Chapter 12

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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Chapter 3

Family Holidays at Childers Farm 

I was the eldest grandchild and the first one of many to come and enjoy a holiday on the farm. My uncles and aunts were much older than me so my time on the farm was spent mostly amusing myself and possibly being a nuisance to others, but I think of them as good days. 

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Chapter 2

Swimming at Wynnum Baths

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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