Note: Beryl told her children that while she was growing up she lived on a houseboat in Middle Harbour, Sydney and of how her brother & sister use to hide her under the seat of the tram going to school so they could spend her fare which was a penny. Another tale she loved telling, was about a big storm hitting and the houseboat breaking its moorings and drifting away. Her mother gathered the children and some belongings, put them in a dingy and rowed several miles to a boat shed where they spent the night, cold and wet.
Shortly after this incident they moved to Manly where my Grandfather sold Player Pianos. Then the family moved to Regents Street, Sydney where Beryl worked as a cook and housekeeper for her mother and father. She joined the amateur theatrical group at St Pauls Church in Cleveland Street and she also twirled a baton. Whilst living at Regents Street she met a chemist delivery boy, Jack Green. Her father would not allow her to marry until she turned 21 years old. It was also said that Jack was not good enough for her and that was another reason that permission to marry was not forthcoming.
Beryls father, Algernon was a bit of a tightwad and the story was told that when Jack went to Beryl's for dinner one night, her father complained that they would not have had to open an other can of baked beans if Jack had not been there.
Jack and Beryl lived at Ryde, Maroubra and then rented a house at 24 Cobham Avenue, Pagewood, which they eventually bought when their son Max was 14 years old.
Beryl worked in a sandwich shop and also a dress shop but she was mainly a domestic engineer. She loved cooking, knitting and crocheting. In her later years she grew orchids which she would sell to a local florist. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a charitable organization that raised money and did home and hospital visits.
Beryl died of a massive heart attack at The Prince of Wales Hospital and was cremated at Eastern Suburbs Cemetery, Botany. Her ashes are scattered at 24 Cobham Avenue, Pagewood where she lived for nearly 50 years.
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