20 years ago I was asked to join the newly formed Eurasian Club but had to decline due to personal commitments and it has been a privilege to be able to finally join the membership. It has been absolutely rewarding and enjoyable.
I was born in Singapore, in a cow shed, just like Jesus was! (Kandang Kerbau Hospital) the only justification I have for a maternity hospital with such a name! My wonderful parents were originally from Malaysia – my late dad Sydney Boudville was from Penang and my mum Margaret Beins from Malacca. I am the eldest of three children. My early childhood was spent in Katong, a very Eurasian part of Singapore but at the age of 5 we moved to Serangoon and I started my schooling at St Joseph’s Convent, a branch of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. I spent 10 years at this Convent and two years of Pre-University at the government run Serangoon Gardens Secondary School. At age 15 we moved to Serangoon Gardens. After completing HSC, I enrolled in a Private and Confidential Secretarial course at the International Training Centre.
Armed with a London Chamber of Commerce Certificate in Private Secretarial Duties, I started my career at the Straits Times as Secretary to the Managing Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica then went on to work for a British Oil and Gas personnel recruitment company— Overseas Technical Services.
I met my husband Michael De Souza while he was holidaying in Singapore and we were married in April 1981. Michael emigrated to Darwin when he was 15 and after Cyclone Tracy in 1974 he moved to Perth. Our son Troy Michael was born in 1982.
I opted not to continue my career when I moved to Perth but instead pursued my passion of volunteering my services to the Catholic Church and the community. I have since been heavily involved in choirs, parish councils, school boards and for the past twenty one years an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society. I have held various leadership positions in the Society which culminated in the position of State President from 2005 to 2008.
I am currently still an active member of the Society and administrator and caretaker of my local Parish centre in Gosnells. I am enjoying my role on the Heritage Committee of the Eurasian Association. It has enabled me to indulge in such wonderful nostalgia by re -kindling memories of holidays spent with my grandparents Felix and Nellie Beins where “Kristang” was spoken daily and I can still smell the gorgeous aroma of chicken stew coming from grandma’s kitchen. Long live our Eurasian culture and heritage!
Genevieve Boudville De Souza
Born in Singapore in the mid fifties and lived the better part of the first 12 years of life on Pulau Bukom – what a wonderful time, what a wonderful experience.
Sam and Eulis Mitchell brought three children into this world – Lesley (Sutton), Jeffrey and me (the youngest). My bloodline is made up of Anglo-Indian, Sri Lankan, Scottish, Irish and a little bit of French thrown in there somewhere. If you think I’m mixed up think of my three kids, Daniel, Aaron and Tyrrelle, they have full blood Dutch added to their bloodline courtesy of their mother (my lovely wife), Marian. My eldest, Daniel, married Kate earlier this year, so there may be more added to the bloodline.
My Heritage was from living and learning (more importantly EATING) from the multitude of Cultures that surrounded me as I grew up on Bukom and Singapore. Life on the Island was a blessing, the family gatherings, the friends, the whole community. It was one BIG family, and lots of ‘Aunties’ and ‘Uncles’ watching over you. Those were the days.
At the age of 12, my brother and I came to Perth to study. We lived with relatives for nearly 2 years before mum and dad joined us, and we made Australia our home. I schooled at St. Norbert’s College and through their swimming club I met Marian (long story, talk to me sometime and I’ll give you the whole saga – I’m kidding). 5 years later, Marian and I were married in the school chapel, the very first couple to do so.
My first job after leaving school was with the department of Agriculture, in animal health. I assisted the Veterinarians in post mortems and also in animal/feed “Trials”. I left the department after 3 years and joined the Australian Regular Army but only for a very short time, my feet didn’t seem to like running in army boots. I joined the Sheraton Perth Hotel, working in Housekeeping and then with the Beverage department. After 7 years I decided that I needed a change and left to join the Insurance bandwagon. Insurance agents parallel used-car salesmen, you have to be born for it. Needless to say, it wasn’t me. I was looking for excitement, danger and (don’t tell Marian) good looking women – I became a “Driving Instructor” – boy can I tell you some stories, no, nothing to do with good looking women. I stuck with that for about 5 years and then decided that another change was due.
When I left the Sheraton I promised myself that I would never go back into hospitality, last year I left the InterContinental Hotel (Burswood Casino) after 15.5 YEARS!!! A glutton for punishment. I held the position of ‘Concierge Supervisor’ for most of that time, my final 2 years as “The Concierge”. I did enjoy my time there and managed to win a few awards, friends and lasting memories – meeting Bill Clinton, John Travolta, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Michael Jackson – oh, sorry that was a concert I went to, but there was George Benson, Alice Cooper and Fred Couples (one of the many pro-golfers that stayed at the hotel) just to name a few more. I have been fortunate. I left the Burswood when mum (Eulis) came to live with Marian and me. Unfortunately mum passed in January 09, she’s with her beloved Sam in a better place.
I’m now working for a very close friend, look for the advertisement in this newsletter (that wasn’t a plug). I love Golf (this is a plug) and I’m hoping to put together a few more golf meets for the club members and friends. So let me know if you like “Spoiling a Good Walk”. God Bless.
I have very fond memories of growing up in Petaling Jaya and especially living in a house know to all my cousins and friends as 611, well it was actually 6/11. That house had a very big garden and big monsoon drain next to it. During the rainy season that was our swimming pool when me, my cousins and friends used to build a dam and allowed the water to flood the drain enough for us to swim in it. We also had many fruit trees.
I will never forget my mother’s cousin, Auntie Hilda. We called her “Ada” which I attribute to the fact when we were younger we couldn’t pronounce “Auntie Hilda” so as kids shortened it to “Ada” so I guess that was generally accepted and that stuck because we never got a scolding for being disrespectful.
