History Day

On the 18th July 2019 we had a GFS History Day . Between all the attendees there was over 100 years of GFS institutional memory. The GFS motto song was the first topic of discussion. As near as we could discover, the words of the song have been sung since 1945. The tune has changed over time. Traditional hymns such as Glorious Things of Ye Are Spoken, Praise My Soul and Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow have been used. The current tune has been used since the 1960’s. During this discussion, the contributions of Gaye McDonald were
noted. Several of those present told anecdotes of her musical talent and dedication to GFS.
Some attendees brought memorabilia with them. One such item was a copy of the 1974 album “We Gather Together”. Music has been an important component of GFS over the years.
Among other items of memorabilia was a 1970’s GFS Australia poster, with photographs taken at Sydney Town Hall. The consensus was that the girls pictured were from the Castle Hill branch.
Several attendees brought badges. We discussed the different levels of membership and leadership represented by the badges. As a general rule, the Leader and Associate badges were shield shaped and the Junior girl’s badges were round. There were some examples of star badges which represented different numbers of years of membership. We discussed that this system was introduced to GFS Sydney by Ev Beckenham. The filigree brooch was first awarded to Mrs Gough in 1960.
It was noted that much historical information about GFS Sydney is contained in Ev Beckenham’s book “A Faithful Journey”.
Another topic of discussion was the uniform. The white frocks and blue veils of the 1940,s were replaced after the war. The post war uniform was initially designed to emulate a military uniform. During this meeting we were able to put names to many of the photographs in the GFS historical records.
Several attendees recognised their younger selves, and members of subsequent generations of their families.
The History day was a resounding success, and more such days are planned in the near future.
At the end of the day we all visited a fairy garden in the backyard for some light hearted fun.