The boys from Ben­nett’s

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Last is­sue we car­ried an obit­u­ary to Jack Dewell, who passed away last year at the age of 101. Jack was a long-time em­ployee of Ben­nett & Wood in Syd­ney, and his son Keith Dewell has shared with us some me­mora­bilia from that pe­riod. The main photo shows the work­shop staff from 1953, and some of those names will be fa­mil­iar to read­ers. From the same year, the firm’s an­nual ball at the fondly-re­mem­bered Tro­cadero in Ge­orge Street Syd­ney, looked to have been a lav­ish af­fair. The ‘Troc’ was a very pop­u­lar dance and con­cert hall that op­er­ated from 1936-1971 on the site now oc­cu­pied by the Hoyts Theatre com­plex.

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