Narooma resident Wally Eliaschewsky is hoping to track down a family who holidayed in Narooma in the house, Number 3, next door to his childhood home in Mitchell Place, formerly known as Sheaffe Street.
“They came every year from around the late 50s, up until the mid 60s, as the three children gradually left school when off to university, work and married etc,” Mr Eliaschewsky said.
“The family was called Smith and they came from Five Dock in Sydney, where in the last years I was invited to on their completion of Narooma holiday. The parents were Gordon and Lorna, children were Bill, Joy and Ian who was around my age and I knocked around with at the time.
“Approximate ages would be Bill early 70s, Joy mid to late 60s and Ian 64ish? I am guess the parents may have passed away or if still alive in the 90s. The dad ran a small foundry-come-machine shop somewhere around the inner suburbs of Sydney perhaps near Mascot as I can remember going there and planes flying overhead.
“The house they rented in Narooma was owned by the Whitemans who lived out Wagga way and occasionally came to stay, so it was rented out as a holiday house most of the time. I know the daughter Joy married a policeman but don't recall her married name. Bill and Ian both did engineering degrees at Sydney University. I can vaguely remember they read the Sydney Morning Herald – it's funny what things you remember.
“I have tried Facebook with no luck and of course the Sydney whitepages but as I am sure you are aware Smith is an extremely common name and there are far too many to even begin to try and track down, even the electoral roll is full of Smiths!”
Can you help Mr Eliaschewsky – if so contact us at the Narooma News.
He was also involved in another reuniting after German resident Gerhard Szameitat wrote to the Narooma News trying to track down the Kivi family that lived in Narooma, also in the 1960s. Mr Eliaschewsky recalled the Kivi family were friends of his family, as they were some of only a few of the Europeans in town at the time.
“As it happens the Blue Earth cafe in Bodalla is owned and run by the sons of the Kivi daughter Maret, who married to Mark Blue hence ‘Blue Earth Cafe’,” he said. “I gave Maret the info and she was very emotional and would contact the author of the letter.”
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