Radio Digest. 1952-10-26, No. 181, Part 1 ; Radio Digest. 1952-10-26, No. 181, Part 2.
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Tk 01: Episode 181, Part 1. Announcer introduces programme items; A rugby team from the New Zealand Navy ship 'Bellona' versus Blackheath in England, Yvette Williams returns home from the Olympic Games, an interview with Nurse Molly McKenzie and return of the Frigate Taupo to Auckland.
Announcer Keith McIntyre introduces a BBC item about the team from the Bellona who played a rugby match against Blackheath in England which was drawn eight points each. (Introduction only - the BBC item is not on this recording.)
The announcer introduces a recording of a commentary by Norman Griffiths of the official reception in Dunedin for the Olympic gold medallist, Yvette Williams, on her return from the 1952 Games in Helsinki. A brass band marches in front of an open tourer car carrying Yvette Williams together with her mother and father to the Dunedin Concert Chamber. At the official welcome the Mayor of Dunedin, Leonard Wright congratulates Yvette. This recording contains an excerpt from his speech and Yvette's reply.
The announcer introduces the next item of the programme about the Wellington Hospital Board recruiting nursing staff. As part of the campaign Nurse Molly McKenzie, winner of the Francis Keith Memorial medal for the most outstanding nurse, was asked to describe her work.
Episode 181, Part 2. Back announcement of a talk by Nurse Molly McKenzie.
The HMNZS Taupo arrived back in Auckland after service in Korean waters. The ship had been away for fourteen months, the longest tour any New Zealand Frigate had undertaken during the Korean war. Patrick Smyth, from radio station 1YA, describes the scene as the Taupo's company awaits the arrival of Commodore S. A. Ballance DSO RN, Chief of Naval Staff who is to address the ship's company. Friends and relatives were not allowed on board for an hour later. After the Commodore had spoken "off air" to the men he recorded a message of appreciation of the ship's service. He said the ship had created a "bit of a record" in the 58,000 miles they had steered, in fourteen months. The highlight of their tour was in February of 1952 when they had engaged in a battle with a sampan.
Following the Commodore's talk Patrick Smyth interviewed three of the crew, Petty Officer Denney [?], Leading Stoker Mechanic Page and Signalman Gurney.
Reference number 23387
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Radio news programs
Nonfiction radio programs
McKenzie, Molly, Interviewee
Williams, Yvette, 1929-, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Wright, Leonard Morton, Speaker/Kaikōrero
New Zealand Broadcasting Service (estab. 1946, closed 1962), Broadcaster
Date 26 Oct 1952