My King Island Childhood

In 2014, to their enduring credit, some children of World War II veterans who were allocated sheep or dairy farms on King Island under the Tasmanian soldier settlement scheme, decided to get together and publish a book about their respective experiences while growing up on their parents’ farm. So far, the editors, Peter Cooper and Sonia (Lumsden) Louis, have received sufficient contributions to publish two editions of the book entitled “King Island, the Soldier Settlers Kids Stories”. The first edition was published last year and the second edition is being published this month (April 2018) and will be launched on Anzac Day at Currie, King Island.

This story (accessed by the link below – 260KB) is my contribution to the second volume of the book by the “KISS Kids”.

Does anyone else have a story of their childhood they would like to share with us?

Regards, Darryl

My King Island Childhood by Darryl Massie.

  3 comments for “My King Island Childhood

  1. Merran Heather Brown
    April 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Well well.

    Again, Darryl, well written.

    Takes me back for sure. Quite stirs the emotions, I must say, regarding our shared history.

    One thing is for sure – Mum’s hard work and endurance. She once said, when I commented on how much she had worked back then, that upon reflection she thought she must have had the constitution of an ox.

    Despite her Tuesday to Friday hairdressing work she loved driving us all around the Island to attend our sports events each weekend. She was an amazing, loving mother.
    Good memories.

    Darryl – thank you.


  2. Virginia
    April 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    What fantastic memories. It was great to read your story, Darryl. Didn’t our families do it tough to give us all such a great life we all enjoy today. Looking forward to more of our family stories.


    • April 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you Virginia. I often wonder how Mum and Dad managed and when I read the stories in Volume 1 of the Kiss Kids book I realise we were not the only ones. For a couple of years I have been communicating with a second cousin Helen Johnson who is a great-granddaughter of Edith O’Neill (nee Brain). Helen has sent on to me a lot of photos and snippets her mother had about George’s wife Mary Clarke McRea including the hardships she endured on her farm yet she still managed to operate a bush hospital – amazing. I will be including as much of this information as I can in the next essay; some of the photos have already been posted on the Blog gallery. Speaking of hardships, I spent a fair amount of time visiting Grandma Annie Brain when she was in hospital in Melbourne after breaking her hip in Deni around 1978. She told me that they had a dirt floor in their farm house kitchen (in Moombooldool I think) and not only did she used to sweep the dirt floor but she mopped it as well. I have read elsewhere that dirt floors were very common in the pioneers’ farm houses. Sandy Brain is our resident Annie Brain expert; I have been trying to persuade her to write some stories about Annie for the Blog.


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