Ghost Gum Planted at Telegraph Hill Will Always Be Known As Frank’s Tree | Great Lakes Defender


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What we miss about Edwin Frank Fardell is his camaraderie, his old-fashioned Australian good decency, as much as we miss his patriotism when he hoisted the flag in his yard on Australia Day and Australia Day. Anzac. That was the problem with Frank. He just did it like a good Australian: no fuss, no hassle, your best mate, the neighbor you need for advice on technical matters that confuse the useless handyman. And never worry about running out of yelling for a drink: Frank was always good at finding a decent dark or red beer. He passed away earlier this year at the age of 94, a long and beautiful life, but it was a shock to learn of his admission to Manning Base Hospital in Taree with heart disease while ‘he looked so healthy, still so happy. It was incredible that he left us without having time to say goodbye to us. And now some of the last memories of Frank’s life have resurfaced with the plan to sell his house in Forster’s Belton Way and the discovery of a bag of his old newspapers, including the Sunday Telegraph of August 12, 1945, in which he announced the end of World War II. In large black letters, the title of a word on the first page trumpeted “PEACE” with its sub-title: “Allied Powers Accept Japanese Offer of Surrender.” He went on to say, “Britain, the United States, Russia and China have accepted the Japanese offer of surrender.” It is a condition that the Supreme Allied commanders, after the occupation of Japan, will rule the nation through Emperor Hirohito. (BCOF) shortly after starting her apprenticeship as a printer with the Manly Daily. Frank went to war at age 19 with an agreement with the editor that he would return to his job at Manly Daily on one condition – that he would come back alive. Frank and his editor laughed The BCOF men were based outside of Hiroshima, but in their innocence they played tourists, making train trips to the destroyed city just to explore the ruins, initially without protective clothing against radioactive fallout. The spectacle was horrible. What confronted them were thousands upon thousands of Japanese survivors, wandering the streets in rags, children begging for food and water, their parents were lost, their homes destroyed in the explosion. In theory, the BCOF group was formed to disarm any Japanese civilians wishing to continue fighting, regardless of the declaration of peace. RELATED: The Australian Who Wasn’t Born Men Discovered The Japanese People Are So Demoralized By The Bomb Destruction That All They Were Looking For Was Peace And Security And A Good Square Meal. To a journalist, Frank’s papers were a treasure trove of old memories, records of ancient history, no items to destroy. He will always be missed. The little consolation is that every morning we see Frank’s memorial, the ghost chewing gum he planted years ago for his daughter Lorinda, a tree in which the joy birds, the magpies, congregate. with the curawongs and lorikeets and sometimes the kookaburras of Telegraph Hill. Did you know? Great Lakes Advocate online subscribers not only have 24/7 access to local and national news, sports, news and entertainment, but they also have access to our print edition in digital format, with all the advertisements and classifieds at your fingertips.



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