Member for Maitland, Jenny Aitchison MP, has congratulated Maitland’s Mrs Nell Pyle who was among 23 nonagenarians that were recognised for their years of community service at the 2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Luncheon held at Parliament House on 12 May.
Now in its 25th year, the luncheon is held to celebrate women in their nineties who have made a significant contribution to their local communities.
With the support of the community of Maitland, Mrs Pyle founded Australia’s only Clothing and Textile Museum in 2005. She was wardrobe mistress at Maitland Repertory Society for more than 50 years; she received the inaugural Maitland Medal in 2004; an OAM in 2005 for service to the community of Maitland; NSW Senior Citizens Award for Education and Lifelong Learning in 2011; and Tocal Medal for service as a Friend of Tocal.
The first Jean Arnot luncheon was held in 1993 when the National Council of Women of NSW and the Federation of Business and Professional Women of Australia, and supported by the State Library, joined together to plan the celebration for Ms Arnot’s 90th birthday.
Because of the great success on that occasion, and at Ms Arnot’s suggestion, the committee decided to continue with an annual luncheon which remembers Jean’s contribution to the struggle for equal pay.
Following Ms Arnot’s death in 1995, the luncheons continue to honour all women in their nineties who have worked for women and their communities.
Comments attributable to Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison MP:
“Nell Pyle is a truly dedicated member of our community who strives to make a difference in the lives of those she meets.”
“Mrs Pyle is a tireless worker in our community and an inspiration to all who know her.”
“It was great to meet with Nell.”