928. Off to the war!


(Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand).

Mrs W. Picton was hostess on Saturday evening at a delightful farewell dance for soldiers off to the war. Eleven of the soldiers farewelled were her grandsons. What a proud moment for the family!

A large number of town and country visitors met and enjoyed the hospitality of the Picton Estate. Dancing took place in the billiards room, which was artistically decorated for the occasion, and supper was served in the dining-room during an interval in the dancing.

Miss Macdonald’s orchestra supplied the latest dance music.

Mrs Picton wore a handsome gown of electric blue charmeuse, embroidered in beads in harmonious colours. She was assisted in her duties as hostess by her two daughters, Miss Picton and Miss Barbara Picton. A son and his wife, Mr and Mrs Ralph Picton, who are in town for the races, were also present.


Her youngest son and ten of her grandsons never returned from war.

To listen to the story being read click HERE!


25 thoughts on “928. Off to the war!

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I think back then that every town in New Zealand had official farewells for soldiers going to the other side of the world to fight in support of the “Mother Country”. It was regarded as a noble thing…


  1. Yvonne

    As I read your words today, the solemn dawn service broadcast from Darwin plays quietly on the TV, just after a news report of a sixteen year old boy who was stopped before he could carry out a terrorist attack on an ANZAC parade in NSW.

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