ATMORE, DOROTHY ANN nee CORRIGAN (MBE)
Ann Corrigan was born in Hawera on
Dorrie as she was known, attended
In 1912 the family went to the United Kingdom, and Dorrie spent the greater part of 1914, until almost the outbreak of World War One in Geneva, Switzerland at the Classes Des Etrangeres, (a finishing school) learning French.
Upon her return, she became secretary of the Hawera Women's National Reserve from 1915 to 1919, raising money for the war effort, organising clothes and food parcels. During the flu epidemic of 1918, Dorrie and members of the Women's National Reserve assisted with the "inhalation chamber" that the government had sent for the people of Hawera. In 1919, Dorrie and a Mrs Page went to the borough council on behalf of the Women's National Reserve and the Returned Services Association with a request that the council set aside a portion of the Hawera cemetery for soldiers' graves.
After the war she worked as a director of "Chautaugua", a lecturing and musical company, and
On her return to Hawera in 1929 she served on the Board of Managers of St John's Presbyterian Church, and also edited a weekly children's page in the Hawera Star under the name of "Smile Queen". She worked with the Crutch and Kindness League (forerunner of the Save the Children Fund, of which in later years she was patron of the Nelson branch). She was a life member of the Egmont Sheep Dog Trials Club, and for many years organised the catering for trial days with Ella Pennington.
A foundation member of the Hawera
Women's Club, and later president, she was at the time of her death, patron and
life member of the club. In 1936 she
married Mr Harry Atmore, MP for Nelson, the last of
the independent members of parliament in
In late 1946, Dorrie was
one of three women chosen to visit the
Dorrie returned to Hawera to look after her mother until Annie's death in 1957. During that time she served on the then Hawera Hospital Board from 1951 to 1957, and she was largely instrumental in getting a women's wing built at Ngahuru Home, then under the hospital board control. Until that time, Ngahuru was only for men.
She was field officer for the Crippled Children
Society in Hawera, welfare officer for Heritage and
editor of the
Dorrie returned to Nelson
where she was president of the Nelson branch of the Pan-Pacific and
A foundation member of the Hawera branch of the League of Mothers, Dorrie was a past Taranaki provincial president, and in March 1976, addressed a provincial league meeting in New Plymouth.
As a long standing member of the Presbyterian Church in Hawera, she and Mr L A Taylor jointly laid the foundation stone of the church's youth centre in 1972, and she was one of the four asked to plant memorial trees at its opening in April 1974.
Dorothy Ann Atmore died on
Obituary "Hawera Star"
Ross & Claire Corrigan, Hawera (nephew)
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