It would seem, on reflection, that mum omitted to include one very important event in her book. As the family and all her friends and acquaintances felt it was a well deserved honour I felt I should mention it here.
On 13th June, 1970 by Royal Order Mrs Gertrude Winifred Ruston was awarded membership of the Order of the British Empire. In other words mum was awarded the M.B.E. in recognition of her services to the community.
This was the invitation mum received from Government House in Perth to attend and receive her M.B.E. Medal. As you will see she was allowed to have three people accompany her and Phil, Karen and I were so proud to be present to see this wonderful lady receive her award. If I remember correctly, morning tea was served immediately after the presentations had all been made.
I have the large certificate sent from England and it is framed and hangs in our hall. I also have the medal and the miniature. They are kept safely along with the OBE medal and miniature that were awarded to PR (mum's dad).
I always feel so proud that people in the family did so much good and their services were duly recognised. Mum, dad, mum's sister Amy, mum's nephew Edward all received the MBE while grandfather (PR) received the OBE.
P.S. Even Government House secretaries can get it wrong sometimes as it was actually Hertha Place where mum lived and not Hertha Way.