Disability patron runs ruler over Queenstown


The widow of the founder of disability support group New Zealand CCS has visited the organisation’s Queenstown holiday home.
Lady Joan Gillies of Wellington, who’s patron of the society – now known as CCS Disability Action – was in town for last week’s annual general meeting of Gilmore Lodge. 

Gilmore Lodge – on the corner of Gorge Road and Henry Street – is owned by the society and operates as a holiday home for people with disabilities and their families. 

Lady Gillies was the second wife of the late Sir Alexander Gillies, an orthopaedic surgeon who founded CCS in 1935 with the help of the Wellington Rotary Club along with Sir Charles Norwood and Sir John Ilott.
Lady Gillies says Gilmore Lodge is a wonderful facility. 

“Certainly this is a plum.” 

However she does note that the upstairs bath could do with a railing – “people slip in the bath all the time”. 

Gilmore Lodge – which was originally in Beach Street, on the site of today’s ANZ bank – was gifted in 1957 by the late John D. Gilmore in memory of his wife.