I am not quite sure to handle mum's story from now on as she writes about so many different topics. I am not even sure how much interest it may hold for anyone. I will split it into smaller episodes and wait and see how it goes.
Excerpt from 'THE CLOCK OF TIME" by Gertrude Ruston (pp120-121)
"AUSTRALIA - INDIA - PAKISTAN ASSOCIATION
Mrs Rischbieth was Vice-President of this association and asked me, as a special favour, to become its Honorary Secretary, assuring me that the duties would be light but of great importance to the countries concerned.
"Rischie" worked so hard herself that it was almost impossible to refuse to help her when she made a particular appeal, so almost before I had agreed I could myself involved in this association, which had been formed to promote friendly relations as well as the fostering of trade and entertainment of visitors from India and Pakistan.
During March 1951 we had a visit from I.N.S. 'RAJPUT" and Mrs Rischbieth. in her usual generous manner. entertained officers and men at her beautiful home "Unalla" in Peppermint Grove. It was a glorious evening and young women from the Y.W.C.A., Girls' Friendly Society, Guild members and friends welcomed the guests and mingled with them in the gardens." (Indian sailors from the "Rajput", 1st March, 1951.)
"Mrs Rischbieth's grand piano was drawn up to the open window and there was an outstanding musical programme arranged by Edgar Nottage, as well as plentiful supply of refreshments specially selected to cater for Australian taste and that of our visitors.
It was my responsibility to arrange for a suitable illuminated address to be prepared for presentation to the ship, and this was beautifully carried out for us, without cost, by the Art Department of Boans Limited. It was presented at an 'AT HOME' on board "RAJPUT" on Friday, 2nd March, 1951 to which I was invited."
I feel it is better if I do keep these episodes short and just cover one subject at a time when it is relevant to do so.