in the launch of Recovery by wearing World War 1 replica nursing uniforms, which they made themselves, will also attend.

Earlier the nurses will have taken part in the Anzac Day civic parade, weather permitting, in Tony Bartlett’s 1916 Buick DX45 Tourer (above).

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