In 1967 the Australian Women’s Weekly held a Mother’s Day story-writing competition, for ‘The Best Mother’s Day I’ve Had’.
The contest prompted many letters to the editor. One, from Harry Thorpe, a former Army Padre, wrote about a Mother’s Day he had spent in a Japanese POW camp.
His letter caught the attention of my grandfather’s cousin John de Crespigny (1908-1995).
de Crespigny, who in 1943 had been a Major interned in the same camp, wrote to Thorpe recalling the occasion.
His letter was reproduced in the Women’s Weekly a month later.
|Prizewinning letters in our “Best Mother’s Day” Contest. (1967, May 17). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 55. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47121756|
|AN ECHO FROM MOTHER’S DAY, 1943— IN A POW CAMP. (1967, June 28). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42114056|