Memories

30 Aug
28th August 1962, Gaby is five years old

Gaby is five years old

Monika and Martin see Gaby on her birthday.

Monika and Martin see Gaby on her birthday.

Gaby's birthday in 1963. She loves her musical bear.

Gaby’s birthday in 1963.
She loves her musical bear.

Monika and Martin want to see Gaby on her birthday.

Monika and Martin want to see Gaby on her birthday, 28th August 1963

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Sister Harford organised a birthday party for Gaby outside the ward in the built-in veranda,

Sister Harford organised a birthday party for Gaby outside the ward within the built-in veranda,

Martin and Monika are having fun.

Martin and Monika are having fun.

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Peter with Martin and Monika on the train to Sydney to go for a visit at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

Peter with Martin and Monika on the train to Sydney to go for a visit at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

The veranda at the hospital is full of Christmas decorations.

The veranda at the hospital is full of Christmas decorations. 1962

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It is amazing that we all have winter coats on in the midst of summer in Australia. It must have been a very cold morning. The next pictures show it did get quite a bit warmer eventually.

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This picture is taken in Belmore Park near Central Station.

This picture is taken in Belmore Park near Central Station.

On that day we had something to eat either before or after visiting Gaby at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

Another picture taken in Belmore Park.

Some pictures at the bubbler in Belmore Park.

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This picture, also in Belmore Park. with Peter Martin and Monika in January 1973.

This picture, also in Belmore Park. with Peter, Martin and Monika. January 1973.

The bubbler in Belmore Park is still popular in December 1987 with Caroline and grandsons Troy and Ryan.

The bubbler in Belmore Park was still popular in December 1987. Caroline and grandsons Troy and Ryan

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14 Responses to “Memories”

  1. catterel August 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Those are lovely photos of a very brave little girl who grew into an extremely courageous woman. Very precious memories.

    • auntyuta August 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

      All of what you say there, dear Cat, is so very true. Thank you very much for commenting. 🙂

  2. The Emu August 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    A beautiful catalogue of memory’s, memory’s of a treasured time as a family spent with little Gaby.It is lovely to see the family united in love and care.
    Kind regards

    • auntyuta August 30, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

      Thank you very much for this comment, dear Ian. Fifty-four years ago our Gaby sank into a coma in Prince-Henry-Hospital. For several weeks we did not know whether she had any chance to survive at all. That she recovered the way she did was amazing. Once she came out of the coma, she had to learn to speak again. She was taught English in hospital. When we visited her, she was keen to speak German with us. It was quite remarkable, that German came back to her.
      Exactlly one year after she had come down with polio, her fifth birthday, in 1962, was a milestone. She was overjoyed to get re-aquainted with her siblings. Her birthday was the first time she had been allowed out of the respiratory ward. Children were not allowed to go into that ward. That Gaby could come out into the veranda on that day made it possible for Monika and Martin to see her sister after not having been able to see her for one whole year!
      Gaby did get great care at Prince-Henry-Hospital. We are very grateful for that. She stayed for six years at this hospital and took up school lessons at the hospital school.

      • The Emu August 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

        For the time you had Gaby, Uta, you were blessed with one of Gods chosen Angels, he lent her to you and then left you with beautiful memory’s.
        You are fortunate to have been chosen to hold such a precious gift in your arms.
        Gaby is still with you and always will be.

      • auntyuta August 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

        Thanks for that, Ian, Yes, she will always be with me and Peter and all her family and friends.

  3. Aunt Beulah August 31, 2015 at 1:16 am #

    What touching photographs. I spent some time with them. I didn’t know about Gaby, but I do now and I’m glad to have met her and to have felt the love that surrounded her.

    • auntyuta August 31, 2015 at 6:16 am #

      Thank you very much for commenting, Janet.
      Gaby touched the lives not just of her family, but many, many other people as well. She did give and receive a tremendous amount of love. Her disabilities as a quadriplegic with breathing difficulties were severe. Still, she manages to make the most of her life such as it was.
      She passed away suddenly on the 15th of July 2012.
      This is one of the posts I published then.

      https://auntyuta.com/2012/07/31/photos-for-david/

      These photos are i memory of her life with David. But I published other posts as well, for instance about her carers and friends:

      https://auntyuta.com/2012/07/24/gabys-funeral-day-celebration-of-her-life/

  4. Robert M. Weiss August 31, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    Wonderful photos and memories, Uta!

    • auntyuta August 31, 2015 at 5:51 am #

      I am grateful, Robert, that I can look at these photos again and again. I hope they’re going to mean something to future generations.

  5. stuartbramhall August 31, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Wow, I haven’t seen anyone use the word “bubbler” since I left Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in 1971. I assumed it was a purely local usage. Milwaukee has a large population descended from German immigrants. I wonder if there’s some connection?

    • auntyuta August 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

      We thought here in Australia it was always called “bubbler”. I do not see a German connection.

  6. cardamone5 September 1, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    Wonderful photos, Aunty Uta. Treasure them.

    Love,
    E

    • auntyuta September 1, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks, E, for commenting. I do believe, that photos like these are a treasure for our family. It’s great that we saved so many photos from times gone past. 🙂

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