Through the years...

History - 1970

Written on June 4, 2012

On the occasion of the 1970 Annual General Meeting the Federation held a formal dinner to mark its tenth anniversary. Organised by Mostyn Duddridge with meticulous attention to detail, this was an outstanding function.

Earlier in the day the meeting had adopted the Executive's recommendation that the Executive be five in number (including the Vice Presidents) drawn from each of the five geographical zones.

One result which was immediately to prove valuable was that the Federation once more acquired an Auckland representative in Ralph Moore - the first since Laird Thomson's final retirement three years earlier. The new standing committee was working well and its members met eight times during the year.

The programme competition sponsored by Sovereign Woodworkers Limited entered its second year while the Executive, fortified by a second annual grant of $4,000 from the Arts Council, launched a producer subsidy scheme to assist societies, especially in the country areas, to raise their standards of production.

The major special project in the year was, however, the Federation's contest for a New Zealand musical. When the contest closed in September there were 20 entries. The Federation and the contestants were fortunate in the calibre of the three judges - Molly Donald, Oswald Cheesman and Roy Melford - and in the great enthusiasm and diligence which the judges applied themselves to an exacting and difficult task. The eventual verdict was that no entry met the conditions of the contest (which called for a work suitable for a full scale presentation by an amateur operatic group in New Zealand) but nevertheless much was achieved and there did emerge some exciting possibilities for the future of our musical theatre.

Executive - 1970

President Jack McSkimming (Palmerston North)
Vice Presidents Jim McKenzie (Hamilton) - North Island); Murray Marshall (Christchurch- South Island)
Executive Les Goatham (Dunedin); Austin Brasell (Wanganui); Ralph Moore (Auckland)
Hon Secretary Ella Duddridge
Hon Treasurer Frank Terry
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