Re­call­ing early days

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion - Tyler Brown

FIFTY years ago to­day, Jack and Zena Brody spent the morn­ing at Cottes­loe Beach, soak­ing in their new home.

It was a mild 22C day and the cou­ple, along with their four chil­dren Gil­lian (11), David (9), Susan (7) and Barry (5), had the whole beach to them­selves.

The day be­fore – April 26, 1967 – the fam­ily had ar­rived in Aus­tralia af­ter doc­tors in the UK ad­vised them to move to a warmer cli­mate be­cause of Barry’s asthma.

“The fam­ily has never looked back,” Susan said.

Their first 18 months of Aus­tralian life was spent in Gray­lands Mi­grant Hos­tel.

Mr Brody worked for the Metropoli­tan Trans­port Trust and Mrs Brody had a cou­ple of jobs in­clud­ing car clean­ing at a Leed­erville deal­er­ship, and work­ing at Bris­bane and Wun­der­lich in Jolimont.

They bought land and built a house in Mullaloo, mov­ing in at Christ­mas in 1968 and quickly set­tled into life by the beach.

The chil­dren at­tended Wan­neroo Pri­mary School and Bal­catta High School but as the north­ern cor­ri­dor de­vel­oped, new schools were built.

In 1973, Gil­lian was at Bal­catta High School, David at Balga, Susan at Carine and Barry in his last year at Wan­neroo Pri­mary School.

Mr Brody and the boys be­came mem­bers of the Mullaloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club, with Mr Brody, now a life mem­ber, tak­ing on the role of sec­re­tary for many years and then pres­i­dent for a few more.

Mrs Brody and the girls also joined the club once fe­males were ac­cepted as ac­tive mem­bers in the mid 1970s.

Mr Brody was also the sec­re­tary of the Mullaloo Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and the Carine High School P&C.

Once set­tled in Mullaloo, he started work­ing at Di­a­mond Foods in Os­borne Park, which be­came Peters Ice Cream, while Mrs Brody worked for many years at the Di­a­mond Foods chicken farm in Wan­neroo then at St Mary’s Angli­can Girls’ School in Kar­rinyup un­til her re­tire­ment.

They have both been ac­tive mem­bers of St Peter’s Angli­can Church in Wan­neroo since the early 1970s, reg­u­larly at­tend the Wan­neroo Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club and en­joy ballroom danc­ing.

“Mum and Dad say the best thing they ever did was im­mi­grate to Aus­tralia and they are very proud to be Aussies and to be Ten Pound Poms,” Susan said.

“They have seen many changes in the ar­eas of Wan­neroo and Joon­dalup and they have made many life­long friends who they con­sider fam­ily.”

The cou­ple have now lived in Kin­ross for the past 23 years.

The have five grand­chil­dren and one great grand­child.

Proud Aussies... Jack and Zena Brody are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

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