Flashback to 1971: It was all about dahlias and dogs

Excerpts from Port Macquarie News - Monday 22 February 1971 courtesy of Port Macquarie Museum

Pretty petals :Popular florist Mrs S Hewens judging entries at the Dahlia Show, 1971.

Pretty petals :Popular florist Mrs S Hewens judging entries at the Dahlia Show, 1971.

Dahlia Show

In spite of the very inclement weather of last week, the Annual Presbyterian Dahlia Show was a very successful function and the church funds will benefit substantially.

The show was opened by Mrs Welch, wife of the Rector of St Thomas' Anglican Church, Port Macquarie, who congratulated the members of the Presbyterian Women's Association, organisers of the function, and especially Dr McLaren who was responsible for gathering and displaying the beautiful array of exhibition blooms.

In the Decorative Section many interesting arrangements were shown and the judge, Mrs Hewens, had difficulty deciding the winners.

Behave: Dogs and their owners attending the town's first dog obedience lesson, 1971.

Behave: Dogs and their owners attending the town's first dog obedience lesson, 1971.

Dog Obedience School

Mrs Barbara Grollmus started a dog obedience school last Sunday in the park above Oxley Oval in Port Macquarie.

Mrs Grollmus said last week the main idea of the school is to train the dogs to be good companions, not to do tricks. She said dogs had to be over six months old but can be up to any age.

Mrs Grollmus hopes to start an All-Breeds Kennel Club for registered dogs in the town, so that an annual show can be arranged in the near future.

Special day: Newlyweds, Mr and Mrs Neil Buttsworth, outside St Thomas' Anglican Church after their wedding ceremony, 1971.

Special day: Newlyweds, Mr and Mrs Neil Buttsworth, outside St Thomas' Anglican Church after their wedding ceremony, 1971.

Gold Coast honeymoon

Mr and Mrs Neil Buttsworth were married in St Thomas' Church of England, Port Macquarie, on Saturday, February 18.

The bride, formerly Suzanne Munday, is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Chris Munday. The groom is the son of Mr and Mrs Keith Buttsworth.

The bride was attended by Dianne Buttsworth and Cheryl McKinnon. The best man was Brian Munday, and groomsman was Phillip Morton.

The reception was held at the Surf Club Pavilion. Following a honeymoon on the Gold Coast the couple will make their home on the North Shore.

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