Mary’s legacy lives on with scholarship

February 15, 2018

Matthew Whelan and Kyden Wellman were the 2017 recipients of the Mary Abbott Memorial Trust Scholarship.

Matthew Whelan from St Columba’s and Kyden Wellman from Berrigan Public School were awarded the Mary Abbott Memorial Trust Scholarship at their school presentations last last year.

This is an amazing award to receive.

The history of how this award was set up was through Mary’s parents, who were instrumental in establishing the Guides movement in Berrigan. Her father Len was a solicitor, located in the Belmont Building.

In 1958 Guides and Brownies was formed in Berrigan.

In 1964, Mr and Mrs Abbott donated the land and a building in memory of their daughter Mary who had died as a result of an accident.

This donation was to be held in perpetuity for the female youth of Berrigan — meaning that this gift should be everlasting.

The property was in Williams St.

Over many years the Brownies and Guides — led by some excellent leaders — enjoyed after school activities of this organisation, gaining many lifelong skills and friendships.

A new hall was built and opened in 1980.

In 2010 due to lack of numbers, Guides ceased in Berrigan. The property was eventually sold.

Normally the sale proceeds would be retained by the NSW Guides Association, however following much agitation and negotiation, Berrigan was in 2013 able to receive a large amount of the sale proceeds to be held in Trust by the Berrigan District Development Association Incorporated (BDDA).

The Heritage Museum Committee was also a recipient of a portion of these proceeds.

The BDDA set up a sub-committee to manage a scholarship, to annually assist one student from each of the primary schools with their entry to Finley High School.

The scholarship was originally $500, but was raised to $600 in 2017. It’s intended use is to purchase books or uniforms, or to subsidise school excursions for a student entering FHS.

Part of the criteria for the award is the student must demonstrate the principles of resilience, persistence, confidence, organisation and co-operation.

Each year Marion Dickins presents the award to the two students who attend Finley High School.

Matthew and Kyden are very appreciative of this award and thank the committees for this opportunity and look forward to upholding the principles of this award.


The BDDA and the Riverina Murray Business Enterprise Centre will be holding a corporate governance seminar on Tuesday, February 13 at the Berrigan Shire chambers from 7pm.

Corporate governance is a broad-ranging term which, among other things, encompasses the rules, relationships, policies, systems and processes whereby authority within organisations is exercised and maintained.

Cost is $12.50, which has been subsidised by the BDDA.

There are limited places so please RSVP to Cristina on 0429571988 or [email protected]


St Aidan’s Anglican Church Pancake Evening will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 6.30pm, at the St Aidan’s Church hall grounds.

There will be two courses of pancakes – savoury and sweet — and drinks are included in the cost.

Cost is $15 per person and $6 for children under 12 years.

A raffle will also be held on the night.

Everyone is welcome so please come along and have a most enjoyable evening with family and friends.


Happy 21st to Kristen Holmes who celebrated her special night with family and friends in Rutherglen.

The theme for the night was Harry Potter and some amazing costumes were worn. Kristen is at university in Albury, and we wish her well for her future endeavours.


The Uniting Church is inviting the public to come and enjoy pancakes next Sunday, at 11am in the Cox Hall.

For $7 you get a freshly cooked pancake with maple syrup and ice cream, and free tea or coffee.

Cooking will begin immediately after the service there at 10am.


The Berrigan Shire Library will be showing the film ‘We Of The Never Never’, starring Arthur Dignam and Angela Punch McGregor, on Tuesday, February 13.

The film is adapted from the well known classic book of the same title.

All welcome and a perfect way to spend an afternoon in the hot weather.


Another event being hosted by the Berrigan Shire Library Service is for the annual International Women’s Day, to be held Thursday, March 8.

Karen Turner, an author of historical dramas, will be the guest speaker.

Lunch will be provided.

Bookings are essential and are to be made at the library with Anne or Jenny.


The Riverina Sports Club’s Superdraw has jackpotted to nearly $15,000.

You must be a social member of the Berrigan Community Club and be present at the club on the night.

There are 14 clubs in the draw, which takes place in Yanco. The club name is drawn first then a member number from the club drawn.

There has been a great of support for this night, so come along and support your local club.


This Saturday, Sid and Hetal Patel will be celebrating their second anniversary in Berrigan running the Federal Hotel.

They are very appreciative of the the support they have received by the community and would like to thank everyone on Saturday night with lots of specials.

Come along to say hello to Sid and Hetal and join them in celebrating their second year.

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