A wall of contribution

Circular Head Hall of Fame committee member Gerald Kay congratulated Annette Baldwin for her contribution to nursing at the ceremony on Sunday, at which there were four inductees. For more photos go to page 13. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Honour. The Circular Head Hall of Fame is growing as more local identities and groups were inducted at a ceremony on Sunday.

A small crowd gathered at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre to honour the four new inductees: Annette Baldwin, Wendy Beattie, the late Neil Wells and the Soroptimist International of Circular Head. Plaques for each were added to the building’s Wall of Fame and unveiled on the afternoon.

The first inductee was Annette, whose commitment and excellence to nursing was made apparent when her list of achievements was read aloud.

In her younger years Annette gained her General Nursing Certificate and continued with her study to achieve her Midwifery Certificate at the Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, Launceston, not only topping her class but also coming first in the state examinations and receiving the ‘Florence Nightingale Award’ for Tasmania in 1966.

Annette continued to study by distance education, completing an Associate Diploma in Nursing Studies in 1981, a Diploma in Administration (Nursing) in 1984 and a Bachelor of Administration Nursing in 1989. She then went on to study at the University of New South Wales and achieve a Master of Health Administration in 1994.

For 45 years Annette worked in various capacities at Sydney Adventist Hospital until her retirement in 2011. Her roles included general and midwifery nursing, development of infection control and quality assurance programs, deputy director of nursing and many more. She also undertook other professional services, many of which were on a volunteer basis.

As well as leading 19 individual ‘Open Heart International’ medical teams to Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, Annette also cared for the overall coordination of the health care outreach program.

Annette’s many accolades include being named Honorary Officer of the Order of Fiji in 2000; winning an Australian Rotary Health Research Fund Award (Rotary Club of Wahroonga) in 2002; being presented the Pride of Workmanship by Rotary Club of Northbridge in 2004; and being honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012.

Wendy Beattie’s commitment to hockey spans nearly 40 years and more than 800 games.

Commencing her career with the Smithton High School team of 1955, Wendy went on to play in the A Grade competition of the Circular Head Women’s Hockey Association (CHWHA).

At 15 she was selected in her first Circular Head representative team.

After leaving school, Wendy joined the Robins Hockey Club where she enjoyed success winning a premiership in 1958 and gaining north-west representation three years later.

In 1963 Wendy was instrumental in forming the Lileah Hockey Club, and until 1974 was team captain and coach. During this time the team played in 11 local grand finals, winning five premiership titles, six north-west titles, and two state titles (’67 and ’69).

In 1965 Wendy was chosen to play in the Tasmanian Senior Team to compete at the All Australian Carnival, and again in ’66 and ’67.

In 1981 the Smithton Hockey Club formed. Wendy was captain and coach of the successful Division 1 women’s team which won the coastal final in ’83.

After playing with the Tasmanian Veterans Team in 1988 she retired from the sport. Wendy was honoured with Life Membership from the Lileah Hockey Club in 1984; and the Circular Head Women’s Hockey Association in 1988.

After her retirement from hockey Wendy took on the game of golf, quickly becoming an A Grade player. She has been a member of the Smithton A Grade Pennant team which has won five north-west titles and runner-up at three state titles 2012, ’13 and ’14.

In June this year, Wendy was a member of the successful Smithton Golf Club’s Division 1 team that won the Tasmanian Women’s Pennant.

The next inductee was women’s organisation, Soroptimist International of Circular Head, which formed in 1989 and is part of a global movement.

The local Soroptimist volunteers are behind a range of community activities, including the Post-Natal Lend-a-Hand Friends, the Unsung Heroines Awards, and the annual ‘Walk the Talk’ against domestic violence. The group also provides a yearly scholarship to a female tertiary student.

The group also supports many national and international causes through fundraising to provide assistance to Papua New Guinea for the training of midwives; to the Hamlyn Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia; to victims of national disasters and those living in war-torn countries; and to an orphanage in Vietnam.

To date, two members have undertaken the role of state president of the Soroptimist movement.

In 2015 the Soroptimist International of Circular Head was inducted onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for service to health and human rights.

The final inductee was Neil ‘Tumma’ Wells (1935-1988) for his sporting achievements.

Neil was an outstanding and naturally talented sportsman excelling in all sports – boxing, tennis, table tennis, darts, eight ball, snooker, football and golf.

His footballing career spanned 15 years and included time with the Smithton Magpies, two seasons with the Wynyard Football Club in the North West Football Union before returning to the local competition, again with the Magpies.

He then turned his talents to coaching, with the Stanley, Forest and Scotchtown/Marrawah clubs.

Neil made his name in local, regional, state and national golfing competitions.

He won nine Smithton Golf Club singles championships, eight foursome championships and eight mixed foursome championships.

Neil was a Division 1 golfer for 31 years (1959-88) and an inspirational and popular captain of the Smithton Division 1 Pennant teams during the halcyon days of the 1970s, winning eight north-west, six northern and three state pennants during that time. Neil also captained north-west golf teams on countless occasions.

In 1971 and ’72 Neil was first emergency for the Tasmanian State Team, but in ’73 he won the state handicap title; was chosen as a member of the Tasmanian Team to compete at the Australian Championships; and paired with Colin Stott, tied for the Australian Foursomes Championship.

Neil was awarded the 1973 ‘Circular Head Sportsperson of the Year’.

In 1977 Neil was chosen as a member of the Australian Rotary Golf Championship Team which travelled to New Zealand to compete.

Neil was the course greenskeeper at the Smithton Country Club for five years before becoming the club’s manager for the next 11 years.

Tragically Neil lost his life at sea on June 12, 1988 – a heartbreaking loss to his family and his community.

In his honour, the Neil Wells Memorial Four Ball Best Ball Stableford is played as part of the annual Smithton Golf Club Bowl Tournament. He will forever remain a legend at the Smithton Country Club.


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