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EVACUATED BOYS AND GIRLS FIRST PARTY ON THEIR WAY P.A. WELLINGTON, Tuesday. British boys and girls who have been resident in New Zealand during the war years are now returning to their homes in Great Britain, and the first party of about 40 was farewelled before sailing from Wellington recently by Sir Patrick Duff, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in New Zealand. Some of the foster-parents had come from the Far North to see their charges safely embarked. Most, of the children, and also those who have grown beyond childhood, expressed deep regret at leaving, and practically all of them had packed New Zealand gifts for their parents. Before embarking a committee of five girls and four boys was set up to look after all social and educational arrangements during the voyage. The private finances of the party were to be managed by two of the girls who have been working in banks. As the travellers passed up the gangway the Wellington Waterside Junior Band played a Maori farewell song and individual groups linked arms to the final strains of 'Auld Lang Syne." Sir Patrick Duff paid a tribute to all those who had taken an interest in the well-being of the evacuees, to the schools and their staffs, and the Child Welfare Branch and many others, to whom also he expressed the British Government's gratefulness.

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BACK TO BRITAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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BACK TO BRITAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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