A fascinating news story from Dongara WA one hundred years ago…
A very successful concert and dance was held in connection with the Dongara Operculum Girl Guides.
This company was the first formed in this State having been inaugurated six weeks before the Perth meeting. Miss E. Paton of the State School was elected Captain and Mrs F Waldeck, Lieutenant. They have three Patrols and have established classes in first aid and signalling. Games and other pastimes are indulged in, and they are also mindful of their brothers-in-arms, having gathered and helping to prepare one hundred sponges for use in military hospitals.
The proceeds of the concert amounting to four pounds eleven shillings, goes to the fund to purchase rifles. Messrs Haley and Mitchell have kindly offered to act as instructors in rifle practice.
The items at the concert were given by the Guides assisted by Misses Harrop and Stuttridge. The evening was opened by a recitation especially written for the Dongara Guides by their Captain.
Mesdames Reynolds and Healy and the Misses Healy were the accompanists for the evening.
From the GERALDTON GUARDIAN Thursday 5 August 1915 (p2).