Australian Inland Mission
Miss Winsome Howard has been appointed Senior Office Assistant at A.I.M. Headquarters, in place of Miss Brodie, who resigned on account of ill-health.
For seven years Miss Howard was in charge of the maintenance section of the Crown Street Women's Hospital, only leaving there to take up the important position of Director of the Y.W.C.A. Central Residence in Sydney. In August, 1944, she resigned to join the War Service Section of the Y.W.C.A. of Great Britain and take up work in the Middle East.
After serving in India, Egypt and Palestine she returned to Australia and was appointed Acting-General Secretary of the Y.W.C.A. in Perth.
Miss Howard comes to us with excellent references and we wish for her a long and happy period in service in the Mission.
In the plans for the proposed removal of the Hall's Creek township to the Nine Mile, the A.I.M. Nursing Home will command an excellent site. Recently, the Premier of W.A., the Hon. Ross McLarty, visited Hall's Creek and Sister Marjorie McKean, writing of this event, says that the official party carried out an inspection of the proposed new site for the township and then returned to Hall's Creek, accompanied by the members of the Roads Board. Over twenty officials were entertained at a buffet luncheon at the A.I.M. Hospital. The ladies of the town rallied to the help of the Sisters on this occasion, as well as other good friends who sent gifts to supplement the larder! As a result of the public meeting, held later in the day, a decision was made to move the present township to the Nine Mile. Residents will then be near the aerodrome, have an adequate water supply, and other advantages, 'and eventually a fine township will be established there.
Sister Helen Ferguson has been adding to her many accomplishments during a recent visit to Noonkanbah, where she was able to spend some "off-duty" days. Shearing was in full swing. Sister says: "I even tried my hand at shearing, but I think the poor sheep was even more relieved than I was when the last bit of wool was off!"
Another working-bee was held on the tennis court at the hospital when eight loads of ant bed were brought in.
Sister reports a red letter day for Fitzroy Crossing—"Last week we had a dentist, optician and hairdresser— quite an occasion for the Crossing! They came from Perth, up the coast by 'plane, and are returning via Marble Bar, calling at all towns and numerous stations. We had the dentist here to stay. He had a busy time with several bad teeth and people fainting!"
The Sisters are looking forward to the visit of Rev. K. C. W. Beckett during his Kimberley Patrol in July.
At the A.I.M. Rolland Home, Sisters Balsillie and Walters were glad to have a visit from the Convener, Rev. J. Gray Robertson, and Mrs. Robert-son, during their tour of the centre.
The Sisters report a busy month with both in-patients and out-patients. Even so, they were able to put in a lot of work in the garden in an endeavour to keep up the supply of fresh, vegetables and flowers. Sister Walters remarking: "I remember how the sight of a few flowers impressed me when I first arrived."
Owing to ill-health, Sister Brown, of Dunbar Nursing Home, will be returning to Sydney and Sister Margaret B. Fuelling had been appointed to the vacancy for the short period remaining. of the two year term.
Sister Fuelling has recently arrived from the United Kingdom and we feel sure this appointment will prove to be a worth-while and interesting experience to her. Sister's interest in the A.I.M. dates back to her schooldays.
Vacancies still exist at Birdsville, Innamincka and Dunbar, either for immediate or early appointment.
The Sisters at the various Centres carry on their work in the true tradition of the A.I.M. and meet the need of the hour in their usual practical and versatile manner.