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Helen Stirling MacCormick - Papers

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  • Catalogue title
    Helen Stirling MacCormick - Papers
  • Identifiers
    • MS-2005-43  (Reference Number)
    • 2005/43  (Registration Number)
  • Creator
  • Period
  • Contains
    24 items in this collection. View all items.
  • Physical description
    2 folders
  • Production
  • Medium
    • Holographs
    • Press cuttings
    • Typescript
    • Printed Ephemera
  • Subject
  • Associated material
    • MS 1386
    • Carne, Daphne. 'The eyes of the few', London: P.R. MacMillan, 1960.
  • Citation
    MacCormick, Helen Stirling. Papers, 1915 - 1946. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2005/43.
  • Notes
    • Helen Stirling MacCormick, who originally trained as a teacher, left New Zealand for England in 1938 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Prior to that she was prominent in amateur theatrical circles in Auckland. She was a member of the Grafton Shakespeare and Dramatic Club and the Auckland Repertory Theatre. MacCormick, whose stage name was Helen Stirling, temporarily suspended her stage career in 1940, when she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and became a radio operator. Stationed in Sussex, England, her chief role was to plot the courses of bombers as they came over the south-east coast. In addition to touring England with a party which gave performances to troops all over the United Kingdom, MacCormick was also a repertory actress in Wales. New Zealand listeners to the BBC during the war would have heard her voice, as she had a role in a serial entitled 'Front Line Family', which ran for a long time. After the war she returned to teaching and taught in Ethiopia and Italy, eventually settling near Rome.
    • British born Rex Carey moved to Canada as a child with his parents. He attended St Aidan's School, Colwood, British Colombia. Prior to joining the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, in August, 1930, he had a distinguished career in amateur and professional boxing, winning the British Colombia middleweight championships three years in a row from 1935-37, and the Vancouver City and Washington State titles. He was a Golden Gloves finalist in 1937-38 and reached the finals of the Empire Games in Sydney, Australia. He had 18 professional bouts, winning 15 of them. In 1940 he transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, went overseas and subsequently won a commission. He won the Military Cross for his gallantry and skill in leading his platoon during the capture of Leonforte, Sicily, on 22 July 1943. He was captured five months later in early December at the Moro River, Italy, and spent the remainder of the war in German prisoner of war camps.

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