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Children's activities restart for 2015  - 26 Jan 2015

Selwyn Libraries has some great activities for the younger members of the District, and these are all set to start up for 2015 from next week (beginning 2 February 2015).

  • Toddler Time is a fun interactive session of stories, activities and songs suitable for 2-5 year olds.
  • Babytime is a fun interactive session of stories, songs, rhymes and bubbles suitable for children 3-18 months old.

Check out session times for your local library. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Remembering Corporal Ernest Hawke 6/57  - 23 Jan 2015

Ernest was a true ANZAC being born in Pioneer, Tasmania on 6 May 1882. He was 5 foot 10 inches tall with a fair complexion and blue eyes. At the time of enlistment he was a school teacher working for the Canterbury Education Board as School Master at Ellesmere School. He was also a keen cricketer, playing for Springston.

Ernest enlisted on 14 August 1914 and was assigned to the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He already had military experience as he had served 10 years with the Territorial Militia so was made a Lance Corporal.

He embarked with the Main Body and left from Lyttelton on 16 October 1914. Corporal Hawke was reported as missing in action and then as having been killed in action on 1 or 2 May; he would have been just about to celebrate his 33rd birthday.

He is buried in the Walker's Ridge Cemetery. In New Zealand Ernest is remembered on the Springston War Memorial. For more information about Ernest, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on the Selwyn Kete.

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Remembering Private George Leeming 12-1533  - 15 Jan 2015

George was born on 10 September 1888 at Whitecliffs. He was 5 foot 9 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. When war broke out George was working in the Masterton district as a station hand. He enlisted at Trentham on 6 December 1914 and was assisgned to the Auckland Infantry 16th Coy.

He was amongst those who landed at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and this was the last day he was seen. Sadly, the troops were put ashore a mile north of their intended landing and there was considerable confusion. Although the landing and beachhead were achieved, over two thousand soldiers were wounded or killed that day. This is the action we remember on ANZAC Day.

George was initially declared missing and  later, after a Board of Inquiry on 16 January 1916, he was recorded as killed in action on 25 April 1915. In New Zealand George is remembered on both the Malvern County and South Malvern Memorials.

For more information about George, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on the Selwyn Kete.

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New eBooks added - Selwyn Wheelers ePlatform  - 12 Jan 2015

To all our keen eReaders - Welcome to 2015!

Just added to the Selwyn Wheelers ePlatform are some great new titles to augment your summer reading..

eBooks are a convenient and easy way to access reading material; you never need be without a book again.

Selwyn Libraries also offers free access to eAudiobooks and a fantastic range of popular eMagazines. Our eCollections webpage has all the information you should need, or ask a library staff member to show you - we are here to help!

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Remembering Private William Garforth 6/1077  - 09 Jan 2015

William was a new settler in New Zealand; he was born 15 October 1886 in Yorkshire. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a farm labourer in Southbridge.

William enlisted at Christchurch on 8 September 1914 and embarked for Egypt with the Main Body in October. He was amongst those who landed at ANZAC Cove on 25 April and was killed in action sometime between then and 1 May 1915.

As his body was never recovered, his name is engraved on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli. In New Zealand William is remembered on the Southbridge Riding plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial.

For more information about William, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on the Selwyn Kete.

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