Ada, I must admit was the Portugues/Kristang influence in our lives. She always spoke Kristang to my mother and all the aunts who visited us from everywhere. That house was always full of people (and I can also attribute it to the fact I had four sisters) and one never starved because there was always food on the table. To this day and as far back as I can remember, I never saw Ada in a dress nor have I ever seen pictures of her is a dress. She always wore the traditional “Sarong Kebaya”
Combined with my mother, they cooked the best traditional food and made the best cakes. The curry devils, the fengs, and the archa, just to name a few. As always the good times had to come to an end.
At the age of 18, being a Singapore Citizen and because I had a Malaysian PR status, I was eligible for National Service in Singapore. I returned to Singapore and served my two years of National Service in the Singapore Armored Brigade and then signed on with the regular army for five years.
On completion of my contract, I worked in Jurong shipyard for about a year as a hull trainee in the shipwright department. Being very accustomed to a regimented life, I soon grew tired of an “unorganized civilian life” and decided to join the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Fire Brigade, where I started my career as a firefighter. After three years with the PSA Fire Brigade, the Republic of Singapore Navy was advertising for specialist vocations for fire fighters. Hence I re-enlisted in the Navy with the Firefighting and Damage Control Unit on the then, Pulau Brani Naval Base.
It was during my traineeship with Jurong shipyard I had attended my cousin Cheryl’s wedding (who coincidentally married a journalist, Gerry De Silva a former office bearer of the EA Singapore) and there ended my days of bachelorhood. I met my wife lovely Judy and after a courtship of four years, we married and today we have two wonderful children, Jeremy and Lindsay. After serving the Republic of Singapore Navy for ten years we migrated to Australia and settled here in Perth.
My son Jeremy and his wife Monica have made us proud grandparents of two wonderful boys, Liam and Ethan, and my daughter Lindsay, a proud and young Aunt.
Our involvement with the AEAWA was when Judy’s cousin Chad Beins decided to form a group and seeing my passion for playing the drums invited me to join the group who today are known as “Jam Session”. This has now led us to being nominated and elected to the Management Committee where I have been given the portfolio of Heritage and Culture.
Since accepting the portfolio of Heritage and Culture, it has reiterated the importance of preserving our heritage and inspired me to perpetuate our race, history, traditions and culture here in Perth for our future generations.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who has any thoughts, suggestions and ideas to preserve and promote our heritage at large. I can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile, 0416 709 106. Even if it’s to have a chat.
Born in Sing a pore and grew up in Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, My parents were Larry and Mable Carroll. My father Larry was a journalist and mum, the best mother and cook in the world. I have an elder brother and four sisters. I did all my schooling in La Salle PJ and St. John’s Institution. It is with a heavy heart that I have to make mention of my eldest sister, who was affectionately known as Geno, who lost her battle with cancer early this year.
Hi everyone. I hope our members and visitors are finding this new web site interesting and useful. Keep watching the various pages/posts as I am hopeful the content will grow over the coming months.
As you can see I am not by birth a Eurasian, but I sure do feel like one. I was born in Caterham, Surrey, England a few years before TV’s existed, radios were our main source of evening entertainment.
I married my soul mate Ann (nee Sequerah) way back in 1971. Ann is from Malacca.
We have two great kids Audrey & Alister and they are breeding their own thick and fast. Great fun being a granddad I can assure you.
I met Ann whilst I was serving in the British army (REME – Aircraft Tech) in Kluang, Johore in the late 60’s. That was when I had hair and less body armour (Fat). I was at one point sleeping with my rifle and ammunition and I can tell you as a young soldier this was not fun. At that time Kluang camp was an open garrison. Many of you will recall those many months of unrest after the general elections in 1967. I even had the very unpleasant duty one afternoon of standing the bad boy side of a road block in Kluang, with one up the spout, bayonet fixed and a very angry large crowd coming towards us. The Gurka’s arrived and the crowd disappeared in short order, which was a good thing. Most of us young POMs needed a change of underwaer I can assure you. We were after all aircraft techs more than front line soldiers.
Alan - Body hair/fat min - Head hair max
I have for most of my life been mixed up with aircraft (Aeroplanes and helicopters) of one type/shape/size or another. Indeed so have my two older brothers Bill & Richard and my Dad. I now run my own aviation consultancy business, working from home. For those that are interested take a look at my web site www.ptaaus.com.au If you are thinking of buying that new jet, see me first, you will save money. Do you have any children or grandchildren that might be interested in aviation. Get them to drop me an email or call and I will see if I can help them with their dreams.
My family and I have traveled a fair bit. UK, Europe, Asia, Sabah (Climbed Mt Kinabalu in 1980), America and of course all around Australia. Mostly paid for by someone else (The only way to travel!). We do of course now live in Perth. In my opinion one of the best cities in Australia, if not the world. Sure its not big like Sydney or KL but what it lacks in size it makes up for in many other ways. Heh! and don’t forget no-one is forced to stay here, we have an open door policy in both directions.
One of the most important things in life in my opinion is family. This includes ones extended family. I include many AEAWA members in this group.
I am so lucky to have a wife who can cook up a storm with ease. How did I ever exist on boiled cabbage and toad in the hole?
Now I get the best that Eurasians can cook just about every night. Well that’s not strictly true, we do eat out a fair bit, but you guest it, mostly Asian food. In fact from time to time I just love a simple “Beans on toast” dinner.
I have over the years been involved in several areas of our association: Secretary for a few years, Santa off and on (Blow up suite puts a whole new dimension on sweating – trust me), publishing newsletters, MC at dances etc. When we can get to them I enjoy the great Sunday lunches. Golf and other outings are also good fun. A great bunch of people to mix with. Thanks for putting up with me.