Lunch at the University Women’s Club

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April 11, 2022

On 17 March, NZWA met for a cream tea lunch and to listen to an entertaining talk by Susanna Ferrar. It was our second lunch away from the Penthouse as we are exploring new venues across London to host our events. We plan to hold three lunches this year to ensure coherence and opportunities for NZWA members and friends to meet. Informal coffee mornings in the North and South of London have also now started so please check Events section of the website for more details.

The Library of the University Women’s Club proved an excellent venue and we enjoyed delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes which were served throughout the luncheon. Special guests included, Esther Kerr Jessop, founder of Ngati Ranana, Mary Strang, co-chair of Fanza and Kate Wark, President of the Australian Women’s Club.

Our speaker Susanna Ferrar began by captivating us all with her violin playing in a style resembling water droplets and the creaking of ice. It transpired that her Grandfather was the geologist on Scott’s ship, the Discovery, which in 1901 became frozen in the Antarctica ice. Susanna then proceeded to show a fascinating video of the interior of Scott’s hut on Ross Island in the Antarctica, where she had visited. This included a scene where she played her violin and we were all intrigued that it had survived the cold temperature. It was a fascinating insight into the history of Captain Robert Scott and the fatal trek he and his men attempted in 1911 to the South Pole. Susanna also reminded us it is the 100th Anniversary of Scott’s death this year.

We all missed our President, Marianne Harper and other NZWA members who were isolating due to Covid but Jenny Meager and Trish O’Connor deputised well on her behalf.