Opening of the Dame Mary Gilmore Gates

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Opening of the Dame Mary Gilmore Gates


30 October 1956


Wagga Wagga Teachers' College


Mrs Dorothy Catts officially opening the Dame Mary Gilmore Gates on Tuesday, 30 October 1956.

The gates were designed for the Wagga Wagga Teachers' College by Lionel Gaylor and were donated to the College by the students of the 1956-1957 Session.

Mrs Catts was a vice-president of the Society of Women Writers and an Austrailian writer. She had been chosen by Dame Mary to represent her at the opening.

Mrs Catts unveiled the plaque at the gates, which had been draped with an Australian flag. She then cut the ribbon stretched across the gates, keeping pieces of the ribbon and cutting a rose from a bush next to the gates for Dame Mary.

The Inscription on the plaque read: "These gates are a memorial to Mary Gilmore, D.B.E., Pupil (1875) - pupil-teacher, and then assistant in the old Gurwood Street School of Wagga Wagga. Session 1956/57 gift".


Wagga Wagga Teachers' College



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Wagga Wagga Teachers' College, “Opening of the Dame Mary Gilmore Gates,” Charles Sturt University Regional Archives Digital Gallery, accessed July 20, 2024,