The work of Aveo Crestview resident Pat Hewish during World War II was recently recognised when she was invited to a morning tea at Government House.
Pat Hewish, 92, volunteered at the Torrens River Cheer-Up Hut during the years of the war, serving meals and entertaining troops with dances, sing-a-longs and concerts.
With her husband leaving to serve in the RAAF just four days after their wedding in 1942, Pat and a friend began volunteering to “do something worthwhile.”
In the mornings, Pat would catch the first bus from Port Adelaide to start at 7 am. She served tea and coffee to the servicemen until 10 am, before making beds at a neighbouring hostel.
“I wasted a lot of time listening instead of working, but that’s what we were there for, whatever they wanted to talk about,” she said.
However, it was the friendships formed by the female volunteers that Ms Hewish remembers most fondly. The exhausting work forged a sisterly bond, as the women strove to provide a community for those who protected our country bravely.