Pembroke News (May 2018 Issue)
Record keeping is vital in our Archives. Documentation is an important aspect of our records, which provide the stories behind many of our past students and the paths they take after leaving School. Recently we uncovered records for two past students of Girton and King’s.
In January Girton old scholar Mary Hodgetts who was at School from 1926 until 1935 passed away. Mary’s achievements have been documented from her School years, as well as in a letter dated March 1985, written by her uncle, outlining in detail her war service career.
King’s old scholar Meredith Rhys ‘Bulla’ Williams was at King’s from 1938 until 1940. Bulla was well recognised for his service to Cricket. In 1986 the players presented Bulla with a framed dedication for his outstanding and distinguished service on the field for King’s Old Collegians' Cricket Club and Pembroke Old Scholars' Cricket Club over the previous four decades. RSL records documented his war service in the Australian Army, enlisting in April 1943 until his discharge in August 1946 when he was posted at 2/27 Australian Infantry Battalion.
I encourage family members to keep our Archives up to date with any information of our old scholars of King’s, Girton and Pembroke.
Remember - Archives Matter!
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Mary Edith Gordon Hodgetts (26-35) was born in 1918 and attended Girton for 10 years. She was a bright scholar and active sportswoman, excelling in Tennis and Basketball, as well as undertaking other responsible roles within the School including Prefect in her final year. She was President of the Science and Arts Club, Debating Society and Girton Club, and Captain of the School, as well as being a member of the Dramatic Society and the Relief Fund and Editor of the Girton magazine. In 1933 she topped the State in Leaving Physiology. In 1935 Mary won the prestigious Loveday Bonython Prize (pictured above), which was awarded in memory of Nancy Loveday Bonython at the end of the year to one girl chosen for her character and behaviour in striving to attain the ideal of unselfish service for others without any prospect of a reward.
In 1941 Mary enlisted and began her war service as a lieutenant in the first Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) camp, later volunteering for anti-aircraft duty and becoming the first in the AWAS to receive a commission in the RAA (Royal Australian Artillery). She served in NSW and WA and, after Searchlights was disbanded in 1945, was Barracks Officer at Broadmeadows in Victoria until her discharge. Mary passed away peacefully in Melbourne on 21 January in her 100th year.