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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Gerry" Gerald Marcus GLASKIN

Born 16 December 1923 in Perth, Western Australia [30: item 4423621]
Son of "Gil" Gilbert Henry GLASKIN and "Del" Delia Mary GUGERI [P258]
Resided with his parents in a house on Boojerabba Street in the fledging Carnamah townsite in 1926 and 1927 [7: page 94] [19]
     His father was the Secretary of the Carnamah District Road Board [7: page 94]
     They lived in a weatherboard house surrounded by a six-foot wire-netting fence [P258]
     He had memories of playing toys on the front verandah and of his family's pink and grey galah called Cocky-Dick [P258]
One day when his mother was asleep he saw Aboriginal people for the first time - a man, woman and two boys [P258]
     The boys were both naked and the woman's breasts were uncovered [P258]
     Both the man and the woman wore only a small piece of leather like material held by stings around their waists [P258]
     The boys poked their hands through their wire-netting fence and when he realised it was for food he raced inside [P258]
     He gave them bread, which the adults took and ate, and with the boys still holding out their hands there was no bread left [P258]
     Upon asking his mother for more bread she fearfully locked both doors and they waited inside his father to get home [P258]
Mrs Ivy M. SHERIDAN visited his mother one day and he played with her sons in their backyard [P258]
     One day he decided to visit them, as they said they lived in a house the other side of a wood of trees [P258]
     They were able to have lunch and said he'd come at a bad time and surely his lunch would be waiting for him [P258]
     He looked to his right as a result of some noise he had heard, got the fright of his life and ran home screaming [P258]
     His father helped him climb over their fence and then assured him it was okay and that it was just a tractor [P258]
     It was explained that a tractor was like a car but for doing farming, however he never tried to visit the SHERIDAN boys again [P258]
He remembered both of his parents seeming worried - both from their faces and their voices [P258]
     In June 1927 his father's employment with the Carnamah Road Board was terminated over misappropriated funds [9: 19-Aug-1927]
     They left Carnamah in a hurry and shifted to Perth where they initially lived with his mother's parents [P258]
Won 3rd prize for Under 12 Years Drawing of Tool or Implement at the Royal Show in Perth in 1933 [39: 11-Oct-1933]
He wrote to the Auntie Kitty column of The Sunday Times newspaper in 1934 about his birds and kittens [81: 24-Jun-1934]
As a child he started a pen friendship with a boy in Holland and it continued until the death of the Dutch boy in 1997 [333: 18-Mar-2000]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in Fremantle on 20 November 1941 [16]
     He was described as 5 foot 10 inches tall with black hair, brown eyes and a sallow complexion [30: item 4423621]
     Able Seaman F3910 on the Royal Australian Navy's H.M.A.S. Leeuwin during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the navy on 25 February 1943 but enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 15 January 1944 [16]
     Pilot Officer 444114 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 3 Air Observer School during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 6 February 1946 [16]
After claiming he could write better stories he was challenged to do so, and they were published in The West Australian [333: 18-Mar-2000]
     He wrote his first book after the war called "A World of Our Own" and claimed The Seekers stole the name for their song! [333]
     This and later books were widely published in Commonwealth countries, Europe and Japan [333]
     After moving to Singapore he worked for the stockbroking firm Lyle & Evett, of which he later became a partner [333]
     Later shifted to the Netherlands but often returned to Perth by sea, while writing, before shifting back to Perth [333]
Resided for a number of years at 1/14 Warnham Road in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [50]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park [2]
Died 11 March 2000; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gerald Marcus Glaskin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from [reference list]

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