Roy Kelly and Pearl Mittlehauser make the ultimate sacrifice in defending Singapore
1941 was a momentous year. We still went to Childers for Christmas holidays and Roy and Pearl were still in Brisbane at the beginning of the year, but during the year there were troop movements everywhere and both Roy and Pearl ended up in Malaya. When trekking to Childers by train there was and still is a single track to Cairns and passenger trains were often shunted to a riding while troop trains headed north or south.
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Queensland Polio Outbreak 1941
Sometime around 1940-41 there was a poliomyelitis outbreak in Queensland. This resulted in paralysis of the affected limb and there was controversy over the treatment for this paralysis, ranging from immobilisation of the limb to manipulation and massage.
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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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