Shaw’s Kilties Marching Team



THE winners of the New Zealand Championship March, Shaw’s Kilties (Hastings) hold an impressive record of performances since the team commenced competition in 1944, when in December of that year they tied for first place in the Hastings marching contest.

The following year, December, 1945, in Hastings, all honours went to Kilties – Best Leader, Costumes, Sports and Aggregate. This was followed by the team securing second place to Pringle’s (Pahiatua) at the North Island Championships held at Pahiatua, while the leader, Miss M. Wright, was awarded most points for champion leader. The team then travelled to Timaru to contest the New Zealand title. Here the team were runners-up, being beaten one point by Manahuna, Timaru, the champions of the previous year. Miss M. Wright tied with Miss L. Bezzant, Manahuna, for N.Z. Champion Leader.

December, 1946, saw the start of a wonderful season of success. The team were winners of Hastings, Southern Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa Championships. This was followed by the annexing of the North Island title at Masterton as well as the award for Best Leader. It is fitting that a team who have worked so hard should annex the New Zealand title, while their leader was only 3/8 of a point behind the winning leader, Miss C. Hawker, of Blair Atholl, Dunedin, and the team’s success reflects great credit on their coach, Drum-major E. A. Mosley, who also won the award for the coach of the champion team at the recent New Zealand championships.

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LEADER: Miss M. Wright.  TEAM: Misses G. White (Marker), F. Driver, R. Esler, V. Farmery, S. O’Neill, P. Lockyer, G. Mosley, C. Thomson, R. Webb.  Emergency: J. Eddy. Coach: Drum-Major E. A. Mosley

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Approximate scale, 1/2in. to five yards. Length of course, approximately 300 yards. Length of pace, 30 inches.

(A) Ready to fall in.

(1) Fall in. Inspection. “Move to the right in column of route.”

(1) to (2) Quickstep course. 60 paces in 50 yards.
(3) Countermarch to right.
(4) Countermarch to left.
(5) On the left form squad.
(6) Right form.
(7) Left incline.
(8) Right incline.
(9) Right wheel.
(10) Right turn.
(11) Left turn.
(12) About turn.
(13) About turn.
(14) Form line.
(15) Fixed-pivot right wheel in line.
(16) Forward.
(17) Right incline in line.
(18) Left incline in line.
(19) Halt. Inspection for dressing and spacing.
Controlled march off to point beyond (3).
*Not indicated – level with (5).

(1) to (3) – 55 yards     (3) to (4) – 45 yards

Points, 1, 4, 5, 6, 2, and 3; also, 11, 12, 13, and 14 are in line. Points 12 and 15 indicated by one mark

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