After she passed in 1993, I became the owner of the bowl & the cupboard. When we moved to a smaller home, there was no room for the cupboard so it was passed on to my daughter, but not the bowl. I have it in another cupboard.
I don’t know where it originated from, whether it was my Grandmother’s or not. It has just always been there, never used, though it has a small “nick” out of the frill around the bowl . I don’t know whether it is worth anything in monetary terms, but it means a lot to me sentimentally.
It has lovely floral embroidery with the words “TO MY DEAR SWEETHEART”. The front piece lifts up to disclose a small piece of cardboard with the words “To My Loving Wife” & below that my Father has written “From Hec”.
It is a wonderful momento of the War & shows how much my Father must have been missing my Mother & longing to be home.
I now have it framed so as not to damage it in any way.
It is an envelope containing two Telegrams addressed to my Mother, who at the time, was living & cleaning at a State School in Queensberry Street, Melbourne, while my Father was at War. Of course, the State School would now be known as a Primary School.
On reading these telegrams, I can only imagine perhaps her fear of receiving a telegram, which during the War, often contained bad news of a loved one’s death or missing in action, presumed dead. Then, on reading the contents, her happiness at seeing that it was from her husband saying he had just returned to Australia & another telegram would be following. That telegram is dated 26th March 1942 from Narellan Army Camp, Camden Park, N.S.W.
The second, dated 27th March 1942, was from Ararat saying that he had arrived in Ararat, would be in Broadmeadows that night at maybe 11 o’clock and would try to get home immediately. He clearly wanted her to know how keen he was to finally be home with her.
Perhaps there was an Army Camp in Ararat.