My parents, Les and Connie, while still in their Twenties, moved to Redcliffe in Queensland from Sydney with their first son (my eldest brother), Tony, before the Second World War.
I was born there in 1942 and suckled in an air-raid shelter, as the Japanese threatened to bomb the American Forces stationed in the area. General Douglas Macarthur had his Pacific Headquarters in Brisbane, an hour away by car.
Their close friends, Hugh and Mary Darragh, the local Pharmacist in this small country town across the Hornibrook Highway north of Brisbane, were home-movie buffs. They are responsible for most of the footage in this video.
My brother Tony inherited the home-movies, and transferred the images from the old celluloid to a video cassette. I have now digitalised it and hopefully have an interesting, accessible archive of the early beginnings of mum and dad, and our family of five children – Tony, Michael, Anne, Mark and Cathie.
Tony, Mark and Anne’s grandchildren may enjoy seeing their parents cavorting as 4 and 7 year-olds. I wonder?
Photos of our grandparents are included at the end of the video.