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Legacy Torch Relay, Bringing Old Memories To Light

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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The Legacy Torch has brought up memories for people such Beverly Bundy.

The Legacy Torch relay is arriving in Cowra on August 1st and locals are talking about how legacy gave them resilience through hardships they endured in their life. This is Beverley Bundys story.

During the Second World War, her father, James Cameron, perished while flying a bombing mission over the railroad marshalling yards in Paris. He is now buried in Paris’s Clichy Cemetery. Beverly was only 18 months old at the time.

Beverly and her mother afterwards moved in with her grandfather to live on his property in the near Cowra NSW. They lived with him until she was 5, at which point her mother made the decision to go to Sydney because she believed it would improve their lives together. With the assistance of a friend, they relocated to Sydney in 1948 and took up residence at the south Hurstville home of my father’s cousin.

When first started going to Legacy, she recalled that on her first night there, the kids were playing chase games, and she was extremely shy because she didn’t interact much with other kids growing up on a farm. Each Tuesday night, she would go to Legacy in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Over the course of ten years, Legacy played a significant role in her life. Her mother made a lot of excellent friends, most of whom, if not all, had gone through difficult times.

She took vocal production classes with Miss Hart and physical culture with her teacher, Miss Cameron. She joked was never Miss Cameron’s favourite since she appeared to have two left feet. She first made her debut appeared was in 1959 at a Legacy Ball at the Trocadero, where she was presented to Sir Eric Woodward when she turned seventeen.

A special thank you goes out to the Legatees who have offered their time over the years to assist in caring for the kids, parents, and guardians of Legacy wards.

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