From left, Jenni McGlashan, Glenys Murdoch, Kristine Bayer and Judy Waters.
The childhood recollections of Warkworth resident and Mahurangi Matters columnist Judy Waters have won her top prize in the Warkworth Museum essay competition, Mahurangi Memories.
The competition was held to encourage memories and anecdotes of life in the Mahurangi area to extend the written history of the district.
There were 18 entries and these will feature in a book which will go on sale early next year. Proceeds will go towards the museum.
NZ Society of Genealogists members, Keith Vautier and Vivienne Parker, judged the competition, based on the interest, readability, historical information and literary merit of the essays. The judges report said Judy’s essay, Memories of a Childhood Spent in Warkworth, stood out, giving an illuminating picture of the town in the 1930s and 1940s.
Maureen Young and Jenni McGlashan also received highly commended awards for their essays.
The judges said Maureen’s essay, Winnie, Clisty and Buncha and Jenni’s Matakana Wharf were well written and included important heritage information about the district.
“We wish to convey our congratulations to all participants. These essays, in book form, will make a fine contribution to the district’s history and we look forward to seeing the final published work.”
The Kowhai Coast Lions sponsored $300 in prizes. All three winners are volunteers at the museum.