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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
52 | www.probussouthpacific.org MEMBER PROFILE From Canada, with love Landing in Australia and being whisked out to a country property, Evelyn Furnell truly was in a whole new world. Born in Canada, Evelyn moved to Australia at the tender age of 26. Travelling across the country by train and boarding a ship in San Francisco, Evelyn was relocating to Australia with her six-month-old son David. She was moving to be with her ex-RAAF husband George who she met while he was training in Canada during World War II. Days on the ship were spent on deck for the majority of the fve-week journey as cabins were poorly ventilated below. Evelyn was on board with plenty of other war brides, making the journey with their children to meet their husbands. On arrival in Sydney, Evelyn was blessed to be staying with her retired in-laws overlooking the vast ocean at Manly. A beautiful resort at the time, Evelyn enjoyed her days on the hill overlooking the sea. While Evelyn and David enjoyed their time in the city, George was busy organising their rural property, Yalcogrin, just outside of Gilgandra, NSW where the family would soon live. Moving from Sydney city to country NSW was quite a shock for Evelyn. From the window of the overcrowded train she witnessed decaying carcasses, dust and bare, fat ground, all a result of the NSW drought. Arriving at Yalcogrin, Evelyn was faced with a slab timber homestead, gaping boards and no controlled heating. Despite coming from the extremely cold climate of Montreal, Evelyn was used to having central heating, a non-existent luxury on the farm. Dragging a full-length dressing gown from her luggage, Evelyn survived the winter by living in it for warmth. Having only a fuel stove to work with, Evelyn struggled to keep the house warm and ensure the cooking was completed, often forgetting to feed the stove. Even in the summer, Evelyn was challenged by the changing conditions. Despite the charcoal safe available to her, keeping food fresh and butter from oiling often proved problematic. Evelyn received a lucky break however, when priority was given to ex-servicemen to purchase kerosene refrigerators, providing her with a much easier alternative to keeping food fresh. Since her time at Yalcogrin, Evelyn has harboured an aversion to rabbits. In order to survive through the rabbit plague, the family placed traps under the house. Awakened many nights by the traps hitting the foorboards and the piercing sound of squealing animals, Evelyn has been unable to think of rabbits as furry, friendly animals ever since. Evelyn received a lucky break when priority was given to ex-servicemen to purchase kerosene refrigerators.
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