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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – August 2013




 DATE: Sunday 25 August 2013

TIME: 12:30 P.M.


Our Guest Speaker this month is Barbara Francis. Her topic is entitled “Don’t Travel in China at the Full Moon: Correspondence of Agnes Moncrieff(NZ) from China 1930-1945”

 Agnes Moncrieff was a friend of Barbara’s, she was some 40 years older. Barbara was so amazed at the life her friend had led, decided to learn more about this amazing woman after her death. She learned of the collection of Agnes’s letters held in the Alexander Turnbull Library so decided to thoroughly research her friends experiences in China which coincided with the Japanese invasion. Agnes’s work in China which involved a lot of traveling within that country. Her letters not only described her life during this difficult time in China but also observations of the current situation along with the work Agnes was doing for the YWCA of China. Like Rewi Alley, Agnes was held in high regard by the Chines people.

 Barbara will be travelling from Wellington to share this amazing story, a presentation not to be missed. Both Hamilton and Tauranga Branches have been invited as well as the Rotorua Historical Society therefore our meeting will be in Studio One near the front entrance. We will still have our shared lunch to start the afternoon off followed by Barbara’s powerpoint presentation. If you come by the city bus I am sure that other members will be happy to see that you get home safely so you don’t miss any of this presentation.


In September we will support activities arranged by the Newcomers Network celebrating the Moon Festival. Details will be sent out in next months newsletter. We are hoping that in October some of the Rotorua Intermediate Chinese language students will come and tell us about their visit to China.


 Bob Okell has been selected to represent Rotorua on this years Prominent Persons and Leaders Tour. We wish him a safe and enjoyable tour at the end of September.

 Norma Mallard, our treasurer, has had to make a sudden trip back to England due to her sister’s serious illness. Our thoughts are with her at this difficult time.


 Don’t forget about the October Tour, Diverse China. I am sure there is still time to book your place for this interesting tour. Either check out the China Friendship Society website for more details or contact Dave Bromwich <[email protected]> or Ph. (06) 877-9930.