June 2001 Newsletter - Harold Park

Harold Park died peacefully aged 90 years on 16th January 2001. Harold has been a dear friend to me and my family since 1967 when his son, Stuart, and I became friends at school. Their home then became my 'second home' and I chose to spend more time there than my own (2 bossy sisters at home probably had something to do with that, plus I was spoilt rotten by 'Mrs & Mrs Pee'). We spent many hours’ playing cards & scrabble, listening to Beatles records, drinking many cups of tea, eating marmalade & toast for breakfast and all puffed away on cigarettes (probably another reason). 1 Boola Cres, Yallourn was home for Kitty & Harold for over 40 years. (Kitty died on 9th May 1995.) Harold was born in Glasgow, Scotland and migrated to Australia at the age of 16. He worked at farms in outback Australia for many years and then began mining at Kalgoorlie. Harold married Kitty in 1937 and began their family in Yallourn – which resulted in Barbara, Irene & Stuart. They moved to South Australia from Yallourn, then back to Bayswater, and then to the retirement village in Scoresby, They also leave 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.