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My Birth in 1929

Mary was from a Lebanese family who had immigrated to Australia in the early 1900’s, when Lebanon was going through a civil war. Apparently the family patriarch was a wealthy merchant, who was well travelled, and he decided to move the family out of Lebanon and all the civil war trouble, so half the family went to the Providence area of North America and the other half came to Australia. I invited Mary to the dance and we started dating.

I used to go to the local dances to socialise and meet girls. In those days we didn’t worry about drinking and driving, and when I get pulled over at random breath stops now I tell the police they are about sixty years too late. One day I went to my friend’s house at Stockton, before going to a dance, and I met a girl who was visiting from Sydney, her name was Mary Budwee.

Apparently the family patriarch was a wealthy merchant, who was well travelled, and he decided to move the family out of Lebanon and all the civil war trouble, so half the family went to the Providence area of North America and the other half came to Australia.

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Mum, Frieda at her sister Helen's wedding in 1962.

Harry and Albert first day at the Hopetoun school at Newport in 1968.

Family holiday at Eden beach NSW in 1969.

At our new house in Birchgrove 1972.