Marjorie Timbrey recalls

Marjorie Timbery (born 1912) comes to La Perouse in the 1930's. She recalls: "On our father’s mother's side we came from Shoalhaven and the Burrawangs. [Recording made in about 1985]. "I thank God for Captain Cook because he made people out of the Aborigines… we don’t have witchcraft, we have penicillin and antibiotics. We sit up to the table like other people and enjoy a real meal." Plater, p 113

She recalls: The 1938 celebration of 150 years of white settlement, at Kurnell, and started to cry when the Aborigines came out. "I never had, sorry to say, much experience with Aboriginal people. I was brought up with the general Australian public and when I saw something like that take place it was a real shock to me. I wasn’t used to it. I didn’t know they was up among the bush to come down. My parents stayed at Ulladulla and just visited me at La Perouse from time to time." Her father was working in a quarry at Ulladulla. "When they come to Sydney in the 1930's they move first to ‘Happy Valley’, a rapidly expanding town camp for unemployed people of every ethnicity. ‘Happy Valley’ is quite close to the La Perouse reserve. Here we used soap in the roof to stop the holes and paper for the cracks in the walls." (Plater, 118). Marjorie Timbery continues about Kooris: "We are living in Clover now. We couldn’t live on the La Perouse Reserve because there was no accommodation for us."

  • Happy Valley house - (fence is made of old hospital beds)
  • The Timbrey's from La Perouse
  • La Perouse community church