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Old Film:: My Dad and his Mates (early 1950s)

I remember my father as a man who chose not to entertain the idea of friends. He was a complex man and I don’t really understand why he went down that road. As a younger man he had friends. Perhaps fathering children and gaining responsibilities led him into social isolation. The photograph is scanned from a 6cm x 9cm film negative made by my paternal grandmother Elvie Ruth Bonner (1901-1986). My father is the guy in the centre; that may be his younger brother Nig (Arthur Kevin) is on the left and perhaps Terence Crossin on the right. Where exactly in Tasmania this photograph would have been made isn’t clear, but I’d also guess this is around the time he married my mother – 1953.

My father and his friends

I like this photograph of my father, in particular of any picture that I’ve seen, because it shows the lad, the boy, the participant. It would have been good to know my father in that early part of his life. Just because I’m left a little curious. He died in 2000 of chronic lung disease caused by working in heavy industry and smoking. His brother Kevin died a month earlier of emphysema.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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