Celebrations 100 Years Part 1


Planning for the 1988 Centenary year of GFS in Western Australia began in  1985.  The first decision made was that a history should be written covering the 100 years and research was commenced by Mrs Jean Seymour in January 1986.

A Centenary Committee was formed in June 1986, with Mrs Joan Matthews as Chairman.  Those who worked with her to plan for the Centenary were Mrs Ruth Walker (Secretary), Miss Jan McNamara (Treasurer), Mesdames Alison Elliott, Brenda Ballingall and Jean Seymour, The Society owes a great deal to them for the work they did in the following two and a half years to make the Centenary celebrations so outstanding, The committee was assisted by member s of the Branch Committee in arrangements for the camp and picnic.

The decision about the events to be held was an important one and planning so far ahead was not an easy task.  It was decided that the main functions would be a Centenary camp, a dinner, a service in St George’s Cathedral and a picnic and fellowship day.


This was a seaside camp, held at the Ern Halliday Centre at Hillarys.  There were 102 girls present, plus thirty leaders and cadet leaders.  The programme included a wide range of activities to appeal to the different age groups and some of them were combined.  One of the features of the camp was the preparation of a Roger Jones musical ‘Greater than Gold’, which told the story of Mary Jones and her bible. A special visitor at the camp was Mrs Ruth Reid, the wife of the Governor, who was Patron of the Society and she cut the large birthday cake with its 100 candles.

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