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Women’s Day a bold success

Thursday, 9th March, 2017

(From left) Pam Clarke, Ruth Tonkin and Kathy Skiadas waiting for breakfast at the International Women’s Day event at the Astra yesterday. (From left) Pam Clarke, Ruth Tonkin and Kathy Skiadas waiting for breakfast at the International Women’s Day event at the Astra yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

“Let’s make International Women’s Day every day.” These were the parting words of Eleanor Blows at a breakfast to celebrate women and their achievements yesterday.

The International Women’s Day breakfast was held at the Astra for over 60 people and, as one of the organisers Eleanor was overwhelmed with the response.

“It has been a brilliant day,” she said. “The room is overflowing with ladies. It is important to support days like these.”

The Broken Hill Domestic Violence Committee hosted the breakfast with guest speakers Annette Turner from a station near White Cliffs, and Pasty Price from the Silverton Hotel - and local singer Abbey Johns blowing everyone away with two performances.

The theme of International Women’s Day was ‘Be Bold For Change’.

“The guest speakers were amazing and Abbey was absolutely beautiful,” Eleanor said.

“The Astra was very accommodating and it was absolutely wonderful.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported us and hope they’ve had a great day and enjoyed themselves.”

Patsy spoke about growing up in camps and on properties while her mother and father worked.

She said there was always a connection with Silverton and it was part of the reason that she and husband Peter bought the church and Silverton Hotel.

Patsy spoke about how she worked alongside Peter as well as in the aged care industry and raised a family.

Annette spoke about working and living on a property as well as her involvement with the Country Women’s Association.

She also told of the time when she worked at Palm Island as a kitchen assistant in a camp.

“They were 15-hour days and the cook made it very hard on me.

“There were times he wouldn’t let me through the door. So I told him where he could put his dishes and it wasn’t in the dishwasher.

“I told him ‘I quit’ and the men on camp wanted to keep me on. Luckily my dad had taught me how to weld, so I became a welder’s trade assistant.

“My wage was different to the other TA and I had to negotiate a wage.

“It was a really dangerous job.” 

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