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HISTORIAN: Maggie Chalken passed away before she could complete her dream of writing a local history of Papanui. PHOTO: RICHARD CHALKLEN

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Gizmo’s Adventure Gizmo, an 11 year old Ginger tabby from Sydney, presented to Catherine one morning with an acute left hindleg lameness. He wasn’t placing any weight on the leg and seemed in a lot of pain. Catherine suspected a femoral fracture due to his leg swinging and the obvious angulation mid femur. No other injuries were seen. He had normal neurological function. All his nails were scuffed and worn. Most often we see these injuries with road traffic accidents. Blood work the previous week was great. Catherine performed a digital xray to confirm her suspicions and Gizmo was immediately placed on intravenous fluids with pain relief ( a fentanyl CRI) and started on penicillin. A transverse femoral fracture located proximal third femur was diagnosed. His diaphragm was intact, as was his bladder and all his other abdominal organs looked fine. Surgery to repair the fracture or amputation were the only options

available. This fracture couldn’t be left to just heal on its own. The clients were informed of the options – a referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon to plate the femur or IM pinning and cerclage wire performed at McMaster & Heap Vet practice. We repeated blood work to make sure Gizmo was still in good health to sustain an anaesthetic. The IM pinning option was adopted. His ongoing arthritic issues would have made losing a hindleg difficult for him to cope with, especially at 11 years old. Dr Michele McMaster performed the surgery within 24 hours of Gizmo being admitted. It is important with this type of injury to get those bone ends realigned as soon as possible. The anaesthetic and surgery went without a hitch. Gizmo was connected to our Cardell monitoring machine. The nurses can record his heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, body core temperature and

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oxygen saturation every 5 minutes during his anaesthetic. All his vital signs were excellent. I placed a large intramedullary pin through the medullary cavity of his femur to reduce the fracture and align the ends of the femur. A single cerclage wire was also placed to create as much stability as possible. Post operative xrays confirmed perfect placement. Now the rest is up to Gizmo. Gizmo was discharged

3 days later able to stand and get into his dirt tray, eating up a storm and with the surgical site looking great. He was starting to place the paw when he left here. He will be in a cage for 4-6 weeks to allow as much immobility as possible for fracture healing. I will remove the pin in about 6-8 weeks once the fracture site has calloused and healed. Gizmo will be back weekly for us to check on his progress. A great outcome all around. -Dr Michele McMaster

The School at the Terminus, published in 1986, was a superb analysis of the school’s history. It was based on meticulous research and the skilful use of a wide-range of relevant sources. While working on these and other publications, she chaired the Canterbury Women’s Regional Committee of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, now Heritage New Zealand. She was also president, and later patron, of the Soil and Health Association and also found time to belong to the Canterbury Herb Society and the local branch of the New Zealand Iris Society. Unfortunately, Mollie did not manage to achieve two major ambitions. An analysis of some of her personal papers recently donated to the Papanui Heritage Group by her son Richard Chalklen, makes it obvious that she planned to write a general history of Papanui. She was also close to completing a master’s thesis on the topic of the religious settlements of North Canterbury. Unfortunately, in 2005, she suffered a stroke and found it impossible to complete these projects. However, Mollie will be remembered for her highly-significant contribution as a local historian and for her whole-hearted participation in community affairs. •Thanks to Richard Chalklen for biographical detail. Copies of the cited works are in the Macmillan Brown Research Library, University of Canterbury

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MOLLIE FREEMAN Sharp (19302015) received her primary schooling at Broomfield, near Amberley, and then attended Christchurch Girls’ High School. After completing secondary school, she had set her heart on studying history at tertiary level. But Mollie’s father believed that university was not an appropriate destination for his daughter and she was encouraged to apply for a job in the Department of Health where her ability was soon recognised with promotion within the bureaucracy. In 1953, she married Neil Chalklen and later they moved into a new house at 76 Sawyers Arms Rd opposite the Papanui Domain. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Mollie attended university classes on a part time basis, eventually graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in history and linguistics in 1983. The 1980s was to be a busy, but successful, decade in terms of her developing reputation as a local historian. In 1985, she completed The Church to the North of the River Avon, a publication that marked the 125th jubilee of St Luke the Evangelist. In 1990, she wrote a centennial publication for the local Cambrian Society. The Chalklen children had attended Papanui High School and her natural interest in the school was recognised when the old students’ association invited her to write a book commemorating the school’s 50th jubilee.

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