Early War years 1939 – 1940
Initially the war did not affect us noticeably. Men and women joined the services and were sent overseas to Britain, Europe, and North Africa and later to Malaya. Children had fathers absent overseas. Australian pilots played an important role in the Battle for Britain and industry and agriculture were gearing up.
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Weekend escapades at Moreton Bay
Saint Helena, an island across the bay from Wynnum, had been a self-sufficient penal settlement that had been closed down. Boat trips were organised from time to time and my parents took me there at least once. Memories of the stone causeway, a small tram type trolley on tracks, and the Superintendent’s building, which housed bottles of fingers and other objects in methylated spirits, remain in my mind.
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1930-1939: Early Memories
In my 72nd year I realise how little I know about my mother and father – they were always there and in reality were, for me, my Mum and Dad; not individual people with their own stories.
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