NZ China Friendship Society Hamilton 22 April 2015 General Meeting
Dear friends, some of you may have noticed the new ANZAC Commemoration
Statue on Victoria Street (outside Metropolis Restaurant) in Hamilton. ANZAC Day 25 April is the day when Australia and New Zealand honour their soldiers who have been killed overseas in war, particularly in the First and Second World Wars.
We are honoured, for our 22nd April meeting, to have Margaret Evans, investigative journalist, as our guest speaker on the life of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones, a famous heroic Hamilton artist, and the research, planning, and fundraising for his memorial statue. Sapper Moore-Jones survived the First World War and returned home to Hamilton, but later lost his life rescuing people from the disastrous fire in the old Hamilton Hotel. The new statue honouring Sapper Moore-Jones is facing the site of the old Hamilton Hotel.
Margaret Evans was Mayor of Hamilton 1989-1995 and was awarded the CBE in
1995. While mayor of Hamilton, Margaret strongly supported the Waikato Chinese Association and our branch of NZ China Friendship Society in promoting Chinese culture and language, and in further developing closer ties with our Chinese sister city Wuxi. Margaret is a Trustee of TOTI (Theatre of the Impossible Charitable Trust) who has largely been responsible for installation of the Sapper Moore-Jones Memorial Statue. Margaret will also speak on the research and fundraising undertaken by TOTI leading to the recent official unveiling of the Memorial Statue.
This is advance notice of our meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 April at The Lady Goodfellow Chapel, the University of Waikato, Gate 1, Knighton Road, so please note your diary accordingly.
Ian Howat and Helena Wang, joint secretary NZCFS Hamilton Branch. 14 April