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Enid Annie Astbury

Enid Annie Astbury

This photograph was taken when Enid Astbury (later Mrs J. E. Collins), was eighteen. She was the daughter of Annie and James Astbury, born in 1870 and died in 1943. Enid spent her childhood at Newbury school and went on to become the first pupil teacher at Terrace End School under a Mr Guthrie. For thirteen years she held the role of President of Willard Children's Home and Orphanage and received the Jubilee Medal from King George V. She was also the first female Justice of the Peace in Palmerston North (about 1927 or 1928).Willard Children's Home and Orphanage was established in Palmerston North 1920, in a house administered by the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In 1961 the property was transferred to the Presbyterian Social Service Association for use as a home for the elderly. It is now known as Willard Elderly Care.