I am just addressing this to you as I doubt Dad would remember friends I had years ago. I am sure you would remember Hilary Moore that was with me at Perth College.
She did stay at our place in Coronation Street and I stayed at their place on the other side of the railway line in Mount Lawley just under the Lord Street subway.
Hilary, Pam and Betty and I formed a little group at PC and had lots of fun together including creeping down and eating our lunch under the fruit trees near the Intermediate school. We knew we shouldn't be there which made it much more fun but we were doing no harm and fortunately never got caught. I lost touch with the 3 girls after I left PC at the end of 1945.
The reason I mention Hilary is that my physiotherapist mentioned her mother's maiden name and I said I'd gone to school with a girl of that name and when I explained who she was and where she lived Jenny realised Hilary was actually her mum's cousin. Talk about a small world!
I was given Hilary's current address so I wrote to her. She is now a widow and lives in a retirement village in Cooloongup (near Rockingham) and she eventually telephoned me. We had quite a long chat and it turns out that neither she nor I enjoyed being at Perth College one little bit. I know it cost you and dad quite a lot to send me there but you also know I couldn't wait to leave and after just 2 years I did and went to commercial college. I have always appreciated the fact that the two of you must have gone without a lot to give me a good education.
Whether I will ever get to see Hilary or not I don't know and it hasn't been discussed. She rang me recently when she had a really bad cold and I've written back to her but perhaps we are both too old now to really renew a very distant friendship.
Hilary has 5 children and from what she tells me they are a very close family and look after her when she needs it so perhaps she doesn't need more than an occasional letter from me or she may ring me again. I hope she does as it is difficult to telephone her as she said she is seldom in her room.
Whatever the outcome it was just so great to talk to someone I'd not seen for about 67 years and we both remembered each other so well.