Kiama turns out to welcome Sir Eric

WELCOME: Shoalhaven residents welcomed Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward in 1960, with many locals lining the streets.

WELCOME: Shoalhaven residents welcomed Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward in 1960, with many locals lining the streets.

The Shoalhaven Historical Society has recently received photos from a local resident, snapped in 1960 during the State Governors visit.

The State Governor, Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward created much excitement during their first electorate visit to the South Coast. 

The pair toured 33 schools and pleased students when he gave them all a holiday on February 29.

STIR: Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the State Governor, Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward in 1960.

STIR: Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the State Governor, Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward in 1960.

They were accompanied by Captain Hudson and Mr J.G Beale when they visited Gerringong. 

The mayor of Kiama, Mayor Chittick welcomed them at the Gerringong Town Hall. 

After moving on the Berry, school children formed lines outside the hall, where they were joined by students from Jaspers Brush, Far Meadow and Shoalhaven Heads schools. 

In Nowra, they visited the Graham Park A.I. Stock Breeding Ground, the Shoalhaven Paper Mill, the Shoalhaven District Hospital, where nurses formed a guard of honour, and several schools. 

They attended a dinner at the Nowra School of Arts and later met the residents of Kangaroo Valley.

EXCITEMENT: Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward visit.

EXCITEMENT: Sir Eric Woodward and Lady Woodward visit.

Sir Eric expressed admiration for the scenery and said he wondered if the people realised what a wonderful district they lived in. 

After visiting more Nowra schools and the Huskisson region, the pair travelled to Milton-Ulladulla and Lake Conjola. Local residents had decorated the streets with flags and bunting, and stretching across the street a sign read ‘Welcome to Milton Ulladulla’. 

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