Kay Purtill remembered

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of well-known Broken Hill resident Kay Purtill. When Kay passed away last year, New South Wales was amid a heavy lockdown and the beloved Broken Hill resident didn’t get the send-off she deserved.

So, on the one-year anniversary of her passing her daughter, Anita Hoysted has organised a memorial service to give her mum the sending off she deserves.

Kay was a phenomenal person, with a heart as big as Broken Hill.

Whether it was her work with the Far West Hacc Services where she volunteered for over a quarter of a century and even had a bus named after her, or it was her work with the disabled and underprivileged in the Scouts – Kay was a one-person phenomenon.

Kay kept on her great work with the underprivileged ad disabled with the BHP Venturers Club.

Kay was recognised time and time again for her charitable works.

Some highlights include being named Citizen of the Year in 1991, along with being nominated for the BHP Bicentennial Award for the Pursuit of Excellence.

Mrs Purtill also volunteered her services during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where she ferried around actor Eric Thompson during the Broken Hill leg of the Olympic torch relay, and again in 2006 when the Commonwealth baton relay stopped through Broken Hill, as well.

Survived by her three children Robert (Perce), Anita and Michael – Anita reports Kay lived a tremendous life and gave so much to the community of Broken Hill.

If you are free this Thursday at 10am, get down to the GUOOF Hall on Blende Street to pay your respects to this wonderful lady.


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