For their war effort Jean and Grace went to work in SA in the munition factories. Dad had a lot of relatives living there and they were able to spend time with them. Grace met her future husband John Quinn and they married and had a son Robert who unfortunately was born with severe cerebral palsy. Eventually the family re-located to Perth. Robbie passed away aged 30. Grace was a good cook and competent dressmaker. She also did beautiful craft work and won many prizes for her efforts. She took a lot of interest in the family and was the glue that held us together at times. She loved children and was the adoring aunt to her myriad of nieces and nephews and the children of her many relatives and friends. Everyone loved Aunty Grace.

Jean’s Wedding: Jean, Gwen and Marg

Jean returned home to the farm and was a great help to Mum in the homestead and the men in the paddocks. She loved the outdoor work. She remained on the farm until she married Clarrie Tremlett and went to live in Northam where she resided for 50 years. They had three beautiful sons Keith, Kim and Stuart. Tragedy struck and both Keith and Stuart died in infancy. This was a terrible blow to them and the rest of the Thomson clan. No one really recovered from the loss. After Clarry passed away Jean went to live in Rockingham where she could be nearer her family. Jean did a lot of charity work and won many awards. She loved cooking did beautiful craft work and always kept busy. She loved children and like Aunty Grace was a magnet to her sibling’s kids.

Clarry and Kim were both outstanding sportsmen. Kim unfortunately lost his left arm in a traffic accident but it did not stop him from thrashing all and sundry at any sport he undertook to play. He and Pam are enjoying their retirement and travelling the country in their beautiful motor home and are adoring grand ma and pop to the grandees.

Betty was employed in Perth in secretarial work. She was a very clever lass, a proficient worker. She also loved socialising and dancing. She married Alex Stewart who played football for East Perth. Betty and Alex had three children, Gail, Mark and Bruce. (Mark eventually played footy for East Perth too.) The family also belonged to the Mounts Bay Yacht club where Alex was commodore. The kids loved the farm and spent quality time there when they got a chance and also with Aunty Jean in Northam and Aunty Grace. Betty was very proud of Gail Mark and Bruce and loved their partners and was very supportive of any undertakings they took on. Betty loved the fact they were all good at sport and clever with their hands. When the grandchildren came along she became an adoring granny. They were her life. Betty was a good cook and did beautiful craft and art work. Gail also is an artist.

Rowly remained on the farm and married Margaret, a very attractive widow of his mate Eddy Wells. Margaret had two little boys Graham and Rodney and they eventually had two daughters of their own. Janette and Noelene. Margaret was a competent horsewoman and both the girls excelled in equestrian events. Janette still has her horses. She is involved in the Light Horse and has ridden her horse Bonnie for a ceremony down St Georges Terrace and at Subiaco Oval for an Anzac “Dockers” footy match amongst many other occasions. Sadly, Noelene has passed away. We still miss her.

On leaving Blair Athol, Rowly and Margaret took up a small holding in Armadale where they had a few animals. It was a beautiful spot and the girls had their horses. Bob and my two sons loved to visit and the girls always very generously took the boys for rides. They absolutely loved Uncle Rowly who was like the pied piper where children were concerned. He died in 1979 at the age of 55. Way too young.

On his discharge from the Air Force, Don studied accountancy. He lived in South Australia for some time but eventually came back to the West. He married Ilma O’Byrne a pretty petite lass who taught school in Quairading. They lived in Lake Grace for a number of years where Don was secretary at the local Co-op. They were blessed with two children Neil and Jenny. They became immersed in rural life enjoying many friends along the way and taking a great interest in the town. Their next adventure was to Pithara where Don held the position of Co-op manager and Ilma went back to teaching. When the children needed higher education the family re-located to Perth where Ilma still lives. They took on Hertz Jewellery, a quaint little shop in Barrack Street which soon became a magnet for the hordes of family and friends from all over the country and were extremely well liked. Neil and Janette and Jenny and Bill and their three girls were the light of Don and Ilma’s life. They have all carved out successful careers and are lovely people.

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