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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

And on the seventh day...

A rest day today after several exciting ones. I've washed my hair and clothes and generally sorted myself out a bit after my visit to Scholes and South Kirkby. John and two other e-cousins, Peter and Jane, took me to the cemetery of St Thomas's church, Kimberworth, where we paid our respects at the graves of many ancestors including that of my great-great-grandparents David and Susannah Jane (BROOKES) ALLEN, who moved over here from Sedgley in Staffordshire in the late 1800s. One of their sons is buried with them: he died a terrible death after an industrial accident in which a vat of molten steel tipped over on him. It took the poor boy several days to die. Tales of industry in Victorian times give me the shudders, not only because of their lack of health and safety regulations but because it's easy to see that we could return to those times of low wages and long hours that really amounted to slave labour. Will someone please remind John Howard?

Yesterday I met up with some more cousins from my father's side. Several families - the Allens, the Brookeses, the Harpers, the Flavells, the Hydes and the Porters among them - moved over here from Sedgley at about the same time and continued to intermarry with each other for a couple of generations, as ex-pats are wont to do. My dad was an exception: he married a real Yorkshire lass from Featherstone:-) John and Betty and I had a very pleasant pub lunch in South Kirkby with cousins Jan, Jean and two Evelyns. Then we went to visit a third Evelyn who is ninety-one years old and still looking after herself and doing her own housework. I would love to live to that age if I could be as fit and active as Evelyn.

On Friday I head north to Richmond to spend time with Jagannath and Laxmi, old friends I first met in Nepal in 1995. They subsequently spent a few years in Perth, Western Australia, where their children acquired Aussie accents. Now they sound on the phone like girls Yorkshire born and bred and I'm really looking forward to seeing how much they've grown!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit to South Yorks, only sorry I could not make the trip to South Kirby with you John & Betty. It's a really nice part of the country you are going to next, hope you have a good time.
It was a real pleasure to meet you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your visit to the UK and of course Germany. All the best Peter.

Satima Flavell said...

It was fun to meet some of my Yorkshire e-cousins and I only wish I could've stayed longer in the area. Maybe some of them will be able to visit me in Australia!

Znaharka said...

I hope you are keeping a detailed diary, Satima!

Satima Flavell said...

Actually,I'm not:-( I started off with a notebook (which I can't find) and three pens. (I've lost two of them!) Hopefully the blog will jog my memory enough to write in more detail later.

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