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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 18th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 19, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Honours for an 'old girl' SHIREEN KHALIL Former Meriden student Bettina Gowing opens the archive centre at the school with students Charlotte Green and Rebecca Niumeitolu. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP242857 Do you know someone with longer ties to a school? www.innerwestweekly.com.au Back then, it was a box pleat, navy blue uniform' ' BETTINA GOWING AFTER 92 years, Bettina Gowing is still in touch with her former school -- Meriden. Mrs Gowing, who has supported the school in many ways, will forever be remembered. The 97-year-old former student officially opened the Bettina Gow- ing Museum and Archives on Monday. Principal Julie Greenhalgh was delighted the museum was named after Mrs Gowing. ''It is unlikely we will ever find someone who has 92 years of association with the school,'' Mrs Greenhalgh said. ''She has been a great supporter, financially, physically and emotionally, and regularly at- tends the school functions and events.'' Mrs Gowing, who started at Meriden when she was five years old, said she was honoured to have the museum named after her. ''I feel very honoured and privi- leged and I think it's a lot of fun,'' Mrs Gowing said. After she graduated school in 1929, she returned and worked in an administration role. ''I was the first secretary to the principal the school ever had,'' she said. While the school has developed greatly over the years, from 170 students to 800, Mrs Gowing said she didn't recognise it. ''The school is very different now, it has a lot more buildings and there was a never swimming pool, we only had a tennis court, so it has developed a lot,'' Mrs Gow- ing said. Mrs Gowing fondly remembered the school uniforms. ''Back then we never had a summer uniform or blouses or skirts, it was a box pleat, navy blue uniform.'' Dr Greenhalgh said it was im- portant for the girls to remember and appreciate the school's his- tory. The school's new museum and archives contains a rich history of the school and the area dating back to the school's foundation in 1897. Photographs and memorabilia, including the school's first uni- forms, are displayed in cabinets in classrooms. A glimmer of hope for light rail THE campaign to extend the light rail system to Summer Hill and beyond inched along this week as State Transport Minister David Campbell said he had reserved the existing freight rail corridor. Mr Campbell told ABC Radio on Tuesday that he had quarantined the existing Lilyfield-to-Dulwich Hill rail corridor from the Com- monwealth, for its possible future inclusion in the light rail system. However he said he did not have the time to consider the light rail proposal at the moment. He said the government had to weigh up long-term infrastructure projects such as the CBD metro over ''short-term quick fixes''. ''What I find absolutely in- triguing is that we get all sorts of people saying governments cer- tainly need to look after customer service now but look at the me- dium and long-term future, and then when (the) government gets on with doing that we get people saying 'let's just build something quick and cheap','' he said. The qualified backing for light rail comes just weeks after E.G. Funds Management, which owns the Allied flour mill site at Summer Hill, said it was ''actively supporting'' the conversion of the now disused freight rail track into light rail. The mill ceased production in December and packed up oper- ations earlier this month. EG Funds Management is formulating a plan for the site. STRATHFIELD COUNCIL HERITAGE AWARDS 2009 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Strathfield Council is calling for nominations for the 2009 Strathfield Heritage Conservation Awards. Non-heritage listed properties are eligible to enter and works must be completed in 2008. The five award categories are restoration and renovation of existing buildings, landscaping restoration, colour schemes, new building heritage theme and heritage projects and plans. Nominations close Friday 13 March and are open to all property owners within the Strathfield Local Government Area. For further information contact Roger Brook of Council on 9748 9999 or visit Council's website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2027345i iww wk34 council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) email@example.com w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Specialist in: Breast Implants/lift Rhinoplasty/Nose Reshaping www.mynose.com.au Liposuction/Tummy Tuck Face & Necklift "S" facelift/stitch lift Other services Male breast reduction Bat ears Eye lid surgery/Eye bags/Oriental eyes Lip enhancement/ Permanent Lip lift Skin Fillers/Antiwrinkle injections Specialist Cosmetic Surgeon Pre Operative Computer Imaging 2046447m_iww34 Call Ilda 9635 6222 or 1300 Cosmetic 6/2 Hunter Street, Parramatta Call Zarema 9633 3908 Ashfield Boys High School has built its reputation on progressive learning practice and ethical discipline and welfare programs. It offers quality education with a broad contemporary curriculum and social development through diverse extra-curricular activities. Over the past several years, Ashfield Boys has consistently been listed in the top 150 HSC schools in the State. It is one of the top 22 Boys schools in the State (government and private). ASHFIELD BOYS HIGH SCHOOL 117 Liverpool Road, Ashfield Phone: 9798-6620 | Fax: 9716-8004 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRINCIPAL: Mrs Daisy Kokkalis Ashfield Boys High School OPEN NIGHT Invitation to parents and students of Year 7 2010 DATE: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2009 TIME: 6.30pm -- 8pm VENUE: School Hall Ashfield Boys High School -- 'We have time for you and your child' 2091132i iww wk34
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