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Dear Janice..........It was so good to talk to you, nothing beats personal contact!!
You will understand that we are past travelling long distances ourselves, and we are delighted to hear of members of the family getting together!!
In the meantime, we should explain about Clara Violet, Bertha's daughter, (always known as Claire to everyone) who did not come to Australia with Bertha and Henry in 1949. She was about 37 at the time and well settled in her job and home down at Horley in Surrey. Pam remembers spending delightful week-ends down there with Claire and her friend Dorothy, at first cycling through Surrey and Kent, later being driven in their little car to places like Biddenden and Tenterden (where Pam was evacuated to in the first years of the War). On our 1979 trip we stayed with them and Jim was very touched when given the car keys!!! Later, Dorothy died, and Claire was alone and hampered by chronic arthritis and, finally, she accepted our invitation to come to us where we could look after her and where the weather was kinder to her problems. She died here in 1990 aged 79.
Janice, we will fill in the gaps piece by piece and we enjoy exchanging information !!
Pam and Jim
Scanned memories received from Pamela
Notes from Clara Violet - Bertha's eldest daughter 1911 - 1990
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On arrival in Sydney and after a couple of weeks settling in at Northwood with Aunt Edith, Thora, Edna and I went to work with the MLC Life Assurance Company. I was secretary to the Legal Officer, Milton Allen and to the Medical Officer, Dr Alf Pollard. Thora was a typist in Renewals Department and Edna a typist in Policy Department.
I met my husband James William Horton, who worked for Investments Department, where my desk was stationed - and after a whirlwind courtship we were married on 15th January 1951.
In 1952 my sister Irene and Bert, with Anthony and Patricia arrived and stayed with Mum and Dad who had bought a house and land at Loftus. Shortlly after that Thora returned to England to marry Clive Foreman and stayed in England. Irene and Bert built themselves a house on Loftus Avenue and were happy to have their own home.. In 1964 Mum and Dad sold their house and land at Loftus and had a house built on land they had bought at Mollymook.
A few days later a son, John, was born to my brother Roland and wife Royella at Waterfall.
Jim myself and our two sons were frequent visitors at Mollymook. We would drive from our home on the Northshore, south to Mollymook, stay overnight and next day take our leave and drive to Albion Park to spend a few hours with Jim's mother and brother Louis at the shop. In the afternoon we would drive to Waterfall to spend time with Roland, Royella and family. Then we would go on to Loftus for a short time with Irene and Bert. We would then make our way home to start another busy week! Pamela
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