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In an event which had not occurred for decades, the five first cousins who are the only direct descendants of James Need Robertson and Christina Bennett of our generation got together on 1 October 2010: Rod Reudavey, Garry Gillard, Graeme Robertson, Thia Wright (Cynthia REUDAVEY), Phillis Dolling (REUDAVEY).
(The reason I'm the only one looking at 'the' camera is because two were being used at the same time, and I'm looking at the one that belonged to me.)
Click on the pic for the larger version. Partners are vertically paired; l-r:
Garry, Don Wright, Graeme, John Dolling, Rod
Thia, Heidi, Phillis, Judith.
We had lunch at the Peninsula Hotel, which is now a Dome coffee shop (and their head office in WA).
This was significant because it's just three doors from 98 Eighth Avenue Maylands. That's where I lived for my first twenty years. Phillis and Thia both lived there while attending high school. Graeme lived over the road until he was 11. And Judith lived in Ninth Avenue. There was a saying in our family that we'd bought many a brick in that pub (because the men drank there).
I was in the same class as Don Wright and Judith Coultas all through (Maylands) primary school (1949-1955). Don and Thia started 'dating' no later than 1955, so they'd been an item for 60 years, tho they didn't actually get married until 1965, so they'd been married for 'only' 50 years.
Update. One of us is dead. To my surprise, it's Don Wright, who I would have thought would be the last to go. Sadly, Don has died of motor neurone disease.
John Dolling has dementia.
Each of the other men - the three male cousins - have been treated for various kinds of cancer.
Garry Gillard | New: 21 October, 2010 | Now: 14 October, 2019