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Women's touch

Tuesday, 9th March, 2010

* One of the Syndicate of Seven dolled up to mark International Women's Day yesterday. * One of the Syndicate of Seven dolled up to mark International Women's Day yesterday.

International Women's Day was celebrated in part yesterday by turning the "Syndicate of Seven" into certain Broken Hill women who have contributed to the city.

City councillors Christine Adams and Marion Browne rose early to transform and to decorate the men's statues in front of the Council Chambers in the colours of the day; white, violet and green. The city is known for having produced some very famous women such as Irene Drummond, Vivian Bullwinkel and June Bronhill.

This year the women who were honoured included Francis Egan, Dr Franziska Schlink, Matron Gladys Vance, Tess Alfonsi, Rosetta Flynn (OAM), Emily Tonna (OAM) and Nydia Edes. Celebrations yesterday included a breakfast at the Barrier Social Democratic Club.

The MC for the day, Council's Communication Manager, Anne Bransdon, invited Mayor Wincen Cuy to voice his thoughts on the significance of the day. The Guest Speaker was Andrea Roberts, Council's Manager of Community Development, and Marvis Sofield, Manager of the Charles Rasp Library, introduced local poets Kevin (Snake) Lovis, Franki Mills and Barbara De Francesch (OAM) who entertained the audience in their unique way.

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