What would you take?
|My family in 1967. Left to right: John, Dad (Ramsay), Paul, Mum (Pauline), baby Samuel, Bruce and me.|
This is my story …..
|The elephants arriving in Sydney late February 1967 after leaving Tasmania
(Image courtesy Fairfax Syndication)
The sound of the siren …
|L-R; Brothers Paul and John with my
daughter Sarah at the Exhibition.
That’s Samuel below on the left.
I was in Grade 5 and attended Sorell Area School along with two of my four brothers. The two younger ones hadn’t started school at that stage. At about 2 pm that day the siren sounded. Everyone had to line up in class groups in the corridors. All the kids from one family were taken away by people who seemed to be in authority because their house had just burnt down.
The smell of the fire …
The sight of the elephants …
Packing the hatbox …
|Five cardigans for five kids (not the original ones).
These were knitted by the Clarence CWA ladies
for the exhibition.
That’s what we would take …
When Mum finally made the announcement that it was time to go, none of us were really sure why or where we were going. But she assured us that everything we needed was in the hat box. Five cardigans (one for each child in case it got cold), the photo albums and one dozen towelling nappies for Samuel who was ten months old at the time. That’s what we would take.
End of an era ..
|The site of the former Leishman family home which was decimated in 2013|
As it turned out our family home was spared in the 1967 bushfires. However, it was burnt to the ground in the 2013 southern Tasmanian bushfires three days before Mum passed away in a nursing home. Mum wanted to take her jade necklace with her this time. That’s all she took ….