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Woollen trousers, Levis and bum cracks

Sep 29th, 2017 | By

Must admit that my favourite jeans are Levi 101’s.  Pulling on a pair with button up fly is like meeting an old friend.  Of course these days the waist has gotten somewhat bigger than that of my first pair circa 1974. It was a long time before Mum agreed to let me wear denim.  She’d

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Joyce Family Origins

Feb 25th, 2017 | By

Google the origin of the Joyce name and you will find the story of Thomas de Jorse who fled Wales in 1283 and landed with a fleet of ships in Galway where he married Honorah O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru and founded the Joyce Tribe in Connemara. But what are the origins of the

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Meat and three veg

May 27th, 2016 | By

I’m writing this post on Sunday night with the smell of a beef casserole simmering on the stove in the background and remembering that as I was growing up the food we ate was very much a part of the daily and weekly ritual. I wrote in the post Of Chow Food and Other Things about our

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Mum and the gathering of the ghosts

Feb 10th, 2016 | By

I wrote this in 2010 Mum had her fair share of health problems over the past few years; osteoporeosis and osteoarthritis lead to a lumbardectomy on her back about four years ago; two years ago she had an artery replaced in her leg, and, she has had a couple of colonoscopies this year which came

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Home at the Golf Links Estate

Feb 5th, 2016 | By

I thought I’d start because my memories go back further than Karen and Deb’s.    Mum and Dad moved to the Golf Links estate in Box Hill South in around 1959.  I was approaching 2 and Karen hadn’t long been born. The house was pretty trendy for the time, flat roofed, vertical pine weather boards and

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The Boys of Summer

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By

The exceitement began with Christmas Day but continued into Boxing Day when I was a kid.   That was the day that the holiday started.  For many years when we were kids the holiday destination was the Ball Caravan Park on the Murray River at Corowa.   For around 10 years I made that trek with

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A Joyce, His Quiet Grandfather, and an Unfortunate Past

Nov 7th, 2015 | By

Unlike some other Irish descendants who sailed for North America from the Old World in the early 20th century, Cyril William Joyce wasn’t seeking his fortune or unknown freedoms. Arriving in Canada from England at 16, Cyril was one of what would become an agglomeration of approximately 125,000 “home children” forcibly sent to Australia, Canada

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Clan Joyce Tribal Society

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By

The Clan Joyce Tribal Society is being established to affiliate the Joyce family with Clans of Ireland.   By-laws have been drafted and an interim committee established with the aim of having the clan reconstituted in Ireland for the benefit of Joyces around the world. The Purpose and Mission of the Society are to – To

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Deb’s Home

Jun 11th, 2015 | By

So the challenge this week is about Richardson Street and where we grew up in Box Hill South. I’d like to firstly talk about the irony of that. When I married in 1987 to Andrew I became a “Richardson” and now we live in Richard Drive. People always comment on that – when I fill

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School Daze 2

Jun 6th, 2015 | By

The corridors of the school were always busy during the breaks.  Then as now we had hooks outside our classroom where we hung our bags.   Inside were desks at which two people could sit.  There was a lift up lid invariably covered in penned notes like John Loves Betty or Mr Stafford has a pig

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