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Topsy Rule receives Heritage Award

20 October 2008

Topsy Rule received the 2008 Heritage Ambassador Award when the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Helen Clark opened Christchurch’s Beca Heritage Week on Friday.


Mrs Rule, a founding member of the Sumner-Redcliffs Historical Society and Museum, was cited for her unceasing enthusiasm and passion for heritage. She received her award from Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker.


Both Mrs Rule and her late husband Stan have received the Queens Service Medal for services to the community, “a rare achievement for one family,” says Bob Blyth, of Beca, the major sponsor of Heritage Week. She has also been involved in projects that have seen her accept approximately eight awards from the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board for her involvement and promotion of heritage, says Mr Blyth.


Opening the Beca Heritage Week at the CoCA Gallery, the Prime Minister announced a series of public events on November 11 to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice (which ended WWI).


In another announcement, the Prime Minister said the historic Queen Mary Hospital at Hanmer will be transferred from the Canterbury District Health Board to the Department of Conservation “to better allow for its preservation”. Queen Mary Hospital was once a military hospital for returning soldier.


The Prime Minister has praised Christchurch’s initiative to celebrate the heritage of the city with its Beca Heritage Week.


Beca Heritage Week is celebrating the post-war decades in Christchurch with the theme: Retrospective: Christchurch Life, Architecture and Design 1940s-1970s

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