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Pioneering is part of who we are

Julia Wallace (1907-1991)

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer, Julia Wallace, Logan Campbell, Ernest Rutherford to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do, every day, at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Julia Wallace’s service and dedication to the Manawatu earned her much admiration and respect.

From 1948-1970, she served a cherished 22 years as Principal of Palmerston North Girl’s High School.

Julia’s commitment not only included education – she was the first woman to become a city councillor. Julia was involved in many other organisations including Crippled Children Society, Manawatu Museum Society, and the Royal Lifesaving Society.

Her efforts were recognised when she received an OBE in 1968 and she was awarded a Massey University Medal for being ‘one of the regions most distinguished citizens.’