Update No. 10 on Suffrage 125 Franklin

Update No. 10 on Suffrage 125 Franklin

Aug 2018: Update No. 10 on Suffrage 125 Franklin

It’s less than a month until the Suffrage Parade on Sept 15th. Excitement is mounting. Some men might think the celebration is just for women. That is far from the truth. We hope that men will join in, celebrating the achievements of their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Many of their great-grandmothers may have helped women gain the vote in 1893. Without these wise and determined female ancestors (and their male supporters) their sisters, wives and daughters would not have the opportunities they have today. The reason the white camellia is associated with Suffrage is because the men in the House of Representatives, who voted in favour of women gaining the right to vote, were given and wore a white camellia. Let’s recognise the hard work and sacrifice that both women and men displayed to achieve women’s suffrage at the Suffrage Parade (15 Sep, 1pm, Pukekohe).

Many different nationalities will be in the parade wearing a national costume and honouring women important to them. More nationalities in the parade the greater the colour and vibrancy, so if you are receiving this and have neighbours from another country do encourage and support them to enter the parade. The parade is free but it is helpful if participants register their intentions. So please register by Clicking HERE. Walk or dance along King St holding aloft, with pride, a photo of the women significant to your group or family. Corflute for the photos backing can be obtained from stationery stores, lightweight sticks to hold the placard high, can be bamboos from garden shops and the ensemble put together with a few cable ties. Uniforms or period dress will look stunning but is not a prerequisite.

Some less mobile people may feel they cannot walk the distance from Seddon Park to the Town Hall and do not want to be in wheelchairs, these people may prefer to join the parade as it crosses Pukekohe Town Square. There are special arrangements for the wheelchairs when they arrive at the Town Hall. The golf cart, for the first aider, has to be picked up and returned to Papakura, offers to do this would be welcome.

The Bollard cozies/hat knitting has been taken up by many willing knitters around the Franklin County and to date, there are around 100 hats completed, many with camellias on the top. Look out for the photo in The Post shortly to be published. Billboards will soon be seen around the town, thanks to the Pukekohe Business Association and Dines team for erecting them. Two TV stations and a radio station have been informed of the pending event, and it is published in Our Auckland. The A4 Posters are now with some of the Pukekohe, Waiuku and Tuakau shops with a request that they go in the windows, so keep an eye out for them and keep talking about the event. If any group can help distribute them in the smaller centres it would be greatly appreciated.

Tickets for the afternoon tea are going fast, the entertainment will be sensational and the food exceptional, with the multicultural theme as the focus. Purchasing a table for 10 gives a group a discount. To register please Click HERE. There will be no door sales.

The souvenir programme is taking shape with Pukekohe High School offering to compile and design it. There are some lovely women going into the programme however a notable Chinese woman, past or present, is still required with photo and biography of around 200 words.

Many organisations are already booked into the Expo, as a community organisation so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to showcase what each club or group does with the chance to recruit new members. There will be a 2m space with a table, chairs and display walls, and it only costs $20. Participants can set up in the Franklin Stevenson rooms from 8am on Saturday and the public will be allowed in from 10am to 4.30pm. It could well be the best $20 your club has ever spent. The photographer is engaged and will take photos of each exhibit so groups will be able to use them for future marketing. A willing person with a suitable vehicle is still needed to collect and return the pot plants from Farrell’s Nurseries. If anyone can help please contact Virginia.

It has been encouraging to have many school students offering their help in one way or another. Offers have come in from Pukekohe High School and Tuakau College, the Girl Guides and Sea Scouts, the Trade and Commerce section of Manukau Tech.

There are entries in the junior school completions of Art, Essay writing and speeches these have to be submitted by 4pm on the 31st August. Do ask if the schools you may have connections with, are taking part in the competitions. The Short story entries from senior schools have to be submitted by Aug 28th and there is a $100 book voucher for the winner.

The planning committee is indebted to the many sponsors for assisting with money or kind. Pukekohe Business Association, Workz4U, Farmers Trading Company, Alpine Printers, Auckland Council, Franklin Local Board, Super Signs, Dines, Bunnings, Pukekohe Mahila Mandel Ladies Association, Ray White Real Estate, The Oba Family & Carol Banks. Thank you.

Next Meeting
The Committee will be meeting again on August 23rd at the Franklin Club at 6.30pm if anyone wishes to join us.

This update is issued on behalf of the Suffrage 125 - Franklin Committee

By Virginia Warren 20/8/18
Contact: [email protected] or 027 229 1367

Knitting instructions for Bollard cosy
Here is the pattern if you wish to knit bollard cosies/hats.

Using 4.00mm needles and any shade of purple wool and can have some green and white. Cast on 54 Stitches and K 2, P 2 for 8” (20cm). Next K2 together repeatedly until 5 stitches remain. Thread wool through the remaining stitches and sew up. Overall length is 8¾” (22.5cm) approx. No problem if it is longer. A pattern for the camellia flowers can be found on line.

Link: Click here to register