1950 MacFarlane Family Visit


Answering a knock at her door one evening in October 1950, Jean MacFarlane of 55 Craig Street, Blantyre received the happiest surprise of her life. Standing on the doorstep were her 2 daughters Helen and Anne, who live in Toronto, Canada and her 3 year old granddaughter Patricia, whom she had never met before.

The girls, “home to Blantyre” for a few weeks holiday had decided not to tell their mother anything about the visit and instead to give her a huge surprise. They stayed for a while before sailing back to Canada before Christmas.

Mrs MacFarlane was employed as a nurse by the District Council. The youngest of her 3 daughters (who was also married) stayed with her in Blantyre.

Helen, pictured, the eldest of the daughters met her husband George Ducker during the war. Helen was working in the war office in London and he was serving in the Canadian Army. When the couple were married in 1945, Anne (Patricia’s mother) was bridesmaid. The following year, Anne travelled out to marry George’s brother, Ted. The daughters had schooled at Hamilton Grammar. The couples shared a home in Toronto at the time of this picture.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c)

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